By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA â€” The elders and chiefs of the coastal settlement of Twon Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have raised an alarm over the threat posed by the gradual depletion of the island’s shore lines by the Atlantic Ocean due to the $12 billion Liquefied Natural Gas plant.
They warned that failure on the part of the authorities to contain the surging sea may cost the nation monumental losses.
In a petition to President Goodluck Jonathan, they said though past efforts by the Federal and State governments at checking the rising menace were shabby and of no effect, the decision to alert the federal authorities on the state of the coastlines was aimed at saving the nation from losing the gas export terminal and the LNG gas plant in the area.
The elders and chiefs under the aegis ofÂ Twon Brass Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, noted with concern that there had been a steady and fast depletion of the land mass of the Twon due to the coastal erosion of the shorelines.
The Twon Brass leadersadded: â€œThe strategic importance of these investments and the value of the Export Terminal and the LNG plant make it imperative that something be done as soon as possible.”
Listed as part of the damage done by the rampaging erosion is the second oldest church in the Niger Delta, St. Barnabas Church of Twon Brass, which was fabricated in England and shipped to Brass where it was erected.