A resident of Pipeline area in Ijegun, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, Comfort Tolu, has lamented pollution of water sources in the community by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines that pass through the area.
The lady, who resides at Adebayo Ige Street, Pipeline 1 off Ayanlaja Street, St Saviour’s Bus Stop, Ijegun Road, took to Twitter to raise the alarm on Thursday, March 14.
Our Community can report that activities of suspected vandals and illegal oil bunkerers have led to burst NNPC pipelines, leading to fuel spillage in the area, in recent months.
Our Community recalls that Akwu-Iwu Street in Ijegun experienced fuel spillage allegedly caused by vandalism of an NNPC pipeline on Wednesday, February 27, causing many residents to flee the area for fear of a fire incident.
In a Save-Our-Soul message, the resident urged the authorities to intervene in the acute water crisis facing the area before the situation got out of hand.
She wrote, “I’m tweeting with pain in my heart, and I hope Twitter helps me to create an awareness to save my area.
“That area called Pipeline at Ijegun is suffering due to the fact that petrol entered into the streets, destroyed a lot of boreholes, (and) people can’t get good water to drink unless they go to others who were luckily unaffected for water.”
She explained that those whose houses have been affected are “taken for granted” when they make attempt to fetch water from unaffected areas.
Furthermore, she said that children who come home tired from school have to fetch water from as far as three streets away from theirs in order to help their parents.
According to her, a community borehole project executed by a church in the area has been unable to help residents because of epilectic electricity supply to the area.
Tolu wrote, “A church made a community borehole but it has become a man-know-man situation due (to) the fact that the light is (bad); I mean there is no light to pump water, talkless of the light needed to do other activities.
“Landlords and other people of the community have been put into unexpected and painful struggles to get water or make boreholes in there houses.
“Nobody is happy; no water to live a comfortable life here, as if that isn’t enough. This is too tragic for people to cope with.”
She disclosed that complaints were lodged with the appropriate authorities in March 2018 but steps taken did not bring relief to residents of the affected areas.
She urged the Lagos State Government to come to the aid of the residents.
Tolu said, “Since last year, around the month of March, complaints have been made. They sucked the fuel for just few days and believed that should solve it.
“How could such solve it just like that? It’s Petroleum!
“Please we need help here and urge Lagos to come get something done so we can be comfortable here.”
Efforts to get the reaction of the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.