Thursday MAY 13,2021
The residents of Olaogun, a community situated between Agbado and Itoki areas of Ijoko Road in Ogun State has decried pollution of their wells, septic tanks and the air they breathe after a fuel laden tanker fell on its belly whilst negotiating a bend at Olaogun Bus Stop on Wednesday.
It was learnt that the content in one of the three compartments of the tanker (about 11,000 litres) spilled into the drains and later found its way into the water table/in the area.
Although, the fuel could not be visible in the drains at the time of filing this report but it pervades the air.
When our correspondent visited one of the affected households , it was confirmed that some youths were already doing brisk business with the fuel. A hose was seen being removed from the pipe mouth to a well where fuel was being pumped and a trace of wetness of mixture of water and petrol was seen in the drain.
However, a woman in her sixties while reacting to the probe decried the action, saying that she has warned them not to be playful with the fuel. She said ” I told them to stop but how do we solve the problem if the fuel is not pumped out of the well?” Our reporter observed that there were uneasy movement in a shop close to the well where the loaded kegs were kept
One of the chairmen of the community Ugoh said he heard about it very early on Thursday and tried to warn the collaborators. ” I learnt about it this morning that youths were selling the fuel in kegs to okada men so I decided to discourage them by threatening that government officials would swoop on the identified violators. We will visit all houses to sensitise them against the idea of scooping as it may consume the entire community if any slight accident occurs” he concluded
Another resident who craved anonymity said a well behind her shop is also polluted but not knowing what to do to keep the premises safe. She further said that government presence not felt in the community has worsen the situation as urgent matters don’t usually get attention as it should to be in Ogun State. ” All efforts made yesterday morning to bring crane and fire service to the scene of accident took many hours before they arrived yet the tanker was not upturned until last night. Imagine, if there was fire outbreak, the whole area would have been consumed. Let government come to our aid to clean up this place”.
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