We have lost all to ocean surge, govt– Kuramo Beach squatters

Kuramo Beach Lagos ocean surge

Traders and inhabitants of the Kuramo beach say the state government has demolished the remainder of their property after the ocean surge.

The displaced squatters at Kuramo Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, said on Thursday that they have lost all they had worked for to the ocean surge and the state government.

They said in Lagos that their plight was further compounded by the demolition of the remnants of their shanties by the state government.

Michael Ayeni, the spokesman of the squatters, said that they would have salvaged what was left if the state government had served them notice.

“The most painful aspect of the disaster was that the state government did not give us any form of notification before the demolition took place.

“We were still thinking of what to do after the ocean surge swept lives and property into the sea in the early hours of August 18, when the state government’s bulldozers came.

“We are more than 150 persons who derive our means of livelihood at the beach, and for now, we don’t know where to start from because we have lost all we worked for,” Mr. Ayeni said.

He said that they had not been able to quantify their losses in monetary and material terms, because some of them are still missing.

Mr. Ayeni, who claimed to be a trader at the beach, appealed to the Lagos State government to provide alternative accommodation to the displaced residents of Kuramo Beach.

“As you can see, we are still loitering around waiting to see if the government will come to our aid.

“We are asking the government, as a matter of urgency, to rescue us,” he said.

At the beach, about 100 of the displaced squatters were seen in groups, discussing the calamity that has befallen them and what to do next.

Michael Onuwaje, the Secretary of Kuramo Beach Tourism Investors Association, said that he could not respond to any questions until the association’s meeting with the Eti-Osa Local Council chairman.

The council chairman’s also did not respond to questions on the matter. The chairman was said to be at a meeting with the state governor at Alausa, Ikeja.

The August 18 ocean surge at the waterfront on swept 16 of the inhabitants into the sea.

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