The displaced squatters at Kuramo Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, said on Thursday that they had lost all they had worked for to the ocean surge and the state government.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that their plight was further compounded by the demolition of the remnants of their shanties by the state government.
Mr. Michael Ayeni, the spokesman for the squatters, told NAN 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,” Ayeni said.
He said that they had not been able to quantify their losses in monetary and material terms, because some of them were still missing.
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,” Ayeni said.
When NAN visited the beach, about 100 of the displaced squatters were seen in groups, ostensibly discussing the calamity that has befallen then and what to do next.
Mr. Michael Onuwaje, the Secretary of Kuramo Beach Tourism Investors Association, told NAN that he could not respond to any questions until after the association’s meeting with the Eti-Osa Local Council chairman.
Efforts by NAN to obtain the council chairman’s comment on the matter also proved abortive.
The chairman was said to be at a meeting with Governor Babatunde Fashola at Alausa, Ikeja.
An ocean surge at the waterfront on August 18 swept 16 of the inhabitants into the sea.