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Ijaw Communities Lament Neglect Under Oshiomhole

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Posted: Aug 31, 2016 at 6:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – Ijaw communities in the riverine areas of Edo State on Tuesday lamented the abject and criminal neglect they have allegedly suffered under the outgoing state government and called for the creation of development centres in the state.

The communities scattered in five major clans namely Olodiama, Egbema, Gbaraun, Furupagha and Okomu in Ovia North East, Ovia South West and Ikpoba-Okha local government areas of the state, said such centres now operational in several states will give them a sense of belonging.

In an address of welcome presented to the campaign team led by the PDP state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, and read by Chief Robinson Ogunkoru, they said they last tasted government presence under a PDP state government.

“We call for the creation of development centres in each of our five clans which will stand as a gap for the development of our areas and in order to give us a sense of belonging as it is in some other states”.

According to them, “We are aware that it was the PDP that gave recognition to Ijaw voice in Edo State. Today, Ijaw voice is heard in the state broadcasting service both in the radio and television.”

Acknowledging that the Simple Agenda of Pastor Ize-Iyamu was detailed and articulates the many challenges facing Edo State, the Ijaw communities appealed that he “adheres strictly to the agenda” if elected the state governor.

Responding, Ize-Iyamu said that as the only state that does not have a PDP governor in the oil-rich South South, it will be wise for Edo people to return the state to the PDP on September 10 with their votes.

“Edo is the only state that is not PDP in the South South and deserves to return to the PDP fold so that it is not left out. The way the country is going today we need to be together and this can bring lots of benefits through regional integration”.

On the demands of the communities, the governorship candidate said the fact that it is the oil bearing and producing communities of the area that qualifies Edo to be among the oil producing states in the country means the state government must develop the area.

“It will be my pleasure as governor to ensure that a lot of the things you asked to be done in Ijaw communities are considered and given due attention”.

Chief Dan Orbih, addressing party supporters at the campaign rally, assured them that the PDP will keep faith with its promises once it assumes office.

He pleaded with eligible voters in the communities not to sell their votes for a paltry sum of N2000 but to turn out in large numbers on election day, vote for the PDP and wait for the results to be declared before going home.

The campaign team had earlier visited Ughoton community in Ovia North East Local Government Area where Osagie’s grandmother, Igbinoghene Ize-Iyamu (nee Ogiemwanre Obazuwaye) hailed from.

Addressing the people of the community, Ize-Iyamu who expressed regrets at the lack of basic amenities in the area such as roads, markets and schools promised to reverse the trend if elected governor next month.

He promised not to be a clannish governor, who would deploy all of the state’s resources into developing his village at the expense of the rest of the state.