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Ize-Iyamu Signs Development Pact With Iyekogba Communities

Posted: Aug 25, 2016 at 6:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Francis Onoiribholo




The campaign tour of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, took a new dimension on Wednesday as he was made to sign a development pact with Iyekogba Communities during his meeting with delegates of the communities made up of fifty-three villages in Oredo Local Government Area.

At the meeting with the council of Enigie, elders and youth leaders of the communities which took place at the palace of the chairman of the Enigie, HRH Anthony Osayemwenre, the Enogie of Umegbe, the PDP candidate was presented with a demand list in the form of a written document.

In the list was the community’s request for the construction of roads, schools and appointment of indigenes into influential positions in government soon after he assumes office as governor.

According to His Royal Highness, Anthony Osayemwenre, the communities had resolved that their support for any candidate would be dependent on his going into a signed agreement with them.

He lamented that in spite of their size and contribution to the determination of the electoral process, Iyekogba communities have always lacked government impact by way of provision of necessary infrastructure.

He stated that this time around, their demands have been spelt out in black and white and it would become a reference point when the candidate is elected governor.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that he was delighted at the initiative of the communities which he said he would have no difficulty in signing because all the requests were in consonance with his development drive and that of the PDP, which members at the National Assembly had demonstrated a commitment to in Edo State.

He used the occasion to introduce his written manifesto titled the ‘SIMPLE Agenda’ which articulates in practical terms how he intends to achieve his development goals.

Ize-Iyamu drew the attention of the members of the communities to a page in his ‘SIMPLE Agenda’ document where he specifically mentioned the construction of the roads in Iyekogba and which would link them to Ekewan communities in Ovia North East Local Government Area.

He said that beyond the facilities requested, he desires to bring industrialisation to Iyekogba so as to enhance the economy of the place as well as create jobs for members of the communities. He also spoke about his plan for farm support and empowerment.

Thereafter, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu proceeded to sign the agreement with the communities.

Meanwhile, at the campaign rally ground, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said that it was regrettable that eight years after Governor Adams Oshiomhole promised to develop Iyekogba, nothing was done.

He said that instead, the governor concentrated sixty-five percent of his development effort in his village, Iyamho.

Ize-Iyamu called on the people to reject APC which is a continuation of the selfish agenda of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, saying that he and the PDP has the welfare of the people of Edo State at heart.