ByÂ Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Federal Government has been charged to prevail on the military Joint Task Force in Delta State to urgently open the waterways blocked by the security outfit in the wake of the May 13, 2009, militants/JTf face-off that led to loss of lives and destruction of properties in Gbaramatu kingdom of Warri South-West council area of the state.
Spokesman for Iye Descendants Union of Deghele, Mr. Johnbull Edema, made the demand in a press statement in Warri yesterday.
He said the crisis was already taking its toll on the economic activities of the various communities in the area.
According to him, â€œ the blockade of the waterways by the security outfit has prevent the flow of goods and services in and out of the communities, including the restriction of movement of persons.
â€œThe untold hardship visited on the people can no longer be tolerated in a democratic setting like oursâ€.
He stated that communities such asÂ Aja-Mangoro, Ugborighearan, Aja- Elikpere and Takula, which are Itsekiri communities, were allegedly burnt down by the JTF on June 23, 2009.
Edema noted that the economic hardship has become unbearable for the people and appealed to the federal government to call the JTF to order by way of opening up the waterways to enable free movement of people, goods and services in the area.
He explained that communities in the Olague axis of Warri Kingdom, where the people have been displaced, would soon be over grown with weeds, if the inhabitants were not allowed to return to their ancestral home to live their normal lives.
Edema stressed that the amnesty granted by the federal government could only be meaningful if the economic lives of the area and its people were restored.