By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba â€” THE people of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, weekend, expressed regret over alleged marginalisation. They called on the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to â€œurgently ensure that this trend is amelioratedâ€.
They made the call at a meeting held at Aboh, where the member representing the area in the state House of Assembly, Dr. Olise Imegwu was invited to render his stewardship.
They said in a communique that the people observed that from â€œhis (Imegwu) briefing, especially as Chairman, Delta State House of AssemblyÂ Works Committee, the value of projects awarded was N134 billion on just one sub-head out of three sub-heads under the Ministry of Works.
â€œDelta South senatorial district is to have N66 billion, Delta Central senatorial district, 43 billion, while Delta North senatorial district, where Ndokwa East which is the livewire and the only oil and gas producing community is to have about 25 billion.
â€œOf this amount, Oshimili/Aniocha federal constituency would have N18 billion, Ika federal constituency, N4 billion and Ndokwa federal constituency only N3 billion,â€ he said.
It further saidÂ that â€œit is sad to note that the only viable projects in Ndokwa East, whichof course is the much orchestrated Aboh Road, had been recklessly abandonedÂ for several months with only one excuse, Setraco had not been paidâ€.
â€œIt is also settled that the Delta Micro Credit Programme, DMCP,Â for which Delta State has a Central Bank award did not have any impact on the Ndokwa East people, neither did the DESOPADEC which some cheques were negligently dishonored till date.
â€œThe people of Ndokwa East are asking the question, is it because we are non violent? Are we being punished for being peaceful and adopting dialogue as the best form of negotiationâ€, the communique added.