By Charles Kumolu
OKUOVWISI Youths Association, OYA, in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, has cried foul over what it described as a ploy to fraudulently occupy their community land by Cedi Corporation Limited.
It also called on the state government to call the organisation to order, saying OYA would do anything within the law to prevent forceful occupation of the land.
According to Messrs Onovoghakpor Smart, Wisdom Onovwakpoma, Public Relations Officer, PRO, and Secretary respectively of OYA, who paid a save-our-soul visit to Vanguard, the 399.917 hectares of land lies along the Sapele-Agbor road, close to Ovwori Town.
The group PRO noted that the community leased the land to Cedi Corporation for a period of 50 years, but alleged that the company had increased the lease to 188 years.
According to him, â€œwe came to Vanguard because we know that you people can help us to fight. We are tired of this problem. This land was leased to Cedi in 2005. The lease was signed by prominent elders of the community. And the owner of the company, who is a prominent son of our land, promised to build a tyre factory that would employ our youths.
“We were all happy with the prospects of having such a factory in our town, but it has turned to sorrow for us. We have been waiting for the promises to be fulfilled but nothing has been done. The worst thing is that this man has increased the lease to 99 years and another 99 years. Why would he treat us like this?â€
Onovoghakpor noted that the community was to receive N 10,000,000.00 for the lease, but regretted that the company only paid N2,000,000, saying, “he has not paid anything to us, except for N2 million and he has gone ahead to bring people to work on the land.”