BENINâ€”Piqued by the state of disrepairs of the earth roads in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, an ex-militant, ‘General’ Omo Tonweregha, has donated over N2.5million for the grading ofÂ roads in the area.
Among the roads to be graded are the Safaragbo, Gbelebu, Izide and Gbelemotin .
‘Gen.’ Tonweregha, who was the leader ofÂ Aboghan group, based at Safagbo, said he had drawn the attention of the Ovia South-West Local Government chairman to the deplorable condition of the earth roads linking the communities, lamenting that nothing was done by the council to solve the problem.
In a statement signed by him and made available to Vanguard in Benin yesterday, he said, â€œThese earth roads have been un-motorable for many years and my people have been having problems of reaching out to each other. So I decided to take the bull by the horn by donating the sum of N2.5million for the grading of the roads.
â€œThe communities on their part assisted in the bulldozing and grading of the roads which has now been completed. There was no support from the local or state government.â€
Meanwhile, ex- militants in the local government have endorsed the aspiration of the Vice-Chairman, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Ondo, Edo and Delta chapter, for the chairmanship of Ovia South-West Local Government Council.
At a meeting recently held in the area, the former militants lamented the neglect of the Ijaw speaking area of the local government, saying that none of their sons or daughters has held any political position in the council.
They, therefore, called on their kinsmen to support the aspiration of Mr. Igiri for the chairmanship position.
According to OmoÂ Tonweregha, Mr. Igiri has contributed immensely to the success of the amnesty programme in the state as the vice-chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council in Ondo, Edo and Delta states.