By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY — SEVEN oil producing communities in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan, over what they described as avalanche of abandoned Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, projects in the council.
The seven communities: Orogho, Owuo, Iwevbo, Obagie-Nunuamen, Emwiobomwan, Ugbigun and Agigbe, who petitioned the President through the Presidential Monitoring Committee on NDDC, lamented that despite the fact that the communities were blessed with large and commercial quantities of oil, no single project in the areas have been completed by the commission.
In the petition by the Chairman, Seven Federated Oil Rich Communities, Godfrey Iyamu, said that “the only six classroom block is in Orogho community and it is uncompleted and abandoned and that is the only classroom block in this area.”
The solar water supply project was also abandoned. That contractor handling this project had long abandoned and he is no where to be found.
“The electrification project in the area was carried out from Orogho to Owuo by Sam and Sam International Limited; the concrete poles erected are the only sign to be observed that something of that nature was envisaged there by NDDC. The poles many of them are broken now and the contractor is no where to be found. There are no roads in these oil producing communities” it stated.
The petition therefore appealed to the Presidential Monitoring Committee on NDDC to visit the area “so that they will see things for themselves. It will be wrong for the NDDC to be claiming that they sited projects in our area when in the actual fact all the uncompleted projects have been abandoned for over two years now.
For the fact that we are appealing to our youths to be calm and not resort to violence, does not mean that we are cowards”.