By SAMUEL OYADONGHA
BENIN — THE member representing Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Samson Osagie, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Executive Council for finally approving the design of the Gelegele Sea Port in the 2010/2011 Federal budget.
He recalled that Mr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa, Mr. Samson Osagie and Senator Ehigie Uzamere worked tirelessly to ensure the incorporation of the Gelegele Sea Port into the Federal budget and that of the Niger Delta Ministry.
He commended Elder Godsday Orubebe, the Minister of the Niger Delta for pushing the Memo for consideration by the Federal Executive Council and all those who have pushed for the project over the years.
According to him, ”With that project, Edo people are on the verge of economic freedom as that project will open up the economy of the state”, he said and urged the government to continue to implement projects that have huge economic impact on the people.
He said that representatives of Edo State in the National Assembly will continue to support the state government to attract viable projects to the state for its rapid development and transformation.
Also, the House of Representatives elect for Ovia Federal Constituency, Mr. Issac Osahon described the project as laudable and promised to ensure that other projects that would complement the port are established.
In the meantime, chairman of the Human Rights Defenders Organisation of Nigeria, HURDON, Warri, Sir Casely Omon_Irabor Tuesday, has appealed to the Defence Headquarters to call the JTF to order, alleging that it was carrying out extra_judicial killings in the region under the disguise of looking for militant leader, John Togo.
Omon_Irabor who spoke to Vanguard on phone said his organization had received reports of extra_judicial killings of serveral persons, adding, “It is not proper for JTF to be arresting people and shooting them for no reason other than that they are associates of John Togo. The task should be called to order; this is not what the law of this country stipulates”.
“Today (yesterday), they arrested an about 17 – 18 years old son of a sister of John Togo, who was returning to Benin City, where he is staying with his father at Okwagbe. His father is a policeman, what are they arresting him for, what is his offence is he John Togo”, he queried.