WARRIâ€”A group, Concerned Okerenkoko Youth Forum, Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West local government area of Delta State, has petitioned the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, over the damage by the Joint Task Force of the multi-million naira air-to-water facility provided for the Ijaw communities during its last military operation.
In a five-paragraph letter entitled, â€œRe-Damaged Air-to-Water facilities at Okerenkoko by the Joint Task Force (JTF)â€, signed by its national chairman, Prince Thomas Ebipade, the forum drew the attention of the governor to the fact that not only did Okerenkoko community suffer a colossal loss of property and human beings, its only source of potable water provided by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) was bombed by the invading military forces.
â€œWe wish to inform Your Excellency that with the general acceptance of amnesty programme by the Ijaw of Gbaramatu kingdom and the massive movement of people back home, it is pertinent that the water works, which was completely attacked by military arsenals that have left the over six water tanks destroyed, generating plant destroyed, and the air-to-water machine seriously damaged needed to be rehabilitated and urgently made functional, as the likelihood of breaking out of communicable water diseases cannot be ruled out,â€the group said.
According to the group, â€œwe want to also use this medium to appeal to Your Excellency to urgently direct the authorities of DESOPADECÂ to restore the water works, the hospital and advise the medical staff to return to their duty post, as the current massive influx of the returnees is now posing greater health challenge to our people.
â€œIn the light of the foregoing, we plead with you passionately to use your human kindness and sense of good direction to relate our plight to the Federal Government as today, there are no houses, no food, no water, no electricity, no hospital that can attend to our people who are being asked to go home in the spirit of amnesty.
â€œWhile we pledge to consistently work towards the actualization of your three-point agenda, it is important and very dignifying that our people should be urgently rehabilitated in all facets of human endeavour.â€