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Ijaw leader alleges marginalisation of Odimodi

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—A PROMINENT Ijaw leader, Chief Second Benikrukru, yesterday prayed for the quick recovery of President Yar’Adua, even as he accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of marginalizing the oil rich Odimodi community in Burutu local government area of Delta State.
Consequently, he appealed to the federal and state governments to come to their assistance before the situation got out of hand.
Chief  Benikrukru, a member of Delta State, Waterways Security Committee, in a statement, said the NDDC had no single project in the oil rich community that plays host to major SPDC and Agip oil facilities in the country, since it was created as an interventionist agency in the region.

He expressed regret that in spite of the fact that both Ogulagha and Odimodi communities have the highest oil production quota, they enjoyed no tangible project from the commission.

He charged the NDDC not to shirk its responsibilities to the oil companies in the area, as they have their own statutory functions to execute.

They maintained that for harmonious relationship and a peaceful working condition, the Commission should as a matter of urgency start the execution of meaningful developmental projects in Odimodi.

Chief Benikrukru who appealed to Nigerians to pray for the speedy recovery of President Yar Adua commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his peace initiatives and charged all Deltans to key into the state government 3-point agenda to take the state and people to the next level of socio-political-cum economic growth.


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