By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” LEADERS of Orogho oil rich community in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State yesterday urged the state government to sign a Memorandum of Under-standing (MoU) with the European Union. They said rural oil communities in the state could benefit from the N9.2 billion projects being sponsored by the union.
The community, in a letter addressed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, signed by the Chairman of the Community Development Committee in the state, Mr Godfrey Iyamu, suggested ways in which the state government could collabo-rate with the international community and oil companies in the state to boost the internally genera-ted revenue (IGR) of the state.
It said if the state must experience rapid develop-ment, all avenues must be exploited to boost the IGR.
The letter said, â€œinforma-tion at our disposal states that the European Union is to execute 130 developmental projects in some rural communities in Ondo State as part of its micro project programmes in the nine Niger Delta states.
â€œAbout 1,200 micro projects valued at about N9.2 billion, under the MPP9, are to be financed by the 27 member states of the EU under the European Deve-lopment Fund.
â€œEdo State, being one of the nine oil producing states, shouldÂ immediately seize this opportunity to benefit from this EU programme.
â€œThe first programme that came was the MPP3 AND MPP6. This MPP6 is the one we applied for that gave Orogho community water borehole, which the commu-nity is currently enjoying,â€ it stated.
The letter added that, â€œthe state government should also saddle telecommuni-cation outfits in the state, such as MTN, ZAIN, GLO, ETISALAT and others with the responsibility of being involved in roads, schools or any other area the govern-ment would want them to assist because they are making so much money in the state.â€