By Emma Amaize
WARRI- IJAW leader, Mr. Piniki Azaiye, weekend, expressed dismay that the Delta state government allegedly neglected riverside communities in the state in the first one year in office of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and urged him to correct the absurdity. Azaiye, in a statement, in Warri, said: “Looking at what the governor did in the hinterland, one is forced to ask if riverine communities are not part of the state or is it that he forgot the riverine local government areas or he purposefully ignored them. It is as if he has forgotten his campaign promises to the riverine local government areas of the state.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I want to remind His Excellency that when you resumed office last year, you awarded a contract for a concrete paved road at Okerenkoko, the home town of the deputy governor. Work commenced for about three months and since six months ago, the contractor pulled out of site because there was no funding of the contract again,” he said.
“Was it a political contract to appease the Gbaramatu people or the funds have being used to settle those that sponsored the deputy governor?” Azaiye appealed that government should pay the contractor to enable him return to site, as rain has eroded the work done by him. He asserted: “The governor should do something urgently to correct this imbalance in the riverine areas. Moreover, he should remember that the problem Niger Delta is having with the federal government is the same the state government has.”