By Charles Kumolu
A TOWN hall meeting recently convened by the lawmaker representing Warri South 1 Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly provided a novel opportunity for members of the constituency to press home issues affecting the area.
The issues that took centre stage at the town hall meeting were the state of infrastructure, empowerment, the 2016 budget of Delta State Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, and equitable distribution of resources.
Convened by a fourth-term lawmaker, Mrs. Omawumi Udoh, the forum triggered an unusual excitement among the constituents given her readiness to interface with constituents at that level.
Present at the event which was capped with a visit to the palace of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, were the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan, Warri South PDP Chairman, Mr. Johnson Agbeyegbe, Dr. Augustine Uroye, Mrs. Gbubemi Ikolo, Special Assistant, News Media to Delta State governor, Mr. Michalel Tidi and Mr. Ama Agbajor among others.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Mr. Mofe Edema said apart from being the first of its kind, the gathering was an opportunity for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members in the area to discuss the future of the constituency.
‘’We are having the first town hall meeting that has the past, the present, and future of Warri South 1 Constituency gathered to discuss the welfare and future of the people. We can go home with the message that our leader has brought to us from Asaba,” he stated. In her remarks at the event titled: The Storm Is Over, Udoh noted that yearning for the development of the area would only be realised through unity among the constituents.
Udoh, a former Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly, re-assured her constituents of robust representation, even as she noted that it was time for a complete revolution.
Explaining, the rationale for the town hall meeting, she said it was time the constituency moved forward by eschewing bitterness and rivalry.
Accordingly, she called on PDP members in Warri South to be united, adding that now that their son was no longer the governor of the state, they stand to lose if they keep fighting one another.
Also, Udoh said: ”Let us work together whether as women, men or youth, from today to enable us to get what is due to us in the state. This is the time for a complete revolution in our constituency. I plead to be given the peaceful atmosphere to work. I want you to eschew bickering and lies that put our constituency in a bad light.”
Shedding light on some misconceptions surrounding the DESOPADEC budget, the lawmaker said the budget was never padded, explaining that most projects in the budget were concentrated in one community instead of being spread across all the communities.