Water hyacinths and weeds disrupting fishing and transportation activities in waterways in and around Kiagbodo, Delta State have been cleared by the councillor representing Burutu Local Government Area Ward 13, Hon. Joseph Asiaye Alubeze.

Alubeze, who spent thousands of naira to clear Kiagbodo River down to the River Niger, said, before now, it was very difficult for traders in Kiagbodo to access markets in other riverine communities.

Alubeze, during the operation to clear Kiagbodo River of weeds

The lawmaker explained that the river was last cleared by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) before his intervention.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for giving him and fellow councillors in the state the opportunity to serve under his administration despite the fact they were all elected during the second tenure of former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. “I am saying this because we have heard cases where elected governors sacked elected chairmen and councillors but our governor’s case was different”, he said.

Alubeze also commended the National Leader of the South South, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, for his fatherly role and ensuring that younger politicians in his ward and Burutu Local Government Area live in peace and harmony.

In a chat, the Director General of Alubeze Campaign Organization, Comrade Clement Wagha, appealed to other councillors across Delta to emulate Alubeze’s good example of impacting positively on his constituents.

Wagha noted that his principal had carried out empowerment programmes which include the provision of water mono-pumps, payment of community electricity bills for about seven years, provision of ring well for Kiagbodo Cottage Hospital, provision of decent toilet centres, enrolment of students for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB and payment of school fees for Kiagbodo students in tertiary institutions across the country.

Wagha added that Alubeze bought cars and motorcycles for his constituents, appealing to Okowa, leaders of Kiagbodo Ward and Burutu Local Government Area to support the lawmaker to promote democracy and the governor’s SMART agenda in his ward.

Comrade Jones Obulu, Chairman of Kiagbodo community, on his part, said the clearing of water hyacinths from the river had been the a priority for the people, saying, “God used Alubeze to answer our prayers by opening the river down to the river Niger.

Mr. Choice Weleke, a civil servant, said the lawmaker is one in a million in the country, saying he continuously gives to the less privileged and children in orphanages across the South-South.

Mr. Friday Odokpor, a constituent, expressed gratitude to Alubeze for clearing Kiagbodo River.

“We want him to continue to represent us.   We have implicit confidence in him as a nice man, very kind, generous, tolerant and with high understanding”, he said

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