By Gab Ejuwa
Itsekiri indigenes in the United States of America on the aegis of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA, have decried the absence of a state-owned tertiary institution in Itsekiriland.
The group, at its 20th Annual Convention held in the US, said that despite the enormous contributions of the Itsekiri nation to the country’s economy, there are no tangible developmental project and tertiary institutions in Itsekiriland.
Professor Oritsegbemi Omatete, in his key note address, blamed the underdevelopment of the Itsekiri nation on failure of past Itsekiri leaders, state and Federal Governments, whom he said failed to develop the Itsekiri communities.
According to him, the Itsekiri ethnic nationality is a major stakeholder and contributor to the state and federal coffers, yet it has none of the state’s 20 institutions in any of its communities, saying it was an aberration which must be corrected quickly.
He said, “Failure to educate the young ones promotes ignorance. Former leaders were more concerned with amassing wealth to the detriment of the Itsekiri nationality.”
Prof. Omatete urged the group to pursue the establishment of more secondary schools, promotion of the Itsekiri language and healthcare projects in Itsekiri communities, noting that these will prepare more Itsekiri youths for positions of leadership.