Ijaw communities in Edo allege abandonment
Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Ozioruva Aliu, BENIN CITY

Ijaw communities in three Local Government areas in Edo State, on Monday, alleged abandonment by successive governments in the state.

A statement signed by the Secretary, Westery Zone of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Omaghomi Olu-Derimon, lamented that the Ijaw communities in Ikpoba-Okha, Ovia North-East and Ovia South-West Local Government areas of the state have been left to provide social amenities for themselves.

He said the communities are without good roads, portable water and healthcare facilities including dilapidated schools where their children are made to learned.

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He lamented that some of the schools in the villages were built in the 1st and 2nd Republics and have since been abandoned by successive governments.

  He appealed to Governo Godwin Obaseki to, as a matter of urgency, see to the correction of the situation in order for the people to have sense of belonging.

He said: “This age-long seeming abandonment and marginalisation have forced us to ask ourselves if we are really still part of the state.

“We have been facing this neglect ever since; it is not just Obaseki’s administration.

“The riverine areas of Edo is mostly occupied by the Ijaw and it is the most underdeveloped area of the state.

“Owing to the neglect of the area by past  administrations, the most of these communities lacks government presence in terms of primary health care, portable water, schools, water hyacinth control and good roads.

“With over 200 major and satellite communities, we have contributed to the socio-economic development of the state, yet there is nothing to show for it.

“Just recently, the government of Edo listed some roads for construction and rehabilitation, but none of our communities were captured.

“Our means of livelihood is threatened because of water hyacinth and nothing is being done about it, meanwhile a lot of development is taking place in the city,” he stated.

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