May 18, 2024

OKUAMA-EWU: Ogbodo clarifies Oborevwori’s plan for displaced persons

Gov Oborevwori

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South and Akpokona Omafuaire

The Chairman of the Management Committee of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp by Delta State government to resettle and rehabilitate displaced citizens of Okuama-Ewu community in Ughelli South Local Government Area, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, has explained the government’s plans for the residents.

Ogbodo, a former editor of Guardian newspapers, who said the camp at Ewu, the traditional headquarters of the Ewu clan was set to receive displaced persons, informed reporters that the government’s intention was first to take the people out of the forest to a suitable place and proceed with the next stage of rebuilding the community.

His words: “The mandate of this Committee is to ensure that the residents are taken out from the forest to stay in a habitable place, while the government looks at substantive issues of bringing Okuama community that has been destroyed according to a report on a baseline condition.”

Describing the intention as “noble enough,” he said, “We must not run away from the fact that there are lingering issues. The government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of those that will operate the IDP Camp, and that everything goes well.”

Ogbodo said the government was prepared to fix Okuama children in secondary school at the Ewu Grammar School, Ewu, and pupils at Ewu and Iheraki Primary Schools.

Responding to the seeming rebuff of the IDP camp by some natives, he said, “Our appeal to Okuama people is that the government means well, and for the government to do what it wishes to do, they have to be here while the government intervenes in the bigger issue of returning them to a baseline condition in their Okuama community.
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