June 25, 2024

Again, Rivers women barricade Port Harcourt airport’s gate, decry neglect


By Davies Iheamnachor, PORT HARCOURT

Women from the host community to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State, Tuesday barricaded the entrance gate of the aviation institution over alleged neglect by the management and operators of the facility.

This was the second time in three months women of the host Ipo Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state were barricading the entrance of the International Airport in protest.

It would be recalled that, March this year, when a similar protest was held immediately past Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Sergeant Awuse, had intervened and calmed the protesters.

Awuse, had pleaded with the protesters to return home that he would liaise with stakeholders and meet with the airport authority to resolve the issues raised.

But the protesters who resumed protest, yesterday, the intervention of the monarch did not yield the expected result.

The protesters stormed the airport gate with placards bearing, “Ipo Women are on a Peaceful Protest,” “We Deserve Better Treatment as Host Community, “We Want Electricity in Our Community,” “We Demand Our Citizens Rights,” and others.

The aggrieved women regretted that despite hosting the Airport for many years that the community have not gotten commensurate development, adding that they still lack electricity and other vital social amenities.

Speaking one of the leaders of the protest Orinda Amadi said noted that they were pout to protest lack of electricity, adding that they were being neglected by the airport authorities.

Orinda said: “In March this year we came here to protest over lack of power supply and other basic amenities. They promised to look into the matter. But till now nothing has been done. That is why we are here. You can see our pots, we will cook here and stay here. We will be here until they answer us.”

Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency at the House of Representatives, Boniface Emerengwa, appealed on the women to return home while the State Government through the LGA makes efforts to look into the issues.