By Chancel Bomadi Sunday
Youths of Bomadi local government area of Delta state have sent a strong signal to the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, asking him to complete the ongoing Electricity Tower project across River Forcados before the arrival of his campaign train to Bomadi on 23rd January, 2019.
The youths who protested with placards at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ward-to-ward campaign ground at Bomadi, vowed to mess up the governor’s campaign gathering if he failed to heed their stance.
The protesting youths also blocked the commissioner of Energy, Barr Newworld Safugha, during his inspection visit to the project site a day to the campaign, chanting “No electricity in Bomadi, no campaign, no electricity in Bomadi, no election”.
The project manager, Engr Oghenevo Ogbor, hinted Safugha, whose ministry is saddled with the responsibility of the project, that it would take up to three weeks to complete the project, which is beyond the scheduled January 23rd Okowa campaign visit to the council area.
Speaking for the protesters, Comrade Daniel Erebor, said “we are not happy over our situation. Light is an essential amenity that can bring development to Bomadi.
In a situation whereby we don’t have light and you want us to give you our votes, we cannot guarantee that.
“We are telling Okowa that without light in Bomadi local government we will not guarantee him our votes.
“If on the other hand, Bomadi will have light before the general elections, then we will guarantee him our votes”.
However, some inscriptions on the placards read: “Warning! warning!! warning!!! No electricity before January 23rd, No campaign in Bomadi LGA; Okowa and Newworld give us our light; Enough of the darkness our leaders; Bomadians are saying that no electricity no campaign”.
Others are “Bomadi Water Project is a scam, Okowa please give us good water; BOLGASA demands for completion of the Every-Day Market project; BYA demands for employment of our youths, we are tired on the streets; Govt College Bomadi is dying because there is no road to school compound among others.
The protesters, however, had nearly scattered the party’s ward-to-ward campaign ground at Bomadi, when some other youths tried to confront them when they advanced with their placards to the high table, chanting the same song.
However, political leaders in the council area also expressed concern over the demands of the youths.
Lawmaker representing Delta South Senatorial District, James manager, Hon. Nicholas Mutu, lawmaker representing Patani/Bomadi Constituency at the green chambers and Hon. Kenneth Oboro Preyor representing Bomadi Constituency at the state Assembly all agreed that the demands of the youths were not out of place.
They appealed for calm on the part the youths, assuring them that government would complete the project within the shortest possible time.