Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
WARRI- National President of the Ijaw youths council (IYC) world-wide Barr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi has decried that Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has done nothing to get the support of Ijaw people in the state come 2019 polls.
Oweilaemi disclosed this in a statement in Warri on Thursday, said that unless the “miraculous” happens within the next eight months, ‘‘It will do everything to frustrate the election campaigns in its areas. Burutu council area alone gave the third largest votes that saw the governor’s emergence in 2015, yet it has neither infrastructure nor human capital development to show as reward.’’
He stated that this was why the governor is yet to visit any of the Ijaw local government areas for town hall meetings, as he had done to nearly 21 others.
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2019: Governor Okowa Has not Done Enough to Merit Ijaw Votes being the Text of a Press Release by the President of Ijaw Youth Council World Wide, Barrister Oweilaemi R. Pereotubo.
We in the Ijaw Youth Council World Wide, especially as it is in Delta State will not shy away from the truth, no matter whose ox is gored.
It is only about two weeks ago that most governors in Nigeria celebrated their three years in office. The governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa was among the governors that celebrated mostly by reeling out their so-called achievements. In less than eight months from now, these governors, including Dr. Okowa would start canvassing for our votes. There is nothing wrong about that. It is the constitutional right of Okowa and his colleagues to do so.
However, the question that readily comes to my mind as an Ijaw man, and leader of the teeming Ijaw youths world wide, is what has Okowa done in terms of development in Ijaw land to Merit our votes? The answer to this mind-boggling question is practically nothing. Just nothing, yet Burutu Local Government Area alone gave Dr. Okowa the third highest votes in 2015. The reward for this bulk vote from the people is lack of infrastructural and human capital development.
Okowa Has gone round nearly all the twenty-one local council areas in Delta State holding town hall meetings and commissioning projects. The sad story is that he has not been to any of the Ijaw local council to hold town hall meetings because the people will look at him eyeball to eyeball to go out to commission projects if he has any. He has therefore completely avoided going to these areas.
The pain of the average Ijaw person is that the Ijaw nation in Delta State contributes the highest amount of crude oil money to the coffers of the Federal government that makes Delta State to enjoy 13 percent derivation from the federation account. Our reward from Okowa is abandonment in all facets of his administration. If Okowa and his apologists are disputing our claims, we challenge to convene a town hall meeting to tell the people the projects he has done in Ijaw land.
Most the projects he has been using to deceive the people are just on paper. There’s no visible work going on anywhere including the much publicised Ayakoromo bridge project.
Instead of adding to us, Governor Okowa takes away from the Ijaw nation. The only higher institution in Ijaw, the School of Maritime Technology, Burutu has since been fragmented into bits of campuses to the extent that the students population which was once exploding in Burutu is now depleted. That is legacy project by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, but it’s about to be killed by Okowa.
It is common knowledge that second terms in Nigeria for Nigerian political office holders is like extra meal. Every serious government utilizes to the optimum, the first term. That was how Chief James Ibori left the muti-billion Naira Nomadic legacy bridge which has attracted massive development to the people. Ibori left such legacy projects in all the five ethnic regions in Delta State. What will Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa leave behind?
We are using this medium to inform Okowa that we as Ijaw youths shall always be one step ahead of him in his re-election campaigns in Ijaw land. We will ensure we are in every community before he gets there unless he is able to do the miraculous in this remaining short time.