By Edighomor Victor, Yenagoa
The Youth President of Elebele Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Saturday, has decried the lack of social amenities in the area, saying they have been abandoned by the three tiers of government by both federal and state.
Speaking with Daily Watch the leader of Youths in Elebele community Mr Okala Azibola, stated that projects in the community, including a 33 years old bridge that collapsed recently, disconnecting movement into and out of the community.
Azibola, who had spent the major part of his life in Elebele, said people of the oil producing community had to provide power supply by themselves due to the lack of electricity.
The Youth leader, also decried the total absence of a Primary Health Care Centre in the community, stressing that there was an urgent need to build one because the people of the community are compelled to travel long distances to get medical care.
He also alleged that the lives of pregnant women and children in the area were in danger as they have to travel all the way to Yenagoa to get medical attention even in cases of emergency.
According to him, Elebele has no good road facility and proper drainage system, making the roads in the area unusable during the rains.
Explaining further, he pointed out the fact that the 33 years old bridge that collapsed recently is the shortest route that link the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, comprising Ogbia, Nembe and Brass LGAs to the Bayelsa State Capital, Yenagoa.
“This is the second time this bridge is collapsing. The bridge was built by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the late 80s.
“The collapse of this bridge is making life difficult for our people because transportation fare to Yenagoa from Elebele has doubled,” he lamented.
He also complained of the poor condition of the Senior Secondary School in the community, stating that they had to send their children to schools in other communities because they can’t afford to allow their children study under such pitiable conditions.
Azibola added that the Secondary School building that was constructed by the current administration at the state level, needs urgent renovation as it may collapse soon.
“As a matter of fact, Elebele community lack these basic social amenities. As an oil producing community which has contributed immensely to the growth of this Nation.
“We are not supposed to lack these basic social amenities in this modern age and time,” he said.
He appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency build a new bridge, school, health center, provide electricity ,water supply and rehabilitate the roads inside and around the community.
The Youth Leader, said that the community lacked good road network, senior secondary school and power supply in spite of various complaints made to the relevant authorities, “nothing has been done”.
To this end, Azibola revealed that the community had decided to oppose any politician that would make promises and not fulfil them in the forthcoming November 16th governorship election, stating that they were fed up of their deceit.
“When the time comes we will not vote for anybody anyhow again like we used to, they have been deceiving our people making promises and we have not seen any positive development.
“I also want to appeal to Multi National Oil Companies operating in this area, especially SPDC and Agip to come to our aid.
“Am also using this medium to appeal to the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to look into our sad story,” he appealed.