YENAGOA-The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide under the leadership of Barr. Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo has joined others to felicitate with the government and people of Delta State on its 26 years anniversary celebration. But insists since the creation of the state, the Ijaws have not been treated well in Delta state.
The IYC President expressed its displeasure in the running of the affairs of the State. Stressing that the Ijaw nation has not been adequately covered in terms of distribution of developmental infrastructures.In spite of her huge contribution to the economy of the State, the Ijaw areas usually coached home with little or nothing from successive governments since the State’s creation. ‘‘If not Chief James Onanaefe Ibori who had opened up the Bomadi areas with road networks, no Ijaw community in the State would have been motorable’’ he recalled.
Barr, Oweilaemi, National President of Ijaw youths council made appraisal of the state from its creation in a press release made available to Daily Watch, said ‘‘The 26 years’ creation anniversary is worth celebrating as the State is on the sacred alter of democratic governance imbued with visionary leaders. It is a thing of joy that for the past 26 years Delta State is on the threshold of history, in nation building, as the State has produced people-oriented leaders in every facet of human endeavours which has hitherto impacted the standard of living in the Country on the positive note’’
‘‘IYC hereby congratulates the founding fathers of the State, the governments in the past and present as well as the good people of Delta State. We specifically congratulate the present Government led by His Excellencies, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and his indefatigable Deputy, Barr. (DCN) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro for their leadership astuteness in steering the ship of State. Delta State is on the road map to success with Okowa and Otuaro on the saddle of leadership.’’ He noted
The IYC boss said that ‘‘IYC as the voice of the Ijaw youth and as critical stakeholders in the building of the State wishes to express its displeasure in the running of the affairs of the State. The Ijaw nation has not been adequately covered in terms of distribution of developmental infrastructures. In spite of her huge contribution to the economy of the State, the Ijaw areas usually coached home with little or nothing from successive governments since the State’s creation. If not Chief James Onanaefe Ibori who had opened up the Bomadi areas with road networks, no Ijaw community in the State would have been motorable’’ he lamented.
Oweilaemi, however, appealed tothe Government of Sen. Okowa to be responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the Ijaws in the State. ‘‘We are not unaware of the present pool of distribution of developmental infrastructures in the State which has benefited some selected Ijaw communities across the five LGs of Bomadi, Burutu, Patani, Warri South West and Warri North, the Council still encourages the Government to pay more attention to the Ijaw communities as the areas require his attention more than ever before. The abandoned Ayakoromo Bridge, the Bomadi Polytechnic and other laudable projects in the Ijaw communities should not be consigned to the waste basket.
‘‘The joy of Ijaw man in Delta State is to feel the impact of development in his community. The Council therefore commend Gov. Okowa and his Deputy, DCN Otuaro for the constructions of ongoing/proposed access roads in Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Burutu town, Ogulagha and Sokebulou communities. The IYC further urge the Government to not only ensure the timely completion of these projects but also implore it to spread its tentacles of development to other Ijaw communities in the State’’ the statement said.