IYC lauds Obaseki for infrastructural development in riverine communities


The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for developing the infrastructure in riverine communities, particularly Ijaw communities of the state.

The commendation is contained in an statement by Mr Omaghomi OluDerimon, the Western Zone Secretary of the IYC, which was made available to newsmen in Benin on Sunday.

OluDerimon said the people were excited about the efforts of the current administration in Edo toward the development of their communities.

The IYC western zone secretary noted that this had been the demand of the Ijaws to successive administrations in the state.

He stressed that the recent flag-off of the Ajoki-Ikpako road project and the proposed modern health center at Gelegele were pointers to government’s response to the people’s yearnings.

He said: “The Ijaw Youth Council is not a political party or group but a social cultural organisation with a clear mandate to speak for the Ijaw people and the Niger Delta by extension.

“The IYC Western Zone has constantly called on Governor Obaseki to give adequate attention to the riverine communities and exend the good work he is doing in the city down to these areas.

“Just recently we saw the governor flag-off the Ajoki-Ikpako road project.
“We are aware via the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC), of the proposal for a modern health center and the one kilometer road project in Gelegele and environs.

“While we are appreciative of this development, we want to quickly appeal that he should bear in mind his promise on the Udo-Inikorogha-Ofunama road and other riverine communities.

“Like we have always maintained, the governor is doing a lot.

“All we expect is for him to extend or replicate this infrastructural development in the riverine terrain which has a lot of economic potentials to move the state forward.”

OluDerimon called on the governor to start building a maritime academy in one of the riverine communities “to complement the seaport project and the marine police headquarters in Gelegele.”



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