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Marginalization Of Delta Ijaws: Orubebe Is Right, Okowa Marginalization To Ijaw Is Second To Non, IDE Blows Hot



Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa

Marginalization Of Delta Ijaws: Orubebe Is Right, Okowa Marginalization To Ijaw Is Second To Non, IDE Blows Hot


Warri: One of the foremost Niger Delta right group Ijaw Development Exponents ,IDE, has addend the position of former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe that the Governor of Delta State Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is deliberately marginalizing the Ijaw people.

The group frown at the ungracious attitude of Okowa towards the race that made him governor in 2015. Speaking through the Spokesman Hon. Duduke Ebitimi, Okowa is ungrateful and insensitive to Ijaw nation. Ordinary, “he who much is given much is expected”but Okowa with his inordinate consciousness intend to change the age long adage of appreciation as a virtue of reciprocity, on reasons we will no more hesitate to unravel any means possible.

Build up to 2015 governorship Elections, it’s an undisputable fact that the people he is neglecting are the instrumentalists to his victory. Nothing is so painful for someone you have worked so hard for to turn back at you. Ungrateful people always pretend to forget what they are not grateful for. ” making the ungrateful grateful will only bring tears to your eyes, tears of blood bleeding from the heart”. In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues.

It sound hilarious to us when people called him Road Master. For us Okowa is a Road Minor because we see no meaningful road projects in the riverine communities. As at may 2019 Okowa claimed to had embark on the construction of over 450 roads projects, stretching over 1.200 kilometres. How many of these roads are in Ijaw communities? Pathetically he portioned less than 50 kilometres in the whole of Ijaw land and the total sum of the roads is 2.5 kilometres Burutu concrete internal roads project, 20.29 kilometres Obotobo 1.and Obotobo sokebolou in Burutu Local Government Area  of Delta state and the Okerenkoko township road in Warri South West Local Government Area.

Okowa claimed to have built and renovated 3,381 classrooms across the 25 local government areas in the state. How many classrooms are sited or renovated in Ijaw communities? Okowa is spending billions of naira to construct drainages in the state, how many drainage measures has he put in Ijaw communities? Our people are suffering from ravaging flood year in year out, erosion taking away our communities, yet Okowa does not care. No good hospitals, no good drinking water, sanitation and hygienic services provided. Billions of naira are voted to construct bridges across the state but Okowa is purposely starving Ayakoromo bridge project with funds. How can he Okowa convince us that he is not oppose to Ijaw progress and development.

Another conspicuous antics Okowa is applying is to give worthless appointments to Ijaw people. Appointments that cannot bring any development to Ijaw nation. The erstwhile commissioners from Ijaw extraction thank God not because of successful tenure per se but free from neo oppression. They were not at liberty to execute their budgets. Rather Okowa prefer to run delta state affairs through his brother Hilary Ibegbulem.

Absurdly, the current appointments can’t give us the desire development. Okowa on his usual way has manipulated the DESOPADEC appointment to deny Ijaw her rightful position. Enough is Enough!!

Okowa should heed to the clarion call of Orubebe to development Ijaw communities. And give full account and details of how he spent #1.15 trillion the state received as well as its internally regenerated Revenue IGR. Okowa should tell Deltans how much of these monies are reflecting in the Ijaw communities of Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Warri south West and Warri North Local Government Area respectively.


Double Comrade Timi Coleman FHNR Coordinator IDE

Hon. Duduke Ebitimi
Spokesman IDE

Comrade Kelly Gilor is a graduate of Communication Management from Delta State university (Delsu), Abraka. He believes in Justice and Equity with Good Governance. He is an activist of the Niger Delta.

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