Published On: Sun, Apr 9th, 2017

THE CONTINUED SILENCE ON AYAKOROMO BRIDGE PROJECT: GOV. OKOWA IS TRADING WITH OUR DESTINIES

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FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND ANTI-CORRUPTION CRUSADE (FHRACC)

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Press Release

9th April, 2017

 

The continuing conspiracy of silence being observed by the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa is an indication that he has abandoned the Ayakoromo bridge project. With the series of appeal by well-meaning individuals and institutions to the Governor to complete the Project coupled with his resultantly lukewarm disposition of the pleas, we have come to the irrebuttable conclusion that the Government has abandoned the Project. The Governor has no justification in abandoning such important project except he is punishing his people for entrusting in with their votes.

We have said it time without number that this is a project that will benefit a good number of communities in Burutu, Bomadi and Ughelli South LGAs. The Governor should know that he is doing the greatest disservice to the people who voted him into power if he has chosen to abandon this laudable project. The riverine communities of Ayakoromo, Bubougbene, Newtown, Egolegbene, Akparemogbene, Eseimogbene, Ekametagbene, Oyangbene, Gbekebor, Obotebe, Okrika, Frukama, Ezebiri, Ogodobiri, Okoloba, Okoboama, Akugbene, Ogbeinma, Esanma, Enekorogha, Igbo-Ede, Okwagbe and several others will be victimised by the Governor’s act of political attrition. If these communities are not good enough to benefit from Okowa’s Government then they may also withdraw their support for the Government.

We are giving the Governor within one month to address the issue of the abandoned Ayakoromo Bridge otherwise, we shall mobilise the riverine communities to protest against the Government. This is our lives and shall take our destinies in our hands if the Government refuses to give us the means of life. It must be recalled that Okowa also used this Project to campaign for his election in 2015. We wondered why he is foot dragging in completing the Project. For the information of the general public, the bridge project was awarded by the Uduaghan administration with the sum of sum of N6,530,223,262.50. The last administration, before leaving office, has already paid a total sum of N3,098,000,000.00 leaving a balance of N3,432,223,262.50. Three billion naira is the amount left for Okowa to complete the project. How justifiable it is for Dr. Okowa to cynically shirks in completing the already executed Project? If the Governor felt these communities did not deserved to benefit from his Government then he should not also expect their support any further. At least 2019 is going to be another deciding year for Nigerians and the riverine communities will be glad to know who their enemy is.

Signed:

Alaowei Ebikonbowei Esq.

National President.

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