Published On: Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

IYC attacks Otuaro for boycotting Ogulagha landing jetty, raises other issues

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The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State has lashed out on the Deputy Governor and his team for boycotting Ogulagha community’s landing jetty.

Barr. (Dcn) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro Deputy Governor of Delta State

IYC made the call in a press statement issued to newsmen yesterday in Warri by its Chairman, Comr. Doubra Collins Okotete.

The youth leader who was reacting on the two days conference organized by the Delta State Government through its Advocacy Committee Against Vandalization of Oil & Gas Facilities, headed by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. (Dcn) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro at Ogulagha community recently had maintained that the youths were not happy with the Deputy Governor and his team for boycotting the community’s general landing jetty by using the SPDC owned jetty inside the terminal.

According to Okotete, such visit would have allowed the Delta State Government to see for itself the sufferings of the people in the transportation sector.

The Ogulagha Kingdom structure of IYC had also urged the Delta State Government to as a matter of urgency complete all ongoing projects in the Kingdom before the 2019 general elections.

The statement read in part: “However, we are frowning and expressing our unhappiness for the deliberate ploy by the government team led by H. E Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, the leadership of Ogulagha Community and the Ogulagha political class for deliberately boycotting the generally used community landing waterside, hence, unable to appreciate the long standing challenges bedeviling the Ogulagha community as regards transportation.

“IYC leadership believes the deputy governor is aware of these challenges as we could recall he passed through this same route to deliver a lecture 10yrs ago during a youth summit.

“The IYC leadership strongly condemns the idea of the entire team passing through the SPDC owned Jetty build inside the Forcados Terminal instead of landing and passing through the community owned waterside in order to appreciate the challenges and the urgent need to dredge and build the landing jetty and other basic amenities that the community has been deprived off over the years despite being host to giant oil multinationals and being major contributors to the economy of Burutu LGA, Delta Sate and Nigeria as a nation.

“Truly, the two-days conference was strategic but also would have attracted an instantaneous pronouncement and commitment considering the poor state and suffering our people are going through. It is unfortunate and could be better described as an act of “Starvation in the means of plenty” as seen in a medical condition termed Diabetes Mellitus. An adnexa of the visit, the IYC leadership believes is to appreciate the challenges faced by the people sustaining the nation’s economy and this would have served as an avenue to reiterate and stress the need for the state government to swing into action in solving our long standing challenges of building a befitting landing jetty, dredging of our landing waterside and this would have reduced and also stop the sufferings of our younger ones backing passengers to and from boats. This is only experienced in Ogulagha community in the entire country in this 21st century.

“We are calling on the Delta State Deputy Governor Otuaro to ensure that the ongoing government projects in Ogulagha kingdom are completed before the 2019 elections which we believe will serve as a yardstick for measuring the performance of his government and in turn boost their chances of being re-elected come 2019.

“On the part of securing oil installations and sustaining the already existing peace in our environment, we equally urge all youths to embrace, support, be vigilant and work with the already existing structures in the kingdom and government security agencies to help avert not only insecurity but to also discourage environmental degradation.

“Therefore, we urge the state government to continue in the spirit of peace-building, socio-economic and infrastructural development and encourage H.E the deputy governor Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro to ensure that the Smart Agenda and Prosperity promised to all Deltans cut across all corners of the entire Ijaw communities as massively done in Delta North which is the primary area where Governor Okowa hails from.” IYC had stated

(SOURCE -THE LIBERATOR)

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