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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has encouraged the Edo State Government, led by Godwin Obaseki, to establish Local Government Development Centres in the state’s riverine towns to speed up development.

Omaghomi Olu-Derimon, Secretary, IYC Western Zone, stated on Saturday that the state’s riverine communities have been left out of infrastructural development.

Despite the fact that this abandonment occurred before Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration, the IYC scribe believes Obaseki should change the narrative.

He also advocated for the establishment of the Riverine Development Agency as part of efforts to ensure the area’s development, as well as a Maritime Academy to prepare the area for the planned Benin River Port in Gelegele.

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He said, “Ijaw communities have been deprived of the presence of ranging from projects execution and political appointments.

“To change this unpleasant situation, we call on the government to create a riverine development Agency or commission to fast-track infrastructural development in that part of the state.

“Also, we are calling for the creation of, at least, three local development centres for the riverine areas of Ovia South West, North East, and Ikpoba-Okha local areas.

“Lastly, we want the establishment of Marine Academy in the riverine terrain to prepare personnel for the off-take of Gelegele seaport and human capacity development base.”

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