Ondo Community Stakeholders Cry Out Over 16 Years In Darkness.
Stakeholders in the Ute village in Ondo State’s Ose council area have been wailing for more than 16 years about the lack of power.
Oladipo Ajidahun, head of the Ondo State Liberation Movement, spoke out against the state’s previous governments’ “criminal negligence of the town.”
” The past and the present governments in the state feel unconcerned about the plight of the people of the area,” Ajidahun said in a statement issued in Akure.
“The Benin Electricity Distribution (BEDC), that supposed to restore light to the community has also turned deaf ears to the various appeals by the community.
“It’s also very unfortunate, that those that have been representing the area in the past and present in the National Assembly also feel unperturbed, despite the huge amount that they have collected in past and present as constituent funds. Ute and its environs have never benefited from it.
“The so-called Senators and Members of the House Representatives only pocket all the funds.
” For more clarification, the road that links Owo and Ute was never constructed.
“During the regime of Pa Adekunle Ajasin, the said road was awarded to but it was done. Again, during the regime of Late Adebayo Adefarati, the same road was again awarded and despite the fact that the company was mobilized, the company refused to execute the project.
” Going through Ute and its environs you will be wondering if Ute, ever had a representative in Federal or State Assembly as there are no visible government presence in the area.
“It’s just a recent that the present Ondo State government, decided to rehabilitate Ute and Omelege Junction when is virtually cut from rest of the country.
” Despite Ute being the second largest town in Ose council area. It has no social infrastructure to justify its position.
” Going by history’s, Ute, is one of the towns that boost the economy of the Western Region, under the leadership of the Sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Ute, is the largest producer of cocoa after idanre & Ile Oluji.
“The whole log of wood and Timber of the then African Timber, company, Sapele ferry to Abroad then were from Ute Forest Reserve.
“Ute has nothing to show for all its contributions to the Western Region and present Ondo State.