Protesters Block Ughelli-Asaba Road Due To Neglect.
After a protest by the Ovrode Community in Isoko North Local Government Area over alleged mistreatment of the community, commuters on the Asaba-Ughelli Expressway were stuck for several hours.
The protesters who besieged the expressway for hours lofted placards with inscription such as, “Ovrode is bleeding, “No federal and State Government projects in Ovrode Community”, “Our Grammar school is in a bad shape, “No teachers and no chairs”, “No Constituency projects in Ovrode Community,” “Oil exploration in our community since 1963 till date and nothing to show for it.”
President General of Ovrode Community, Mr Felix Efedhoma said: “Both State and Federal Governments have abandoned Ovrode Community despite being an Oil producing Community since 1963 till date.
He went on: “Ovrode as an Oil producing Community since 1963 till date, has no federal or state government projects in the community, not even DESOPADEC or NDDC project since 1999 till date.
“Ovrode Community is seriously bleeding. No Primary Health Care Center in the community, No portable water to drink, both Primary and Secondary school in the Community are all dilapidated and no good road network within the community.
“Since two weeks ago that we made the first protest, could you believe that we have not hear from the State or Federal Government. It was four days back that the Local Government Council Chairman called me and appealed that he will see what he can do.
“Not even a response from the Honourable Member representing Isoko North Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly. This is to show the height of negligence from the State and Federal Government.”
Mrs Tina Ataibuno, the community women’s leader, and Ovrode Youth Leader Viano Unwe frowned at the dismal state of infrastructural development in the community, stating that they will continue to protest until relevant authorities respond to them.