We Want More Than Gunboats From Obaseki – IYC

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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) said on Sunday that the Ijaw communities in Edo deserve more from the state government than buying gunboats to boost security in the state’s riverside areas.

Omaghomi Olu-Derimon, secretary, IYC West Zone, made the statement in a press release provided to journalists in Benin on Sunday.

Olu-Derimon, who praised the governor for ramping up security across the state, said Ijaw people want to grow infrastructure in their communities more than ever.

He particularly noted that the people would have been more pleased and elated if the funds used for the gunboats were directed to address the huge infrastructure deficit that was bedevilling the riverine communities.

He said this was particularly so as the first sets of gunboats procured by the government were yet to be utilised.

“It will be wrong if we say the governor is not doing his best in terms of security as it affects the state. 

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“Even the blind can attest to the fact that security in the State has improved tremendously under the leadership of our undaunted Governor. 

“Thanks to all security agencies and the Edo State Vigilante Network who are on the ground in almost all communities in Edo State, including our riverine areas. 

“Just recently the state government announced that it has acquired some gunboats for the riverine areas of Edo state which is mostly occupied by the Ijaws of Edo State. 

“It suffices me to say that the Edo State Government bought similar boats a while ago and we are equally aware these Boats are still very new and are yet to be fully utilised as far as we are concerned, so why buy more? 

“We have cried out several times that Ijaws are marginalised in terms of infrastructural development and political appointments and elective positions. 

“It would excite you to know that Ijaws in Ovia Southwest cannot access Benin City because of the deplorable state of Udo Ofunama Inikorogha road. 

“The people in those communities have to travel through water to Gelegele or Sapele, Delta State before they embark on a road journey to access the Edo State Capital or their local government headquarters.”

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