politician in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Gabriel
Okoh, has reacted to a recent publication in Ika Weekly, where Mbiri
Progressive Union Vice President, Rev. Ignatius Ogboi passed a vote of no
confidence on the Delta State Government.
Hon. Okoh, said that the action
of Rev. Ogboi Ignatius and the subsequent publication was done in bad faith.
According to him, the Delta State Government has registered its presence in
Mbiri Community and other communities in Ika North East Local Government Areas.
He said that Rev. Ogboi was
wrong by saying that the state government has abandoned the Umunede/Mbiri Road,
adding that contract for the rehabilitation of the road has been awarded, and
that laterite had been poured on the long stretch of road from Umunede to
Mbiri, an indication that the road would be tarred soon.
He noted that the state
government through SUBEB has renovated Primary Schools in Ika North East
including the ones in Mbiri Community, adding that an indigene of the area is
the 1st member of SUBEB, which has helped in giving adequate attention to
schools in the locality.
Hon. Okoh, who is also a
business man regretted that the
so-called Vice President of MPU, who hardly visit home and therefore do not
know what is going on in the community, could be making such outrageous claims
of non performance by the Ika North East Council and State Government. He
advised him to focus more on his pastoral work rather than making
He observed that Mbiri is
represented in government as the Secretary to Ika North East Council is an
indigene of the community as well as the first member of SUBEB, adding that
Governor Uduaghan has tried for the community and so the people should be
grateful to the state government.
Hon. Okoh, who said he is
maternally related to Mbiri Community, urged Rev. Ogboi to tender and
unreserved apology to Mbiri Community and the State Government for the damaging
publication, which he stressed, was capable of causing disaffection between the
community and state government.
He however commended the state
government as well as the Ika North East Council for their efforts so far in
improving infrastructure in the locality and urged both tiers of government not
He said that the people of Mbiri
are grateful to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the Council
Chairman, Princess Ijenwa Okunonke for their efforts in trying to open up
hitherto abandoned roads in the area.
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