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The seeming marginalization and indeed
total neglect of Ika South by the state government, particularly since the
administration of James Ibori and under the current government of Dr. Emmanuel
Uduaghan has been described as unfair to Ika people, who are known to be active
supporters of the state government.


The observation was made by an indigene
of Ogbemuden, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area, Elder Sunday Onyibe
while fielding questions from Ika Weekly on Monday July 12, 2010 at his
residence by Orikeze Avenue, Ime-Obi.


Mr. Onyibe who descried the deplorable
state of infrastructure, particularly roads in Ika South, stated that “since
the time of Ibori, up till now, Ika South has not benefitted anything tangible
from the state. It is like the area is not part of Delta State. Even the few
roads said to have been awarded during the time of Ibori are yet to be
completed. Take for instance, the Alisimie-Oza-nogogo-Omumu road, the job ended
at Alisimie. The whole of Oza-nogogo community is without motorable roads.”


He regretted that the promise by
governor Uduaghan, during his campaign, that he will complete all on-going
projects have not been fulfilled, adding that the people of Ika South have been
taken for granted by the current administration, which he maintained has no
place for the people.


In this words “sadly, since the
inception of Uduaghan’s administration in the last 3 years, there is nothing to
point at as development effort in Ika South, by the state government. Even the
old Lagos/Asaba road dualization he promised he was going to do, has remained
in limbo, not going forward, and not going backward. Now, maybe because
election is around the corner, we are seeing a semblance of construction
activities at the Orogodo bridge axis of the road, nobody knows exactly what
Hi-Tech is up to. They have been off and on. Rotec has played its own tricks on
the people and disappeared. It is really sad. Agbor people really want to know
what they have done to governor Uduaghan and his predecessor, James Ibori, for
their neglect of the area. Why is there no development in Agbor since 1999? We
want to know if it is our sons and daughters in politics who are denying our
people access to the so-called dividends of democracy.”


Speaking further, Elder Onyibe noted
that as elections are getting closer, with a lot of people indicating interest
in one elective office or the other, there is the need for Ika people to pitch
their tent with credible aspirants, who will use their positions to improve
their standard of living. He added that those who have held any public office
before must first give account of their stewardship before asking for another
support from the people.


He also suggested that those who have
been in government since 1999 should give way for others to take over, advising
that “they should leave the stage for the younger generations, to see what they
can do to affect the lives of the people positively. Agbor people want
pragmatic leadership. A leadership that will champion their interest and
represent them well. Our people have been patient; we should not be seen as
fools. We are more concerned with those who have the interest of the people and
not those who are only out to satisfy their selfish interest.”          

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