By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A political pressure group under the aegies of the League of Burutu
Democrats (LBD) has called on the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi
Okowa to advice and warn public office holders in Burutu Local
Government Area to stop the imposition of their children and relatives
on the electorates.
The group made the call in a communique signed by its Publicity
Secretary (Interim Chairman) Richard Tuedon Ekenwan Akwagbe shortly
after its General Meeting on Tuesday.
The group stated that a level-playing ground should be provided for
as many that want to contest any elective positions.
The group warned that any imposition attempt will be greatly resisted.
The group said,”We as a body is harping on the above because some
chairmanship aspirants have started campaigning with the name of the
governor- that they are anointed by him.”
The group stated that all elections especially primary elections and
collation of results of the National Assembly and such other elections
should be done/ held in Burutu town, the headquarters of the oil-rich
Burutu Local Government Area.
While noting that Burutu town is now a ghost of its former self due
to the total absence of political activities, the group said Governor
Okowa should ensure be held there.
The group also urged that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa should take a
critical step at actualizing the Ayakoromo Bridge project which if
executed, will open up four (4) Local Government Areas comprising
Burutu, Bomadi, Ughelli South and Patani.
“We passionately urge the Governor to revisit the several abandoned
projects in the Local Government Area.”
“They include the Foukunou bridge projects in Tuomo, Obotobo-Sokubulo
Concrete Pavement Road, Burutu Township Road and so on.
“That we are using this medium to urgently call on the Governor to very
passionately, and for the purposes of equity, justice and fairess,
appoint permanent secretaries of Burutu, Bomadi and patani origin into
the Delta State Civil Service. We note most pathetically that after
the appointment of Mr. Reginald Bayoko as the Head of Service, the
Ijaws, particularly Burutu has been left without a permanent secretary
for more than two years.”
The group lamented that no single Ijaw Chief Inspector of Education
(CIE) in the whole of the Delta state educational system even though
they are very qualified personnel’s form the Ijaw area.
The group stated that the Ijaws are being short-changed as a people
just it called on all political office holders in Burutu to stop the
divisive politics they are presently playing and work in synergy in
order to bring the much needed dividends of democracy to the people.