Engr. Udengs Eradiri, the Labour Party Governorship Candidate for Bayelsa State, has brought the issue of underdevelopment in Ijaw communities to the forefront as the governorship election scheduled for November 11 approaches.
At a recent rally, Eradiri made a candid statement, saying, “I have seen the nakedness of neglect in our communities by the government of Ijaw people, not by Yorubas or Northerners.” This strong remark emphasizes his commitment to addressing the longstanding challenges faced by Ijaw communities.
Eradiri stressed that the neglect and underdevelopment of Ijaw regions have been perpetuated by local leadership, rather than external forces. He has pledged to prioritize infrastructure development, education, and healthcare services to uplift the Ijaw people.
Read Profile of Udengs Eradiri
Engineer Udengs was born on March 22nd, 1976 to the popular Eradiri family from Agudama-Ekpetiama community in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa state.
He started his early education in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, then later went to Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, he finally completed his secondary education in his hometown. He got admitted into the University of Benin where he studied Production Engineering, thereafter, he did a course in Dredging Technology.
The young Udengs ventured into politics early as an undergraduate at University of Benin, where he held several positions as Member of parliament, UNIBEN, Secretary of Bayelsa State Students Association, National Union of Bayelsa State Students, NUBSS, President of Engineering Students Association and Izon-ebe student politics.
With this political background and experience, he joined the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC where he became the Secretary-General and later became the President of IYC in 2016. He organized the youth body to serve as a voice and platform for the advancement of Ijaw youths.
Udengs Eradiri later became the Commissioner for Youth Development in 2018. As a man of action, he started a youth policy in the state to ensure that young people in Bayelsa state are given an opportunity to be part of governance. He created a database of young persons who are talented in various skills in the agricultural sector, fish farming entrepreneurship, arts and craftsmanship. Through his innovative ideas, many young talented persons were discovered, empowered and given opportunities to showcase their skills and abilities within and outside the state.
Engr. Udengs later moved to the Ministry of Environment as its Commissioner, a position he held for only a few months, he reorganized the Ministry and established a climate change unit and department of legal services.
Engr. Udengs was the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports to the immediate past Sole Administrator of NDDC, and was reappointed presently to Acting MD of the NDDC.
Currently, he runs his own business, Radnitz Integrated Services which specializes in dredging, oil and gas services. He is a dredging expert.
Having exposed himself to other parts of the world and seen their growth and development, he is motivated to be a part of solving the problems of the Ijaw youths, the Niger Delta region and particularly, Bayelsa state.