The Ijaws of Edo State have condemned the exclusion of their communities from the 2017 list of projects to be executed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), added that this act of exclusion is a confirmation of the marginalization, deprivation, denials and total neglect the Ijaws of Edo State have been suffering.
Over 35 projects approved for execution in 2017 by the NDDC in Edo State, non is located or sited in any of the over 40 major communities and over 35 sub villages, when indeed the Ijaw areas form a major part to qualify Edo State as part of NDDC states.
While reacting to this development, spokesperson for the Edo Ijaw communities, Hon. Comrade Uroupa Samson who is also the National Coordinator, Coastal Mandate For Peace and Development, and the Organizing Secretary, Ijaw National Congress said this evil was freely perpetrated because the Edo Ijaws had nobody to represent their interest during projects identification and selection process in the state..
Said he, “nobody carries our interest in the board of the NDDC both at the state and federal levels. No one single Ijaw person is employed at the state office of the NDDC and Niger Delta Ministry (NDM), hence we are always shut out from the activities and programmes of these developments agencies established to address the critical issues of development in the Niger Delta”.
He further said these abnormalities apply to the elected representatives at both state and federal levels, hence non of them has attracted any developmental project to Ijaw communities or sited any constituency funded project in Ijaw areas of Edo State.
Comrade Uroupa appealed to the management of the NDDC in the state and federal levels to correct these abnormalities, particularly discrimination against Edo Ijaws both in area of projects allocation and employment of persons as a matter of urgency for equity and fairness.