On the heels of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa’s visit to Burutu Local Government Area today, an Ijaw group, Ijaw Interest Advocates (IIA), has accused the state government under his leadership of non-performance as it relates to the deliverance of democratic dividends to the locality.
In a statement jointly signed by its coordinator, Arerebo Peters Jnr. and its spokesman, Obiri Jonathan, the group expressed its utter disappointment “at the gross marginalization done to the Ijaw people by his administration.”
Going further, the group stated: “We feel provoked to the highest degree that after giving block votes to this administration; Gov. Okowa could not give the people block developments.
“While even local government areas that did not give support to Okowa the way Burutu did are having their visible signs of developmental projects, Burutu is wallowing in the scourge of under-development.”
The petitioners listed some major road construction projects that the Okowa administration has embarked on in other areas of the state
“What then are the signs of the smartness of the government in Ijaw areas?
“Why is the government so slow in Ijaw areas but smart in other parts of the state even when he got smart votes from the Ijaw people?”
IIA stressed that “it is now correct to say that we have been vindicated in our claim that Gov. Okowa is an anti-Ijaw governor given the none existence of projects to commission in the 77 communities in Burutu L.G.A. after 3 years.”