Osinbajo Assures Edo Oil Producing Communities Of Govt Support

He said the government would prosecute contractors who abandon projects.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has arrived Benin, the Edo State capital. The Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri spoke on behalf of the the Ovia North East people, Johnson Acheghele spoke for Ikpoba Okhai people while Osaiten Osadolor spoke on behalf of Orhionmwon people.

Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration had planned to develop a master plan for the 38 oil producing communities in the state.

"If you know that our place is not secured (for you to visit), leave our oil alone", the representative of the agitators told the acting president.

It took the intervention of the deputy governor, Shaibu and security agents to douse the tension in the hall.

It can be recalled that Osinbajo was in Edo in continuation of his visit to the Niger Delta for dialogue with the people on the issues affecting the region.

In his response, the Acting President told the protesters that he would visit oil producing communities, adding that they should expect him. The President decided that we must undertake a visit to these communities and hear from the people and seek a better solution to the problems. That is why I am here.

"I can tell you precisely how much has been voted to several communities and there is no sign of development in those areas".

He explained the "new vision" of President Muhammadu Buhari for the people of the Niger Delta.

"Many of these projects that are supposed to be completed are in the book but many have not even started all".

Commending the youths and leaders of oil producing communities in the state for not having a record of pipeline vandalism in the 40 years of oil discovery in the area, he maintained that for optimum utilisation and a means of saving cost, power stations should be stationed where gas deposits are domiciled to generate electricity. "Everywhere I look, the story is same, many people have been deprived and corruption has deprived the people of the oil communities of infrastructural development".

This post was syndicated from Nigerian News from Leadership News. The kind of engagement we are talking about is not lightly at all. "The time we have spent in the past few days going from communities to communities show that it is a serious engagement".

  • Leroy Wright