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IYC laments alleged marginalisation of Ijaw in political appointments

By Michael Egbejule (Benin City) and Adeyemi Adepetun (Lagos)
11 October 2021   |   3:13 am
The Ijaw ethnic nationality, yesterday, lamented the alleged neglect and marginalisation of its people in Edo State, insisting that being indigenes of the state...

[FILE PHOTO ]Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)

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The Ijaw ethnic nationality, yesterday, lamented the alleged neglect and marginalisation of its people in Edo State, insisting that being indigenes of the state, they deserve a commissionership position in the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.

They said in spite of their contributions economically and politically to the development of the state, they had been neglected in infrastructure and political representation.

Briefing journalists in Benin City on behalf of the five Ijaw clans in Edo and the entire Ijaw nation, Secretary of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Western Zone, comprising Ondo, Edo and Delta states, Olu-Derimon Omaghomi, expressed displeasure at the political situation in the state.

Omaghomi, who spoke in solidarity with clan chairmen, secretaries and women leaders from the five clans in the state, lamented that of the 11 commissioner-nominees and two special advisers Obaseki sent to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation, no Ijaw name was included despite voting for Obaseki massively in the 2020 governorship election.

“We are not happy as Ijaw people. We are Ijaw people and we have five clans in Edo State namely: Egbema, Olodiama, Gbaraun, Furupagha and Okomu. And all the clans are economically viable. We have contributed economically and politiacally to the growth of Edo State.

“Our votes from the five clans in Ovia South-West, Ovia North-East and Ikpob-Okha were massive in the 2020 governorship election, but as I speak, the Ijaw ethnic group of Edo State has been marginalised,” he said.

He recalled that prior to Obaseki’s re-election in 2020, he consulted widely with Ijaw leaders like Tompolo, governor Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, elders statesman, Edwin Clark and several other Ijaw leaders to help talk to Ijaw people in the state to support him, which he said they did by voting for massively for the governor.

MEANWHILE, the Edo State Government and the Zinox Group, will on today, sign an agreement for the supply of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools to deepen reforms in the state’s public service.

Addressing journalists in Benin City, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management, Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun, said the state government was working with Zinox, as technology partner to boost capacity of the civil service through deployment of digital tools.

She said the agreement would commence a process to digitise government processes, adding: “The agreement is also an expression of the state government’s desire to support indigenous businesses and grow Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

Ajose-Adeogun said the deployment of the ICT tools would support the state’s civil and public service transformation programme.

Also speaking on the strategic agreement, Managing Director of Zinox, Kelechi Eze-Okonta, who described Edo State as a potential tech haven, affirmed that the partnership would transform its fortunes and make it an example for other states.

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