Okowa pledges to address infrastructure neglect in Ndokwa
The Ndokwa Neku Union (NNU) has decried the dearth of infrastructure in Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Ukuwani councils of Delta State, which it said, have remained neglected since 1905.
It lamented that the area has been left without any form of modernity and federal appointments, in spite of producing 110,000 barrels of oil per day.
The group also urged the state government to revisit the issue and correct the imbalance in their nine per cent derivation, based on increased production quantum output by 55,000 barrels per day.
It stated this while presenting its constitutional amendment, listing factor hampering economic and political development at its General Assembly, Merit Awards and Fund Raising at the Kwale Township Stadium.
The group stressed that Ndokwa nation had been denied federal appointments and the least position they would accept from any political party hoping to get their votes in 2023 would be Deputy Governor of the state just as it pleaded with other ethnic groups to support their quest.
But Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker of House of Assembly, Ochor Ochor, while acknowledging lack of infrastructure in the three councils, however, promised to sustain the improvements already recorded by his administration, especially with the Kwale Industrial Park.
He said, “I assure Ndokwa people that we will sustain the tempo. I also assure you that the government means well for every part of the state, especially the three local government areas that make up the Ndokwa nation. Your demands are well noted and will surely get the needed attention.
“Ndokwa should begin to speak with one voice. That is a reason I supported the leadership of NNU, so that we would begin to harness all the dividends due our people.”
In his welcome address, NNU President General, Chief Johnson Opone, while thanking Okowa for building a bridge to replace the jaded pontoon across the Ase Creek, presented a draft constitution, giving back the group to his people, as each clan would henceforth present an executive body that would relate with the grassroots level.