Those castigating our ongoing internal road project are enemies – Ikpide PG
The president-general, who is a seasoned engineer and retiree of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), stated this, yesterday, during a solidarity match organised by the community along with parts of the new road.
According to Orose, the community is impressed with the quality of work done so far and are expecting the full completion of the job anytime soon.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the community, the President General, Engr. Orose Edemo assured that the community was satisfied with the ongoing project.
He said: “As far as the Ikpide indigenes are concerned, we have no problem with the road that is being constructed, the project is ongoing and we have been enjoying the services of the road for the past two years.
“All the areas and sections that have been done are motorable, we have trailers coming here, and we have tankers driving in and going out there have been no problem. Since you came, you have been going around, have you seen any problem with the road? So, we are very satisfied with the work that is going on.
“Ikpide are happy with the road that is being constructed. The town has nothing to do with anybody that claims the road is not good. All such claims are false. Any claim that the road is substandard is in the imagination of those that are making such claims and in the newspapers, it is not the reality on the ground which you have seen for yourself.
“We want to thank the governor for this kind gesture. Ikpide is a small community and we are so surprised that he has chosen to fish us out. We are happy and we pray that his administration, his smart agenda is a testimony to behold and that God should bless him. We equally use this medium to ask for the governor for more largesse.”
While displaying placards bearing various inscriptions such as, “say no to journalism of blackmail”, “say no to yellow journalism”, “Ikpide man do not fall for blackmail”, “Ikpide road is engineeringly on course”, “Ikpide people greet you our dear governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa”, “Okpugo is Ikpide! Ikpide is Okpugo!”.
The crowd, which consists of indigenes of Ikpide community drawn from the various chapters of the Ikpide Development Union nationwide, prayed God to bless the state governor and High Chief Emoefe for the road.
In his remark, Pius Utolo, a notable Chief and ex-president general of the community, said, “It is only God that gave us this road and we should appreciate the governor and those that met the governor that made him approve road for us.
“We don’t have oil, we don’t have any means of generating revenue to the state yet he considered us and gave us this road, so we are very happy and pray that God will bless them.”
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