A leading Niger Delta youth leader, Amb. John Dekawei has appealed to His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State to consider providing portable drinkable water for Delta Ijaw riverine communities.
Amb. John Dekawei made the appeal yesterday in Warri after embarking on a tour to some Ijaw riverine communities in the state via a statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide.
The young Niger Delta social crusader and advocate of good governance had lauded His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on his developmental strides in the state, stressing that it is through Okowa that most Ijaw riverine communities in Delta state can now boast of internal roads using Burutu Local Government, Warri South West and others as reference points.
The revered philanthropist had noted that the Ijaws of Delta State would continue to be grateful to Okowa for addressing some of the age long issues that had bedevilled the area for long.
However, like Oliver Twist, Amb. John Dekawei appealed to the Governor that it has become a sad reality that no Ijaw riverine community in Delta State can boast of drinkable water for all these years, adding that the issue of providing water for the people should be looked into.
Nevertheless, while describing Okowa as a listening Governor, Dekawei had pleaded that the Governor should prioritise the provision of drinkable water for the people, adding that posterity will always judge him right.
The renowned Niger Delta human rights activist had suggested to the Governor that he should directly take care of the water issue and after the contracts must have been awarded to trusted companies, he advised that they should be monitored directly from the office of the Governor, adding that the Ijaws are truly suffering along this regard.
He said just as good health is wealth, good water is also good health.
Meanwhile, Amb. John Dekawei is the President general of the revered Niger Delta Socio Cultural Group under the aegis of Delta Ijaw Youth Movement for Political Advancement (DIYMPA).
It would be recalled that Amb. John Dekawei is also the chairman cum founder of the John Dekawei Foundation (JDF), a Non Governmental Organisation he has used in transforming the lives of many across the globe.