Western Zone Treasurer of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comr Abednigo Samuel Opere has accused His Excellency, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State for not recognizing and carrying Ijaw Youths along in his administration.
This was made known to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide during a media chat at Arogbo in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday 23rd of November 2021.
Comr. Opere asserted that while the IYC is recognised in other states of the Zone, the story of Ondo under the leadership of Akeredolu remains different as council is not recognized nor carrying of Ijaw Youths along as well as allegedly perfecting plans to perpetually underdevelop the Ijaw areas in the state.
The Western Zone Treasurer described the administration of Governor Akeredolu as not favourable to the Ijaws of Ondo State, stressing that the level of negligence meted out on the Ijaw Youths and the level of underdevelopment in the Ijaw areas has become something to worry about.
However, Abednigo said the Ijaw Youths were no longer comfortable with how the Ijaws have been treated politically and otherwise in the state, stressing that the Ijaws must not be seen to be only useful during elections.
He continued that they must be allowed to enjoy the proceeds of the state after election, adding that just like others in the state, they should be fully incorporated into the scheme of things.