By Ndu Samuel
A group under the aegis of Izanzan Intellectual Camp, otherwise known as Ijaw Interest Advocate, IIA has written an open letter to their representatives at the Senate, federal house of representative and the State house of assembly on the urgent need to intervene in the reopening of closed Maritime Science and Technical College, in Bomadi local governments area of Delta state.
The lawmakers are Sen. James Manager, Hon. Mutu and Hon. Preyor Oboro, representatives at Senate, Federal house of representatives and State house of Assembly respectively.
The letter which was signed by Amb Arerebo Yerinmene Salaco Jnr, the
National Coordinator of Izazan camp called out on the lawmakers to use the power of their offices to mitigate and ensure the immediate re opening of the school.
While describing the act as undeserved oppression and an attempt to suppress the voices of the masses, they insisted that no reason can be justifiable for the closure.
The Izazan group also use the medium to register their dissatisfaction with the manner the Ijaw nation is been treated, alleging that development and other democratic dividends eludes the people.
They however vowed to continue to use every intellectual resource at their disposal to fight for equity and right of the people.
The letter reads in full, ” I’m writing to you with a bleeding heart on behalf of the relentless and dogged lieutenants of Izanzan Intellectual over the unjustifiable closure of the Okoloba maritime Science and technical college, Bomadi LGA, Delta State.
”In respect of the closure of the school, we have done well to forward letter and confirmed delivered through your respective aids to you all as political leaders of the constituency where the school is sited yet no response from your end. To a level we felt that we are no longer important as your constituents since elections has come and gone, the people general well-being is not longer your concerns ”
” We have over the time raised our voices against the total oppression meted on the Ijaw people and we shall continue to do so until the very day we leave this world. We have no better cause other than to fight for our people and we are ready to lay down our lives for this struggle therefore this letter is born out of provocation and for a justifiable reasons especially your muteness over the closure of the school. ”
” Having said the above, the bone of contention in this open letter is to once again unequivocally call on your attention to use your political influences and powers to call for the reopening and sufficient funding of the school which will help revive the lost educational hope and happiness of our people in the coastal areas ”
” The unjustifiable closure of the only maritime science and technical college in the riverine area ought to be your priority for a reason being that it’s your sole responsibility as a legislators to always take to the National and state assemblies the complains of the people to allay the fears ”
”You must have known by now that, the closure of the school has truncated the educational consciousness of your primary constituents of which you are expected to rise up against the educational injustice meted against your people in the house but if you so decided to continue keep mute over the closure of the school we might have no option than to reckon your leadership as an “otherwise”.
”Yes of course, your respective strategic role played for the attainment of the only federal maritime university in the riverine area cannot be overemphasized yet you must act now proactively to reopen and sufficient funding of the Okoloba Maritime College to rejuvenate the educational consciousness of you primary constituents and Ijaw Nation at large before it’s too late ”
” In as much members of Izanzan Camp remain resolute in our positions, just as we will continue to use the little intellectual resource at our disposal to fight for the rights and equitable treatment of our people in the Nigeria oppression society we so deeply urge you all as our leaders to do the the same at the state and national leader ”
”On a conclusive note, it’s pertinent to let you know that members of Izanzan Camp are not well please with the way and manner Ijaw Nation is treated developmentally and otherwise and your proactiveness in the respective chambers will help to relax our angers else our actions and inactions in the coming days might not be friendly to you as we are not afraid to be jail for fighting for a just course ”