The leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) in Western Zone has written a powerful communique to His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State on the urgent completion of the lingering Ayakoromo bridge project and injecting of reasonable funds into the Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu.
This was contained in a communique signed by the trio of Dr. Doubra Collins Okotete, Chairman, Comrade Olu-Derimon Omaghomi, Secretary and Comrade Lugard Izoukumor, Information Officer, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide yesterday.
The communique reads in full below:
A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC) WESTERN ZONE RISING FROM THE END OF A CONFERENCE CALL AMONGST ITS EXCO MEMBERS
Date: 1 August, 2021
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Western Zone, Exco held a conference call meeting to deliberate on the 2022 Budget of Delta State Government wherein Council observes by quoting the statement credited to the Hon. Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Gbe where he said that: “However, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which for 2021 half year was put at N35 billion is to be scaled up through what we are trying to put in the informal sector so that we can become a little ambitious and then increase it from the N65 billion plus of 2021 to doing N75 billion in 2022.” Hence, Council resolves that:
(i) So far, there was astronomic rise of the Internal Generated Revenue [IGR] in Delta State from ‘N35 billion to N65 billion in 2021,’ and the government is projecting an IGR N75 billion in 2022, it means that the State Government will not be in complacency to the paucity of funds to the completion of.
(i. A) The Ayakoromo bridge and,
(i. B) to infuse or inject resources for the only institution in Ijaw community [in this situation, the Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu with massive befitting structures in the permanent site, and a full accreditation of the school, for conducive learning environment!].
Furthermore, Council reminds Govenor Ifeanyi Okowa, the urgent need for the resettlement of Diebiri Kingdom, and of course, urges Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to expedite the process for a total commitment of peace between Ogbe-Ijoh an Ijaw Community in Warri South West Local Government Area, and Aladja an Urohobo Community in Udu Local Government Area.
(ii) That Council is not satisfied with Governor Okowa’s commitment to these very viable projects, and the consistent deaf ears to the cries of Ijaw people for the resettlement of Diebiri, as well as the lingering protracted land dispute between Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja Communities. Thus, we charge Governor Okowa to reflect on the massive support Ijaw people gave him and urge Governor Okowa to leave a positive landmark such as the completion of these projects (the Ayakoromo bridge, School of Marine, Burutu) before the end of his administration; while, reiterating Council’s readiness to continuously support and ensure his administration ends well.
(iii) Also, Council charges Ijaw political players to put the interest of Ijaw communities first whereby ensuring they come together to attract home meaningful infrastructural development.
The IYC is not in oblivion by some of Governor Okowa’s trajectory of development in Ijaw Communities, however, Governor Okowa and all well-meaning Deltans know the economic and education relevance these projects will add to the IGR of Delta State, whereby ample job opportunities will be created for Delta’s teeming youths, which will leverage social vices and crimes in the State.
Happy new month to all, particularly Ijaw people!
Signed: for IYC Western Zone
Dr. Doubra Collins Okotete, Chairman
Comrade Olu-Derimon Omaghomi, Secretary and Comrade Lugard Izoukumor, Information Officer.