Itsekiri indigenes in Edo State have expressed disappointment about the spate of abandoned projects by Edo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, EDSOPADEC, in their communities, calling on Governor Adams Oshiomhole to compel defaulting contractors to return to sites for completion.
The aggrieved communities drawn from Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state said projects awarded by the interventionist agency in their localities have all been abandoned by the contractors without completion.
While commending Governor Oshiomhole for appointing an Itsekiri into EDSOPADEC board for the first time, the people who described themselves as 'the goose that lays the golden egg' said they live in abject poverty and deprivation.
A copy of the protest letter sent to THE AUTHORITY maintained that all the agency's projects awarded were abandoned against media claims.
"We thank Edo State Government for creating EDSOPADEC and creating a position for Itsekiris in the management for the first time since in inception, but there is a cabal of dubious contractors who specialise in collection of huge mobilisation fees for projects in our communities and then abandon same."
They posited that it is morally wrong for them to suffer deprivation from government in the exploitation of natural resources from their area. Okowa urges patience over judicial autonomy From Offor Onukwuwe, Asaba.
Delta State Governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for patience over the agitation for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government.
Okowa made the plea on Wednesday when judges in the state led by the Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, paid him a courtesy visit in commemoration of the 2015/16 legal year.
The governor said that the autonomy being sought by judiciary workers was in good faith but said they must be patient to enable the state government get a realistic budget as the present economic downturn in the country has made the 2015 budget quite unrealistic.