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12-year blackout: Federal lawmaker tasks NDDC on electricity work in Ondo South

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Hon. Kolade Akinjo, the lawmaker representing Ilaje/ Ese Odo Federal Constituency, has tasked Niger Delta Development Commission( NDDC) to pay contractor handling electricity work in oil producing area of the state.

NAN reports that the area has been in total blackout for 12 years.

Akinjo said this at a forum organised by Niger Delta Youth Movement( NDYM),Ondo State chapter, on Saturday at Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government area of the state.

NAN reports that the theme is “26 Years of Recognition of Ondo State as Oil Producing State: The Gain, the Pain, the Future of Eagle that Laid the Golden Eggs”.

The lawmaker noted that if NDDC payed the contractor, there would be no delay not excuse for the project being uncompleted.

“It can only be imagined but in reality in oil producing area of the state that there has been 12 year blackout because it has been disconnected from national grid

“NDDC must pay contractor handling the work and the contractor should make light shine,” he said.

Akinjo urged stakeholders and government to spend heavily on education of the area, saying crude oil being relied on could dry up.

“We must plan for huge investment on education and other human development because I see oil drying up, for instance Oloibiri oil well.

” NDDC and Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission( OSOPADEC), must partner with major stakeholders and embark on legacy projects that will transform entirety of the area,” he said.

He urged the stakeholders to use what they had to get their needs, saying they should occupy political seats at state and national levels.

Prince Oluyemi Ogunyomi, the Chairman of the occasion, opined that the theme was apt, saying oil production had been on for long before the state was recognized after being fought for.

Ogunyomi, a former clerk of National Assembly and Asiwaju of Ilaje Land, said the most important thing was to change the future of the area, a step being taken by NDYM.

He asked stakeholders from the area to come up with developmental plans that could change the look of the area and its people.

According to him, the forum should be made biannual to discuss developmental plans, asking them to be more focused and should not yield to intimidation.

Also, Mrs Wunmi Egbayelo, the Special Adviser on Education to the state governor, said that the topic was not new but that people should change their orientation.

” Our youths should be reoriented and enlightened, focus on other resources because crude oil can dry up.

” They should focus on functional and viable education and that is only secured legacy, ” she said.

Similarly, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, the traditional ruler of Igbokoda, said that government at all levels, oil companies should ensure proximity to education for Niger Delta area.

“Niger Delta should be given education that can put them to the same pedestal of other regions.

“There should be additional opportunity for the eagle that laid the golden egg as being seen by late President Musa Yaradua because to be sincere, government and its agencies have abandoned us,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Adetoye Agbejoye, the Chairman of NDYM, noted that the occasion was significant because it was the first time in the recent years that the oil producing area would come together to appraise the development of the area.

Agbejoye said that the occasion was to brainstorm and come up with better Ondo State Niger Deltans,hoping that it would help the area for human and environmental productivity.

The NDYM chairman appealed to Federal Government to have the state representative in Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) board.

He called on NDDC to pay contractor handling electricity work from Omotosho plant to the area so that there would end to 12 year  blackout to the oil producing area ( NAN)

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