A public analyst and retired Principal, Mr. Michael Onyemeke Egbon has called on the Delta State Government led by Governor Ifeanyi A. Okowa, to compensate the residents that own lands and other valuable properties along Owa-Alizomor – Owa-Alero road before acquiring their lands.
Mr. Egbon, an indigene of Owa Alizomor Community, said rumours are making rounds to the effect that Owa-Alizomor land that is bounded by Idumuebor Quarters, Owa-Alero Community, has been surveyed and mapped out by the Delta State Government for development.
The educationist emphasized that he is not against growth and development in Owa Kingdom, but that before bringing such development to consult the community, Government should and compensate the land owners. In his words, “Our people depend on the lands and other valuable properties as means of livelihood. It will not be proper if the state Government goes ahead to acquire the land without compensating the owners as it will be tantamount to impoverishing our people.
Recently, we the members of Owa Alizomor Development Union surveyed and constructed a road from the boundary between our community and Owa-Alero community to Owa-Nta Aliosimi which we were expecting the state Government to tar for us, but we have recently heard that the whole land there has been taken over by the government. We are now in suspense as to where it is delineated as we should be well informed about the portion acquired by government to enable us to deal to with buyers who intend to develop the area” he said.
In another development, Mr. Egbon advised all indigenes of Owa-Alizomor to be patient with the Governor on issues of political appointments, stressing that he is optimistic that one day, the Governor will do something, since other communities in the state are also expecting such from him. He used the medium to congratulate the amiable Governor as the community is indeed very proud to have him as the governor and prayed God to bless and protect him.
BY SUNDAY MEMEH