Indigenes of Ewuru Community in Agbor are crying out over the neglect of their community by successive governments in Delta State, saying that the impact of democracy has not been felt by the community since its inception in 1999.This was disclosed during the community’s meeting held at Ewuru Town Hall, Ewuru on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Speaking to Ika Weekly Reporter, Elder John Eborka, the Onyechei-Ali of Ewuru Community, and Elder Joseph Mekwuye, stated that all they have benefited from the State Government since the birth of democracy is a borehole that was sunk for them, which never pumped water, and was abandoned near completion.
They further disclosed that the condition of the only link road the community has is in a deplorable state, making it almost impossible for anyone to go out or come in whenever it rains.
Continuing, they revealed that Ewuru community spends millions annually for road maintenance, emphasising that the cost of continued road maintenance has gone beyond their power, as they can no longer foot the bills.
The community through the elders, appealed to the Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Member Representing Ika South Constituency at Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh to come to their aid, saying that the community has been subjected to economic hardship as a result of the bad state of the road.
They also revealed that community renders healthcare service to orthopedic patients and it is a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stronghold as they have always given their best in every electioneering year through their votes. They also added that Ewuru community had the highest number of votes for PDP in the whole of Ika South in the last election. Hence, they wondered why they are being neglected.
On his part, the youth leader of Ewuru community, Mr. Imuse Martin appreciated an illustrious son of the community, Prince Ebeano, who according to him, rebuilt the community’s primary school and renovated, fenced and furnished six classroom blocks of Agwa-Ewuru Secondary school, which were supposed to be the responsibility of the government.
Mr. Imuse disclosed that pupils initially learnt on bare floor in a building without roof and windows, until Prince Ebeano intervened.
Speaking further, he averred that Ewuru community spends not less than N2.3million every year to grade their road, but regretted that the community can no more continue with it.
Continuing, he said, “It is better for me to say that Ewuru community has no market, because the place called ‘market’ is just an eyesore, fit for only pigs.”
He therefore called on elected political office holders to come to the aid of the community.