Mr. Jacob Omaka Ebie of Ekuku-Agbor Community in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State has appealed to His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Executive Governor of Delta State on behalf of members of his community over lack of meaningful infrastructural development in the land.
The community leader while speaking with Ika Weekly Newspaper reporter during the week, applauded the Governor for his developmental strides across the State and urged him to do same at Ekuku-Agbor community as the people, both indigenes and non-Indigenes residing in the community have suffered a lot over lack of adequate and meaningful infrastructure such as, good roads, good borehole water, electricity supply, health facilities and others. He therefore disclosed that it is because Ekuku-Agbor indigenes are generous and friendly to everyone that is why other linguistic groups like the Igbos, Ukwuani, Efik have built houses and settled at Ekuku-Agbor, a community which he said has three Quarters which include; Ogbe-Isogban, Ogbe-Agidi and Oroma.
Speaking categorically on the people’s means of livelihood, the elder state man, noted that their main occupation is farming, saying, many of the people are engaged in palm oil business. Most of their lands, he said, have a lot of palm trees. He also said, petroleum (Oil) was recently discovered at Ekuku-Agbor and its environs, but the production of the oil has not commenced. He added that despite the people’s efforts to better the land by drawing the attention of the government, there is no evidence of democracy as the community currently lacks good roads, electricity, government hospital and other developmental project, adding that the only accessible road from Boji-Boji through Ute-Erumu in Ika North East Local Government Area is dilapidated and that none of the streets in the community is tarred, no street light, no channel for flood water to flow into drains.
Speaking further, Mr. Ebie hinted that towards the end of every rainy season, Ika South Local Government Council usually grade roads and streets to facilitate movement along them, suggesting that it would be better, if some of the roads are tarred.
Also, he complained that the dry season brings hardship to the people due to the scarcity of water supply. He used the medium to commend the good individuals whom he said have help to ameliorate the water problem a little bit. Then, he said that the Delta State Government and Ika South Local government Council sank two bore-holes for the community but unfortunately none of them is functioning except the private ones that were sunk and donated to the community by public-spirited individuals. He noted that Ekuku-Agbor residents stopped using electricity since June, 2015 as all efforts made to restore it back proved abortive.
He concluded by calling on the Governor and Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to try as much as possible to restore eletricity and for His Excellency to endeavour to come to their aid, stating that when all these requests are fulfilled, the people of the community will be very happy to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the General Elections coming up 2019.