Ex- Delta speaker decries marginalisation of Ndokwa area by oil firms
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Former speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Olisa Imegwu, on Tuesday, sought the update of the oil production quantum of Ndokwa nation, saying that Ndokwa nation was yet to benefit in the national scheme of things.
Imegwu, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, said Ndokwa nation was ranked fifth in oil Production Quantum in 2008 and had progressed to third ranking in 2009 when its production quantum shut up from 7million to 9million, yet, the production of 2008 was still being used to date, stressing that Ndokwa must be developed to a standard.
He said, “We have a lot of constraints in Ndokwa nation and all that I have said, evidently, amounted to how Ndokwa nation has been marginalised, particularly, Ndokwa East that has been marginalised in terms of Projects distribution. It’s really unfortunate, but we must purse our goals objectively to be part of development. We are saddened that Ndokwa nation with all we have is still very far from development”.
Imegwu said that between 2007 and 2011 the total value of projects awarded was N134billion in just one sub head of three sub heads under the Federal Ministry of Works, adding that on distribution, Delta South senatorial district got N66 billion, Delta Central got N43 billion, Delta North got N25 billion, Oshimili/Aniocha got N18 billion awarded contracts, Ika was allocated N4 billion while Ndokwa Federal Constituency was allocated a paltry sum of N3 billion contracts.
He expressed the dismay of the people of Ndokwa nation, particularly known to have the highest gas reserve in West Africa, to have been schemed out of effective development plan commensurate with its contribution to the nation’s economy, and admonished Ndokwa youths to use all constitutional means available to make an updated official oil Production Quantum for Ndokwa nation possible, saying that such efforts would attract more Projects.
The former speaker said that the terrain of Ndokwa East which is prone to flood, deserved more Projects distribution, especially on dredging of the River Niger to curb the yearly occurrence of flooding, and lamented the absence of tertiary institution in Ndokwa nation