- Arogbo Ijaw community in Ondo state has called on Governor Akeredolu to include its members in the committee set up by the state government
- The committee was set up by the government to look into the creation of LCDAs in the state
- Going further, the community called on Ondo state government to take over the construction of the abandoned Agadagba Obon/Arogbo overhead bridge
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has been urged to treat the Arogbo Ijaw community as part of the state for the sake of equity, justice and fairness.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to Legit.ng by the Arogbo Ijaw Community Organization (AICO).
In the statement signed by Deacon James Ashidi, chairman of AICO, the organisation lamented that no member of the community was included in the soon to be inaugurated committee set up by the state government to look into the creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) out of the existing 18 local governments in the state.
According to the organization, Ondo state comprises of two ethnic nationalities which are Yoruba and Ijaw and this should qualify the community to have representation in the proposed committee.
The statement read in full:
"Our attention has been drawn to the press statement made by the governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Odunayo Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and signed by Segun Ajiboye, the CPS to Governor Akeredolu wherein the Ondo state government has concluded plans to create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) out of the existing 18 local governments in the state.
"Indeed, this is a laudable move by your administration as it will FastTrack development of our dear sunshine state particularly at the grassroots level. Consequently, we note that an 11- Man Committee headed by Lanke Odogiyan, Esq has been approved and scheduled for inauguration on Thursday, 21st March,2019 at the Cocoa Conference, Hall, Governor's Office, Alagbaka, Akure
"The Ijaws of Ondo state: Ese-Odo and Odigbo local governments who are the only indigenous non-yoruba ethnic group in the state hereby welcome and appreciate the intention of the state government. However, we note with great concern and in strong terms the deliberate non inclusion of Ijaws in the proposed committee.
"Ondo state is basically of two ethnic nationalities viz: Yoruba and Ijaw, where dialects of these distinct tribes abound in the state.The minority status and peculiar circumstances of the Ijaw people in the state should qualify that ethnic group to have a place in this committee set to be inaugurated.
"We therefore, humbly use this opportunity to call on the government of Ondo state to correct this highly apparent lopsidedness, imbalance and obvious exclusion of the Ijaws in Ondo state for the sake of equity, justice and fairness without pre-empting the state government and the committee on the assignment.
"The Arogbo Ijaw Community Organization (AICO) equally seizes this medium to appeal and call on the Ondo state government to immediately take over the construction of the abandoned Agadagba Obon/Arogbo Overhead Bridge by NDDC which has since been abandoned to give way for fresh award by the government of Ondo State for immediate construction through OSOPADEC which has the capacity. This is one landmark project that will boost the socio-economic lives of the entire Ijaw people in the State.
"Lastly, we applaud the the Ondo state government for the people's orientated Projects being embarked upon since the inception of the Arakunrin Odunayo Akeredolu led administration," the statement added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo state denied reports that some of its personnel killed a suspect, Rasak Ahmed, while in custody.
The public relations officer of the Ondo state's NSCDC command, Samuel Oladapo, said the command decided to react after it was reported in some national dailies that it allegedly beat Ahmed, a middle-aged man, to death in its custody.
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