Thursday, 23 January 2014
THE FORGOTTEN NIGER DELTA OF PRESIDENTVJONATHAN
It was expected that, the ugly situation of neglect suffered by the Region was going to be a thing of the past , with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But this expectation had been like a "far cry in the wilderness" to this day.
People of the Region are lamenting neglect becsuse of the lopsided appointments that the Dr. Jonathan administration had done from inception whereby, the people of the Niger Delta Region were glaringly sidelined and or delibrately excluded from the scheme of things.
This situation is now a great concern to many people. Speaking to the Golden Pen in Yenagoa, Mr Justus Ikpobi, a public affairs analyst, spoke on the neglect of the Region by the Federal Government under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan; especially, Bayelsa State, the home state of Mr. President. Mr. Ikpobi noted with concern that importants projects, such as an International Airport started by the late President, Alhaji Shehu Musa Yar'Adua has been a lukewarm, Federal Secretariat for Bayelsa which is the second popular Federal Government project in the state since Bayelsa was created is said to be under construction, some few offices of the federal government, like, the Nigeria Loacl Content Board, the Mobility Command Nigeria Air Force, the Nigerian Navy, Imigration and other few Federal offices in the state, have no secretariat, but just percing around under the wings of the state government. Mr. Ikpobi observed with concern.
Mr Osare Okpovwe, of Delta State said his worry is that the Federal Government had not completed the East West Road, the only road that connect the Niger Delta to the rest of the country, and the world. He went further to say that what the people want President Jonathan to do right now, is to turn his face to the Niger Delta in the areas of infrastructural development, juicy political appointments , "before it is too late." he emphasized.l