The Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has promised that his administration would ensure the rapid development of the poverty-stricken riverine communities of Ondo State if elected as Governor.
He also promised to make the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) more alive to its responsibility of redressing the neglect, suffering and impoverishments associated with the oil rich riverine areas of the State.
Oke, Who spoke in Agbadagba Obon and Arogobo communities in Ese Odo Local Government Area of the State during his campaign tours of the area yesterday regretted that the neglect of the area and its attendant hardship had left people of the area wallowing in poverty assuring that his administration would ensure that both the NNDC and the State representative in the Commission made more responsible.
The AD governorship hopeful also promised to reposition the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) to return it to a productive development agency for the provision of necessary amenities and life-transforming projects in the riverine areas.
Oke himself a former NDDC commissioner and also a former OSOPADEC Chairman, spoke in response to the requests of the communities which included construction of link bridge between Agadagba and Arogbo; connection of the riverine communities to the national grid for electricity supply and dredging of waterways for easy transportation assured that the development projects in the area would be a priority.
Other demands of the Ijaw-speaking people who trooped out in their hundreds included provision of potable water scheme to stem the tide of water-borne diseases; provision of agric settlement/village for food provison and empowerment; development of new town at Uparama; healthcare and education facilities and institutions.
Oke, who assured the people that his government would take up the requests one after the other, said he was familiar with the area coupled with his passion for its development and experience.
He urged the people: “We should not allow retardation. We should not allow the wheels of progress roll backwards, hence the need to vote for the AD to redress all the wrong, neglect and injustice.
“Since former Governor Olusegun Agagu left office in 2009, what this area has seen is total neglect. Nothing has been added to the roads, water jetty, health facilities etc put in place. Everything stopped where Agagu left it. Today, the roads are even wearing out and need attention. AD will give you the much-desired attention,” Oke said