By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Paul Odili, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency of Delta State during the National Assembly Elections held in the state, has decried lack of developmental infrastructures in the area. He raised alarm saying that such situation has negatively impacted on the socio-economic lives of the people.
According to him, his Local Government Area, Ndokwa East, is an oil and gas producing area in the Delta North Senatorial District but that there is little or nothing to show for it.
He said there is no good road network, not potable water, no electricity and no good schools, just as he frowned that their God-given resources were being controlled by few individuals in the state.
Odili who bared his mind during an interactive section with journalists in Asaba, said the oil companies operating in the area had not helped matters as they collaborate with the federal government to exploit the people.
The most worrisome part, he said, was of ignorance the populace, which he said has made them unable to questions to demand for what rightly belongs to them. “It pains me that in this state and in my constituency, few people are in control of the resources that ought to belong to all, taking advantage of the ignorance of the populace”, he said.
He said those were what informed his decision to join the race to represent the federal constituency in the national assembly. He however regretted that the irregularities that marred the elections resulted in his opponent from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) being declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Odili his losing the election has robbed him of the opportunity to turn around the socio-economic misfortunes of the people which he planned to achieved through his political and economic empowerment programmes marshaled out for the federal constituency. “We are oil and gas producing area in Delta North and we have not got the pay back to the community. We are not there yet in terms of social infrastructure. My objective was to raise alarm to engage the federal government that they get a lot here but there is nothing to show for it”, he said.
He went on, “The state government cannot do this alone. It requires the intervention of the federal goverment. It requires us raising alarm for the FG to understand and develop the area based on what they get from resources in our land.
He appealed for the senate president slot to be given to Delta State as the state was already ripe for the position and have good lawmakers that would handle such position.