Hon Success Torhukerhijo , member , representing Ese Odo Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, has frowned at the efforts of government in the development of his area.
According to him, ” there is no project worth 50 million naira in the whole of Ijaw land. This is sadly worrisome and highly exasperating. The Ijaws as a peculiar minority ethnic group in Ondo State , deserve better treatment from Your Excellency , particularly now that we are in a democratic government where the dividends of democracy are supposed to spread across the geographical configuration of the state, constitutionally and conventionally.
In letter to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on behalf of the ljaws in the state , he noted that, ” Your Excellency will recall that during the time you constituted the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) Committees, our story was one of obvious exclusion and it has been so often times since the advent of your administration. Suffice it to say that the continuous exclusion of my people which is gravitating towards neglect and rejection has put them in state of tension, discomfort and palpable fear under your administration. In the light of the foregoing, it is apposite for Your Excellency to include Ijaw person(s) in the above captioned committees and also allay their fears by ensuring that you treat them fairly in the affairs of the state going forward ‘’.
Torhukerhijo appealed to the outgoing administration to execute more projects in the area before its exit. ” l would also like to appeal to Your Excellency to ensure that you urgently execute one or two projects in Ijaw land before the expiration of your first tenure in office, so as to be on the positive side of posterity and history ‘’.