Indignant youths from Ohaji\Egbema Native Authorities Space of Imo have threatened to close down all pipelines of their communities if Federal Authorities failed to revive electrical energy that has been denied them for over 20 years.
The youths, who additionally threatened to take over the deserted Neighbourhood Enchancment Programme (NIP) initiatives, demanded correct funding of agro productions in the neighborhood as a approach of making jobs for its youths.
Chief of the youths and Chairman of Elites of Ohaji\Egbema, Francis Uzor informed newsmen in Owerri, yesterday, that the neighborhood has been consigned to abject poverty within the midst of oil wealth.
“You can not consider that nothing is working in my neighborhood; no faculty, no hospital, no good roads. In reality, my individuals are residing in poverty.
“My individuals are feeding on gari and water and in the back of our home, we have now oil. Is that not sufficient to make them restive? However, we’re not; there shall come a time once we will take legal guidelines into our palms.
“The Federal Authorities has rather a lot to restore in Ohaji\Egbema, however, they don’t seem to be doing it.”
On a few of the NIP initiatives embarked upon by the Federal Authorities of their communities, he mentioned his folks had been upset at this time administration, which he mentioned has reneged in its promise to finish the turbine gasoline plant at Egbema, regardless of the inspection of the challenge by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2017.
“This turbine gasoline plant ought to have supplied better variety of employment for our youths, however it has been deserted, that’s the reason we’re calling on the federal authorities to shortly come to our aide.
“We’re solely being restrained by our rivalled conventional rulers, who we count on to carry talks with the federal authorities in Abuja on our behalf, however, they’ve solely two months to try this,” Uzor mentioned.
He described the amnesty granted by the Federal Authorities as an enormous failure.
Though he admitted the Federal Authorities may be immediate in releasing the 13 per cent oil derivation funds as accrued to his state, he regretted that Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration has starved Imo State Oil Producing Areas Improvement Fee (ISOPADEC), which is meant to utilise the funds of their neighborhood.