By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
The secretary-general, Bomadi Federated Communities, Comrade Dennis Alade, has lamented the acute state of lack of government presence occasioned by abandonment visited on Bomadi by successive governments in Delta State.
Comrade Alade, said inspite of its enormous contributions to the state treasury and their voting strength among other tangible contributions, the community which produces oil and gas and the largest in the Ijaw nation has nothing to write home about when it comes to state government projects and appointments.
in an interview, the scribe remarked, “I am bleeding inside me when it comes to the question of development in the community.”
He noted that the past and present governments have abandoned Bomadi in spite of the people’s contributions in terms of voting strength among other things.
“When it comes to projects, appointments and other dividends of democracy, there is nothing to write home about. If you go round the community, there are lots of abandoned projects”, he lamented
He also complained about the abandoned state polytechnic project awarded in Bomadi community about three years ago. He revealed that nothing was happening at the polytechnic.
“Go to the site today, nothing to write home about…. In fact, there is no government presence here in Bomadi community”, Alade stressed.
He also lamented the over seven year blackout the community has been subjected to as a result of acute power failure which has hindered growth and businesses.
“The commissioner for Power and Energy came to pay us a visit as regards the power project which he assured us that within two weeks there will be power supply. We are also using this medium to call on the governor to make sure that what the commissioner said here today should be actualized”.
According to him, the government should focus on the overall development of Bomadi community, especially the issue of power and the polytechnic.
“As a community leader and as a person, I really want the government to remember Bomadi Community as one of the oldest local government headquarters in Delta State.
“I really want them to come to our aid in terms of rebuilding abandoned projects. Most importantly, the one that is really affecting us, is the abandoned polytechnic. They should pay more attention to it and other abandoned projects”.