Elders from Egbema, Imo State, on Thursday protested over alleged neglect of their community, demanding 50% of the N70 billion naira oil tax money paid by oil companies operating in Imo State from Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The elders, who were enraged by the underdevelopment and lack of basic infrastructure, especially the deplorable state of Egbema roads in Imo State, called on the government of Imo State to reconsider its decision as it relates to the use of the N70 billion for the construction of the roads in Imo State.
Recall that the Federal Government brought to Imo State 70 Billion (Seventy Billion Naira) as share of the taxes paid by the oil companies operating in the state.
Basically, those oil companies are operating in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas.
Reacting to the development while fielding questions from journalists at the NUJ secretariat Owerri, the National President, Israel O. Onyeoyibo, said apart from the government of Sam Mbakwe which did well to give a facelift to the Avu-Egbema road because of the existence of Adapalm Nigeria Ltd., no other government thereafter has given any atom of consideration to the roads leading from Owerri-Egbema.
They said the situation Egbema finds itself in Imo State from 1976 when the state was carved out from East Central State till date has been tales of woes.
The National President who spoke on behalf of the oil rich community, said the Avu-Adapalm-Etekwuru road has been in a deplorable condition and no vehicle plies that road to Egbema.
He said recently, the youth from Owerri West took to the street and stopped vehicular movement along Owerri Port Harcourt road and that led the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC in collaboration with Imo State Government to award and commence the construction of Avu-Adapalm-Etekwuru road in a fire brigade manner.
According to him, “As we write today, that project has been abandoned and the deceit has been laid bare. Just like Avu-Adapalm-Etekwuru road, the other roads are in sordid and pathetic states.The sordid and pathetic states of the roads are better seen than imagined.”