By Michael Odiah
Okwe indigenes led by its President Mr. Nduka Uzogor on Tuesday October 24, 2017 engaged on a peaceful protest over the marginalization and inequity against its people in public offices cum infrastructural developments.
According to Mr. Uzogor the community has contributed in its capacity during elections and yet none of its indigenes has ever held major appointments or elective positions of any sort in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State (OSLGA) which comprises of Asaba, Okwe and Oko where Okwe has only one ward (ward 3) encapsulating over fifty thousand occupants in the space of eighteen years.
Speaking further Uzogor stated that Asaba has about 30 appointees and Oko 9 appointees out of the 40 appointments in Oshimili South LGA, adding that most of the social amenities and infrastructures in the community such as the Okwe secondary school, Okwe town hall now housing the Okwe magistrate court, Okwe police post amongst others were built by the community and handed over to the government.
He further expressed believe in Governor Okowa stating that His Excellency is a man of equity and that they needed nothing but the office of the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area for it is indeed their turn to rule.
Also speaking, Mrs Orakwe Nkiruka, an indigene of okwe community noted that Okwe community is an autonomous community and yet lacked social amenities like schools, primary health care, maternity homes, and roads amongst others.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tam Brisibe who received the protesters at the Government House Gate on behalf of His Excellency, stated that the Governor has heard of their complain and that there should be no reason to worry as He, the governor will address the situation as-soon-as He returns to the state.