Ilaje youths decry neglect by oil companies
From Fasusi Martins, Okitipupa
Ilaje youths under the ageis of Ugbo Kingdom Youth Association have decried the level of injustice, neglect, marginalization and untold hardships the oil companies operating in their soil is meting out to the people.
The youth made this known during the Annual General Meeting of the Ilaje Rural Development Advocacy Committee Initiative (IRDC) which took place at Ugbo in Ilaje local government at the weekend.
They observed that despite being in the business of exploiting and exploring the oil in their communities for over 30 years, the multinational oil companies have completely abandoned their Corporate Social Responsibilities in the areas of scholarships, employment, empowerment and infrastructural development of the host communities.
Speaking through its Secretary, Comrade Felix Ogun, the youths demanded rapid development of the area in line with international best practices.
“Ilaje needs to be developed, we have been neglected over the years by previous governments, no developmental projects. All we need is light, potable water, good road network and empowerment “
Also speaking, Prince Ademuagun Temitope appealed to the government to come to their aid by embarking on massive renovation of both the primary and secondary schools in their area. He also demanded for skills acquisition, women and youth empowerment.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Funso Esan represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Temitayo Adeniyi said government is doing it best to make life meaningful to the people through the provision of basic amenities which includes good roads, potable water, building of model schools among others.
On the issue of fire incident at Ojumole, he said ” All efforts is going on at Ojumole to put off the fire, don’t forget that place is a shallow area. The terrain is very difficult which requires dredging”