Oct 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Ogoni youths give FG 14-day ultimatum to fix Eleme Bridge

• Stop transferring security responsibility to governors, Wike tells Buhari
• Rivers students protest against alleged neglect of the institution

Affected by the deplorable condition of the Alato Bridge on the Eleme axis of East West Road, young people from Ogoni have a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government repaired the bridge, otherwise they threatened to block the bridge.

Complaining that the bridge was the only route to the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) , warned them that if the government did not start work on the bridge after the ultimatum expired, activities in the oil and gas free zone would collapse completely.

“The bridge, which is now over is 60 and the only route into the oil and gas free zone, is home to over 300 oil and gas companies. It also connects the neighboring states of Akwa Ibom and Cross River, “they said.

The President of the Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF), Legborsi Yamabana, lamented the neglect of the bridge, which he said became one Death trap despite its economic importance to the country.

He said that the Ogoni, especially those from the Eleme Council, continued to suffer despite the enormous resources in the region.

Representatives of The federal constituency of Khana / Gokhana, Dumnamene Dekor, said the core of the protest was to draw the attention of the federal government to the dilapidated bridge.

The managing director of the Center for Youth and Environmental Advocacy (YEAC), Fynface Dunamene, called for calm, said authorities were taking steps to complete the east-west road.

In addition, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike announced yesterday that it was for President Muhammadu Buhari is unconstitutional, the Veran Responsibility for securing the lives and property of Nigerians to shift to the governors.

He said the president, as commander in chief of the armed forces, should not insist that governors be responsible for security in their states.

Wike, who spoke at the unveiling of 21-kilometer Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Street at Etche Council, said that position suggests that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government is in control of the strategy to combat insecurity and make the country safer for Nigerians.

In the meantime, students from the Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology launched a peaceful protest against the alleged neglect of the institution by the State government.