Okuoke Community in Delta State Laments Lack of Roads and Basic Amenities
The residents of Okuoke Community, situated in the Elume Clan of the Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, are voicing their grievances over the absence of roads, potable water, and substandard educational facilities in their area.
These concerns, primarily centered around the community’s farmers, are hindering their daily lives and access to essential services.
The Okuoke Community members particularly highlighted the dire condition of the only school in the region, Ohwekwe Primary School.
They also expressed their distress over the lack of roads that are essential for transporting their produce to markets. The community is grappling with a river that has flooded the entrance into the village from the Elume axis.
Glory Michael Asiughwure, the President and Founder of the Royal Diadem Apostolic Church in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, spoke on behalf of the community.
He addressed the longstanding neglect of Okuoke by previous governments, citing it as the sole community in the area without tarred roads.
Asiughwure explained, “Coming to this town, you can see a big water like a river. To enter the water during this rainy season is a very terrible situation.”
He appealed to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to intervene and ameliorate the dire circumstances faced by the community.
“We actually gave them our votes during the election,” he emphasized, adding that he personally reached out to government officials to seek their support.
The President also highlighted the lack of development in the primary school and the absence of proper roads in and out of the community.
He urged the people of Okuoke Community to unite and pray for the betterment of their land. In the face of these challenges, he encouraged the residents to stand together in hope and work towards change.
Councillor Aligba Solomon Ukohoro, who represents the people of DSIEC Ward 16, Elume INEC Ward 10, shared his concern over the dilapidated state of the roads.
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He expressed his limitations due to the lack of local government autonomy but mentioned that some efforts have been made to address the situation.
Ukohoro appealed to the federal, state, and local governments to prioritize Okuoke in terms of development, particularly in infrastructure and human capital.
Despite the challenges, he reassured the community that the local health center remains functional.
As the community of Okuoke brings attention to their struggles, they hope that their appeals will resonate with the relevant authorities and lead to improvements that will uplift the quality of life for all residents.