Leaders of the indigenes of Edo land have stated that the interests of the Edo indigene must be given top priority consideration, along the lines of the South South people’s demands.
To this end, the leaders, unfer the aegis of Edo Indigenous Movement (EIM), otherwise known as the Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), has called on the Edo state government to muste pressure on the other leaders of the South South region to include Edo interests in the quest.
Chief (Dr) Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, who is the Edo Indigenous Leader, listed these needs to include functional rail lines passing through the state, as Edo is the Central belt of the country; a functional sea port at the Gelegele River axis, as well as the other demands of the region.
These include: Immediate relocation of headquarters of oil multinational to their operational bases in the South South region; Immediate relocation of government -owned oil subsidiaries from Lagos and Abuja to the South South region; and Immediate completion of East-West road under construction.
Other demands include Immediate privatisation of the two refineries in Port Harcourt and the one in Warri for effectiveness; Call for release of all funds due NDDC and that henceforth, all NDDC projects MUST be done in consultation with State Governors; Reactivation of sea ports in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Warri. Then, the Lagos to Calabar railine; and True federalism, resource control, fair revenue sharing and State Police, the best ingredients to achieving a better Nigeria.