Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), otherwise known as Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide (EIM) has warned the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against alleged plans to marginalise the state in its appointments.
EIM in a message said Edo indigenes deserve to get choice appointments, as a result of the state’s contributions to the oil sector.
The statement, signed by the Indigenous leader and founder of the group, Chief (Dr) Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, said that Edo is an active member of the NDDC, having the largest gas reserve in West Africa, apart from its numerous crude oil reserves across the state.
He stated: “It will be tantamount to calumny if the stories we are hearing is true, that our Indigenes are being systematically begging denied positions we ordinarily deserve. For the records, Edo is an active member of the NDDC, having the largest gas reserve in West Africa, apart from its numerous crude oil reserves across the state. Edo people are therefore qualified to play a major role in the community development commission.
“No one should take us for granted because of our peace living nature, and try to take away our rights and give it to another. We will fight it, we will resist it, and we will get back what belongs to us.
” We have been marginalised by the NNPC, and the oil giants, and because of our demure nature, its given that we cannot act. That is far from the truth.
“The days of darkness is over. The days of marginalisation is over. The years of neglect of our communities and people, despite our numerous contributions to the wealth of the country is over.
“Those in charge must ensure that the right thing is done or else, expect our response in a way they will not like at all. Our peaceful nature must not be mistaken for cowardice”, Edokpolo said.