By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Eseimogbene Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State on Tuesday begged for attention from all tiers of Government in the country.
AUTHENTIC News Daily reports that leader of the Community, Cleric E. Alaowei, Esq made the plea on behalf of the Community when newsmen visited on Tuesday.
Alaowei noted that since the establishment of Eseimogbene Community in 1976, there has been no attention from Government.
Alaowei said the Oil bearing Community had over the years contributed money to build structures for the school even with the presence of Multinational Oil Companies in the area.
According to Alaowei,” In 2002, Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in recognition of her host Community status, built a four room teacher’s quarters for the people with corrugated iron roofing sheet.
“At present, Beinmo Primary School, Eseimogbene has neither classroom nor teachers’ quarters to accommodate staff and pupils of the school. This is in addition to the dearth of basic social amenities that are virtually lacking in the Community.
“The people drink from the water they defecate, while the Community is seasonally submerged by flood from July to November each year.
“There is no health care centre even in the nearest communities. Therefore, people have to paddle a sick person or a woman in labour from the Community to a far away Bomadi Town in Bomadi LGA of Delta State before admitting such person to hospital.
“This ugly situation has cost the Community with many preventable deaths due to lack of health care centre.
The legal practitioner noted that the impact of explorative and exploitative activities of Oil Companies have comletely destroyed the biodiversity of the Community as well as rendered the people in squalor and abject poverty.
It was learnt that the Community has a voting population of about 500 persons but they are lumped in just one electoral Unit.
Alaowei said Governments at all levels, private individuals and corporate, Multinational Oil Companies, international donors and other relevant agencies should look into the debilitating plight of Eseimogbene people.
“This is a typical story of the Niger Delta communities in the swampy creeks of the oil rich region. The pictures below are showing the pitiable conditions of this ancient Community being neglected by successive governments.”