By Dayo Johnson, Akure
CONCERNED Group of Oil Producing Communities in Ondo State has alleged lack of development of the communities despite the state being the fifth largest oil producing state in the country.
“There is virtually nothing to show in the oil producing communities despite the state ranking as the 5th largest oil producing state in Nigeria”, the group said at the weekend.
The group’s Chairman, High Chief Loto Amehinola Finance, flanked by the Secretary Okiriji Ayubapiriye Nathaniel, and Legal Adviser, Kpiliboh Eddy, said oil exploration and exploitation in the area has had devastating consequences.
“It is a surprise that we are still left in total darkness while under-development is the order of the day in our communities, no thanks to poor attention by government,”the group added.
“Regrettably, since the inception of the NDDC Board, no Ondo State person or individual has been Managing Director, Chairman or Executive Director. “This is the height of marginalization we have suffered in the unfair distribution of the NDDC positions. “The few areas where government attention would have been felt had always gone into wrongs hands,those who stand on the pillar of destruction”. The group pleaded with government to visit the core oil producing communities to verify their claims of under-development, saying contracts given out on projects should be made public to the communities to ensure proper monitoring and supervision.