2015: Jonathan's Former Adviser Assures Drainage In Yenagoa

By Enideneze Etete

Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, former Special Adviser on Oil and Gas to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, then Governor of Bayelsa State, says he will lobby for drainage of Yenagoa Capital City, from the Federal Government, when voted into the National Assembly to represent Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency.

Chief Ikiogha gave the assurance shortly after picking the Peoples Democratic Party's intent and nomination forms, when a Non-Governmental Organisation, Yenagoa League of Friends (YLF) visited him at his residence in Yenagoa.

He stated that the absence of standard drainage system in Yenagoa is one cause of flooding in the City, adding that it has also caused untold health hazards, damage to property as well as affected the beauty of the capital.

Chief Ikiogha who is also the immediate past Chief of Staff to Governor Henry Dickson, further lammented the problem of gully erosion, facing some commuinities in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area and Yenagoa Local Government Area and said, he would lobby for shore protection projects for affected communities.

He said, his stay in Abuja as Chief of Staff to Governor Dickson, made him to see the extent that Bayelsans were marginalised in terms of access to what were due them, assuring that he would operate his usual open door policy to adress the problems of unemployment and poverty facing the teeming suffering youths in the Constituency.

The aspirant said he had been surporting other candidates since 1993, when he contested Chairmanship election in the old Yenagoa Local Government Area, hence he needs to be supported to clinch the House of Representatives Seat.

In his speech, Chief Ikiogha's Director General of Campaigns, Chief Victor Awala, charged the Yenagoa League of Friends and other groups that have declared to campaign for the aspirant to do so peacefully.

Chief Awala said, the dividends of National Assembly, had elluded the people, hence the electorate need to be wiser in casting their votes now.

A director in the campaign organisation and former Environment Commissioner, Dr. Sylvanus Abila, thanked the groups that have so far declared support for Chief Ikiogha, assuring that the aspirant was not a use and dump politician, thus would deliver on his promises.

Earlier, Chairman of Yenagoa League of Friends, Mr. Henry Ogilogi, said they visited to declare Friends total support and inform that they would campaign for him to secure more support.

The group stated that Chief Ikiogha was the aspirant that could carry the people along when voted into the House of Representatives, and called on others to join the Ikiogha's campaign train.

Addressing another political group in his residence, the aspirant, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha promised to focus on youth development, adding that he would regularly consult the people to address problemstrain affecting them.

He noted that God gives power and takes back from those who do not use it for the people's benefit, hence God would remove power from those who want to remain in office without caring for the electorate.

ETETE ENIDENEZE, arapa, aimim, gnipr