A group under the aegis of the Save Oji-River Initiative, on Sunday, protested against what it described as backwardness and dilapidated infrastructure in the Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as, ‘We condemn imposition of leaders in Oji-River’ and ‘Join us and make Oji-River great again’, among others, marched through major streets of Oji town.
Members of the group were drawn from all the seven communities – Oji, Ugwuoba, Egwu-Achi, Achi, Nyi, Olo, Akpugoeze, which make up the local government.
They expressed regrets that despite the fact that the council was currently receiving allocations directly from the Federal Government, it remained the only local government in the state without basic infrastructure, such as a functional health facility.
Addressing journalists shortly after the protest, the Convener of SORI, Mr Kingsley Okah, described the group as a citizens’ organised advocacy interested in holding public office holders accountable and push them to be transparent and provide good governance to the people.
Okah described as most unfortunate that out of the 17 local government areas of Enugu State, “Oji-River is the only one without a general hospital, and the only leprosy centre in the area is comatose as snakes chase patients out of the wards.
“Here, we came to pray to God and as well as lead the people to protest against poor governance, non-functionality of the Oji-River Local Government Area, dilapidated infrastructure, impassable roads, decayed primary schools and non-functional health centres.”