Youths of Emede community in isoko South local government area of Delta State have rejected and destroyed food items and some other palliatives brought to them by the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief Bashorun Askia Ogieh.
It was gathered that trouble stated when a bus conveying these food items from Askia Ogieh drove into the community to distribute to some selected persons.
Our correspondent gathered that items in the bus meant for distribution were few gallons of vegetable oil, few bags containing rice, beans and garri and some few tubers of yam including some white envelopes containing money sent by Chief Askia, DESOPADEC MD.
According to an eyewitness and an indigene of the community, who simple identified himself as Oghenekome, the food items and cash gifts were destroyed because of the “clandestine, selfish and greedy motives of the MD, saying that, the community cannot accept such gifts from a person like Askia whose aim is to score some cheap political points.”
Everybody in Emede community, especially the youths were shocked when we saw white bus with some persons working for Askia, drove into our community. And they gathered some few selected individuals and began to give them the cash and food items like 10 cups of rice, beans, and garri each, with small oil.
“Immediately the news filtered around the community, the youths mobilized to the venue, collected the items, destroyed them while the cash were tourn into pieces and the Askia people who brought the items for distribution were all chased away from the community.”
Another indigene of the community, who witnessed the incident but spoke on condition of anonymity, condemned in strong terms, the sharing of the items by the omission’s MD, saying, “So that later he can boast that he came with a truck load of relief items to Emede just to score some cheap political points.
“Askia can never give out willingly without hidden and selfish political gains. Our people are not hungry. Even if we are, Emede has prominent well-to-do sons and daughters all over the world that can come to our rescue anytime, any day.
“Has Askia brought palliatives to Emede before, so why now? he asked.
Our correspondent learnt that DESOPADEC MD distributed similar items to other selected communities within the Isoko North LGA of the state.
When our correspondent called Askia Ogieh for comment over the incident, he did not answer but a member of the palliative team who refuse to be mentioned as he was not authorized to speak on it to the press, however confirmed the Emede incident.