Hey there, middle schoolers! Today, we’re going to talk about a place called Isoko land. It’s a region in Delta State, Nigeria. Emmanuel Ogidi, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, recently spoke up about the lack of development in Isoko land. He said that even though there are lots of oil and gas resources in the area, no community in Isoko has electricity. Can you believe that?
One interesting thing Ogidi mentioned is that Uzere Community in Isoko North Local Government Area was actually the second community in Nigeria where oil was discovered. But guess what? There are no factories in the whole of Isoko nation. That means there aren’t any big buildings where people can work and make things. It’s a big problem because factories can bring jobs and help the economy grow.
Ogidi also talked about something called the “Pull Him Down” syndrome, or PHD for short. He said that many people in Isoko land don’t want development. They don’t want things to get better. Can you believe that? Instead of supporting their leaders and working together, they try to bring them down. That’s not a good way to make progress.
Ogidi mentioned another issue. He said that the Isoko people don’t have representatives at the Federal and State levels. That means they don’t have people who can speak up for them and fight for their rights. It’s like they don’t have a voice in important decision-making. That’s not fair, right?
Ogidi had a message for the Isoko people. He said that they need to stop pulling each other down and start working together. They should support their leaders and mentors, even if they haven’t done a great job. By uniting in love and cooperation, they can move Isoko land forward and make it a better place for everyone.