By Usman Aliyu
Benin, Sept. 22, 2022 The Speaker, Edo Youth Parliament, Osawemwenhio Uwagboe, on Thursday urged Gov. Godwin Obaseki to embark on infrastructure development of Uvbe-Egbede community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state.
Uwagboe made the call in Benin after receiving report of an investigation from the office of his Special Assistant on Community Engagement.
The speaker said the community needed rapid infrastructural development to improve the standard of living of the people.
He said he was reliably informed that the community had suffered neglect from successive governments for years.
According to him, the people of the community are basically farmers who find it difficult to convey their farm produce to the markets due to bad roads.
The chief parliamentarian said in this modern time, most communities now drank borehole water and that it was unfortunate that Uvbe-Egbede community did not have a single borehole built by the the state or local government, according to the traditional ruler of the community.
“The inhabitants of the community have made efforts to put the schools in their community in good shape for the past years but for now, the cost of maintaining them is heartbreaking,” he said, adding that they can no longer shoulder the burden.
“The healthcare centre jointly built by the European Union and the community spearheaded by the community head in 2008, also needs urgent renovation as it is now dilapidated.
“Besides the Uvbe market, there is a major earth road that links the community to the Benin-Abraka road and that if tarred, will ease the stress of traveling between Edo and Delta States through Uvbe-Egbede.
“Egbede Primary School was established in 1921 and the Egbede Grammar School have been shadow of themselves and need a rapid renovation as it used to be a centre for academic excellence,” he said.
The speaker further cried that the community has not had light for the past three years due to a faulty transformer located at Oghada.
He therefore appealed for urgent actions and make life meaningful for the inhabitants of the community.
“I am using this medium to solicit the help of the State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, to make confirmation of this report and consider these projects in the next state’s budget,” he said.