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Kogi: Monarch laments dearth of social amenities

The traditional head (Odu Ogidiga) of Emodu community in Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State, Chief Michael Idoko, has expressed concerns over the poor state of…

The traditional head (Odu Ogidiga) of Emodu community in Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State, Chief Michael Idoko, has expressed concerns over the poor state of infrastructure and dearth of social amenities in the community.

The royal father in an interview with North Central Trust said the community had over the years grappled with lack of basic social infrastructure and appealed for government interventions.

He said one of the major challenges facing the community was poor road network as the only road linking the community to other parts of the country had been in a deplorable condition.

“The only road linking Emodu community through Unyi-Ogugu enroute Benue/eastern part of the country as well Emodu enroute Ofante-Ogugu to Lokoja has been in deplorable condition for decades,” he lamented.

He also decried the non-availability of a functional primary healthcare centre where people of the community can assess medical services.

According to him, people of the community usually travel several kilometers to Okpoga and Otukpo in neighboring Benue State to seek medical attention whenever they are ill.

He appealed to the local and state governments to establish a well- equipped cottage hospital in the community to cater for their health needs.

In the aspect of water supply, the paramount ruler said government needs to do more, explaining that the water scheme provided by the Millennium  Development Goals (MDGs) needs to be reticulated to serve the people.

He appealed to government to expand the water scheme by laying pipes through the community to ensure people have easy access to water, noting that there are currently few points from where the entire community fetches water from.

Chief Michael also expressed worries over the comatose state of the rural electrification project in the community.He said the community was provided with a transformer sometimes ago but could not enjoy power supply due to some technical faults, appealing that government help the community in fixing the problem so they can enjoy power supply.

The traditional ruler also called on the government to do more in the area of primary and secondary education by equipping the community’s school with adequate teachers, instructional materials and school infrastructure to enhance learning.

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