The group, Isoko Monitoring Group, (IMG), has said that under-performance of elected representatives, whose responsibility it is to ensure that the Isoko nation is duly and credibly represented across board, will no longer be treated with kid’s gloves.
IMG, a non-partisan and defensive group of the Isoko ethnic nation, lamented that Senator James Manager and Hon. Leo Ogor had failed Isoko ethnic nationality in the quest to be included in the nonviolent phase of the amnesty programme.
While calling on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to include Isoko Nation in the nonviolent phase of the amnesty programme, the group popularly known as “Akioja Isoko”, said that both Manager and Ogor had failed over time to address the yearnings of the youths.
Manager, representing Delta South senatorial district, while Ogor represents Isoko federal constituency of Delta state respectively.
The group said despite the undisputed and uninterrupted contributions of the Isoko ethnic nation in crude oil and natural gas production since 1958, the people are grossly marginalized with nothing to show for it’s huge natural resources.
“IMG notes with deep regret, the inability of Senator James Manager and Hon. Leo Ogor. IMG shall continually check and critically examine the level of patronage attracted to the Isoko people by all her representatives.”
In a communiqué after its emergency meeting and signed by its President, Oke Michael Aziakpono and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, the group admonished the two federal lawmakers and state assembly lawmakers of Isoko extraction to see themselves as political servants and use their offices to attract meaningful development to the Isoko people.
“Distinguished senator and honourable members, we want to however, admonish you to see yourselves as political servants and use your offices to attract meaningful development to the Isoko people.
“As a watch and defensive group of the Isoko people that strongly frowns at the gross marginalization bedeviling the Isoko nation, IMG believes that all the representatives will use their offices to credibly serve the Isoko people as constitution demands.
“The continuous neglect of our people in terms of empowerments and development at the federal and state levels, as well as under-performance of our elected representatives will not longer be tolerated.
“Isoko people must be partakers of every federal and state governments programmes. Therefore, we charge all concerned to do all within their powers in this regards and also to keep proper records of their stewardship for the Isoko people because we shall demand for them time after time.
“Elected Representatives ought not to be comfortable when those they represent are not adequately accommodated in the scheme of things.”, the communiqué added.
The group however congratulated Manager, Leo Ogor on their successful inauguration as members of the 9th National Assembly.
They also congratulated the members representing Isoko North, Tim Owhefere,, Isoko South I, Kenneth Ogba and Isoko South II, Ferguson Onwo at the Delta State House of Assembly respectively, on their successful inaugurations.