For those who have had reason to pass the road connecting the Onicha Ugbo in Delta State, the native home of the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, they would not hesitate to agree that the Dr. Ibe Kachukwu’s towering profile may not in any way have benefitted his kinsmen.
A petition by Kachukwu’s kinsmen exclusively availed LeadingReporters and the subsequent inspection by our South South Special Correspondent could go a long way to authentic all the accusations and concerns expressed by the Minister’s kinsmen in their petition.
Among points raised, the petitions alleges that despite the towering status and global reputation of the Minister who hails from Onicha Ugbo, there are no glaring positive impacts on the lives of his kinsmen.
“This is the road leading to his father’s house. Judge it by yourself if this truly reflects the status of the man who by virtue of his experience calls the shot in the highest revenue earning agency in Nigeria. We are not saying he should steal from the government to fix this road, at least his goodwill and closeness to the President and other stakeholders in the oil and gas sector should have given us a relief”.
“This road happens to be a major road many vehicles ply daily because it is considered a shorter route connecting Edo State, Kogi State and Abuja via Ewu. But unfortunately, governments at Federal and State levels have not considered it expedient to fix this road. It has become a death trap, making it almost impossible to haul agric produce to the market where they are sold. We are suffering as a people. We’re highly neglected and painfully, our son is part of the trusted ally of President Mohammadu Buhari. His reputation towers locally and internationally. However, it has not benefitted us in any least way. Our children don’t have jobs and our roads are impassable”.
“Help us tell him (Ibe Kachukwu) to allow his goodwill benefit his people. Help us tell him that the road leading to his father’s house has turned a death trapped”. One of the community leaders who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity lamented.