A multi-million naira secretariat constructed for the Ibaji Native Authorities Space in Onyedega neighborhood, Kogi State, has presently been become a rice farm resulting from years of inactivity.
Residents who despatched movies to SaharaReporters said that the LGA officers are accountable for the rice farming in addition to the Divisional Police Officer of Onyedega division.
That is even because the residents lamented that the Native authorities Chairman, Williams Iko-Ojo Obiora, refused to relocate and work from the constructing.
“The secretariat is now a rice farm. Employees don’t do any official work there. We don’t really feel the federal government’s presence in our neighborhood. We have now to journey a number of kilometres away to Idah to get something accomplished,” a resident lamented.
The construction had been deserted since 2014 as a result of dangerous highway connecting the neighborhood and seasonal floods.
Employees who spoke with SaharaReporters in February had mentioned the LGA Chairman had been working from Idah LGA, a neighbouring neighborhood which is about two-hour drive away.
“Youths throughout a political riot in 201 burnt down the previous secretariat, however the authorities constructed a brand new one round 2014. However the secretariat has been deserted since then.
“We have now a liaison workplace in Idah LGA and that’s the place the LGA chairman operates from. There is no such thing as a exercise on this place. It’s each abandoned and overgrown with weeds. Our individuals are careworn having to go to faraway Idah as a result of they will have any contact with their LGA workplace,” one of many employees had famous.
SaharaReporters learnt that the Ibaji Progressive Youth Basis, one of many foremost teams representing the folks, had written a protest letter to the LGA Chairman, demanding that he function from their neighborhood and really feel their pains.
The letter titled, “Demand to Relocate Ibaji Liaison workplace again to Ibaji LGA Headquarters – Onyedega,” was signed by the IPYF Nationwide President, Comrade Apeh Kelvin and the Normal Secretary, Linus Egwu.