ASPIRANT for the June 2017 local government election for Obadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State, Adogo Friday Iwodi, has decried the state of infrastructure in the area. Iwodi, who is seeking nomination for the chairmanship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stated in Abuja yesterday that despite the area producing some of the most illustrious sons of Idomaland and Benue State as a whole, Obadigbo has continued to lag behind in road, health, education, electricity, among others. He noted with sadness that since the local government was created in 1991 by the General Ibrahim Babangida military administration, the area has nothing to show in terms of development, especially when compared to its contemporaries. Iwodi, who is currently the Managing Director of an Abuja-based estate managing company, stated that “The virtual non-existent of electricity, water, good roads, and educational facilities among my people. Above all the there is A high level of unemployment in the area. This sort of situation should not be allowed to continue.’ He attributed the poor state of Obadigbo to the over reliance of the previous administrations on revenue accruing from the federation account without the administrators thinking positively of sourcing funds from other sources for the development of the area. He said with his exposure and business relations in America, Europe and Asia, he is in the best position to use his wide contacts to attract investments which will not only create job opportunities for youths in the area, but will propel rapid development of the area. One of the areas he intends to ensure health care delivery at relative no cost for the area will be the maximum use of members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. According to him, “With 13 wards in the local government, the administration under my leadership will liaise with the NYSC to run various clinics and hospitals in the area. If we could have a medical doctor or two per ward, depending on the situation, we would have gone far in bringing health care delivery for our people.” He said his decision to serve his people was a divine call.

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