…Why I had to use personal resources to fund project- Rep Ottah Agbo
… Restates commitment to starting and completing a project in every
district in his Federal Constituency
…We thought his promise was a political statement, say Rijo people
… He is our messiah say Ekile and Ezza Elders& women
Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom has commissioned the Legacy Bridge at Rijo community in Ado Local Government of Benue State.The bridge was commissioned at a colourful ceremony which was attended by many important dignitaries from the state as well as thousands of excited members of Rijo and surrounding communities who rolled out drums to mark the occasion. The Governor who was represented by the state commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ekpe Ogbu, expressed delight at the project, saying it will complement the efforts of the government towards developing the rural communities in the State.He said the completion of the Legacy Bridge by Dr. Ottah Agbo has added to the many success stories of the PDP in the area as it was under a PDP administration that light was brought to the area while many indigenes of the area have been appointed into key positions in government.
Gov. Ortom said the Legacy Bridge has shown that the PDP is a party that has the people at heart and urged the people to continue to support the party. He urged the Honourable Member not to relent in his efforts of bringing smiles to the people, and promised to collaborate with the Federal Parliamentarian!Dr. Ottah Agbo, popularly known as the Ozigizaga, in his remarks, explained that he was moved to embark on the project when he saw the hardship the people were going through to cross to other communities during raining seasons. He said with the commisioning of the bridge, a major problem suffered by the community has been solved as it would link Rijo with Ekile, mbalakwu, Idele and other communities in Oju LGA, and ease transportation as well as boost agricultural and commercial activities in the area. The Feed Back Lawmaker also said with the bridge those hitherto cut off from the popular Idokpo Market would now access it with ease.The Talk-Na-Do Lawmaker explained that he had to use his personal resources to build the bridge because at the time he came in 2019, the budget for the year had been passed and this left him with nothing to work with.He said, “So I had to start the bridge outside the budget and using my personal resources in order that work could commence and for it to be completed in good time.”Dr. Ottah Agbo reiterated his commitment to do a project in the old 11 Districts of his Constituency, saying by this time next year, he would invite dignitaries to commission electricity projects in Ichama, Ekile, Izzi, Ezza, and many more.Agbo who is the Spokesman of the Minority Caucus expressed hope that the cutting of the tap by the governor through a representative, was meant to actuate the Governor to tar the entire stretch of the road from Rijo to Ekile. While stressing that he had graded and laterited the road before, there was need for the government to tar the road to compensate both Ekile and Utonkon for remaining law- abiding!While calling on those who are yet to enjoy projects from his stable to be patient, Dr. Ottah Agbo said he would soon start commissioning of projects in Ogbadibo and Okpokwu, the moment “we are done with the ongoing work in those areas.” PDP chairman in Benue State, Sir John Ngbede on his part, thanked the Honourable Member for initiating and completing the bridge. He said the PDP is proud of Dr. Ottah Agbo and is encourgaging him to do more for the people.He called on the people to take good care of the bridge as it has now become theirs. The Honourable Member representing Apa/Agatu Federal Constituency, Hon. Samuel Godday in his remarks, said he appreciates what Dr. Ottah Agbo whom he described as his brother and friend has done.He said Ottah Agbo has not only done well but has challenged other Lawmakers to go to their communities and do projects that will impact more on the lives of their people.Former broad chairman of NTA, Hon. Patrick Ogbu said he is well pleased with the achievements of Dr. Ottah Agbo. He said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. This is our son in whom we are well pleased. This is not the first time he is doing such a thing. This is a man who has donated his salary at the National Assembly to widows, orphans and the vulnerable. I’m not surprised he did this legacy bridge. Assistant Secretary of the PDP in Benue State, Mrs Rose Ameh in her remarks, commended the Honourable Member for the initiative saying it will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of the area .She urged the people to continue to support the Honourable Member saying he has shown commitment towards giving back to the people. PDP Chieftain, Hon. Christian Adaba Abah, popularly known as Mad Lion, urged other legislators to take a cue from what Dr. Ottah Agbo is doing by embarking on projects that will help the people. He said the Legacy bridge is evidence that the PDP is the party of the people and urged the the people to continue to support the party.Members of the community who spoke to newsmen were pleasantly surprised at the timely completion of the project.Many of them said when the Honourable Member made the promise to build the bridge, they thought it was a mere political statement and did not take it seriously.Leader of the Rijo community, Chief Ebah Mathew said this is because they have seen many politicians who have promised them so many things but did not follow up on their promises. “This is the first time we are seeing a Member who promised us and came back to fulfill his promise and for this we remain eternally grateful,” he said.Clan head of Rijo , Chief Kenneth Ekema on his part said he thought the whole thing was a joke until he started seeing serious work going on at the site.”We have not seen this type of thing before and we pray God to continue to bless him for remembering his promise to the people,” he stated.Ekile and Ezza elders at the commissioning described Ottah as their messiah!