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Rep laments neglect of his constituency, donates 4-yr salaries to less privileged

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadigbo Federal Constituency of Benue State, otherwise known as Enone, Hon. Francis Ottah Agbo, has lamented alleged abandonment of his constituency by the Federal Government.

Hon. Agbo is the spokesman of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Speaking during an interactive session with a delegation of Ari geo-political zone, comprising Ijigban/Ulayi/Ekile Communities of Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, led by Emmanuel Ogaba, in Abuja, the federal lawmaker lamented what he called the ‘underdevelopment’ of his people, which he said has turned Enone to a laughing stock in Nigeria.

He, however, pleaded with the Federal Government to address the people of his constituency especially in the area of infrastructure and federal appointments.

He also  announced a donation of his entire salaries for his first four years in office, to his constituents particularly the poorest of the poorest widows and orphans, to help ameliorate their plight.

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Hon. Agbo regretted that though over one million of Ijigban/Ekile/ Ulayi people were contributing immensely to the economy of the State, especially in Agriculture, they remained the most neglected, in terms of infrastructure and employment in the state and federal civil service.

“I want to use this medium to tell the world, how marginalised the Enone people are and particularly the people of Ulayi, Ekile and Ijigban.

“I agree with the leader of the delegation who just said that the Nigerian state has forgotten the Ulayi, Ekile and Ijigban Community. I cannot agree less! My people are still in darkness.

“These communities are the only ones in the whole of Nigeria, without electricity, roads, water and development of any kind; there is no single person in this communities, employed in the Federal civil service, no officer in  the Nigerian military, Police , the Customs, Immigration, Fire Service, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps,” he decried.

He commended Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, for appointing an Ijigban son, Mr. Sunday Agbaji, as Commissioner for Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC).