By Simeon OSAJIE
Elders of Ugbokun Community in Ovia North-East local government area of Edo State, has appealed to Edo State governor. Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, to allow Dr. Osazee Woghiren complete the health center he started in order to cater for the health need of his people.
The elders of the community in conjunction with the civil society group (Talakawa Parliament) led members of the community, armed with placards with the inscriptions, “Please, free Ugbokun Reserve, Please, Mr. Obaseki, Encourage Diasporas to Invest at Home and Dr. Osazee Woghiren is a Great Man, Doing a Great Job For His Community” to the Oba Palace and to the state government house to register their complaints.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Pa Francis Osawaru, said the health center was built and donated to the community by Dr. Osazee Woghiren when they approached him that they were in dire need of a health center.
He said the facility was near completion and about to be put into full usage when they suddenly saw a board erected on the site with the inscription “Caveat Emptor, This is Edo State government Forest Reserve, No Trespass”.
Pa Osawaru said, based on the proximity of the health center to the community and to the Benin-Lagos road, people with health emergency need can be taken there and be treated, adding that, as it stands, such is about to be thwarted with the government allegedly taken over the land.
Also speaking, Mrs. Osaretin Aigbidodo, said, the setting of the health centre in the community has helped solved the problem pregnant women go through before getting medical attention.
She lamented that it seems that their hopes is about to be dashed with the government laying claim to the land.
Mrs. Aigbidodo appealled to the state governor and the Oba of Benin to wade in and allow the completion of the facility for the benefit of the people of the community.
On his part, President, Talakawa Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, appealed to Governor Obaseki to use his good offices to allow Dr. Woghiren complete the Ugbokun Medical Centre building project, adding that he (Woghiren) is a blessing to his community as such would encourage others to invest in their Edo.
He thanked the state government for its massive road construction in the community, stressing that the people are happy for the extension of infrastructural development to their community.