Monday May 27, 2019 1:28 AM

Bayelsa Speaker blames ineffective representation for Niger Delta marginalisation

The Speaker Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson, says the neglect of the Niger Delta region by successive administrations in the country is due to ineffective representation by legislators from the region.

Benson, a two-term speaker in the state assembly, said this on Sunday while speaking with journalists at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Yenagoa.

The speaker had on Thursday picked a nomination form to vie for the House of Representatives seat for Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency.

He noted that Southern Ijaw, despite being one of the top most local governments producing wealth for the country, has yet to have access road, electricity, hospital and other basic amenities.

The speaker added that these were reasons he was aspiring to the National Assembly to attract Federal Government presence to the area.

“As at now, there are many things we are still lacking, despite our contributions to economic development of Nigeria.

“We have no road connecting Southern Ijaw to other places in the state; no power supply, we are not connected to the national grid; we have no good hospital.

“Nothing to write home about, and those are the things that moved me to aspire to represent the area in the House of Representatives.

“So, I will use my experience in legislation which span more than 12 years to attract development to my area,” he said.

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