In continuation of the advocacy visits on vandalization of public infrastructure across communities in Delta State, the state Orientation Bureau has taken its sensitization exercise against the unpatriotic practice to the people of ibedeni in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking in a town hall meeting at Ibedeni, the Director General (DG), Eugene Azuka Uzum Esq, who spoke through the Director of Orientation in the bureau, Mrs Stella Macaulay, stated that the purpose of the meeting was to profer solutions to the issue of vandalization of public infrastructure in the community.
Uzum said that there was the need to protect public amenities provided by the state government for the general wellbeing of the people, adding that vandalising such infrastructures would retard the development of the communities they were situated in the state.
The DG identified poor parenting as one of the causes of vandalism and urged parents to take full responsibility in the proper upbringing of their children.
Responding, the Secretary General of the community, Mr Eke Shedrach, applauded the bureau for the advocacy visit, testifying that it was actually the first time the community had such a one-on-one interaction with representatives of the state government.
He appealed to the state government to assist in providing more infrastructures in the community, particularly in the areas of accessible roads, linking various communities in the locality, provision of potable water and employment of more primary school teachers in the community.
Also, during the interactive session, the community women appealed for employment of more health workers to help facilitate quick responses in some emergency cases and also the setting up of a mechanism to effectively monitor health workers sent to the community.
Other stakeholders made meaningful contributions towards taking ownership and protection of public infrastructures against wilful destruction in the locality.
The meeting took place at the community town hall with HRM, Ogene Jonathan Kainegide, Ogene of Ibedeni Kingdom, represented and many stakeholders from the community in attendance.
Highlight of the meeting was the presentation of some informative and educative materials on vandalism by the bureau to those present for further advocacy against the menace in the community.