Youths of Epie/Atissa kingdom have cried out the continual neglect of the kingdom and the deliberate refusal by the Bayelsa State Government led by H.E, Sen. Douye Diri, to develop the state capital. 

Speaking on Sunday, the Yenagoa coordinator of the New Generation Leaders and a former Spokesperson of the Bayelsa Comrade Family, Comrade Odede Charles Precious, said despite being the landlords of the state capital, the Epie/Atissa people have been ignored in terms of appointments and empowerments.

Expressing dissatisfaction to the absence of Governor Diri or a government representative during the recently held Uge Gene Epie/Atissa Unity festival aimed at unifying the kingdom, Comrade Odede noted that the government would have sent a formal representation or statement if the Oguan people are of value to the government of the day.

He said “As a people we have been neglected, used and reduced to second class citizens in the state.

”Yet we are the landlords of the capital, a capital they have deliberately refused to develop. It is still painful and fresh in our minds that former Governor Dickson called Yenagoa a forest capital.


”Even Sampou the governors community is now miles ahead of Yenagoa which seems stuck in the past.

”We have also been ignored in terms of appointments in this administration. I dont even want to talk about empowerment which is quite poor for the Oguan people.

”But of more concern to me is why Governor Douye Diri did not attend the Uge Gene Epie/Atissa Unity festival, the first ever attempt aimed at unifying both our kingdoms even further.

”The governor should have attended or made a formal representation or statement, both no attempt was made from Government house. That tells how much we the Oguan people are valued.”

He called on the government to look into the plight of the Oguan people who hosts the capital.

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