Written by Shaba Mafu
I thought that those in the hinterlands would be more cautious and circumspect in throwing their weights for any political candidate. I thought that genuine stakeholders who had privately contributed to the development of such an area would hold Town Hall meetings long before political campaigns began, primarily to assess the achievements or the pedigree of candidates.
This would project informed decision on who to actually vote for. The present situation of hinterlands, for example my own blessed town of Ososo, is pitiable because of political mischievousness. The town has been neglected and cheated all-round. Any new structure in the town today is majorly by the efforts of private individuals.During campaigns, politicians wriggle their ways through the dilapidated roads constructed decades ago into the town.
The State Library allegedly built in the town in the 80s remains in its phantom state till today. The first class Secondary School: the hitherto famous Ososo Grammar School, Ososo, is now a shadow of itself.
Ososo-Ukpilla Road is under construction only on papers for close to two decades now. And so many other issues space didn’t permit to enumerate.These are issues that would determine who should earn our highly valued votes. We should not follow the bandwagon of political deceivers.
When these politicians are voted into power, they concentrate only on developing the cities and the surrounding environs that needed less touch, abandoning the under-developed component hinterlands that form the State.
I believe there should be even development across board.Those elected from our town, particularly, should be discreet enough to be accountable for their stewardship. This is the hinge on which their re-election should revolve.
We must at the same time support them in pressing for the need of the town by touching the Government itself. Our townspeople elected under any party should be supported physically and in prayers.