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Taiye Duke Tuoyo’s Leadership in Warri South West: A Legacy of Neglect and Missed Opportunities

Warri South West Local Government and contradiction of leadership understanding in Delta state

By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board

The leadership tenure of Hon. Taiye Duke Tuoyo as the Chairman of Warri South West Local Government Area in Delta State has been marked by a profound lack of impact, raising serious concerns about his selection process by the then governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa. Initially elected in 2018 and subsequently re-elected for a second three-year term in 2021, Chairman Taiye Duke Tuoyo’s governance has failed to make any discernible positive contributions to both the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities within the region. Despite the extended duration of his leadership, the communities have yet to witness substantial developmental strides, prompting growing skepticism about the effectiveness of his continued chairmanship.

Lack of Developmental Initiatives

Since assuming office, Chairman Taiye Duke Tuoyo has failed to initiate any meaningful developmental projects, leaving the primary healthcare system in a state of neglect and primary schools in a sorrowful condition. The local government appears stagnant, with private individuals shouldering the responsibility of making positive impacts and developing their areas.

State of Primary Schools

The lamentable state of primary schools in Warri South West serves as a distressing microcosm of the overall neglect plaguing the region. The once-promising bastions of learning have now become dilapidated structures, with crumbling infrastructure and inadequate facilities. Basic amenities such as desks, chairs, and educational materials are woefully insufficient, leaving students grappling with substandard learning conditions. The sorry state of these primary schools reflects a systemic failure to prioritize the education and future of the young minds within the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities.

Moreover, the absence of any notable intervention or developmental projects in the education sector has exacerbated the predicament. The lack of modernization and technological integration in these schools hampers the educational experience, leaving students at a disadvantage in an increasingly competitive world.

Disconnect and Lack of Communication

The lack of communication and engagement from Chairman Taiye Duke Tuoyo is evident in the fact that many indigenes do not even know who their Chairman is. This disconnect further highlights the failure of leadership to connect with the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities on a fundamental level.

Abundant Resources, Missed Opportunities

Warri South West, endowed with significant land area, a growing population, and vast oil and gas reserves, has the potential for tremendous development. However, the Chairman’s tenure has failed to leverage these resources for the benefit of both the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities. Despite hosting crucial projects like Chevron Swamp Headquarters, the Nigeria Maritime University, and the Escravos Gas to Liquid (EGTL) project, the local government remains stagnant under Chairman Taiye Duke Tuoyo’s leadership.


As the Chairman’s tenure comes to a close, the people of Warri South West may well judge him as the worst local council Chairman in the history of the council. The rich natural resources that define the local government demand effective leadership, and Chairman Taiye Duke Tuoyo’s lack of impact stands as a stark disappointment for both the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities’ aspirations for progress and development. The state of primary education, in particular, serves as a striking reminder of the unmet needs and unfulfilled promises under his watch.

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