The nine communities that make up the Abua-Central urban area in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area, can now enjoy uninterrupted power supply at the instance of the Rivers State Government.
The promise for the project which was made by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the 29th of June this year, during his maiden visit to Abua/Odual Local Government Area was made good barely six months after.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the Abua Central electrification project, yesterday Governor, Amaechi reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure that all rural communities in the State are electrified within the life span of the present administration.
Governor Amaechi who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon.. Magnus Abe said that power is a key component of the policy thrust of this government and expressed appreciation to the people of Abua/Odual Local Government Area for embracing peace, saying that where there is no viable and lasting peace it would be impossible for government to carry out any meaningful project.
He used the occasion to charge the people of Abua/Odual to do everything within their power to sustain the present atmosphere of peaceful co-existence in the area.
Governor Amaechi who also expressed happiness that the Abua Central electrification project was delivered on schedule and according to specifications, directed the Power Commissioner, Mr. Augustine Wokocha to deliver one more transformer for the only community in Abua Central which was inadvertently left out of the project not later than next Monday to ensure they benefitted from the project.
The State Chief Executive promised that other communities outside Abua Central that were not part of the project would benefit from the on-going rural electrification project, which he assured, must touch every community in the State.
Governor Amaechi also used the occasion to call on political leaders across the State to close ranks, unite and work as a team for the progress of their communities.
He thanked the contractor for completing the project at record time, saying the era of abandoned projects was over for good in the State.
On the road situation in the State, Governor Amaechi assured that it was a major thrust in the policy position of government, stressing that the present administration was poised to change the face of rural communication through massive road construction that would touch all parts of the State.
He called on the people of Abua/Odual Local Government Area to sustain their support for his government, noting that he is prepared to do his best within the means of available resources for the people.
In his speech, the State Power commissioner, Mr. Augustine Wokocha expressed his Ministry’s happiness over the completion of the project without any hitch, saying that the cooperation and support provided by the people of Abua towards the success of the power project should be emulated by other communities across the State.
Mr. Wokocha enjoined the people to take advantage of the availability of power in the area to engage in meaningful business ventures that would improve their living standards, saying that the provision of electricity for the area is capable of engendering a stream of economic activities for the good of the people.
Earlier, the Oda-Abuan, King Kaleh O. M. Obuge and member representing Abua/Odual constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Henry Ogiri in their separate speeches had expressed their gratitude to Governor Amaechi for fulfilling his promise to the people of Abua Central, which they described as a mark of responsible leadership and appealed that the electrification project and other development initiatives of the present administration be extended to communities in Emughan, Okpeden and Otapha,King Obuge and Hon. Ogiri assured the State Governor of the support of the people to his government and on the event that he decides to do a second tenure in office, stressing hat there is significant peace in Abua/Odual Local Government Area to attract meaningful government projects for the overall transformation of the area.
NCWS Hails RSG’s Steps Against Illegal Refining
The President of the Rivers State Branch of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Princess Mariam Tolofari, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for taking decisive steps against illegal oil refining, air pollution and environmental degradation in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt, state president of NCWS maintained that Wike’s physical visit to some sites of the illegal refineries, mandating and supporting the state security agencies, local government chairmen and chiefs to swiftly end illegal refining has significantly reduced the menace of soot and its attendant environmental degradation and health hazard in the state.
Tolofari said that the governor’s resolve to end the soot in the state was heroic and valiant, while also backing the governor’s call on the Federal Government to respond to the issues giving rise to the soot epidemic in the state.
“We appreciate the governor for taking the bold initiative against operators of illegal refineries and the hydra-headed monster of black soot in Rivers State. We pledge to sustain and support a Green State that is healthy and beneficial to us all”, she said.
She further urged women to restrain their children and wards from joining persons engaged in ‘Kpo fire’ activities and ensure they stay focused in the pursuit of academic excellence and genuine business goals not associated to crime.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
Join War Against ‘Kpo Fire’, Monarchs Tell Rivers People
Some traditional rulers in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area have called on Rivers people to support the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike on the war against illegal oil bunkering.
The traditional rulers include the Paramount Ruler of Woji community, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, the EzeRisi/Ohia Mbam Abali, Eze Christopher Wonodi, and the Paramount Ruler of Iriebe community, Eze Jeremiah Worenwu.
The monarchs, who spoke in their palaces on the issue, said the war against ‘Kpofire’was a collective one as the situation has reached a dangerous point.
They also dismissed the claim that unemployment was responsible for the menace, adding that there was no society in the world where government employs everybody.
They also noted that the stealing of crude oil did not start today.
Speaking, Paramount Ruler of Woji community, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, said the situation has taken a serious pitch, adding that a lot of lives were being lost as a result of the soot.
Ihunwo also described the action of the governor as timely.
According to the Woji monarch, those in the business of illegal oil bunkering do not know the health hazard they were causing to the people.
Ihunwo said that, in 2018,he invited the youths to his palace and mobilise them against operators of illegal refineries using Woji as conduit channel for evacuation of illegally refined products, and stressed that because of the collective understanding and collaboration of all stakeholders, Woji has not recorded any such criminal act within the community.
He, therefore, challenged other monarchs to emulate the Woji example.
The monarch also acknowledged a reduction in soot in the atmosphere in the state capital, while the amount of oil spill on surfaces of water has also reduced.
Also speaking, the Eze Risi/Ohia Mbam Abali, Eze Christopher Wonodi, said the intervention of the governor has saved the people of the state from series of health challenges.
Wonodi said it behooves the people of Rivers State to give their maximum support to the governor to succeed in eliminating the scourge of the soot pandemic in the state.
He also advised the youths to desist from the nefarious act and find other legitimate means of eking out aliving.
Wonodi also said that his kingdom has started sensitising the people against involvement in illegal oil bunkering.
On his part, the Paramount Ruler of Iriebe community, Eze Jeremiah Worenwu said Wike has shown that he has the capacity to solve societal problems.
Worenwu said that Iriebe community would comply fully with the governor’s directive to stop illegal oil bunkering, and warned those who may want to delve into the illegal business to stay away from the community.
While describing the governor’s action as welcome, the Iriebe monarch said the war against ‘Kpo fire’ needs the support of all members of the society, including the security agencies.
By: John Bibor, Oribim Ibama
ABOLGA Boss Declares Zero Tolerance On Oil Bunkering Activities
The Chairman of Abua/Odual Local Government Area, Hon. Daniel Daniel has thrown his weight behind the ongoing war against soot in Rivers State, assuring that his administration would do everything humanly possible to smoke out the criminal cartels involved in the illicit business.
The chairman, who declared that his administration would not condone activities of artisanal crude oil refineries in Abua/Odual, said he would demolish all illegal oil refining sites in the LGA, as directed by the state governor.
Speaking after visiting one of the uncovered artisanal crude oil bunkering sites in Odau Community, Daniel commended the efforts of the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his relentless pursuit towards bringing to an end the menace called soot, which was threatening the very existence of the people in Rivers State.
He added that the practical steps taken by the governor within the last few weeks was yielding results.
Daniel used the opportunity to caution those who play politics with the fight against soot in the state to desist forthwith.
He further added that it was not proper to politicise this all important issue, which was causing harm to the environment and killing the people slowly.
The chairman called on all indigenes and residents of Abua/Odual Local Government Area to join forces to nip the danger posed by the soot the bud.
The ABOLGA chief executive alsosaid that anyone with useful information onthe locationsof the sites and names of operators where illegal oil bunkering activities are taking place within the area should report with immediate effect, to him or the DPO of the Abua/Odual Divisional Police Command for necessary action.
He disclosed that as the chairman of council, he has knowledge of all forests/communities in the LGA, adding that his administration would leave no stone unturned in implementing the directives of the state governor.
The site visited in Odau Community has over 15 boiling pots and occupies an estimated geographical area of over one hectare of land.
The Tide learnt that the site is bounded by communities from Ahoada-West LGA of Rivers State and Ogbia LGA in Bayelsa State.
Those who accompanied the chairman on the enforcement visit are the DPO of the Divisional Police Command and his men; the C4i LGA commander and his team of gallant men.
Others are the Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Hon. Okpokipoiy Peters; Supervisor for Environment, Hon Vincent Reuben Obu; and his works counterpart, Hon. Zinami Fyneroad Iwariso; Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs to the Chairman, Hon Alex Walters who is an indigene of the Odau Community, among others.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
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