Egbeda community is one of the major towns that make up Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State. It is large, and populous.
The community through the co-ordinator of EMOLGA Youths Democratic Network, Comrade Obinna Victor has cried out over the zoning formula and the marginalisation in the political arrangements of the local government since its creation in 1991.
In one of their quests for succour and political remedy to their protracted demand for equitable distribution of allocation of positions in EMOLGA politics, a delegation was sent to a political stalwart and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in EMOLGA, Hon. Andrew Uchendu who is also a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency for an opportunity to produce the next local government chairman in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Prior to this time, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as the Movement for the Actualisation of a Crime-free Society (MACS) had written a letter to the state governor to consider Egbeda people in elective positions and political appointments. The alleged political marginalisation of Egbeda people came to fore in the council chairman’s recent appointments that did not consider any Egbeda indigene worthy of being a supervisory councillor or special adviser.
However, having in mind that when a child is pointing at a particular place while crying, the presumption suffices that if the mother is not there, probably the father is there. This is why the leadership of Emolga Youths Democratic Network (EYDN) in its scrutiny of the political positions of Emolga specifically as it affects the chairmanship of the council observed that since the creation of the local government nineteen years ago, virtually all the towns that make-up the LGA have had fair share as seen below.
Ogbakiri Clan: Ogbakiri is one of densely populated areas that make-up the LGA. Its sons Hon. Maclord Amamina, Hon. Paul Wonodi; Hon. Emmanuel Chinda and Hon. Sam Oge; had been council chairmen.
Emohua:- Emohua Clan which plays host as the headquarters of the LGA is currently holding the position as the incumbent executive chairman of Emolga through Emeka Woke for two consecutive times now.
Odegu: This town produced the first chairman in 1991 and had Hon Godspower Manjor and Hon. Chima Bob Okala.
Ibaa: Ibaa and Obele as popularly known had had their share for two times through Hon. Jonah Wobodo who was the second executive chairman of the LGA and Hon Allwell Igbor.
Rundele:- Ndele had at least once occupied the position of chairman through Hon. Demian Ejiowhor.
Elele Alimini:- It has produced an executive chairman of the council through Hon. Emmanuel Wonodi.
Akpabu/Itu: Is yet to have a taste of the juicy office. But there is no doubt that Akpabu/Itu area had taken and is still reaping, from the political honey pot of the LGA through the ebullient Chidi Iloyd in the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Omudioga: It would be very expedient and pertinent to posit that out of the unstable and turbulent political interest cum politically motivated inequitable zoning formula associated with EMOLGA politics, Omudioga was able to struggle out their own share of the LGA’s cake through Hon Syder Nnodim who served as member Federal House of Representatives.
Ubimini:- This community is not left out in the occupation of the number one seat in the LGA. Ubimini had taken their share through Hon. Allen Nma who is currently the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in EMOLGA.
Having traced the political cum leadership history of EMOLGA, it leaves us with no doubt that Egbeda community is agitating for a just cause. It is obvious that the precarious state of the political interest of Egbeda community is not far from the zoning formula and its inhibiting factors therefore, equity demands that Egbeda son should be the next council boss.
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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