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Royal Father Debunks Nullification Of Clan In Etche

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The paramount ruler and
the Onye-Ishi Agwuru Obibi/Akwukabi/Ikem clan in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, HRH Eze Stanley Munoye Ogbu, says the clan has not been nullified by Eze E.N.B Opurum as being rumoured in the area.
Addressing journalists in his palace at Umuezibe Akwukabi in Etche over the weekend, Eze Ogbu stated that the clarification become necessary to correct the wrong impression people had concerning a recent statement made by Eze Opurum alleging that the clan had been nullified by him.
Eze Ogbu described the purported nullification as laughable, adding that, the Ochie of  Etche lacks the powers to nullify the clan because the area does not fall under his jurisdiction.
According to him, “Etche has three kingdoms namely Okehi, Mba and Igbo with three first class stools manned by a royal majesty, adding that Eze Opurum can not tresspass into another kingdom where his administration does not cover.
“Last year, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, elevated some stools in Etche with the appointment of additional two first class stools, with this, Eze Opurum’s leadership regime came to an end  as we now have three kingdoms manned by different majesties.”
“Okehi Kingdom where Obaki clan belongs was created by the  Ehi I of Okehi kingdom HRM, Eze Sylvanus Ukaegbu,  for administrative convenience”, he stated.
The Onye-Ishi-Agwuru  described the purported statement by the Ochie as nothing but administrative trespass, adding that only the monarch of Okehi kingdom has the powers to make such statement and it will have effect on the clan.
Eze Ogbu used the opportunity to thank the state governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for all the numerous projects that were executed in the area and re-assured him of the support of his people.
In their separate speeches, the Ochimba I of Obibi, Eze Nwodim O. Nwodim and the traditional ruler, Dehara, Chief Christian Nweke while dismissing the statement described the Ochie’s action as a fruitless exercise that has no bearing.
The Chief opined that no first class traditional ruler has the powers to interfere with the administration of other kingdoms and advised Eze Opurum to steer clear in the business of Okeli kingdom in the interest of peace.

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools

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As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions. 
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day,  “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.

By: Taneh Beemene

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