Barely two weeks after the
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, charged the management of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to expedite action on the rehabilitation of the Agip Junction to Agip Operational Headquarters in Mgbuoshimini, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, work on the road has been completed.
On February 2, 2016, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, had during an audience with the management of NAOC, made the charge, and said that security measures taken by his administration have improved across the state, urging NAOC to improve its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility to its host communities.
But speaking to The Tide in an interview in Port Harcourt, Okmas Nigeria Limited, the construction company handling the Agip Road rehabilitation project said that the phase I of the work from Mgbuoshimini Junction to Shandees’ Fast Food has hit 100 per cent completion.
The Public Relations Officer of the company, Mr Ebere Ohwondah, said that the remaining part of the work was part of the second phase, and added that his company was also ready to deliver the job once approval has been granted for commencement of the second phase by NAOC management.
Mr Ohwondah said that since the work started, the NAOC has been monitoring the quality of work done, and had expressed satisfaction with the work done so far, especially with the good drainage system to take care of flooding during the rainy season, and hoped that the second phase from Shandees’ to the Ikwerre Road Flyover would be approved as quickly as possible so that work would commence in earnest.
Mr Ebere further stated that there has been no challenge as both the NAOC and its host community were cooperating with workers on site; and hoped that the second phase of the road rehabilitation work would be completed before the rainy season sets in.
A motorist, Mr Anthony Nkoro, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of Agip management to rehabilitate the strategic road, that links Eagle Island, Mile Three and Agip Ada-George. He said the gesture will alleviate the sufferings of the road users.
Also, a pedestrian, Mrs Blessing Victor, said she was happy with the on-going work on the road, adding that God has remembered residents of the area.
She pleaded with the NAOC to include street lights, so that the area can experience a phase lift, while checking criminal activities, especially at night.
When The Tide called for comments by the Public Affairs Officer of NAOC, access to the company’s premises was denied.
Further attempts to get the Agip spokesperson on phone were also rebuffed.
However, The Tide investigation show that Okmas has as at last Friday, withdrawn its construction equipment from the site of the project, apparently in response to the delay by Agip management to approve the second phase of the project.
Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG
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
21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology
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
Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools
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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