The Amanyanabo of Kirike in Rivers State, HRM Tamuno-Omisiki Ogube, has called on his subjects in self-exile due to insecurity to return home.
Ogube made the call during an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt recently.
The monarch said that he had already met with some of his subjects in self-exile on the issue.
It would be recalled that there was a 17-year leadership tussle in the kingdom which led to insecurity in communities within the kingdom.
According to the monarch, some Kirike youths, who came to pledge their loyalty and solidarity, told him that they had been subjected to slavery.
“Some of them have been on exile for 10 years, some eight, while some are yet to return.
“So, it is an enormous problem in my community.
“ As the Amayanabo, I will ensure that I maintain peace and peaceful co-existence in my community.”
He said that the youths were not asking for too much, but to be engaged in meaningful self-sustaining projects, pointing out that some of the youths requested to be mechanics, while some asked for other employment opportunities.
“Some of them want to be drivers of engine boats, some want to have some money to buy nets for fishing and some want to be riding motorcycles to generate revenue for the upkeep of their families,’’ he said.
The traditional ruler said that some youths also called for the establishment of a craft centre for skill acquisition, especially on computer, noting that due to lack of skills in computer, taking examinations like the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had been difficult for many youths in the community.
“These are the things we can do. These are the issues I want to tackle.
“I have told them to maintain the peace so that we can do whatever we can, including liaising with the state government to provide some amenities for us.
“I know that by the time I see the governor, he will help us. You know we have problems before because of lack of leadership.
“Due to lack of leadership, there was nobody to talk to and so we must show that leadership,’’ he said.
Ogube said that part of his mandate, as a new king, was to ensure security of lives and properties in the kingdom and that he had already set in motion strategies to engage the youths to minimise crimes.
He said that he would liaise with some “senior sons and daughters’’ of Kirike Town to assist in the establishment of a craft centre for youth development.
Ogube said that already the elders and chiefs of the community, including the Fiberesima War-Canoe House (a clan in the community), had pledged their solidarity to him and even intimated him with some of their problems.
“So by the grace of God, we must make sure we bring out some strategies to overcome some those challenges within this period that I am going to be King.’’
He also expressed optimism that crime rate would reduce by the time the centre was established.
Ogube said that he would speak with companies to assist in employing some of the youths as well as set up a foundation to assist members of the community with their financial challenges.
He said that he had established a foundation when he was the Chief and Head of Ogube War-Canoe House.
The monarch said that Ogube Foundation was helping many of the indigenes to get interest-free loans to pay their children school fees, start petty trading and many others and which to some extent reduced poverty in the War-Canoe House.
He said that the replication of the gains from his foundation in the community where interest-free loans would be drawn would assist the community greatly.
“If there is poverty in the land, you will expect cultism, so I will try to ensure that we eradicate cultism in my kingdom,’’ he said.
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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