Former President, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, has advised the Federal Government against deployment of security agencies to monitor the clean-up exercise in the area.
Mitee, gave the advice in Port Harcourt, while reacting to a recent protest against alleged shutting out of contractors from the clean- up exercise.
He wondered why security operatives should be used to monitor a process that was meant to address the yearning of the Ogoni people, saying such contemplation was not necessary if government was doing the right thing.
“The fact that you need soldiers to do something means you are not doing the right thing. Ordinary people should clap for you once you are doing those thing they have been clamouring should be done.
“Because the whole thing appears to have been done as a patronize machine where contractors are being imposed from Abuja and then they are supposed to come into Ogoni and do it like that without even involving people from Ogoni not to talk about other parts of the Niger Delta.
“What is the clean-up that you are going to do? Where are the sites that are going to be cleaned and what determines the choice of those sites?
Mitee, a frontline activist urged the apex government to as a measure of urgency put emergency measures in place as recommended by the United Nations Environment (UNEP) report before kick starting the proper implementation of the clean-up.
Recall that the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubrin had said that the 21 contractors that would handle the Ogoni Clean-up would be drafted to site at the end of this month.
But the Mitee expressed worry that the federal government was not competent enough to start the processes, saying years after the report was released provision of portable water, a major clean up point of the UNEP report was yet to be sighted at the affected areas in Ogoni land.
The ex-MOSOP leader also faulted the timing of the federal government decision to start the clean-up and advised against politicizing the exercise.
“People no longer take promises as if they mean much, especially when you look at the electoral calendar by the time it is coming you will start been skeptical whether this is not just some political gimmick for campaign purposes and after that it seizes.
“They (UNEP) also said the water the people are drinking is about one thousand times above recommended levels. What are they doing about the water?
“These are the emergency measures that the United Nations talked about. So when people now get up and say okay we now want to do some clean up, what strikes my mind is some political stuff,” Mitee said.
By: Dennis Naku
Rivers Begins Fruit Garden Market Allocation, Today
The Rivers State Government will today kick-off the process for the allocation of shops at the newly completed and commissioned ultra-modern Fruit Garden Market in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
This indication was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Committee on Allocation of New Ogbum-na-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Dr Bariere Thomas in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to the statement, “The committee on allocation of stalls/stores at the new Ogbum-Abali Fruit Garden Market has rolled out its time table as follows: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am prompt is for the distribution of forms to original 205 traders of the market. They are to come to the meeting with their proper identification”.
It also added that the distribution of forms to the other fruit/vegetable sellers who were not part of the original 203 to collect expression of interest forms would begin, tomorrow.
The statement further explained that on “Monday, March 2, 2020 is for the return of completed application forms by all applicants preceding the balloting exercise the same day”.
The committee emphasised that it would continue with the process on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, with the allocation and collection of certificates by the established original 205 and those who were successful in the balloting.
It, therefore, advised all affected persons to comply with the scheduled timeline for the allocation of the stalls to enable government complete the process without hitches in orer to achieve set goals.
Association Tasks Old Boys On Alma Mater
The Okrika Grammar School Old Boys Association (OGSOBA), has called on members of the association to work towards the development of the school.
Speaking at a dinner night organised by the association at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, recently, as part of events marking the 80th anniversary celebration of the body, the National President of OGSOBA, Sam Nwakohu, appealed to members to take matters concerning the school seriously.
He stated that the school has assisted many of the old boys to be what they are in the society, in terms of discipline and otherwise.
“I implore all of us to take matters pertaining to the development of the school as seriously as we take our personal progress.
In this age, our students need to be educated in an improved environment and with better facilities for learning in terms of academics and extra curricula activities “ Nwakohu said.
The National President noted with dismay that the association could not finish a building project for over 15 years.
“We should try and improve infrastructure of the school. It is not pleasant to note that we could not complete one building for over 15years. While most of us have houses in UK, US and some living in mansions”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Engr. Daso Derefaka, appealed to members to consider the school’s progress.
While noting that the school was currently in need of major repairs, especially auditorium, he thanked members that attended the anniversary and reunion celebration.
By: Tonye Orabere
Oversight Functions Take Centre Stage
Oversight functions dominated activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly in the week under review though there had been other programmes by the various legislators.
Last Monday, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie unveiled some projects he personally built to appreciate his constituents at Idoke and Edoha in Upata kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area.
The projects includes classrooms at Idoke and lock up shops at Edoha. He noted that they were not constituency projects but his own personal donation to the people.
Calling on the people to utilise the projects, Chairman of the Council, Barrister Benjamin Eke commended the lawmaker for his love for the people.
Tuesday last week, member representing Asari Toru ll in the House and Committee Chairman on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi George Alabo met with members of the Assembly correspondents corps.
The lawmaker said the Assembly planned to reorganise its information management policy towards improving public enlightenment and to consolidate some of the achievements of the House.
He sought for synergy between the Assembly and the press corps as a way to further inform the citizenry on what the legislature was doing.
Henceforth, he hinted that a central information structure would be set up for a unified dissemination system.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Assembly Press Corps, Ijeoma Tubosia congratulated and at the same time commiserated with Enemi George on his victory at the polls and death of his father respectively.
She said the meeting was part of steps to intimate the House authorities of a new press corp management executive.
Tubosia sought for the incorporation of the press corps in activities of the House and to ensure that the public is fully updated of its programmes.
Last Thursday, House Chairman on Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Matthew Dike and that of Employment and Local Content, Hon. Dumle Maol met with Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in South East Senatorial District.
Dike and Maol urged the CLOs to ensure they champion the interest of their communities and that of the companies to foster peace and conducive operations for development of the state.
They stressed the need to implement Memorandum of Understanding and Local Content policy for fairness and equity for host communities of these companies.
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