The Sales Representative of the Petroleum Products Monitoring Company (PPMC), Port Harcourt Depot, Mr. Chukwuemeka Merejewe, has called on youths of Rivers State to shun illegal bunkering of petroleum products, hostage-taking, armed robbery and other social vices inimical to the development of the society and their collective wellbeing.
Mr. Merejewe, who gave the charge during the presentation of an Excellent Performance Award to him by the Joint Assembly of Rivers State Youths in Port Harcourt recently, said youths engaging in illegal bunkering of petroleum products is counter-productive, as it has the tendency and capacity of not only depleting the country’s resource base, but also endangering the lives of the youths.
While thanking the group for the honour done him, the Sales Rep noted that the youths, as the live wire of any society and tomorrow’s leaders, should always engage in meaningful activities to better their lives and wellbeing.
He assured that he would continue to do everything within his capacity to ensure constant and adequate supply of petroleum products in the State.
Earlier, the Leader of the Joint Assembly of Rivers State Youths, Comrade Gershom Bob-Achor, had while presenting the award, explained that the PPMC Sales Rep was singled out for the honour based on his proficiency in administration and excellent performance in the discharge of his duties by ensuring the availability of petroleum products in the entire State.
He lauded Mr. Merejewe for his friendly disposition towards the youths of the state, especially for creating avenues for them to be meaningfully engaged through his constant interface and interaction with them.
The youth leader thanked him for working hard to ensure the constant and adequate supply of petroleum products to inhabitants of the state, and urged him to continue with his good works.
Rivers Community Suspends Keke Factions Over Insecurity
As a way of consolidating the prevailing peace and harmony in Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom, the community has suspended the two factions of the Keke union in the area.
The suspension follows the recommendation of a committee to look into the recent crisis which engulfed the union leading to the death of one Clement Elewa.
The Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusi, Eze Morgan Amadi, who announced the suspension at his palace, said the decision was in line with the desire by Governor Nyesom Wike to ensure peace in the Kingdom.
Amadi, who also said the suspension would remain indefinitely, also announced the constitution of a committee to run the affairs of the union pending further directive.
According to the traditional ruler, the committee, drawn from the three major communities in the Kingdom, would be headed by Henry Ohia.
The monarch commended the factions for listening to the voice of reason by allowing peace to reign in the area.
“I thank the two factions for listening to our appeal so that their matter could be settled amicably.
“Those affected need to continue with their lives as we are one family. Although the lives lost cannot come back”, he said.
Amadi also warned those sponsoring factional crisis in the area to stay away from the Kingdom in the interest of peace, stressing that Okporo Okwurusi Community has always accommodated strangers doing legitimate businesses.
Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Comrade Henry Ohia, thanked the traditional ruler for the opportunity to serve, assuring that his committee will not disappoint the people.
Ohia who is also the youth president of the community also urged the Keke factions to embrace peace in their interest.
Tell Political Leaders Truth, Bayelsa Dep Gov Urges Clerics
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has urged religious leaders in the country to tell their followers and the political class the truth at all times, regardless of the cost.
This was just as he reassured people of the state that the Senator Douye Diri-led administration was determined to build on the foundation laid by its predecessor to develop the State.
Ewhrudjakpo, who spoke at the inauguration of the St Lawrence Catholic Chaplaincy at his official residence in Government House, Yenagoa, frowned at the way and manner some clergymen unnecessarily sing the praise of political leaders.
He described a situation where the clergy only preach what those in authority want to hear as inimical to their ecclesiastical calling, and urged those involved in such practice to turn over a new leaf for the good of society.
He, however, commended Catholic priests, particularly the Bishop of Bomadi Diocese and some clerics of other faiths for their courage and forthrightness in speaking the truth.
A statement from the Deputy Governor’s media aide, Mr Doubra Atasi quoted him to have said, “When your spiritual director cannot look at your face and tell you that you are not doing well, then you have lost it. That is why we have the kind of society we have today”, he said.
“Unfortunately, more often than not, our clergymen want to tell us what we should hear and not what we ought to hear. And when you are only told what you want to hear and not what you ought to hear, you live in delusion of success or achievements.
“That is what happens, when leaders of the church fail to tell their followers and secular leaders the truth. Bishop, we are ready to listen to you. So we hope you will come around more often to tell us the truth”, he noted.
On issues of development, Ewhrudjakpo noted that the state airport would become functional as soon as the requirements necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic were satisfied.
According to him, the Nigerian Air Force and other pilots who are currently making use of the airport have all adjudged it to be the best so far in the country.
“The governor and I have been making use of the airport. I have personally flown into that airport about five times because that Air Force and some private jets are allowed to fly in with permission. From the account of pilots who have flown in, our airport for now is the best in the country. It will be up and doing very soon. We are also not keeping our eyes closed to the Agge Deep Seaport programme. We will try as much as possible to build on what former Governor Seriake Dickson did for Bayelsa.”
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
NDBDA Moves To Establish Mechanised Agric Farm In Eleme
As part of efforts to diversify its operational base and develop agricultural production among the Niger Delta communities, the management of Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NBDA), says it plans to establish a mechanised agricultural project in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State as part of its robust policies to boost agriculture in the state.
The Managing Director of the authority, Engr Tonye David-West, gave this indication when the Paramount Ruler of Agbonchia Community in Eleme, Emere Joseph Ngeto led members of the community council of chiefs to pay him a courtesy visit in his office in Port Harcourt, recently.
David-West urged the royal father and his council of chiefs to provide land for the establishment of the mechanised farm for the immediate take off of the project, adding that the board, in addition to the project, would provide potable drinking water for the people of Agbonchia.
The NDBA boss expressed happiness with the visitors for their visit to the board headquarters, and assured them that the management of the authority would partner with the community to fast-track development.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the group and the Paramount Ruler of Agbonchia-Eleme, Emere Joseph Ngeto, had thanked the management and staff of the authority for their warm reception, and assured that his community would be glad to receive the authority and release enough hectares of land for the agricultural project in the area.
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