The people of Omoku Communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have again been told not to allow politicians, sycophants or those with selfish interests divide them, rather they should close ranks, be united and speak with one voice against the common problems facing the people.
The Oba (Eze-Ogba) of Ogbaland, His Eminence, Sir Chukumela Nnam Obi II, who made the call while playing host to a delegation from Obakata Community, Omoku, led by the Eze-Ali Obakata Omoku of Ogbaland, Eze Anthony Aduche Frank Okoro, who visited the palace to apologise for the Eze Obakata’s absence from the palace for the past few years, noted that irrespective of their political affiliations or religious belief, Omoku people should avoid dichotomy.
He said they should rather work as a people with one destiny for the overall peace, unity and rapid development of the area, noting that any person or group that goes contrary will be regarded as enemy of the people.
He charged the Eze Obakata and other traditional rulers to always educate their subjects on the need to remain peaceful and respect constituted authority at all times as, according to him, crisis is an ill wind that blows no one any good”.
While re-stating his earlier resolve not to keep malice with any person or group, including those calling for his head, the monarch thanked the Eze-Ali Obakata Omoku and his people for the visit and charged them to collaborate with other Ezes, Chiefs and elders of Omoku Communities for the lasting peace and unity of the area instead of chasing shadows.
“Leaders and their subjects should always demonstrate the fear of God in their words and actions and eschew the vices of greed and injustice in their daily lives”, he said.
He re-echoed his appeal to both Federal and Rivers State Governments to timely set in motion solutions to right the wrongs meted to minority ethnic groups in the country, especially the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State by past administrations, and described as inhuman, pitiable and humiliating to the people of the oil rich Local Government Area whose resources the country’s economy depends on to continue to live in squalor and poverty, noting that their peaceful nature should not be taken for granted.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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