A multinational oil and gas company ,the Green Energy International Limited ,the operators of Otakikpo Marginal Field (OML 11) in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, says it is committed to strengthening the social , environmental and economic development of its host communities in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
To this end, construction works at the company’s 12MMSCFD LPG extraction plant that will transform and impact the lives of its host communities of Ikuru Town,Agama Ekede ,Ayama Ekede, Asuk Oye and Asukama communities have commenced in earnest.
The Chairman of the company, Prof Anthony Adegbulugbe gave the assurance in his opening remarks at a stakeholders workshop organised by the company in Port Harcourt, yesterday
Represented by the Director in charge of Sustainability in the company, Mr Ayo Olejede, the chairman said ,the essence of the workshop was to provide a unique opportunity to brainstorm with sustainability experts in order to strengthen the social, environmental and economic development of the host communities, with support and collaboration of key institutions with a view to showcasing to all its numerous stakeholders how the company had journeyed to bring to fruition, its vision of creating a model of integrated energy company.
Adegbulugbe disclosed that the company had within the four years of operations and engagement contributed significantly to achieving some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through provision of the requisite basic infrastructure which would enable it deliever affordable and reliable energy that would propel social and economic progress within its host communities.
According to him, the concept of the company’s marginal field development is to use the Otakikpo Marginal Field to create a chain of economic opportunities where, after the oil is produced, the gas is utilised for powering the production of domestic cooking gas with a view to galvanising the economy of the communities and ultimately the economy of the country.
“I am pleased to announce to you that since September 2019 ,we have operated for over two million hours without no Loss of Time Injury (LTI) which indicates that our operations are being carried out within the highest level of safety standards”, he said.
“So far, we have utilised community contractors for majority of our projects and at the last count,our procurement exposure in terms of quantum of patronage is in excess of over N3billion. We are also happy to announce that we have ensured that both our skilled and unskilled staff have been drawn from the communities and the Niger Delta area.”he stated.
He urged the participants to develop inclusive CSR and sustainability frame work for advancing policy recommendations on environmental, social and governance issues to drive development in their communities in areas of natural resources and management particularly on protecting elephants and wildlife species in Andoni LGA and its environs as well as community electrification.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Kindness Egbelu represented by Mrs Nkemdiri Oduya commended the company for its interest in capacity building programmes for its host communities.
According to her, “our people depend on biodiversity but biodiversity is under threat from the same people that depend on it”.
In an interview with newsmen, the Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager , Mr Segun Ilori said the workshop was designed to review some of the things the company was doing to building sustainability future, adding that the aim of the project was community driven and social responsibility intervention.
Army Confirms Killing 16 Terrorists
The troops of Operation Fire Ball have killed 16 Boko Haram/Islamic States for West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in recent encounters in the North East theatre of operation.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this known in a statement, yesterday.
The statement was titled, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole: Troops of Operation Fire Ball neutralise several bandits, destroy gun trucks, recover large cache of arms and other items’.
Onyeuko said that four terrorists’ gun trucks were destroyed as well as recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunitions during the various encounters.
The statement read in part, “On October 21, 2020, troops of Special Response Area Gajiram deployed at Check Point Three under Sector Three decisively dealt a heavy blow on BHT/ISWAP criminal elements.
“The eagle-eyed troops who were on alert noticed unusual vehicles following the convoy of vehicles conveying Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri Cosmopolitan City to Baga town in order to infiltrate own position.
“The troops canalised the criminals and inflicted heavy casualty on them. After the ensuing fire-fight, three Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.
“In a related development, troops of Army Super Camp, Magumeri, decimated several Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the location. After the fierce encounter, 11 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.
“Similarly, On October 24, 2020, the gallant troops of Army Super Camp located at Mallam Fatori routed elements of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminal elements, who attacked their location. After the fierce battle two Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised, others escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood of dragged casualties by the criminals were seen during exploitation.”
The defence assured populace of the North-East zone of the determination of the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria “to finally rout out the remnants of the BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves”.
Wike Tasks RSIEC On Conduct Of LG Credible Polls
The newly reconstituted Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has been charged to ensure it conducts credible elections in compliance with the Local Government Laws of the state.
The state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave this charge shortly after inaugurating the reconstituted leadership of the electoral commission at the Executive Chambers of the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
The governor, who lauded eight members of the commission for their successful screening by the Rivers State House of Assembly, urged them to take the responsibility of conducting credible elections, from the ward to the local government level, seriously.
Wike explained that the inauguration of the new RSIEC became imperative following the expiration of the tenure of the previous chairman and commissioners in July, this year.
He emphasised that members of the reconstituted RSIEC must take into cognisance the fact that conducting election in the country was a herculean task, amid all kinds of threats and blackmail.
But, irrespective of this fact, he urged members of the commission not to be dispirited in the discharge of their duties.
“It is not an easy job to participate in conducting election, it is quite tasking. It requires every commitment. It is time consuming, it is energy sapping. Sometimes, in three days, you will not get home”, he pointed out.
Wike stressed that members of the commission must detach themselves from social organisations, particularly those with mixed multitude in order to avoid being accused of partisanship as all eyes would now be on them.
He disclosed that he was aware that some persons were already plotting to thwart the successful conduct of local government election in the state.
To this end, he charged the commission not to be deterred, but make sure it adheres to the provisions of the law.
“So many traps will be set for you so that election will not hold. Like I hear people are plotting that the election will not hold. That is not a problem. You do your own work.”
The governor declared that he does not have any vested interest in the election, and insisted that those who want to contest in the election must showcase themselves, and tell their people why they want to run for office and be voted for.
“Elections must be conducted as soon as possible in compliance with provisions of the Local Government Law as amended”, he added.
Wike said he would not hesitate to drop any member of the commission, if he receives petition with proof that any of them was a card carrying member of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
“I don’t know any of you who has a PDP membership card. If I do know, I will not have appointed you”, he added.
Responding, the chairman of the commission, Justice George Omereji (rtd), lauded the governor for finding them worthy to be saddled with the responsibility to oversee the conduct of the next local government election, and promised not to disappoint the people of the state.
Shiites Dismiss Rumours Of El-Zakzaky’s Dealth
As the rumoured death of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky went wild across the country, yesterday, the group has dismissed the speculation as the handiwork of mischief makers.
The Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, who dispelled the rumours in a statement made available to journalists, in Abuja, yesterday, said that the, “originators of the rumour and its circulation are government-sponsored mischief makers trying to plunge the nation into further chaos.
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has found it necessary to dispel the rumour currently making waves of the passing away of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky. We believe the originators of the rumour and its circulation are government-sponsored mischief makers trying to plunge the nation into further chaos.
“Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky was visited by his family members on Saturday, 24/10/2020, in the Kaduna Correctional Centre where he is being held on trumped up charges by the Kaduna State Government led by Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i.
“While the Sheikh, indeed, suffers from potentially life-threatening health challenges due to injuries to his vital organs, and the subsequent prolonged incarceration without adequate care, none of that is new.
“Clearly, this rumour is emanating from the government and its agents, intent on dragging and soiling the name of the Islamic Movement into their self-inflicted chaotic situation in the country currently, thereby causing further mayhem and unrest as a diversionary tactic”.
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