The intervention of the Public Complaints and Petitions Committee of the Rivers State House of Assembly has stalled a dispute among people of Rumuwoji community in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, with a charge on them to maintain peace in order to attract more development.
The House Committee Chairman, Hon. Evans Bipi gave the charge when he led other committee members on an oversight function to a Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) location on Kidney Island, Abonema Warhaf in Port Harcourt on Monday.
The committee’s intervention was sequel to the agitation of some members of the community on their welfare if a change in contractors endorsed, just as Bipi assured that the state legislature will not relent in ensuring unity in the area in line with the vision of Governor Nyesom Wike for peace to reign in all parts of the state.
Bipi, who is also the chief Whip of the 32-member Assembly explained that his committee will engage the families in the community so as to promote peace and peaceful c-existence between them and the company operating there.
“All the families are going to be represented. The chiefs are going to be recognized. The family heads are going to be recognized as well. Any of them that foment trouble, contractor will take its own action.
“Other than that, nobody will be laid off. Rumuwoji community needs this facility and the facility also need Rumuwoji community. We don’t want a situation where because of one man’s interest, the community gets engulfed in crisis,” the lawmaker stated.
Bipi who is the lawmaker representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency in the state House of Assembly further said that maintaining peace amongst the host community became necessary to give everyone a sense of belonging in the area.
In his response, a member of Rumuwoji Traditional Rulers Council, Emmanuel Orlu commended the committee for its efforts in ensuring lasting peace in the area.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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