The Federal Commissioner representing Rivers State and supervising Bayelsa State in the Public Complaints Commission, Hon. Marshall Israel, has congratulated Abdulrasheed Bawa on his nomination as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He equally commended President Buhari for demonstrating and showing commitment to the younger generation by appointing a young person to head such an important agency.
The Federal Commissioner made the statement in a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after the news of Bawa’s appointment broke out.
“When the news broke out, I had to call someone in the EFCC to confirm the Bawa they are talking about. Thereafter, I quickly sent him a text message to congratulate him on his appointment. I congratulate him once again because he deserves the appointment for so many reasons”.
Israel assured Nigerians that Mr Bawa would make them proud. “MrBawa is a member of my generation. He has the strength, energy and drive to move the EFCC forward. In terms of capacity and competence, you can see from his CV, has the necessary experience and expertise to bring to bear. I see a new EFCC under Bawa. Bawa is 40. He is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advanced Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.
He has undergone several specialised trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005.
“Our path crossed in Port Harcourt when he was the Zonal Head of EFCC. I paid him a visit to seek for collaboration and partnership with the Public Complaints Commission. During our conversation, I saw in him a philosophy and an ideology that are in tandem with mine. Subsequently, I started referring complaints and cases of fraud and financial crimes to him for investigation and prosecution and he delivered. He is an expert in proactive investigation”.
On whether Mr Bawa can withstand the pressure and challenges of that office as corruption will always fight back, Israel said that Mr Bawa is prepared and won’t bow to pressure. “The young man is prepared and ready. He has age as an advantage. He is bold and courageous. Most importantly, he is committed and result-oriented. I believe he will not betray the trust and confidence reposed in him. He cannot afford to fail us. Young people like me are looking up to him and he will prove himself worthy of emulation.
“I will continue to pray for him and support him. He needs the necessary support especially from my generation. Corruption is the number one problem of Nigeria and a young person has been given the mandate to fight corruption so that we can have a better future. Bawa himself knows that he has no option than to make his generation proud. He has to show that young people are capable to be President, Governor, Minister, Senator etc in Nigeria”.
The Federal Commissioner equally thanked President Buhari for appointing a young person as EFCC boss and appealed for more positions.
“We live in a country where young people find it difficult to break-in. Some leaders see us as threats and they are afraid to relinquish power to us. But we are coming up gradually by the grace of God. Let me thank President Buhari for remembering us once again by appointing Bawa the EFCC Chairman. We need more of such appointments to enable us make input in the affairs of Nigeria”.
He urged young people to be strong, courageous and to participate in politics. “We cannot continue to cry of marginalisation and exclusion when we are not ready to participate fully in politics. You will be disappointed and sidelined but do not leave the system. Follow up with the activities. Any responsibility given to you, make sure you deliver. In any office you find yourself, show capacity and competence. Develop yourself with some trainings and certifications and wait for the opportunity because it must come”.
Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG
Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.
By: Kevin Nengia
21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology
The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.
By: King Onunwor
Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools
As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions.
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.
By: Taneh Beemene
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