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HOSTLON Urges NASS On Quick Passage of PIB

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The host communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTLON) have urged the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency and deliberate policy, include the 10 per  cent equity granted by the Federal Government to the HOSTLON in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and pass it into law.

In a statement signed by the National Chairman, Chief A. M. Bubor and the National PRO, Dr Mike Emuh, said host communities, being the parent body of the genuinely repentant Niger Delta Freedom fighters, otherwise branded “militants,” would continue to remain patriotic and committed to her goals of carrying all stakeholders along in the scheme of things.

According to the statement, the stakeholders including the traditional rulers, the people professionals and academia are working in conjunction with HOSTLON in its efforts to reposition and bring about rapid infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.

It stated that the body remained resolute in their quest to establish industries, empower the youths through national and international skills acquisition, as well as guarantee security of foreign investors with a view to transforming the Niger Delta.

The statement further noted that the body is in dialogue with the oil producing companies in order to develop the area alongside with the Niger Delta Development commission (NDDC) muster plan for oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OPADEC) and the Niger Delta Ministry, if given total support for the 10% equity granted to the host communities by the Federal Government.”

The body also appealed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through the Group Managing Director, the Petroleum Minister and the Special Adviser to Mr President on Oil and Gas Matter, to work in unity with the host communities in order to reposition the nation’s economy and the Niger Delta region.

The statement further called on the Federal Governemnt to urgently approve the proposal for Pipeline Surveillance Task Force that was submitted to the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) by the host communities, so as to checkmate oil bunkering, pipeline vandalisation and guarantee the employment of the over 150,000 Niger Delta youths who are jobless.

It however also urged the Ministry of Niger Delta to implement all the agreements reached in its last meeting with host communities, Minister from the Niger Delta and foreign investors for the establishment of nine industries and 12 modular refineries, in order to create employment for over three million unemployed Niger Deltans.

The HOSTLON also condemned a recent statement by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanue,l Udueighan, indicting the body for incompetence to handle the 10% equity granted to it by the Federal Government, adding “we see it as a threat to national development and a call for more trouble in the Niger Delta region,” and expressed worry over the present health condition and President Shehu Yar’Adua, as they pray for his quick recovery.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community

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Crisis is about to erupt in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the continued under development and alleged mismanagement of funds in the area.
The Tide gathered that some youths of the community have demanded that the leadership of the community be dissolved as a result of poor performance and lack of leadership focus.
The President of Patriotic Youth of Ubima, Wisdom Chimankpa Igwe alleged that the Community Development Committee (CDC) leadership was accused of being responsible for the underdevelopment of the community.
Igwe disclosed that the youth body has written to the CDC through her lawyer, Ndubuishi Okeah Esq of SALOD Chambers, demanding to know the details of Memorandum of Understanding signed with the various companies operating in the area and the level of implementations, but unfortunately they decided to use security agencies to shut them up.
He warned that the youth would resist any intimidation and may resort to violence if their demands were not met.
According to him,” It is unfortunate that since September, 2021 when that letter was written, they are yet to either reply or give details of implementation of the MoU. We are not happy but must work towards dialogue and seek peace”.
He alleged that majority of the leaders are jobless and have no legitimate means of livelihood, alleging that funds from multi-national companies are mismanaged.
“The leaders of Ubima Community have no legitimate job, this is the sole reason that all the huge revenue from all the multi-national companies ranging from Nigeria Agip Oil Company, SIAT, All Grace and Western Ord are mismanaged”, he alleged.
He also alleged that the leadership also converts every revenue meant for the community and youth development to personal use, thereby under developing the community.
He said the youths have decided to take over the mantle of leadership of the community and alleged that those in power have failed the people.
“The youths wants to remain in power, without a constitution and without tenure. We are tired of handpicked leaders, our employment quotas are sold out to strangers by these jobless and visionless leaders. The little things we enjoy today are what the Rivers State government gave to us,” he said.
He accused the community leadership of using security agencies to intimidate the youths, adding that they are out and stood for justice.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education says plans are underway to issue certificates to candidates who sat for the July 2021, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, Faustina Eugene-Nwanekwu, last Wednesday, quoted the commissioner as saying that it would be the first time BECE certificate will be issued shortly after publication of results”.
Ebeku, according to the statement, noted that the development is fundamental and in line with the current National Policy on Education.
The commissioner, in the statement, assured that the date of the planned launch of the certificate will be made public as soon as arrangements were concluded.
She said that the commissioner urged the students, principals, parents and the general public to watch out in order for them to know when these certificates will be available at the public domain.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee

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The President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed.
Dr Dimkpa said the visit was to intimate the Nigerian Army on activities lined-up to celebrate the 2022 Golden Jubilee Tournament of Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Dimkpa, while addressing the GOC also said the 50th anniversary tournament scheduled to commence in January 2022, was expected to attract dignitaries, corporate bodies and visitors from across the country and beyond, thus the issue of security will be paramount.
Engr Dimkpa stressed that the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership and working collaboration with the Nigerian Army, especially in area of providing security coverage for the tournament and guests.
He thanked the GOC and the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating crime and criminality in the state, and the privilege of the visit, used the opportunity to extend an official invitation of the club’s Golden Jubilee tournament to the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the club in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen M. D. Danja, assured of intimating the GOC on the invitation.
He also promised adequate security co-operation in order to have a hitch-free tournament.
“The 50th anniversary tournament of the Port Harcourt Polo Club scheduled to commence January, 6th to 15th, 2022, is open for sponsorship and participation by individuals and corporate entities, and will provide avenue to showcase their products and services”, the president said.

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