Egbeda community is one of the major towns that make up Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State. It is large, and populous.
The community through the co-ordinator of EMOLGA Youths Democratic Network, Comrade Obinna Victor has cried out over the zoning formula and the marginalisation in the political arrangements of the local government since its creation in 1991.
In one of their quests for succour and political remedy to their protracted demand for equitable distribution of allocation of positions in EMOLGA politics, a delegation was sent to a political stalwart and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in EMOLGA, Hon. Andrew Uchendu who is also a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency for an opportunity to produce the next local government chairman in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Prior to this time, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as the Movement for the Actualisation of a Crime-free Society (MACS) had written a letter to the state governor to consider Egbeda people in elective positions and political appointments. The alleged political marginalisation of Egbeda people came to fore in the council chairman’s recent appointments that did not consider any Egbeda indigene worthy of being a supervisory councillor or special adviser.
However, having in mind that when a child is pointing at a particular place while crying, the presumption suffices that if the mother is not there, probably the father is there. This is why the leadership of Emolga Youths Democratic Network (EYDN) in its scrutiny of the political positions of Emolga specifically as it affects the chairmanship of the council observed that since the creation of the local government nineteen years ago, virtually all the towns that make-up the LGA have had fair share as seen below.
Ogbakiri Clan: Ogbakiri is one of densely populated areas that make-up the LGA. Its sons Hon. Maclord Amamina, Hon. Paul Wonodi; Hon. Emmanuel Chinda and Hon. Sam Oge; had been council chairmen.
Emohua:- Emohua Clan which plays host as the headquarters of the LGA is currently holding the position as the incumbent executive chairman of Emolga through Emeka Woke for two consecutive times now.
Odegu: This town produced the first chairman in 1991 and had Hon Godspower Manjor and Hon. Chima Bob Okala.
Ibaa: Ibaa and Obele as popularly known had had their share for two times through Hon. Jonah Wobodo who was the second executive chairman of the LGA and Hon Allwell Igbor.
Rundele:- Ndele had at least once occupied the position of chairman through Hon. Demian Ejiowhor.
Elele Alimini:- It has produced an executive chairman of the council through Hon. Emmanuel Wonodi.
Akpabu/Itu: Is yet to have a taste of the juicy office. But there is no doubt that Akpabu/Itu area had taken and is still reaping, from the political honey pot of the LGA through the ebullient Chidi Iloyd in the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Omudioga: It would be very expedient and pertinent to posit that out of the unstable and turbulent political interest cum politically motivated inequitable zoning formula associated with EMOLGA politics, Omudioga was able to struggle out their own share of the LGA’s cake through Hon Syder Nnodim who served as member Federal House of Representatives.
Ubimini:- This community is not left out in the occupation of the number one seat in the LGA. Ubimini had taken their share through Hon. Allen Nma who is currently the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in EMOLGA.
Having traced the political cum leadership history of EMOLGA, it leaves us with no doubt that Egbeda community is agitating for a just cause. It is obvious that the precarious state of the political interest of Egbeda community is not far from the zoning formula and its inhibiting factors therefore, equity demands that Egbeda son should be the next council boss.
Buhari Seeks Return To Family Values In Rebuilding Nigeria …Wike, Tambuwal, Other Govs Attend Ikpeazu’s Son’s Wedding
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the reason why there were so many problems in the Nigerian society was because of a diminishing emphasis placed on the importance of family values.
Buhari said this, yesterday, at the wedding of Mr. Jachimike Ikpeazu, son of Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu at the International Conference Centre in Umuahia, Abia State.
At the event, the groom wedded his heartbeat, Miss Thelma Chidinma.
The wedding was also attended by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tanbuwal, and several other dignitaries.
Others present at the wedding service that was conducted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church were Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri; Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed; Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi; and Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Also at the event were the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and National Secretary-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Sam Anyanwu.
Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, decried the situation where parents and guardians who should have paid greater attention in inculcating good character in their wards, have abdicated that responsibility.
He sued for a collective effort across tribes and regions towards restoring family values and giving it its rightful place.
“Marriage is family value, character. The reasons why there are issues in the society, today, is because families are broken. When values are enshrined in families, the entire society will be good.”
Buhari charged the couple to build their family on the word of God, have a regular family altar of prayers, and give good attention to building enduring character.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Rachael Umahi, told the couple to know that marriage is where love is celebrated.
She urged them to continue in the training given to them by their parents, and learn to love themselves more so that their home can be a blessing and impact positively on others around them.
In his sermon, Pastor B. E. O. Udoh, admonished the couple not to allow their love for each other to diminish.
He further urged them to be tolerant, support each other to become their best, build and cultivate goodly character.
In his remarks, Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu said it was delightful to watch his son take a wife to himself, and prayed God to make their union fruitful.
Ikpeazu expressed gratitude to Buhari and his wife, his brother governors, political associates and friends who attended the event, for honouring him with their presence.
Insurgents Planning To Attack Military Bases, DSS Alerts
The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued an alert over planned attacks by insurgents on Ogun border communities and other border communities in Nigeria.
In a letter signed by the State Director of Security, Ogun State Command, M.B. Abdullahi, DSS warned that it has intelligence that the insurgents were plotting to attack military bases in border towns.
The DSS also advised customs and other security agencies in the country to put counter-measures in place to frustrate the plot by the insurgents.
The letter titled, ‘Plans by insurgents to launch attacks on military bases in various border communities’ read, “Available intelligence indicates plans by insurgents and criminal elements to carry out simultaneous attacks on military posts and bases in various border communities across the nation anytime from now.
“In view of the foregoing and the likelihood such attacks not limited to the military personnel only, all law enforcement and security agencies with operational bases at border communities are advised to take note of the above threat and emplace countermeasures with emphasis on personal security of operatives to frustrate the planned attack.”
PAP Partners NNPC To Sustain Peace In N’Delta
Towards attaining sustainable peace in the Niger Delta region, the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have agreed to work together to tackle pipeline insecurity, unemployment and other challenges in the region.
The agreement was reached when PAP’s Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) led a delegation to visit the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, in Abuja, over the weekend.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the Acting Administrator, Mr Neotaobase Egbe, PAP said the meeting was strategic and in line with the objective of programme to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the full implementation of the amnesty programme.
He said PAP was courting willing partners to have robust synergy to drive the Niger Delta Recovery Plan (NDRP) to fruition.
The statement noted that though PAP was executing its own role in reintegrating 30,000 ex-agitators captured by the Presidency, there was a need to strengthen partnership between sister agencies of government for the sustainable development of the Niger Delta.
He said the NNPC like other institutions of government had roles to play in oil assets redistribution, infrastructural development and environmental remediation.
Dikio said that there was a need to control disruptions in oil production, saying destructive energies could be channelled into productive ventures through re-orientation and sustained advocacy.
He also said that PAP had made efforts to cut down irrelevant trainings and had become intentional about successfully empowering its delegates.
He said trainings over the years had become contractor-driven and were not meeting the beneficiaries’ needs.
Dikio maintained that the PAP was targeting functional businesses that had the capacity to train, employ and mentor delegates into becoming successful business owners.
He said: “For instance, if we have someone that has a commercial poultry farm and we partner with them to train our delegates, they will be employed after their training. In the course of two years and five months they will be taken through the ropes of poultry farming before they are sent out to start their own poultry.
“It is a win-win for everybody. We did the research and we discovered that the cassava plant in Bayelsa needs about 20,000 metric tons of cassava daily, so there is ample opportunity for our delegates to go into that kind of business.
“Again, palm oil when sold in international markets is above $1,000 a ton, and here, we are in the region only focusing on oil and gas”.
Dikio further said there were arrays of businesses the PAP was looking to inject delegates into, adding that exceptional graduates under the PAP scholarship scheme had more opportunities for employment.
In his remarks, the NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, commended Dikio for the efforts to ensure peace in the Niger Delta, and emphasised the need to sustain the peace through accommodation and inclusiveness of Niger Delta youths.
He bemoaned the inability of the oil industry to fulfil its obligations to the region over the years, saying that it was one of the reasons the amnesty programme had prolonged.
He said: “As we speak today, we have seen a number of increasing incidents of unrest; cases that remind us of the past we don’t want to recollect again.
“Therefore, everything you have said points to the fact that inclusion, support and empowerment for young people particularly in the Niger Delta will bring peace and development to the Niger Delta. No amount of resources available to you will give you peace except there is alignment with the respective players in the space”.
Kyari said the award of licences to investors to begin production on about 57 marginal oil fields within Niger Delta in 2022 was designed to support businesses that originated from the region because most of the beneficiaries from the marginal field programme were indigenes of the Niger Delta.
He said working together would bring lasting peace to the region, explaining that the number of experienced technical people produced from the programme, would easily fill employment opportunities.
He said: “Once you create opportunities and investments return, more employment opportunities will come. I think it is a good thing that we work together, both the amnesty programme and all other actors in this space to bring the lasting peace to the Niger Delta and across our country, where people can benefit because ultimately if we cannot give, there will be nothing to show in another five to ten years, that is the reality that we are in.”
By: Akujobi Amadi
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