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Ex-militants Task ExxonMobil On Post-Amnesty Programme

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Ex-militants from Akwa Ibom have accused Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) of not complimenting the government’s gesture for peace in the Niger Delta region.

The youths under the auspices of Ex-Niger Delta Agitators Forum in Akwa Ibom, decried the neglect of the oil communities by the company, an affiliate of U.S. energy firm, ExxonMobil.

The Secretary of the forum, Mr Edoho Paul, told our source on Monday, that oil firms operating in the region were expected to collaborate with the Federal Government in creating jobs for the erstwhile restive youths.

“It is rather unfortunate that oil firms operating in the Niger Delta region are yet to do their part in the amnesty progamme of the Federal Government to address the neglect of the region.

“The companies are silent and in our own state in Akwa Ibom we have approached Mobil and, we observed that they systematically excluded the oil communities over the years from their operations,’’ he said.

Paul said the ex-militants had taken steps to get the attention of the oil firm by staging a peaceful demonstration last week to draw its attention to the continued neglect of Akwa Ibom oil producing communities.

According to him, the ex-militants have also called for the relocation of the headquarters of the oil firm from Lagos to Akwa Ibom in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government.

Paul further said the operations of Mobil in Akwa Ibom were yet to rub off on the economy of the state as most of its employees paid their taxes to other states.

He said the development had deprived the state of millions of naira in tax revenue.

“We have asked them to ensure that their service companies are compelled to open their project offices within the state to create jobs for the ex-militants. “This is very important because the oil firms are enjoying the peace ushered in by the amnesty programme but have not supported it,” Paul said.

He noted that as transformed and law-abiding citizens, the youths had resolved to adopt non-violent approach in getting the oil firm to accommodate them.

He explained that due to this approach, Mobil had also enjoyed uninterrupted operations which had resulted to improved oil output in the last few years.

Paul urged the oil firm to invest in the post amnesty scheme by developing social amenities for the host communities.

On his part, Mr Williams Mkpa, a community leader in Ibeno, said the community had suffered several oil spills as a result the activities at the Qua Iboe terminal.

He said Mobil had declined to pay compensation to affected fishermen.

“We are compelled to seek legal redress and I can tell you that we have several pending cases with Mobil because they are insensitive to the cry of members of their host community.

“The level of underdevelopment in Ibeno, where Mobil has operated for over 40 years, is like an open wound for all to see, so what the ex-militants are agitating for is justified,’’ Mkpa  said.

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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