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Dialogue, Best Option To Resolve Kanu’s Case – BOYSM

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A socio-political  group mobilizing  support for change for better Nigeria, Buhari/Osinbajo Youth Support  Movement (BOYSM) has expressed  solidarity with Ndi-Igbo, saying that dialogue remains the best option to resolve the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled  leader of the  Indigenous  People of Biafra (IPOB).
The co-ordinator General of the group, Comrade Emeni Ibe stated this in  Port Harcourt during a press briefing  to mark the celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery from sickness and return to Nigeria after  medical  treatment in London.
Ibe observed  that incessant  confrontation  with the  Federal  Government  could not  resolve  the issue  because  as he puts it, “the use of  the gun does not  solve any problem”.
“We are in solidarity with Ndi-Igbo, we will work in synergy with them and we are  also working with  the government to ensure peace, he  said, pointing out that the government cannot  make any   meaningful progress, without a peaceful  atmosphere.
Calling  on all Nigerians irrespective of their political  or religious affiliation to support  the Buhari-led  administration, the BOYSM coordinator noted that the President  was aware  of the predicaments of Nigerians as regards to the economic recession and solicited for more understanding and patience by the people.
The group commended Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for his performance while holding brief for President Buhari, pointing out that the President  acknowledged the patriotic sacrifices of Nigerians for which  he assured of his  unwavering commitment to the advancement  of the collective interests of all.
He thanked God for responding to the prayers of Nigerians during Buhari’s medical  tour and for bringing  him back in good health,  saying  that the BOYSM would  continue to stand  by him with unflinching  support  and loyalty as he continues to pilot the affairs of the nation to greater heights.
According to him,  the President’s change   mantra places high  premium  on the  dignity  and integrity of  the country and the wellbeing  of Nigerians,  adding  that BOYSM as  a non-government socio-political  organisation  is supporting Buhari in the  flight against corruption,  indiscipline, impunity, nepotism  and other social  vices  afflicting the society.
The major  objectives of the group include, to  support  the good policies of this administration  in its  fight against corruption, terrorism, crude oil  theft,  pipeline  vandalisation and  to promote  youth  empowerment and  good governance at all levels of government.

 

Shedie Okpara

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Usokun, An Integral Part Of My Administration – DELGA Chairman

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The Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, has assured the people of Usokun, in Degema Local Government Area, that their community is an integral part of his administration, and would be carried along in all programmes and activities of the Government.
The Council Boss gave the assurance, when he played host to the Usokun Council of Chiefs, who paid him a courtesy call at the Council’s Secretariat, recently.
He dismissed claims that the people were grossly marginalized in the Council, disclosing that several members of the community were given appointments as aides in his administration.
The Council Boss further recalled that he had recently disclosed to the community the administration’s plan to undertake the completion of their Corpers’ Lodge, and also embark on a new project for them in the coming months, as part of his administration’s pledge of executing projects in all communities of the LGA.
In employment into the Civil Service, the Council Boss noted that the administration was not employing at the moment, but that employment would be equitable to all communities, if the government was recruiting.
While assuring that no community in Degema LGA would be neglected by his administration, the Mayor of Kalabari urged them to remain peaceful, law-abiding and continue to contribute positively towards the development of the LGA.
Responding, the Onu Onya Ekein of Usokun, HRH King Charles Sunday, Ugu VII, commended the Council Chairman for his forthrightness and accessibility, noting that Hon. Williams’ administration was the first to invite the Usokun Council of Chiefs and engage them on developmental issues.
He prayed God to continue to protect the Council Chairman and imbue him with more wisdom to pilot the Council to enviable heights.
Earlier, Secretary of the Usokun Council of Chiefs, Chief Omubo Bob-Jeck, had in his address, bemoaned an alleged gross marginalization of the Usokun people in the affairs of the Council.
He particularly decried an alleged neglect of the Usokun people in employment by the Council, political appointments, and projects execution, praying the Council Boss to use his good office to address their plight.

By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso

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Community Lauds Buhari For Signing PIA Into Law

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The members of the Oha in Council, an apex body of Ubima community in Rivers, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) into law.
Chairman of Ogbakor Ubima, in Ikwere Local Government Area in Rivers, Mr Emma Amad, made the commendation recently in a briefing with journalists in Port Harcourt.
Amadi, also a member of the Board, Host Community Development Trust (HCDT), inaugurated by an indigenous oil company in Rivers, said the implementation of the law would enhance peace and development for stakeholders.
The Tide’s source reports that All Grace Energy Limited (AGEL), operating in the Oil Mining Lease (OML17), on January 20, inaugurated a seven-member board of the HCDT.
They were expected to work with the company on implementation of the PIA law.
Amadi said the inauguration of the board of trustees by AGEL would also enhance the development of the host community.
He said with the law, the community would be conscious of the security aspect of the community where the company operates because they were now stakeholders, unlike what obtained in the past.
“I commend All Grace Energy Limited for their efforts on the process of implementing the PIA law on remittance of three per cent yearly Operational Expenditure (OPEX) as stipulated by the Act to host communities.
“Before now, what we have is Memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is an agreement between the company and the host community which any of the party can go to court if the agreement is bridged.
“Now, it has become a law which the parties must obey.
“I can tell you that the passing of PIA Act which oil companies are to implement is a welcome development.
“This is because if the company bridges the law, we can confidently go to court and enforce that law; so, we thank President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Dandyson Onigah, the Chairman of the Board of HCDT, said it was a dawn of a new era where there would not be bickerings between oil companies and their host community.
According to him, with the stipulations of the PIA, the community can make plans toward sustainable development, knowing that there are funds for that purpose.
Onigah said that the board would work with the company to ensure peace for the company to operate freely to achieve its mandate.
The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Development, AGEL, Prof. Adeola Adenikinju, reassured of the company’s commitment to the development of its host community in compliance with the PIA.
Adenikinju noted that the inauguration of the seven-member board would provide a unique opportunity to begin a new era in the development of the community.
According to him, since the signing of the PIA in 2021, the company has ensured commitment to advancing understanding of the act, with regard to establishment of the HCDT.
Adenikinju said that compliance with the PIA would deepen the existing mutual relationship and trust-building between the company and the host community.
According to him,the PIA contains relevant provisions which form the basis of strong governance and management structure for the host communities’ development trust.

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Group Pledges Support To New NDDC Mgt

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A group in the Niger Delta, Patriotic Forum of Niger Delta (PAFOND), has pledged its support to the new management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was contained in a press release made available to news men in Port Harcourt.
According to the group,”we are committed to ensure our people work towards a common focus of peace, unity, and progress of the region, and, by extension, with the vision of the Act that establishes the NDDC as an intervention body”, it said.
The group, however, expressed concern over the behaviours of one of the aids to the Managing Director, who failed to carry out the instructions of his principal during its visit to the Commission on the 5th of January 2023.
The release, jointly siged by the groups National Chairman, Owoh Udoh, National Secretary, Pastor Richard Monday, and Chairman, Elders Forum, Chief Francis Briggs, said the behaviour of the aid (name with held ) left many people stranded.
According to the group, the said aid only attended to the ijaw group and left others stranded.
“Of course, a lot of people were totally stranded, but we took our fate because we believe as a group that there’s is always another day.
“We want to strongly advise, sir, that in subsequent events, a more responsible individual should be given such duty so as to reduce tension or suspicion from other ethnic groups who may feel marginalized on the schemes of things”, the group said.
The group, however, commended the MD for his stance on issues bothering on the region so far, pledging support for any effort by the Commission to reposition the region.

By; John Bibor

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