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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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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

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Rivers Gets New NCoS Controller

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A new Controller of Rivers State Correctional Centre, Felix Lawrence, has assumed duty in Rivers Command following an administrative reshuffle within the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) nationwide.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC Juliet Ofoni.
According to the statement, Lawrence took over from the Assistant Controller General of Corrections, Alex Oditah, on June 24 at a handover ceremony in Port Harcourt.
The statement added that Oditah had similarly been deployed as Desk Officer ACG Restorative Justice at National Headquarters, Abuja.
It also stated that Oditah, at the occasion, urged all staff to give the new Controller the maximum cooperation to achieve “necessary positive change and the mandate of the service’’.
Oditah also expressed appreciation to staff for their diligence to work, adding that he appreciated any action taken to move the State Command forward.
Also, Controller Felix Lawrence, at the occasion, thanked God and the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nabab, for his posting to Rivers Command.
He urged all staff to give him maximum cooperation, adding that truancy would not be tolerated.
The statement added that Lawrence had served successfully in various capacities, including State Headquarters, Lagos Command, and State Headquarters, Asaba, Delta.
He also served at Medium Security Custodial Centre, Shendam, Plateau; Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje; Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kano; and Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi.

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Woji Community Unveils Cars for Transport Company …Awards Chieftaincy Titles To Former Andoni LG Chairman, Others

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Woji Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday, unveiled three vehicles to kick-start its transport company.
The community also conferred chieftaincy titles on a former chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Orom Nte Ereforokuma; Mr Ani Anthonio Onu and Engr. Andrew Aligbe.
Unveiling the vehicles yesterday during the thanksgiving service at St. Nicholas’ Anglican Church, Woji, to mark his seventh year anniversary as paramount ruler and Nyenwe-Eli Woji, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, said the community set up the transport company to generate funds for community development and provide employment for deserving persons.
He announced that the fleet of three Toyota Sienna vehicles would be integrated into the transport firm floated by the Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria for easy management.
He highlighted several development projects executed in the community since his coronation seven years ago to include scholarships to indigent students, manpower development programmes for the youth, and support for indigent women of the community, among others.
Speaking while dedicating the cars, the Bishop of the Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, commended Woji community for its sense of unity and for setting the pace in community development since Eze Emeka ascended the throne of Eze Woji.
He urged neighbouring communities top borrow a leaf from Woji to ensure peace and development in their areas.
He prayed for God to sustain the leadership of the community and grant them the wisdom to continually maintain peace and development of the community.
In his sermon, the Vicar of St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Woji, Rev. Canon Kingsley Ohajianya, called on the people to put their trust in God always to ensure their unity and progress.
The cleric, who spoke on the topic “Obtain Help from Sanctuary” during his sermon, said God does not fail those who put their trust in him as the only place one can get help is from God.
The man of God said nobody should go to the occult world to seek for help as any power outside God has expiry dates.
On Saturday, Eze Emeka Ihunwo had conferred chieftaincy titles on three non-indigenes of the community. He conferred the title of Eze Chituru of Woji on Orom Nte. Ani Anthonio Onu was conferred with Eze Obanya obi of Woji while Engr Aligbe bagged Eze Chigozilemma of Woji.
Eze Woji charged the awardees to be good ambassadors of Woji Kingdom, adding that the kingdom does not sell its chieftaincy titles but will give to deserving persons who have excelled in their contribution to the development of the community.
Ihunwo said it has been the custom of woji to recognise non- indigenes living with them, adding that even foreigners have in the past been recognised awarded titles.
He said the community has also extended its scholarship programmes and employment opportunities to non-indigenes in the community, and urged others to reciprocate same in their communities as no community can be built by only indigenes.
He urged the inducted chiefs to build synergy with the community with a view to fast tracking its development and charged them to take the titles as one of those good fortunes of life.
The awardees who spoke to newsmen thanked the Paramount Ruler and the Woji Council of Chiefs for the honour, promising to remain law-abidding as well as support the development of the community.

By: John Bibor

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VC Charges Tertiary Institutions On Research

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Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, has called on tertiary institutions in Nigeria to move away from the principles of “publish or perish” and focus more on research results and outcomes that would attract industries for funding.
Onuchuku gave the advice recently when he received the Local Organising committee members of the Fifth Annual International Conference of the Society of Agriculture, Environmental Resource and Management (SAEREM) on a courtesy visit in his office.
Noting that the outcomes and results of such research would not only solve societal problems, but also help the university to generate funds from its commercialisation and capitalisation, the Acting VC said “industries and private individuals that invest in such research project would also reap from their investment with government regulating”.
He encouraged lecturers to make their research work visible for citing, emphasizing that such activities would increase the popularity of the scholar and the rankings of the University.Onuchuku commended the Committee for making IAUE their choice destination for the forth-coming conference with the theme, “Impacts of Climate Change and Oil Pollution on Environmental Resources, Food Production, Biodiversity and Economy Growth”, stressing that the conference would provide avenue for cross fertilization of ideas and showcase the institution.
He also stated that participants would gain from the interactions and presentations that would enhance their academic growth.
The Chief Executive hinted that the agricultural sector remains the largest employer of the labour force in the country and encouraged the Committee to come up with ideas, best practices and break-throughs that can improve food production, promote sustainable food solution, increase food security and eradicate hunger and poverty.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Fifth Annual International Conference of SAEREM, Professor Godfrey Kalio, expressed appreciation to the Vice Chancellor for the support towards the hosting of the conference, saying that the conference would impact globally on the rankings and visibility index of the University.
In his vote of thanks, Dr. John Chukwumati of the University of PortHarcourt thanked the Vice Chancellor for the opportunity to visit.

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