By MATHEW OMONEXT, Warri
The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM. Naira William Ogoba, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe Agadagaba on Thursday called on the newly sworn-in Executive of Izon-Ebe Oil and Gas Producing Communities Association, I.O.G. P. C.A, led by Apostle Irawo Joseph to shun every acts of pipeline vandalism as well as refrain from all social vices for oil companies to operate peacefully in the Niger-Delta Region.
A statement informed that the Gbaramatu monarch who was represented by Chief P.T. Heavens made the call shortly after members of the new Executive were sworn-in in Warri.
The Pere also urged the Izon-Ebe newe xecutives to strive and ensure that oil bearing communities gets their entitlements in commensurate order to the exploitations and explorations of their land by oil companies.
While noting that power sometimes intoxicates, HRM. Oboro also stated that the executives of Izon-Ebe should realize that they are in the in position to attract development to the communities and the people they represent just as he congratulated the leadership of the New Executive.
The Deputy Governors of Delta and Bayelsa States who were represented by Deaconnes (Engr.) Ebiere Otuaro and Mr. Donald Ojugbo charged the newly sworn-in executive to see swearing-in ceremony as a call to serve their people.
Barr. Otuaro said the members of the newly sworn-in executive to see the position as a “Call to Service” and not as “ Title” stressing that, “ you must be responsible to the people you serve.”
“Use that good Office of yours to make sure that your door is opened to anyone who knocks. Don’t allow anyone to abuse your office because your door is opened” as he congratulated them for the elevation to the exalted position.
While his Ondo State Counterpart said, “ for leadership to succeed, there must be truthfulness and sincerity of purpose for the followers to follow.”
The Ondo State Deputy Governor also charged the newly sworn-in executive to show dexterity of purpose in piloting the affairs of the Izon-people just as he prayed that there would be no failure in their reign.
In an address, the newly sworn-in President of Izon-Ebe Oil & Gas Producing Communities Association, Apostle Irawo Joseph pledged the full support to the quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB in the National Assembly stressing that, “ It will help in reducing youth restiveness in the volatile oil bearing communities. It will enable the enable the indigenous contractors or companies to participate fully in the oil industries(Local Content)” adding that, “ it will help in improving the economy of the Niger Delta.”
Apostle Joseph also applauded the Federal Government for the recent order authorizing multinational oil companies operating in the Niger-Delta to relocate their headquarters to the region.
Apsotle Joseph also appreciated members of the National Assembly, Ministers and South-South Governors for developments attracted to the Niger-Delta.
Apostle Joseph also expressed delight with the Senate for the quick passage of the bill for the establishment of the maritime university, Okenrenkoko pointing out that it will impact the economic and educational benefits of the Niger Delta and Nigeria inparticular.
Earlier, the out-gone National President of Izon-Ebe Oil & Gas Producing Communities Association, Mr. Moses Edougha stated that the Federal Government’s failure to create platforms of inclusive development is the root cause of all forms of agitations in the Niger-Delta Region.
Edougha said, “There is a political and economic animosity well seated in the government and the oil companies against the bearing communities that have culminated in the hardship the region is thrown into.”
By MATHEW OMONEXT, Warri