Directs IOCs to take care of host communities
By Binebai Princewill
His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Executive Governor of Delta State earlier today graced the inauguration ceremony of oil rich Odimodi community in Iduwini Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Chief Emman Ambgbaduba had during his speech at the inauguration ceremony in Odimodi appreciated the community for their peaceful conduct of election and the subsequent hand over ceremony.
Commissioner Amgbaduba had directed International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Delta State to always live in peace and harmony by taking care of their host communities to avoid a volatile working environment.
The Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas stated that the host communities must be well taken care of as they are the hens that lays the golden eggs.
Speaking further, the commissioner also breathe life into the newly constituted and inaugurated Iduwini Delta Cluster Development Board, GMoU at Odimodi yesterday led by its Chairman, Mr. Harrison Angiama to commence work with effect from July 1st 2020.
Chief Amgbaduba charged multinational oil companies operating in the state to always work closely with GMoU boards.
Passing a message to president Muhammadu Buhari, Prince Emman Amgbaduba had appealed to the federal government of Nigeria to listen to the plights of host communities by bringing infrastructural development and full implementation of the Nigeria Local Content Act which allows host communities the right of first refusal of any contract to be sited in their communities.
Chief Emman also tasked the new Odimodi community leadership to carry everyone along in the commuity by consulting all relevant stakeholders throughout his administration, stressing that he is hopeful that the community chairman, Elder Capt. Yangaboy James will surprise his people with robust leadership.
In his acceptance speech, Chairman of Odimodi and its federated communities, Capt. Yangaboy had promised and vowed to carry everyone along and to always consult widely, adding that he will consolidate on the existing progress of Odimodi.
Earlier, Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Godknows Angele, alias Dikulidikuli, the ability stressed that he is proud of the people of Odimodi community for their peaceful disposition over time.
He noted that for the community to have resorted to self help developmental schemes which has resulted to what he has seen in Odimodi shows how great they are, noting that he is always happy to grace any occasion at Odimodi.
Speaking further, Angele maintained that COVID-19 is real as he charged sons and daughters of the community to always adhere to the safety measures put in place by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
In his speech, out gone Chairman of Odimodi community, Chief Edward Prebor appreciated members of the town for giving him the opportunity to serve as their community chairman, adding that he will always be grateful to them.
Prebor stated that whenever the need arises that the current executive needs his services, he will not hesitate in working with them.
High point of the event was the commissioning of the land reclamation project embarked upon by the Edward Prebor’s administration.
The inaugurated Odimodi community executive members include Capt. Elder Yangaboy James, Chairman; Mr. Egberibo Godgift, Vice Chairman; Mr. Godwin Awese, Public Relations Officer; Mr. Pocket Solomon, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Toruwei Daniel, Financial Secretary; Mr. Donyabi Faye, Treasurer; Mr. Anthony Iyepaiya, Ifiye Ward Chairman; Mr. Funpuwei Bibi, Imbe/Bumuzuwei Ward Chairman as well as Mr. Isama Iyafugha, Ifikorowei Ward Chairman.
The event was well graced by the political class, various community leaderships in Iduwini Kingdom, sons and daughters of Odimodi community and youth leaders in Niger Delta.
It would be recalled that a magnificent Ijaw cultural dance troupe was organised by the leadership of the community which thrilled and entertained audience to maximum satisfaction.
An Ijaw music kingpin, Chief Kingsley Takemebo, the Mienkuro also thrilled audience to maximum satisfaction.