…Calls for more efforts to develop host communities
The Izon-Ebe Oil and Gas Producing Communities Association of Niger Delta, has today conveyed its congratulations to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro; Governor Nyesom Wike and his Deputy, Ipalibo Banigo, and a host of other elected governors across the Niger Delta states on the success of their recent inaugurations.
This was made known in a joint statement issued by the President of the Association, Bishop Irawo Joseph; its Vice President, Reverend Aden Akoubodo; and Secretary, Mr. Maerebo Donatus, at the Association’s general meeting which held at Bimos Hotel, along Airport road in Warri.
The leaders of the Association reiterated their confidence in the second tenure of the administration of President Buhari, Governor Okowa of Delta, Governor Wike of Rivers, and other elected state governors in the region to continue to attract meaningful infrastructural developments especially to the deprived various Ijaw oil and gas producing communities in the region.
The Association in its congratulatory message commends the federal government as led by President Buhari for the various empowerment initiatives including the N-Power, Tradermoni, Social Investment Programme (SIP), as well as continuing the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in the region.
It also appreciated specifically, Governor Okowa’s SMART Agenda, in taking development for the first time in the history of Delta state, to the deprived Ijaw communities in the creeks while calling on other governors of the region to tow the same line so as to complement the efforts of the federal government in sustaining peace in the region.
The president of the Association also use the medium to appeal to the federal government as well as the various state’ leadership of the region to do more for oil and gas producing communities in the areas of infrastructure and empowerment as their current state does not reflect the status of oil and gas producing communities.
It further appeal on both the federal and state government to prevail on multinational oil companies as well as government parastatal agencies and commissions such as Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), and Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to help drive developmental projects for the benefit of oil and gas host communities.
Those present at the general meeting include Chief (Engr.) George Timiyan, Chief Julius Ekpetun, William Toloyai, Abiri Nanagha, Dickson Agagha, Douglas Lawrence and a host of other members.
The Izon-Ebe Oil and Gas Producing Communities Association of Niger Delta is a regional association of Ijaw communities producing oil and gas across the entire Niger Delta region, and that looks out for the welfare of its registered members and for the development of oil and gas producing communities in the region.