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OYC condemns planned protest against NDDC Sole Administrator

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…says appointment is in good faith

Barth Ndubuwah Port Harcourt

The Obolo Youth Coalition (OYC) worldwide said it has keenly followed up several threats of protests against the newly appointed Sole Administrator of NDDC, Barr. Effiong Akwa and another heavy protest-plot that may cause chaos in the NDDC system, if allowed to continue.

In a press statement issued in Port  Harcourt by the OYC President, Hon Ijonama Mkon Amon,the Group said, “at this juncture, we deem it necessary to officially notify the Ijaw Youth Council, 8th administration and other Niger Delta youth bodies who are planning the said heavyweight protest that, the appointee in question is an Obolo son and by extension an Ijaw man in Niger Delta.

“The OYC, having perused through the dramatic episodes on merit without mincing words, criticizes the protest approach and consequentially condemns in the strongest terms, another biased and sentimental proposed protest intended to resist the appointment of Barr. Effiong Akwa, an Obolo Son as the Sole Administrator of the NDDC.

“This, the OYC viewed as an unjustifiable action, ostensibly orchestrated by  few persons who lack information about the contributions of the Obolo Ethnic Nationality  to the growth of Nigeria that gave birth to the existence of the NDDC.

“We want the intending protesters to note that, all the eight  Obolo local government areas in both Rivers State and Akwa-Ibom State are oil producing local governments, but we have been marginalized since the creation of the commission in the scheme of board appointments and silent with patience and that has finally given birth to the said appointment,” the statement said.

The President General of the body, Hon. Amb. Ijonama Mkpon Amon, said the OYC challenges any person or group in the Niger Delta to a debate that the planned protest is ill-conceived as this appointment is not the first sole administrator appointed in the Commission and therefore sued for intellectual approach and not crisis.

The statement recalled that in 2015, an Ijaw daughter hailed from another ethnic nationality in the region was wholeheartedly appointed and allowed to manage the affairs of the Commission for about six good months duration with neither a conception nor display of any protest from Obolo Bloc or any other tribe among the ijaws to challenge the said appointment and asked why reverse is the case now.

The statement further said that the OYC wonders why the appointment of an illustrious Obolo Son and by extension, an Ijaw man from the same Niger Delta will be victimized to the extent of generating unexpected   protests to sack him and reactions to pull him down .

“OYC  therefore calls on the perpetrators and sponsors of such planned protests to desist forthwith as the Obolo people through its youth wing will lawfully resist the scheming to oust any of its indigenes from  deserved positions.”

Mkpon said that, while the OYC maintains her support for the development and phase-renewal of the Niger Delta region through the instrumentality of the Commission, it also frowns at the sentimental timing to deny the Obolo nation for the first time, her scarce opportunity to contribute to the well being of the Niger Delta region in particular and the country in general through the Commission.

The OYC President, consequently, sends a-Save-Our-Soul (SOS) call to the Commander in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the selfish political plottings in the region intended to completely silent the Obolo people who he said have exercised due patience, despite being the major economic hub in the Niger Delta region.

Amon opined that, if this illicit move is allowed to sale through, it is tantamount to causing disaffections amongst  the ijaws and Niger Delta at large and its consequential results in the polity.He therefore, called on the President to discard their pressures and threats as they are ill-intended.

The OYC President said he encourages the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Barr. Akwa to disregard all forms of distractions, while he concentrates to discharge his official duties as directed by Mr. President to the Commission for the good of the region and the country at large.

He equally advised all sons and daughters of Obolo land to remain calm while justice would not only be done, but seen to be done to give Obolo ethnic nationality  in the country for their patience over the years,which he said has earned them genuine opportunity to serve.

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Lagos APC women leader dies after performing Hajj in Saudi

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The leader in the Lagos Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ramota Bankole, has been pronounced dead after performing her Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Bankole, who was Lagos APC former Welfare Secretary, was said to be among the pilgrims that dropped dead following excessive heat recorded in the holy land.

The former politician death was confirmed on Thursday by the council chairmen of Epe Local Governments, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA), amid ongoing search by friends and family members for missing hajj pilgrims in Saudi after death toll at the annual rituals, which were carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900.

They described the demise of the Lagos APC for Executive member, who celebrated her 60th birthday last month, as a rude shock to them, considering her role within the party.

Leading the trio, the Chairman Epe Local Government, Surah Animashaun, in her statement, added that the deceased was hale and hearty before leaving the country for pilgrimage.

According to the statement, “It’s with a heavy heart, and a deep sense of grief that I received the news of the death of Alhaja Ramota Bankole.

“It is a sad day indeed as I received the news that she died in the holy land of Mecca while on holy pilgrim.

“I extend my condolences to the Bankole family, Apc member and entire people of Epe on the unfortunate demise of our dear Sister and Mummy”.

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East-West Road: FG orders construction company to remobilize to site

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The Nigerian Federal Government has issued Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, a seven-day ultimatum to return to the site after failing to complete 1 kilometer of the 15km East-West Road section from Eleme Junction to Onne Port Junction in Rivers State, despite receiving over N40 billion in mobilization funds.

Minister of Works, David Umahi issued the ultimatum on Wednesday during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in the South-South zone.

“We are very sad with the manners and behaviors of this contractor, RCC. The federal government has paid over 40 billion on this project, and not even one kilometer has been completed,” Umahi said, according to a statement released by the Federal Ministry of Works.

The statement posted on the Ministry’s official website indicated that the contractor’s delay was attributed to importation of necessary machinery, an excuse deemed unacceptable by the Federal Government.

Additionally, Umahi stressed that no requests for price variation from the contractor would be entertained, as the project does not warrant any price adjustments.

The minister threatened to terminate the contract if the company failed to return to site.

He expressed concern over the hardship faced by road users and emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to securing interim funds for road maintenance until the company resumes work on the site.

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Nigeria’s diesel price drops by 0.78 percent in May – NBS

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The average retail price of Automotive Gas Oil, known as Diesel in Nigeria dropped slightly to N1403.96 per liter in May 2024 from N1415.06 in April.

The National Bureau of Statistics disclosed this in its recently released May 2024 Diesel Price Watch.

The drop in price on a month-on-month basis represents 0.78 percent.

However, on a year-on-year basis, the report said diesel prices increased by 66.29 percent compared to N844.28 per litre recorded in May 2023.

On a state-by-state analysis, Adamawa State (N1709.00), Sokoto State (N1675.00) and Bauchi (N1657.92) recorded the highest prices of Diesel in Nigeria.

Conversely, the top three lowest prices were recorded in Niger State at N1140.20, Kano State at N1153.33 and Oyo State at N1236.92.

Meanwhile, the Zonal representation of the average price of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) showed that the North-East Zone has the highest price of N1605.91 per litre while the South West Zone has the lowest price of N1303.60 per litre when compared with other Zones.

The diesel price drop in May comes after Dangote Refinery commenced the supply of Diesel and Aviation fuel to the Nigerian market in April 2024.

Recall that Dangote Refinery announced a diesel price reduction on two different occasions for oil marketers.

 

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