Oginigba To Establish Vigilante …Charges Firms On MoU. Steve Okeke
The Paramount Ruler of Oginigba community, Eze G. B. Odum, Nye-Nwe-Eli, Oginigba, has tasked stakeholders in the community to unite and tackle the insecurity in the area.
Eze Odum who made the appeal during a security meeting organized by the community, stressed the need for all stakeholders to contribute and device strategies to sustain the peace prevailing in the community.
Eze Odum said the meeting was in response to the charge by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to all traditional rulers in the state to sensitize residents of communities on the need for cohesive and concerted efforts to tackle insecurity in the various areas of the state.
He described the meeting convened by the governor with all traditional rulers’, security agencies and other stakeholders towards tackling the security challenges in the state, as a step in the right direction.
The traditional ruler expressed satisfaction with the contributions and outcome of the security meeting emphasizing that the issues discussed will assist the community in mapping out strategies towards tackling criminality in the community.
The monarch revealed plans by the community to establish a vigilante security outfit, explaining that it will assist security agencies in tackling security challenges in the area.
Eze Odum in a chat with the media after the event debunked claims that he had monopolized employment opportunities allotted to the community by corporate organization operating in the area and insisted that matters of employment of indigenes in the community are usually handled by the leadership of the youth body in the community.
He explained that the Community Development Committee (CDC) in the community and the Palace of the Nyewelli, were concerned with the administration of the community and called for thorough investigation from the companies operating in the area, to ascertain the true position on the matter.
The monarch lamented the deliberate neglect of the community by the corporate organization operating within the domain, saying most of the companies had in the last 15 years, operated in the area without entering into a workable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the host community.
He appealed to the companies in the area to partner and assist the community in solving some of the social infrastructural deficits in the community.
He however condemned a situation where some persons and groups forcefully invade companies and make demands from the organization without the authority of the traditional ruler of the community.
The traditional ruler also described allegations of high handedness against him, as cheap propaganda coming from some greedy individuals in the community. He regretted that most indigenes of the community, find it difficult to engage in salary-paid jobs but prefer easy money, which he explained was the reason why non indigenes get employed by organization to do some of the jobs meant for indigenes in the community