LG Boss Admonishes Youths On Peace In Communities

Executive Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State, Hon.Solomon Eke has charged the newly sworn-in executive of the Oginigba Youths Association to respect and cooperate with traditional rulers, Community Development Committees (CDC’) and other recognized groups in order to ensure peace in the area.

Eke made the call at the Oginigba town hall, venue of the election in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, while addressing the new 10-man executive shortly after they took their oath of office administered on them by Barr. Sampson Worlu, last Saturday.

The council boss who stayed all through the exercise said Governor Nyesom Wike had insisted on thorough scrutiny for the youth poll to ensure that the right people are elected to assist government in some aspects of administration from the community level.

“You have passed through a lot of rigours and stress to get to where you are now and the reason His Excellency did all these scrutiny is to make sure we get the right people in offices that will help us in the administration from the community level, to the local government level, to the State.

“So do not let His Excellency the Governor of Rivers State down. Let it not be now that you have been elected and sworn in that the next thing we will be hearing now is blocking of company gates, cause unrest in the community, disturbance here and there. You will not do us well if you begin to do that.

“Please use all available peaceful means to request and ask for what you want from the establishments that are in your place and copy us if you are writing to them so that we too can be in the know that these people are not treating you well. We too will add our voice to see that things are done properly.

“Try and work with the leadership of the community. The council of chiefs are there, the elders are there, the women are there. Please cooperate with them. We don’t want to hear problem in Oginigba and that is why we took our time to come here to ensure there is peaceful election.

“I am not bothered about the number of hours I have put in here today because I choose to serve the people, and as a public servant, and as a politician for the matter it is my duty to do the wishes of my people who elected me into office.

“Ours is to ensure that the people are happy and that the community is peaceful and that there is development in our area,” Hon. Eke stated, just as he thanked the election committee, security agencies and others who put in their all to ensure a hitch-free exercise,” Hon. Eke stated.

In his acceptance speech, President of the Oginigba Youths Association, Loveday Victor who polled 223 votes to defeat two others who contested with him hailed the peaceful conduct of the election and thanked the youths for the confidence reposed in him and entrusting him with leadership of the association in the next two years.

The total results declared for the position of President, Lawrence Amandah who came second polled 128, while Henry Chinda came a distant third with 23 votes, just as our correspondent who monitored the exercise reports that the exercise was peaceful despite initial delays, as voting started about 11:45am and ended about 5:50pm on a calm and dry Saturday.

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