Okowa tasks IOCs on peace, welfare of host communities
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, called on international oil companies operating in the state to always live in peace and harmony by taking care of the welfare of their host communities to avoid a volatile working environment.
The governor stated this at the inauguration of the new leadership of oil rich Odimodi community in Iduwini community, Burutu local government area of the state.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Ambgbaduba, had, during his remarks at the ceremony, appreciated the community for their peaceful conduct of the election and subsequent hand over ceremony. He stated that the host communities must be well taken care of as they are the hens that lays the golden eggs.
He tasked the new Odimodi community leadership to carry everyone along in the commuity by consulting all relevant stakeholders throughout their 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, promised to carry everyone along and to always consult widely, adding that he would consolidate on the existing progress of Odimodi.
Earlier, chairman of Burutu local government council, Hon. Godknows Angele, stressed that he was 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 into what he has seen in Odimodi, showed how great they are.
In his valedictory speech, outgoing chairman of Odimodi community, Chief Edward Prebor, appreciated members of the town for giving him the opportunity to serve as their chairman.
The event was well graced by the political class, various community leaderships in Iduwini, sons and daughters of Odimodi community and youth leaders in Niger Delta.