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Ibaji leaders defiant as Attah Igala kicks against draconian sanctions

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Ibaji leaders defiant as Attah Igala kicks against draconian sanctions

A first timer to Ibaji would wander why the morality of old is still held in high esteem in spite of the modern day corrupt tendencies to covert neighbors goods.
Harvested yams lutter the road side and in the farms with out the fear of their being stolen for as long as the farmer wishes.
Even the current economic recession and it’s attendant poverty and deprivation would have been enough to make the most morally sound to think otherwise but not in Ibaji.
The reason is not far fetched; many draconian bylaws are used by the leaders to instill fear into the people to forestall brake down of law and order.
The Ibaji people who largely are known for their commercial agricultural prowess live along the plains and tributaries of the River Niger in Ibaji Local  Government Area of Kogi State.
This agrarian people are specifically distinguished by their cultivation of yam and rice in commercial quantities as well as fishing.
Bordered on the West by Edo and Delta State in the South, Ibaji which is made up of about 96 communities coexisted peacefully for centuries in the midst of other forms of communal relations.
However their greatest albatross had been their nature’s endowment as it was gathered that controversies over fishing lake, land and chieftaincy matters seem responsible for the series of violence attacks that has claimed many lives.
However it’s leaders under the the Ibaji Development Association (IDA) had remained resolute in its determination to rid it’s community of criminal tendencies and unnecessary friction leading to incessant killing and destruction.
Hence it prescribed some laid down rules against any community taking laws into its hands against another through attacks and destruction of lives and properties.
Hence it recently wielded the big stick against Ikah Community for the attack against a smaller neighboring community of Iregwu.
The small community of Iregwu was overran by Ika which is larger forcing the survivors to take refuge in other lands as many lives were lost and the community totally reduced to rubbles.”
IDA explained that it sanctioned Ikah community over alleged complicity in the wanton destruction of lives and property at Iregwu.
The National President of IDA chief John Ojih said it was in a bid to forestall incessant communal crises in Ibaji that the Association excommunicated the community.
According to him the community disregarded the laid down rules against any community that takes laws into its hand by attacking it’s neighbor without any formal report to the Association.
He Said the IDA has given an ultimatum of 12 months within which Ikah is expected to rebuild the community after investigations exposed their wicked attack against Iregwu.
This was coming against the backdrop that the Attah of Igala His Royal Majesty Agabaidu Dr. Idakwo Ameh Oboni had frowned at the stringent sanctions against Ikah which he said were draconian and against the spirit of the Nigerian constitution.
In a reply to the reaction of Attah the National President expressed dismay that the Attah was taking side with people that have violated their standing rule which he said were in the interest of Ibaji.
Ojih explained that based on their peculiarities as a riverrine people who have been neglected by Government, they have to devise means of check mating violence and insecurity through sanctions that have been clearly spelt out and agreed on.
According to him Ibaji local Government is made up of about 96 communities and a population of over one million but there were less than 25 policemen deployed to the area to protect lives and property
He said the crises between Iregwu and Ikah was unfounded because the pond that they were fighting over was not in any way close to Ikah but rather it was a cause of crises between Uchuchu and Iregu which led to the lost of the lives of two police officers.
He wandered how Ikah came in to the crises over a pond that does not belong to them.
“When the fight started in the evening we sent people there the next morning when the houses were not yet raised down. 
“If they did not report and they went into fighting a small village like that it is bad and the association had to condemn it.
He said their crises came while they were trying to resolve Iyano crises for which another community;Aluaja was also raised anyone d the people displaced.
“A communique in which they resolved that people of Ikah should rebuild all the houses they destroyed in Oregwu so that the people can return to their homes was issued.”
The communique also barred every person of Ikah origin from associating with anybody and should not have anything in common with the rest Ibaji communities
It also threatened to sanction any community that would violate their resolutions.
He said the sanction was not the first time saying it was meant to serve as deterrent so that the people can live in peace 
However the Atah Igala expressed deep shock over the content of the communique which he described as primitive mode of settlement.
He blamed such high handed mode of settlement for the incessant crises in Ibaji land
He described the prescription of alienation of the defaulting community as being selective saying it has eroded their credibility.
“Excommunication of citizens of Ibaji is an overreaction to an internal matter”
He also condemned the resolution for the Ikah people to rebuild the houses destroyed in Iregwu in twelve months as selective because similar punishment was not handed to Iru people when Aluaja was raised and the people sent away from their homes.
He said victims of the Iyano crises are still living in Idah and neighboring villages as refugees after losing two farming seasons.
“Who will feed their families when the association has turned them to refugees in their own land?
“Arrogating these enormous responsibilities to the IDA is a departure from the civilised norms of governance which brought peace and jargon before this intrusion.”
He warned that the IDA lacks power of any enforcement under any law in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should therefore limit itself to community development.
Atta also queried IDA for not taking similar draconian action on Iyano crises where Aluaja people were also displaced? 
But the IDA said they were not silent on Iyano crises neither but were handicapped by the obstinate attitude of the Aluaja people who disarmed law enforcement agents who came to keep peace in their community.
Hence when arsonists visited mayhem on their village it was difficult to know which of the four communities in their neighborhood carried out the attack adding that when police was involved the IDA could not have come in.
The association indicated it was aware that Aluaja violated the standing order first adding that when their town was raised down the IDA could not sanction it since it would amount to double jeopardy for them.
However it indicated it has assisted them in the rebuilding process as it used it’s position to solicit for assistance from various group towards that.
As at the time of filling this report over 90 bundles of zinc were already moved in for the reconstruction of the village buy all hostilities have to be suspended for that to take place.

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

By John Danjuma

The Reedemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) Throne Room Parish,  Transcorp Hilton Abuja yesterday joined its counterparts in over 190 countries to mark the global prayer work in Abuja.
Members of the church led by the pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Transcorp Hilton Congress Hall, Tunde Benjamin’s-Laniyi marched from the hotel to the Federal secretariat while supplicating for Nigeria in he perilous times the country found itself.
The members who were holding different bill boards with inscriptions such as ‘God heal Nigeria’ were all in prayer mood as they trudged in the procession.
Pastor Benjamin’s-Laniyi who is also the pastor in charge of youth Province 11 that cover this Abuja, Nassarawa, Kogi, Kwara and Niger and Benue State said the country needs divine intervention.

“We need divine intervention, it is a mandate that God gave to us and God Says everywhere RCCG is in over 190 nations of the earth.
“What we are doing right here now is being done everywhere that on the 21st of this month our pastor declared that we walk round and pray.
“We pray these powerful prayer points, firstly we are praying for revival in the land that will usher in a great harvest to the Kingdom.
“We are praying for our nation that God almighty will help Nigeria, that God will help the President, the ministers,  Governors and all our leaders and even the populace so that Nigeria will be great again, we are trusting that God almighy will back them up we are crying out saying Almighty have mercy upon the country. “Lord do something, we are asking for divine intervention, we are asking for divine interuption to the benefit of the country. We asking saying Lord, it is high time that Nigeria should be mentioned in the comity of nations not a country that is in glorious but a country that carries the Glory of God.
“We are saying that Nigeria is a good Land, Nigeria is good, we are saying in the precious name of Jesus God intervene in our country and Lord Syrenghten our leaders, enable them, empower to bring this nation to a place of your glorious expression of your power because Nigeria is a country that is destined to be great.” “”We are saying God, Lord over our nation, let theatre fly again that is what we are praying for and we are trusting God that in the name of Jesus the supernatural, we are praying that the father of Jesus Christ, the God of all creation, the one who made the stars, the moon, the cloud, he is the God of all ages, the Alfa and Omega, the ancient of days, he is known as the God of all creation and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “We are saying Lord God of humanity, you are the one that has the power, you can still do things that you do most. So we are coming here and involving God in our nation
When asked about whether God has turned his back on Nigeria after so much prayers the problems are still there, he said, “Faith without work is dead we thank God for what we have seen, if it was not for God the situation would have been worse but we are also prayering but it is not only prayer  we must couple our prayers with the right action that delivers the work, faith is justified by the works. “Faith without works is dead, it is not just praying. What about he governing principles behind our action all these things will have to be addressed and that is why we are saying Lord we are declaring this, we are advocating for this, we are standing for this, that all of us as a people will begin to agree with God we begin to cooperate with God in bringing  his will to come to pass in our lives because it takes two to tango.”


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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

The Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas in Nigeria (HOSTCOM) have brought to the front burner once again the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.
The National President of HOSTCOM HOSTCOM
High Chief (Dr) Benjamin Style Tamanarebi enumerated the consequences of gas flaring raised the issues when he appeared before the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring.
This was contained in a press statement he signed personally and was issued in Abuja on Sunday.
He said there was need for being proactive in ensuring that an early date for ending gas flaring is not jeopardised by the the Operating Companies who evade the effective compliance of regulatory laws and policies towards ending gas flaring without recourse to the Host Communities.
“More worrisome is
the inconsistency in the dates to end gas flaring, which has just been
shifted to 2025.
“This is despicable and unacceptable in the way and manner Host Communities are given little on no regard in the petroleum investment
without recourse to their livelihood and Sustainable Development.
This he said is expedient in the light of Ending Gas flaring, Environmental degradation, Climate
Change, Gas Recovery & Utilization, Gas Resources, Regulatory Compliance
and the Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas Sustainable Development
and Development Sustainability.
HOSTCOM recommended,
“That a Special Technical regulatory compliance monitoring unit be
set-up and shall be made-up of the Representatives of the
Ministry of Petroleum, DPR, Federal Ministry of Environment
NOSDRA, Representative of the House Committee on Environment/Habitat and the Host Communities of Nigeria
Producing Oil and Gas. “The terms of reference amongst others according him
should include, That the local regulatory laws and policies be reviewed in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria and other international laws and
regulations to enhance the sustainable development of HostCom.
“That the penalty funds be remitted to the Host Communities and gas utilization nodes be provided for the Host Communities
Producing Oil and Gas to enhance their livelihood and social
advancement.
He also pointed out that a cryogenic plant model be installed on all the fields to end
gas flare and recover/optimize flared and natural gas.
However, he expressed satisfaction with the acknowledgement of the Ad -hoc Committee Chairman, Rt. Hon. Nicholas Mutu, the Minister of State Petroleum, Minister of Environment, NNPC GMD, Director DPR on the Operating Companies remarks l on the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.

According to him, it is expedient and instructive that a field to field basis gas recovery plant model such as the
cryogenic plant be installed and nodes for the creation of gas hub
centers be established in the Producing States and Communities.
“Establishment of the Gas trains should not be in Bonny alone, but be established in other major producing Oil and Gas States.
He pointed out that the upcoming trains 1-7 is concentrated in
Bonny alone; whereas the gas is gathered from various major
Producing Oil and Gas States.
He recommended that the bonny delivery point and nodes be modified to create a gas hub center to the Producing States and Communities.
The president also wish that the extant regulations on environment, the DPR
regulations and Local Content Act needed to be urgently reviewed to enhance the inherent sustainable development of Host States and Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas
to contain all the local and global indices for sustainable
development.
He also expressed the desire that every draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
copy by the Operating Companies be sent to the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas for their inputs
and evaluation to ensure that the draft demonstrates the
adequate compliance to all the indices of sustainable development
and evidence to end Gas flaring.
“The review should be done with the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Operating Company,
DPR, and the HOST Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gasas the major stakeholders and mouth piece of the grassroots in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria.
He indicated that HOSTCOM position on 10% equity shareholding is not negotiable.
He demanded that the Gas Master Plant be reviewed to accommodate Gas hub
centers to stimulate industrialization of the Producing States and Communities.
“Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas be included in the regulatory Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Agencies to ensure effective implementation of the laws and policies.
“As direct recipients of Gas Flare negative effect, HostCom deserve to be a beneficiary in the investment of domestic gas utilization obligation therefore, recommend that the principle of the Rights to First Refusal be applied to Gas allocation and be made available to HostCom as part of their Sustainable Development.”
Tamanarebi at the beginning of his presentation rendered an unreserved apologies to the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring regarding the incident that took place on the floor of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee public hearing on the PIB when he was attacked by a faceless person claiming to be HOSTCOM parallel leader.
He stated that the attack was a sponsored assault against the voice of the voiceless in the Producing Oil and Gas Communities regarding HostCom’s position of 10% equity shareholding; whereas the initial PIB presentation at the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the PIB public hearing was peaceful evidenced in this recent presentation on ending gas flaring.

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Dangote Cement donates 10 tricycles to host communities

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By Friday Idachaba

Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant in Kogi, has donated 10 tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, to host communities as part of its corporate social responsibility and enhance peaceful and harmonious relationship.

The Plant Director of the company, Mr J. V. Gungune, while presenting the items to the four plant and mining communities on Sunday, said the gesture was part of efforts to engender harmonious relationships between the company and the host communities.

Gungune, who was represented by Haruna Adinoyi, General Manager, Human Resources and Administration of the company, said that the firm was appreciative of the host communities’ supports for its operations.

He said that the donation was meant to provide livelihood support for some members of the benefitting plant and mining communities, including Obajana, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo, all represented by their respective traditional rulers.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Bajana of Obajana, Oba Idowu Isenibi, described the donation as timely, saying that it would support business and transportation in the communities.

The Oba of Iwaa community, Francis Migbole, also expressed the appreciation of his community to the company, while commending the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his efforts at transforming the economies of the host communities.

In his remarks, the Deputy General Manager, Community Relations and Special Duties, Mr Ademola Adeyemi, said that the tricycles would aid movement of members of the affected communities.

Adeyemi said that the effort was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to enhance harmonious relationship, adding that while Obajana was a plant community, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo were mining communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that only recently, the company funded cooperative societies in the communities, while it had just completed a multi-billion naira Obajana-Kabba concrete road, adjudged to be the longest concrete road in the country. (NAN)
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