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Senator Melaye’s recall attempt, our stand by Okun Development Initiatives (ODI)

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Senator Melaye’s recall attempt, our stand by Okun Development Initiatives (ODI)

It has become imperative to come out with a position on the ongoing recall process after INEC acknowledged receiving the signatures of purportedly more than the required number for the exercise because the dilemma of Okun nation has once again being brought to the fore.
The prerogative of any constituent to exercise his/her constitutionally guaranteed right to recall is inalienable but it is obvious the initiators and instigators of the current attempt on Sen. Dino Melaye’s are not from Kogi West but lackeys and cronies of constituted authority; an apparent outcome of misguided advise to those insistent on dividing and decimating Okunland politically for egoistic purposes. The fissures clannish inclinations have created among us in Okunland is not only becoming gullies but an odious machination is being played out to satisfy the self-centeredness of a few individuals. Selfish political aspirations are being satiated to the detriment of the collective good of Okun people with Okunland primed for another political experiment and some of our sons and daughters have become willing lab rats.
The precarious situation of Okun persons in the vanguard of the recall saga is not only pitiable but pathetic but our elders admonish that when sent a slavish message, the virtuous will deliver same like a freeborn. The gauge of loyalty is now synonymous with treachery and understandably so for those who cannot fathom life outside political office or patronage from government; their inability or refusal to see beyond the present is really unfortunate and rather than vilify them, they should be sympathized with.
The modalities that procured the purported signatures from investigations are fraught with lots of irregularities and illegalities. Consequently, we wish to state unequivocally that any calculated attempt to cause chaos and avoidable confusion in Okunland will be resisted legally with all the resources at our disposal.
Gladly, Sen. Dino Melaye’s persistent agitation for humane governance appears to have ginger government to action and it is hoped that the truce reached with JAC on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state will be enduring. Of equal importance is the issue of salaries and pensions that is lingering despite government proclamation to the contrary which is inversely related to the reality in the state. Government should begin to focus more on issues concerning the wellbeing of Kogites and stop the shadow-chasing and spurious attempt to divert and distract the attention of Kogites from its inadequacies and peccadilloes.
A recall process premised on the disenchantment of majority of West Kogites with their elected senator is acceptable but what will not be condoned is every delusive attempt by those bent on exerting political leverage to dictate to majority of Okun people how they should feel about their senator, why and when they should express their displeasure. . Okun people and Kogiwest in general should be allowed to decide the fate of their senator without any unnecessary interference. Agents of recall should be advised, that if Kogi West wants Dino recalled, it must emanate from the same Kogi West.
We are concerned and certainly not prepared to accept or allow anyone or group of persons to transform Okunland to a battlefield in any guise.
The logic behind the scorch-earth policy being foisted on Okunland is nothing but an aggregate of calculations, speculation and permutations towards 2019. We now see unholy alliances, congregation of strange bedfellows, treachery with greed motivated by inordinate ambition directing the conduct of some people in search of, or desperate to keep positions that are ephemeral. Conceitedly, they willingly feign the fugaciousness of their present position by refusing to ask themselves what became of men of power and authority of the past.
The political atmosphere Kogi State is becoming tense and may have direct negative impact on the output of the public service sector.
Politicians in Kogi State, particularly those from the west senatorial district should face issues of governance rather than witch-hunting one another.
For the avoidance of doubt, all processes involved in the recall shall be meticulously monitored to ensure its outcome is a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of west kogites.
Okuns have the wherewithal to reprimand their own if and when necessary without the meddlesomeness from outsiders and no matter how low the waist of our child is, abandoning the child to adorn the child of another with decorated beads is certainly not an option. Soon the breeze will blow and the rotten rump of the chicken tagged recall will be indecently exposed.
A word, our elders say, is enough for the wise and prudent.
– Deacon Olusuyi Otitoju
Okun Development Initiatives.

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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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