Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has assured the Ejamah Neighborhood and different host communities of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 that the Rivers State Authorities will defend their proper in any ensuing authorized battle over the oil facility acquired by the Rivers State Authorities.
Wike spoke throughout an appreciation go to by the leaders of Ejamah Neighborhood of Eleme Native Authorities Space on the Authorities Home, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The Governor counseled the group for standing agency and combating by way of established due course of.
“Whereas I stay Governor, one factor I’ll by no means do is promote the curiosity of our people.
“The property of Shell Petroleum Growth Firm ( SPDC) have been auctioned and the Rivers State Authorities bidded and purchased them.
“There will be legal battles. The Rivers State Government will stand for Rivers people,” he stated.
He reiterated that with the acquisition of the 45 p.c stakes of SPDC at OML 11, the Rivers State Authorities will prolong some share to the host communities to provide them a way of belonging.
He praised Ejamah group for participating within the authorized battle for 29 years and refusing to be swayed by monetary proposals by SPDC.
He stated: “I’m ready for the authorized battle. The curiosity of Rivers State should be protected always. However for your fight, who will likely be speaking of Rivers State Authorities buying OML 11. OML 11 shouldn’t be solely for Ogoni, it extends to Okrika, Andoni, Oyigbo and Ikwerre.
“Any group linked to OML 11 needs to be eternally grateful to you. I do know some communities that solely N300million will change them. You refusal to gather N7billion led to the auctioning of Shell Curiosity.
“If the Federal Government wants to talk, it is the Rivers State Government it should talk with, because we have acquired Shell’s interest. I am with you. God knows I have no personal interest.”
The Governor advisable the model of Ejamah Neighborhood, which relies on authorized struggles to different communities. He stated with out violence, Ejamah group defeated SPDC within the courts.
He stated regardless of the schemes by SPDC, the judgment of the Supreme Courtroom should be applied.
The Governor counseled the lawyer to the group, Lucius Nwosu (SAN) for his trustworthiness.
Governor Wike formally recognised the Conventional Ruler of Ejamah group as a second class chief. He additionally directed the reconstruction of Ebubu Neighborhood Secondary College.
Earlier, the Chief of the Ejamah Neighborhood, Chief George Osaro stated that the people of Ejamah group are pleased with the governor’s intervention in OML 11.
He stated: “The people of Ejamah community do hereby express our profound gratitude to you for wading into the matter and ensuring that the Rivers State Government purchased the 45percent interest of SPDC in OML 11.”
He stated that the intervention of the governor shouldn’t be misconstrued, because it within the overrall curiosity of the host communities. He stated that the motion has liberated the people.
Chief Osaro stated that Ejamah Ebubu suffered one of many worst oil spill, which negatively affected their surroundings.
“We must understand that the Governor’s Plan is to boost the state economy, create employment and alleviate the suffering of the people, the State and the Niger Delta entirely as well as the nation”, he stated.
He described Governor Wike as a tempo setter, a visionary chief and emancipator of the people.
The Ejamah group conferred on Governor Wike a chieftaincy title: “Oneh Owese Oboru Ejamah.”