The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM. Dr. Emmanuel E. Sideso, Abe 1, JP. OON has accused some management staff of ObiJackson Group(NestOil) of colluding with misguided persons in the community to truncate the sustained peace in the community
HRM Sideso who spoke today(28/7/21) during a meeting with some representatives of Obijackson Group in his palace in Effurun reminded them that a Delta state government report, recommended after an inquiry, that all Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in Ekpan must vacate office by 30th September 2020
He pointed out that the appointment of CLOs was purely a community affairs and such officers were supposed to represent the interest of the community and that if Obijackson group was interested in any particular individual they could offer such a person permanent employment but they must not dictate to the community who to appoint as CLO
The monarch explained that there was already a structure in place guiding the community by making the position of CLOs to rotate from one quarter to another to give everybody a sense of belonging as well as ensure sustainable peace and that the CLO position did not belong to any family.
He frowned at the refusal of Obijackson group to cooperate with the community and honour its letter of appointment of a new CLO as all other companies had accepted CLOs posted to their establishment adding that the company must choose between individual interest or community interest.
HRM Sideso warned the company that they would be consequences if they continue to disobey the traditional institution and the community as they would not allow anybody to oppress them stressing that respect should be reciprocal.
The Monarch dismissed a statement by Mr. Lucky Obiuwebi, the company’s head of operations that they were getting the wrong signal from government by telling him that CLOs was purely a community affair and there were rules guiding the community on such issues to ensure sustainable peace
It will be recalled that last year in order to ensure sustainable peace in Ekpan, the office of the Special Advisor to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution issued a memo dated 27th January 2020 REF DTGH/PB & CR/315/104 subject matter:- Report of the intervention of my office in the crisis in Ekpan community, Uvwie Local Government area of Delta state over Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) and Community Relations Committee (CRC) members and signed by Chief Edwin Uzor (JP) – Special Advisor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
The report recommended 4-point that will bring the desired peace in Ekpan community
• The Ekpan Development Committee (EDC) under the leadership of Barrister Innocent Adjenugure must endeavour to work in line with the dictate of the traditional council
• The current Community Liaison Officers (C.L.O) and Community Relations Committee(CRC) members have served long enough and are given up till 30th September 2020 to wind up their activities and accordingly, vacate office on the date 30th September 2020. Within this period, the community should appoint replacement for them through the Unuevworo of the various quarter in consonance with the EDC chairman.
• Ekpan development committee(EDC) must give quarterly reports of its activities to the community through the various heads of the traditional administrative structures, which is the Unuevworo
• For the avoidance of doubt, our tentative decision of July 2015, in respect of this matter can no longer hold and accordingly, stands vacated – this is to engender the reign of peace on the community.
The community leadership acting in line with the recommendation of the state government compiled a list of new community liaison officers (CLO) and community relations committee (CRC) and sent to the special advisor to the governor on peace building and conflict resolution through HRM EMMANUEL E. SIDESO ABE I JP, OON, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom dated 9th October 2020 with ref no OUK/2020/10/06.
In return the special advisor to the governor on peace building and conflict resolution cleared all community nominee through letter dated 21th October 2020 and REF DTGH/PB&CR/260/10; this was signed by chief Edwin Uzor.
The community leadership thereafter issued letters of appointment to the Community Liaison Officers (CLO’s), and Community Relation Committee (CRC’s) members; and sent to various companies within the community and they were honoured except that of Nestoil.