OIL CRISIS: WE’LL SELL PRODUCED CRUDE OIL ONBOARD TO FEED OURSELVES, SHUTDOWN OPETATIONS- CONOIL WORKERS THREATEN MANAGEMENT
*SOS: WE’RE ABANDONED ON BOARD CONOIL WORKERS CRIES TO NNPC, NLC
Following incessant complains about being allegedly abandoned on board crude oil crisis looms in Niger Delta as ConOil platforms in Ondo and Bayelsa States ConOil workers have threatened to sell produced crude oil from their various platforms in order to have funds to feed themselves access medical care and other social welfare while onboard.
Workers of ConOil on its platforms offshore have cried out sending ‘Safe Our Soul message’ to the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Nigeria Labour Congress to come to their assistance due to what they described as the company’s abandonment of workers onboard.
The workers who are left on board stranded said they don’t have medical, no drugs in the store, no food to eat and are subjected to use their money to buy food from nearby far away community in the field.
It was also gathered that workers and security personnels are threatening to pull out of locations because of lack of food and better working conditions.
The Amalgamated ConOil workers through Mr. Oiku Eromosele Dickson and Erastus Komela Secretary and PRO respectively are accusing top management of Conoil, prominent Warri Chief name withheld, servicing companies namely Godvics and Global Manpower for their nonchalant and insensitivity to workers welfare.
Top Ijaw musical chieftains in the Niger Delta region, Chief Barrister S. Smooth, Chief Allen Alabor and Alfred Izon-Ebi will be storming the ancient city of Burutu, the Island of no regret December to mark the mega 2018 end of year party.
This was contained in a press statement made available to newsmen in Warri by the duo of Comr. Perepigha Podoki, Chairman planning committee and Comr. Joseph Wurusibewei, secretary of the committee, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper to Main News
The duo had particularly noted that while Chief Allen Alabor, the Seipere 1 of Ijaw music industry would entertain guests at the second day of the four days mind blowing mega end of year party on the 18th of December 2018.
Chief Barrister S. Smooth, the paddle of Niger Delta would perform on the last day of the programme which is the gran finale on 20th of December 2018, while Alfred Izon-Ebi, alias Junior King Robert would continue at the night of the gran finale till dawn.
However, Wurusibewei, Podoki had called on Niger Deltans and the general public to grace the epoch making occasion, stressing that all is set for the programme to commence.
It would be recalled that the programme will officially begin on the 17th of December 2018 to end on the 20th of December with varying exciting activities to be experienced on the different days of the programme.
Some of the programme include Burutu must progress crusade, wrestling context between champions Opukiri Angala Vs Tamarau Soso, football matches, talent hunt, canoe race, lecture presentation, cultural display with the host of other events too numerous to mention.
Meanwhile, there are already indications that several political bigwigs, business tycoons, rights activists, youth leaders and many dignitaries would be flooding Burutu for the programme.
It has been a great privilege for me over the past few years, to mix and mingle with many men and women in numerous areas of society who are leaders. It has always been a fascination, as I observe their lives to see just why people would want to follow their leadership.
If ever there was a time in history, when we should be studying the principles of leadership, it is now. Worldwide we are facing a leadership crisis.
Government, Business, Industry, Labour, Education, and even the Church are all famishing effective leadership. We may have many people filling administrative positions, but the need is for true leaders, who are able to do the job more effectively.
Every kingdom, nation, and society needs to continuously develop leadership skills, in order to accomplish success. The world is divided into leaders and followers. Bill the Ajabowei, from Wonimigha-ama, said, ” Civilization must experience progress, and progress depends upon leadership.
Who is a Leader: What is Leadership?
Ted, also called the Engstrom, from Zini-ibe, said, ” A leader is one who guides and develops the activities of others, and seeks to provide continual training and direction. “
I am a leader: so, what is my responsibility? Is to guides and develops the works of others. Not to protect my job, but rather, to secure the lives and properties of my followers. Why? Because, they’re under my protection.
Now, let’s see the definition of leadership. To Haggai ( called the John), ” Leadership is the discipline of deliberately exerting special influence within a group, to move it toward goals of beneficial performance that fulfill the group real needs.”
You’re a leader in an organization, or a community, or a nation; so, what will you do? You intentionally put your special influence within the organization, or the kingdom, or the nation that you’re leading. That’s means, you knowingly exert your personal influence within the society.
E-kimibradigha good deeds.
When prophet E-kimibradigha became a friend to Amnesty, also called Egbesu Blessing: He went to Otimibranimi, and remembered his past; then, he began to do good, like Ebiyai-miyen . He also advised his friend called Egbesu Blessing, to took many of the Izonites to various researching centers, both Warimoh Abademoh.
E-kimibradigha also brought Gagha, also called Light into the land, but some members of the family of Thieves, from the capital city of Criminals, came and stole the Solars that Gagha brought. But Ini-furumawei Furuma-arau to Mu-biroko Furu-ini-ibeboh! Go and brought good things into the land: stop destroying the good ones in the kingdom.
But when prophet E-oyerighawei Omiyen-mini-aseigha-yema was alive, he said, ” We should eat and drink together as brothers and sisters. ” But after he died, one boy called Desi-laghatimi Desi-miniwei, also called Bouncing the Baby Boy, came and said, ‘ Prophet Echo has gone, and is now my turn to die; and he died.’ For this, the scripture was fulfilled.
So Obibi-difiye! Be careful with your mouth: because, prophet E-kimibradigha, also called Ala-owei was a good leader. But high Priest Tompolo is the biblical High Priest Simon of our time.
Only Torumoh-kurumoh-kurumoh saw the difference, when Owouma-okake-katimi-abu brought Brafawei; who claimed to be Amnesty, also called Egbesu Blessing, and took our guns, and left us without payment. May Egbesu judge treacherous leaders in the cities of the Izonites! So you say! Igbabrapagha!
But this people look, but don’t see; they listen, but don’t hear, nor understand. So the prophecy of Echo applies to them: ” This people will look and look, but not see: they will listen and listen, but not hear, nor understand.
Because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears: and have closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see; their ears would hear; their minds would understand, and they will turn to me, says Egbesu (God of Izon), and would heal them.”
May the Mighty God Egbesu gives long life, peace, and prosperity for Aye-ebidou-abu and Bibi-tibi Miyen-mini-abu! So you say! Igbabrapagha!
Characteristics of an Effective Leader.
Now let’s see some of the peculiarities, or singularities, or personalities that distinguish, or particularize, or individualize a leader as an effective leader.
1. He must has vision. British prime minister, Winston Churchill once said, ” The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. Vision is the key to understand leadership. Without vision you’re just playing games with your life. As the scripture said, “Where there is no vision; the people are perish!” Leaders have empires in their brains.
2 He must has wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge and experience to any given situation. It is something that strengthen us to use knowledge rightly. Wisdom resists group pressures: thinks for itself; and it restored to the use of its own judgment. It doesn’t matter how much money you have.
3 He must has courage. To Bill Newman “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the mastery of it.” “Whatever course you decide, there is always someone to tell you that you’re wrong. There are always difficulties that arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action requires courage. ( Raph Waldo Emerson)” But the scripture says, that spirit of boldness, and confidence as already given to us.
4 He must be a risk taker. That blind, dumb, and deaf beautiful girl, Helen Keller said, ” Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” You either take the risk or you will be left behind.
5 The leader is a decision maker. A good leader knows that there are certain rules to follow to make the right decisions.
6 He must give out, or exudes inspirational power. Leaders have a sense of purpose, and destiny. Leaders inspire, create commitment, act as exemplars and evoke the highest level of commitment and competence from their team.
7 He must practices tact and diplomacy. A distinguished Australian speaker, Bill Newman advised, “Don’t lead your team with a whip, give them a dream and help them reach it.”
8 An effective leader must has humility. Real leaders see themselves as a team. Their fragile ego does not have to be propped up by rewards. Nevertheless, as the rewards come they want to share the limelight with others.
Ahead of 2019 general elections,a young leader of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP,Ward 7 Ayakoromo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State,royal Prince Kelvin Perekeme has accused the governor of Delta State,His Excellency,Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa on what it termed wickedness and ungrateful to the Ijaws by neglecting the riverine communities in terms of even distribution of social amenities across the state.
Prince Kelvin stress that, despite the block votes the Ijaws gave to Okowa during 2015 election,what the governor can do is to deliberately deprive them from dividends of Democracy in the past three years and six months in office.He regretted that the Ijaws made the greatest mistake by supporting Okowa in the past, and that 2019 shall correct every wrong.
Speaking to NDM News Xclusive, which copy was send to Mainnews.blog Prince Kelvin buttress that,” how could a reasonable government approves the construction of 70 roads in a five different ethnic state and none is located in Ijaw riverine communities?Are the Ijaws not Part of Delta State ?
The worse part of it,the Ayakoromo bridge which Okowa promised to complete before his first term elapse is abandoned and yet the government said is working.I want to made it clear here that,if Okowa fail to review the 70 road projects recently approved by his government and allocate some to Ijaw riverine communities,he should not dare to campaign to riverine communities for vote in 2019 elections.
The Ijaws in Delta State cannot be treated like a second class citizens in their own state. We must say No to a bad leadership come 2019 with our PVCs.It shall no longer be as usual this time around.The youths are now politically awakened to resist any form of poor and ineffective leadership at the polls,Prince Kelvin asserted. “
Youths of Eket, Ibeno, ONNA and Esit-Eket local governments, who form the core oil producing communities have barricaded ExxonMobil facilities with coffins, protesting against the moves by the All Progressive (APC) to plunge the state into chaos using the Nigerian Police Force as the instrument.
Main News learnt that the peaceful protest which commenced during the early hours of Wednesday, marred the activities of ExxonMobil across the entire Eket Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state.
These levies, according to the state government, were imposed as part of efforts to generate funds to assist security agencies.
The categories of these levies were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency meeting convened by the state government which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.
At the meeting were the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude; representatives of the GOC of 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan; police area commanders, DSS, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, chief executive officers of banks and representatives of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria.
The flyers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES indicated that religious bodies in class A are expected to pay N60,000 while manufacturing and services in category A are to pay N100,000 annually.
The approved levies for class A (Large) in the manufacturing sector is N100,000 while class B (Medium) is N80,000 and class C (Small) is N60,000 annually.
The rest are those in the services. Class A are to pay N100,000, class B is N80,000 while class C will pay N60,000 annually.
Those in class A, trading, agriculture and forestry and solid minerals are to pay N80,000 while those in the classes B and C are to pay N50,000 and N30,000 respectively annually.
Other religious bodies including churches and mosques were asked to pay N60,000, N40,000 and N20,000 for classes A, B and C respectively.
The notice said that payment of the above levies are necessary to support the state government to ensure lives and property are protected.
“This is to certify the general public that OYSSTF, in pursuance of its statutory function to continue to assist security agencies, is embarking on the implementation of the law (OYSSTF AMENDMENT LAW 2017) recently assented by His Excellency, Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“Further to the above, the board of trustees of OYSSTF in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, having held several consultations, town hall meetings and discussions preceding the commencement of the law, hereby informs the general public that in accordance with section 11 (4) of the Oyo state security trust fund law 2017 which empowers the government to impose levies and rates on “person” which include residents, individuals, associations and corporate bodies or firms domiciled in the state.”
Meanwhile, Mr Ajimobi said the meeting was convened in reaction to an observation of a noticeable increase in the activities of criminals in neighbouring states and attacks on banks.
Mr Ajimobi who was represented by his deputy, Moses Adeyemo, said, “It is common knowledge that before the inception of this present administration, insecurity in form of armed robberies, arson and other violent crimes, as well as lawlessness from the nefarious activities of area boys, had been the order of the day.
“The prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state has been the result of the zero tolerance for crime by this administration and also through the commitment of the state government to combating crime through steps such as the establishment of Oyo State Joint Security Patrol Squad code-named “Operation Burst” as well as the setting up of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund.
“I can confirm that the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in black spots and business districts in the city to monitor the activities of criminals has been completed and is now operational.”
The chairman of the state’s Security Trust Fund, Bayo Adelabu, who is also the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state noted that the spate of recent armed robberies on banks and the killing of security personnel in neighbouring states had made it necessary to hold the emergency meeting.
He was represented by the Executive Secretary of the trust fund, Femi Oyedipe.
The Ohanaeze Youth Council yesterday expressed concern over the recent killing of over 100 soldiers in Borno State by Boko Haram and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue compulsory retirement to all the serving chiefs and top military commanders in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The president of the council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made the call in a statement.
“We also urge President Muhammadu Buhari to issue compulsory retirement to all service chiefs and replace them with capable officers so as to restore the confidence of Nigerians and our soldiers particularly those at the battle field in the northeast.
“If possible,let him borrow a leave from former President of United State of America, George Bush in dealing with terrorists”, he said.
He added that the porous nature of Nigeria’s borders hindered operations of the security operatives in the northeast.