By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”TWENTY-three Itsekiri communities under the Chevron created Regional Development Council have been charged to adhere to due process in all their dealings with the body in project execution.
Chairman of the body, Mr. Mofe Pirah, gave the charge weekend, shortly after being returned unopposed for another 3-year term, with his entire executives in his inaugural message to the people at the council’s permanent office, Warri.
Mr. Mofe, who said there was need to re-invigorate their work ethics for it to be beneficial to the entire Itsekiri oil bearing communities that make upn the council disclosed that the council is lagging behind in project execution as there are still 2007/2008 projects that have not been touched and appealed to every member of the council, no matter onesâ€™ status to deliver on every assigned job.
The IRDC boss said transparency and accountability, following due process would be his guide and charged all to abide by same.
He listed employment generation for all class of Itsekiri persons in Chevron Nigeria Limited and the development of the communities through massive infrastructural projects as his top most priority in the second tenure.
According to him, with the recent Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU, signed with Chevron, the Itsekiri people stand to gain more with the concerted efforts and support of all, adding that what the Council has been able to attract to the people in its first 31/2years of existence surpasses all that the Itsekiri nation has gain from Chevron in the past 35-years of Chevronâ€™s operation in their araea.
Mr. Mofe Pirah promised to impress on Chevron to increase its patronage to Itsekiri contractors as never before even as he charged the people to remain peaceful at all times in accordance with the state government peace and security agenda as that was the only way development can come to them.
Chevron Nigeria Limited set the Itsekiri, Ijaw and Ilaje Regional Development Council more than 3-years ago to aggregate the collective aspirations of the people and work out ways of gainfully implementing developmental projects that would uplift the standard of living of the oil rich people and their communities. Mr. Mofe Pirah told the gathering at the inauguration ceremony that he wants to make the Itsekiri regional Council the best and first amongst the others.
Other members of the Executive committee of the Council are Deacon Daniel Odonghanro, Secretary; Steve Jemiregbe, PRO; Mode Akoma, Treasurer. Others include Prince Moses Fregene, Welfare Secretary; Canaan Ajagbawa, Assist. Secretary and Envagenlist Tony Aderojo, Auditor respectively.