By George Onah
Port Harcourt — The Paramount Ruler of Ikwerreland, Rivers State, Eze Gbakagbaka Frank Eke, has frowned at the “unserious manner, with which the National Assembly is handling the petroleum bill” and called on the lawmakers to review the bill to enable it meet the aspirations of oil communities.
Eke, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt, shortly after the international summit on oil and gas, said it was regrettable that the matter concerning the Petroleum Bill was still dragging when it should have been completed.
“I am soliciting for the implementation of laws after passage rather than abandoning them. If the laws are implemented after passage there would be accelerated development in the country.”
Praising Governor Chibuike Amaechi for organising the summit, he advocated experienced and committed legislators at the National Assembly “who are ready to seek advice from elders to enable them enact laws that would impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.”
The Ikwerre monarch condemned “in its entirety, the seeming resurgence of militancy in the region,” calling for partnership between the police, other security agencies and the traditional institutions to check violence and criminality in the country.
Eke, who met with the new Divisional Police chief of his domain, said there was the need for community policing “as a sure way of offering assistance to the security outfits, who would comb the environment and fish out criminals in the area.”