Yenagoa â€” Chevron Nigeria Limited has donated internet facilities to Bayelsa State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Commissioning the facility, yesterday, at the council secretariat in Yenagoa, the state Deputy Governor, Pere-mobowei Ebebi, commended Chevron for the donation and urged other multina-tionals to emulate its noble gesture.
Represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, Princewill Igbagara, the deputy gover-nor said the facility would further assist journalists in the discharge of their duties.
Ebebi, who recalled Chevronâ€™s award of scholar-ship to students of the state origin in institutions of higher learning across the country last month, however, urged the company to expand the scope of its com-munity assisted projects to benefit more Bayelsans and give them a sense of belonging.
â€œThe company has shown that it is truly a responsible corporate outfit with the donation of this internet facility to the NUJ. Only last month, we witnessed the award of scholarship to our students in higher institutions across the country. I
â€œIf only other multinational companies can emulate Chevron we will have less conflict in the host communities,â€ he said.
In his remarks, the General Manager Policy, Government & Public Affairs, CNL, Engr. Femi Odumabo, urged the state NUJ council to make good use of the facility.
Odumabo, who was represented by Mr. Tope Idowu, Manager Communications, assured the council of the companyâ€™s continued support.
â€œChevron will not relent in its efforts in making life worth living for the people of Niger Delta,â€ he said.
In his welcome address the chairman of the state chapter of the NUJ, Mr. Tari Akono, thanked the company for the gesture, promising to put the facility into good use.
Akono also used the opportunity to urge journalists to desist from seeing their position as avenue to blackmail others warning that the council will not hesitate to discipline any member caught in the act.
In another development, attempt by repentant militant leader, Joshua Maciver to run for the chairmanship of Southern Ijaw local government of Bayelsa State is being trailed by protest.
Maciver, the first militant leader to renounced armed struggle, even before the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty was mooted, was among the over seventy chairmanship aspirants screened by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the council polls.
However, his ambition to administer Southern Ijaw council, the biggest local government area in the state, is being threatened by those who felt he had never been a member of the ruling party on which platform he is seeking election.
They also alleged that he was under aged and does not possess the minimum educational qualification and as such not fit for the election.
A group of placards carrying youths who protested the ex militant leader intention wondered why anybody could ever contemplate handing over the biggest local government area in the hands of an ex- militant.
They therefore called on the authorities to look in the matter in the interest of pace and development which has eluded the area over the years.