By Godwin Oritse
The Paramount Ruler of Onne Clan, Rivers State, His Royal Highness King John Osaronu, has commended the management of INTELS Nigeria Limited, for the positive impact it has made in the community.
Speaking at his palace in Onne, when some management staff of INTELS visited him, the royal father said: “Thirty years ago, Onne was a virgin forest. Onne, as you see it today, is not what it was about 25 to 30 years ago. Even the port area was a forest. We used to go there to hunt for monkeys and catch crabs. We called it land crab. It was a parcel of land to us until INTELS came in.
“The area had been abandoned right from the time of Dr. Umaru Dikko, when he was Minister of Transport. They needed only N120 million to build the port but after some time, the money was not enough and he asked for more. Since the money did not come, the area became a forest. Just about that time, INTELS came in.
“Since INTELS came to our community, we have experienced a lot of changes and things are going on well with us. They have empowered our children, men and women. They have built roads and provided us with medical services. Recently they built us a 10-kilometre tarred road.”