By Emmanuel Elebeke
UGUTA—The Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Areas Landlords Association, OMPALAN, has frowned at the unfolding political crisis currently tearing the Imo APC apart and called for caution.
The chairman, Board of Trustees of OMPALAN, Bishop Udo Azogu, made this known at the weekend in his keynote address at the inauguration of the association’s Local Government Executive Committees in Imo State held at Uguta, Imo state.
Bishop Azogu said the association was rattled by the recent intra-party rift in Imo APC that degenerated into open insult to the executive governor of the state.
He said: OMPALAN believed that every issue should be resolved with decorum, adding that all dissenting camps in every political party should resolve their differences and present a common front to be able to coast to victory during inter-party election.
“The association is rattled by the recent intra-party rift in APC that degenerated into open insult to the office of the executive governor of Imo State.
“The office of the governor deserves the utmost respect and should be shielded from ochestrated vendetta. Governor Rochas Okorocha does not deserve the avalanche of vituperation by his party members.
“We in OMPALAN believe that nobody is perfect and issues should be resolved with decorum.”
“It is the firm belief in OMPALAN that all the dissenting camps in every political party should resolve their differences and present a common front to be able to coast to victory during inter-party election.”
OMPALAN leader, further advised Governor Okorocha as the leader of Imo APC to carry other aspirants in the state along in the spirit of accommodation and compromise.
On 2019 general elections, the association called on the national electoral body, the INEC and security organizations across the country to shore up their constitutional responsibilities and ensure that the 2019 general elections are conducted with the highest assurances of transparency and credibility.
“We also call on politicians to play by the rules and engage in practices that will revive the appeal of electioneering campaigns compatible with civilized climes.”
However, we encourage our members and supporters alike to identify with credible candidates from the various political parties who are OMPALAN- compliant in working to preserve the environment of impacted communities.
“It is my sincere desire that our teeming members and supporters alike will contribute to a free, peaceful, credible and transparent electoral process by shunning every untoward action in the build-up to 2019.””
In another development, the association congratulated the National Assembly for passing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) intended to revamp the redundant labour market and usher in greater transparency and accountability in the management of the Country’s petroleum resources.
It however, urged President Buhari
to assent the bill into law to end the industry’s perennial vulnerability to massive exploitation and graft in the petroleum sector.
“We believe the independence of the three arms of government is necessary to strengthen corporate governance and sustain our democracy.
“OMPALAN calls on the Federal Government not to review the onshore-offshore dichotomy which has helped to stabilize the polity.
” It is our sincere desire that the Presidency adopts the association’s blue-print on sustainable peace, security and effective monitoring mechanism of palliative programs to impacted areas called Mining Security & Monitoring Agency of Nigeria (MISMAN) in addressing socio-economic imbalances in mineral producing areas of Nigeria,” he added.
Participants at the meeting include: external affairs coordinator, Igwe Dr. Azubuike Ndubuaku; state chairman: Hon. Ken Ekwueme; sate facilitator: Chief Ihem Davis; state facilitator, Bishop Prof. Uzoma Emmanuel and deputy state chairman, Chief Lakas Onuigwe as well as state Secretary, Okpara Kelechukwu Obioma among others.
OMPALAN is a Federal Government-recognized umbrella NGO composed of stakeholders in the oil, gas and solid minerals industry across Nigeria with cardinal objectives of maintaining the peace, strengthen corporate governance and ensure the adoption of highest safety standards in the production of mineral resources across the Country.
The organization also seeks to create wealth in host communities through the realization of critical infrastructure and provision of effective interface aimed at domesticating popular policies of governments at the grassroots.