Apparently disturbed by the gradual resurgence of restiveness in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, the traditional ruler of Umuokanne Community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Cyriacus M. Nwokoma has condemned the violent attacks on top personnel of oil companies operating in the region.
Eze Nwokoma advised indigenes of the area to shun all forms of violence and confrontation in their agitations for fair treatment, stressing that dialogue was the best option.
The monarch made the remark in a paper he presented at a one-day sensitisation workshop on ‘Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in Ohaji/Egbema’ organised by the CLEEN Foundation titled.
He observed that the “kidnapping of oil company officials cannot be the solution to our problem but dialogue, consultation and compromise.
“If you do not know the source, origin and magnitude, remote and immediate results of your problems, you cannot find a lasting solution to it. If we do not work together and respect one another, we cannot achieve anything,” he cautioned.
The royal father further warned that unless the people came together, speak with one voice, articulate their demands and present same to the appropriate quarters, their aspiration would never be realised.
He expressed worry that such facilities as access road, hospital, schools, potable water, electricity, gainful employment among other necessary amenities had continued to remain elusive among the oil producing communities several years since oil exploration began in the region.
Also speaking at the workshop, the programme officer of the CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Ifeanyi Anyanwu identified Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as non-binding soft laws established in 2000 to offer guidance to extractive companies in maintaining safety and security of the facilities and operations with respect for human rights.
The workshop also featured lecture on ‘The Role/Responsibilities of the National Human Rights Commission by Dr. Val Madubuko.


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