The Alesa Scholars Association has passed a vote of confidence on the leader of the Alliance for the Defence of Eleme, Hon. Johnson Emere Mba-Ngei, who is an illustrious son of Alesa Community in Eleme Local Government Area.
Addressing newsmen in Alesa during the association’s 2018 Concert Show/Talent Hunt held during the festive period at Alesa play ground, Chairman of Alesa Scholars Association, Comrade Gift Wuwu described Hon. Mba-Ngei as the alternate voice speaking for the interest of Eleme people and urged him not to relent in his effort to ensure that public servants are held accountable to the people.
He said the association is proud of Hon. Mba-Ngei and admires his doggedness and concern in matters affecting the common Eleme man.
Urging Mba-Ngei not to relent in his quest for justice and fair treatment for the people, Gift Wuwu said the vote of confidence passed on Hon. Mba-Ngei is an open testament that the Alesa Scholars Association is totally in support of Mba-Ngei’s stance against irresponsible leadership and his demand for the wellbeing and rightful entitlements of the people.
The chairman said that the 2018 Alesa Scholar’s programme was organized to feature an array of educative and entertaining events. His words: “This year’s event is unique because it is loaded with interesting activities to give our highly esteemed members the best. Apart from the Concert Show and rally which we usually do, we have added things like novelty female football match, talent hunt, presentations by entertainment groups such as Ekan Eleme Repe, Rebirth, Future Production, Incredible X, Children Fun Fare as well as a Thanksgiving section because we think we must return gratitude to God for bringing us this far.
“For those who are new to this event, let me inform you that Alesa Scholars’ Association is a socio-cultural and educational organization that comprises all the graduates and undergraduates indigenes of Alesa Community. The association dates back to several years ago when the pioneers founded it with the main objectives to mobilize Alesa children and youths to pursue education and scholarship, to promote social cohesion and brotherly love and unity amongst Alesa youths and to organize socio-cultural activities as a way to entertain and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Alesa handed down to us by our forebears and ancestors”, he said.
While outlining some of the challenges faced by the association, Comrade Wuwu called on President Muhammadu Buhari to accede to the demands of Alesa community which he described as very crucial to the development of Rivers State and Nigeria in general.
“This address will not be complete if I fail to state some of the challenges facing the Alesa Scholars Association. The Association is yet to be registered and we require funding to the tune of over Two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000.00) only to register this group. Alesa Scholars’ Association is deeply concerned about the poor response of companies operating in Alesa with regards to their Corporate Social Responsibility to Alesa, their host community. I am proud to state here that, Alesa is the first Community in Nigeria to own a world class company which is the Port Harcourt Refining Company built here by the British Government far back in the early 60s.
“It is however, unfortunate and unacceptable that Alesa Community the light of the Nigerian nation and the engine of Eleme, the heart of the Nigerian economy lacks basic amenities such as potable drinking water, steady electricity supply and infrastructural projects to make life meaningful and worth living here.
“We have no educational endowment funds, no Library for our youths to go to and carryout research and reading. The Skill Acquisition Centre which Refinery say they are building for us has taken donkey years and has become a laughing stock. I therefore call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Management of the NNPC and PHRC to do the needful by providing Alesa Community all it deserves”.
“The Alesa Scholars Association also wishes to state categorically that Alesa which is the host community of Nigeria’s premier Refinery and the fourth refinery deserves payment of royalty for the land acquired for the building of the refineries. We shall stop at nothing to demand for our rights and entitlements. We salute the courage of one of us, Hon. Johnson Emere Mba-Ngei for demanding for the rights of Alesa Community by taking the Indorama to court and for challenging the Eleme Local Government authority to account for funds meant for development in the area.
“I thank the chairman of the occasion, Chief Oluka Marcus Tetenwi (JP.) for honoring our invitation, I thank our Paramount Ruler, His Royal Highness, Emere (Prof.) Isaac Eyi Ngulube for his support and advice; I thank Alesa Youth Council, Inside Eleme Newspaper, Commonwealth Covenant Church International, Alesa Branch, Dominion Faith Church, Sky Linkers and all other supporters of this event. Thank you and God bless you all”.
In his response, Hon. Mba-Ngei thanked the association for the honour done to him and promised never to give up in his effort to mobilize the people to hold public office holders and politicians accountable to them. He regretted that the chairman of Eleme Local Government Council, Hon. Philip Okparaji has failed to meet the expectations of the electorates who voted him as there are no development projects to show over six months after assuming office.
He further alleged that, funds meant for development of Eleme Local Government Area are being squandered under the watch of Hon. Okparaji and vowed to take necessary legal actions to ensure that the right thing is done.