I refer to the above advertorial OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATE on pages 24, 26 and 27 of Inside Eleme News Paper Vol. 1, No 384 ISSN: 2006 – 5434 of May 27 – June 03, 2019 dated April 27, 2019 and addressed to His Excellency, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) GSSRS Executive Governor of Rivers, Government House, Port Harcourt, through: The Executive Chairman, Eleme LGA and wish to respond on areas that either affects me as a person, as chairman of JCRC and JCRC Eleme Forum as a body.
When we met with the management of Pivot GIS Limited (Technimont) and PHRC management on 20th February, 2019 for a brief in respect of the Turn Around Maintenance, we were told that the Turn Around Maintenance will be in phases and the first phase, which is now on, will be an integrity test on the plant (Refinery) for a period of six months and is highly a technical exercise and may not also take more people but few technicians. We asked about administrative staff but we were told that they have no place in this first phase but may be looked into in the second phase.
The first list that came to us has Eighteen (18) workers for Eleme, Fourteen (14) skilled and four (4) unskilled. Further appeal from us for more opportunities gave us the second list of Twelve (12) workers. Two (2) Skilled and Ten (10) unskilled. As at the time of this response, we have had an additional six (6) workers, five (5) skilled and one unskilled respectively. On the whole, a total of thirty-six (36) slots have been given to Eleme through the Public Affairs Department of PHRC, Alesa Eleme.
The above figure of thirty-six (36) slots has been allotted to all stake holders in Eleme. Although I have to give to five (5) out of Eight (8) members of JCRC, I, as the chairman have not given to myself yet just to allow peace reign. The remaining members are still waiting for next opportunities. We are still engaging both the management of Pivot GIS (Technimont) and PHRC for more job opportunities for our people and we are being promised that as the job progresses, there will be more opening for our people. The issue of allegedly conniving with Pivot GIS (Technimont) to divert and sell employment slots meant for youths in Eleme Host Communities cannot be substantiated and it is a falsehood meant to tarnish a reputation I have labored to build over the years and that of the honourable members of my committee and also incite the youths of Eleme against me and my members who has made sacrifices with me to bring JCRC Eleme to the level where we are now.
I will like to be investigated on the slots as I stated above through the Public Affairs Department of PHRC where this figure originated from and if it is possible, let there be a white paper on the findings please.
It was also alleged in the write up that JCRC under me has not been able to attract, initiate, and implement or complete any known functional Community Development Project in the Host Community since my assumption of office as Chairman of JCRC over 5 years ago.
What marveled me most is the degree of the blindness of Johnson Emere Mba Ngei in regards to the above statement made by him. It may interest anyone to know that Johnson Emere Mba Ngei was a member of JCRC during my first tenor (2014 – 2017) representing the Eleme Local Government and he knows that the Management of PHRC has gone beyond physical infrastructural Development to Human Capital Development in terms of Company Social Responsibility (CSR) and it all happened under my leadership as JCRC Chairman Eleme Forum.
In light of the above, please see below what my Committee through the co-operation of the management of PHRC has attracted and is still attracting to the Host Community of Eleme.
- COMPLETED PROJECTS/HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT
- GRADUATION OF 32 YOUTHS FROM ELEME IN THE MAIDEN EDITION OF PHRC HOST COMMUNITIES YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAMME (YESAP) ON 15TH JANUARY, 2015 WITH STARTER PACKS GIVEN TO EACH OF THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR AREA OF SPECIALIZATION.
- MORE STUDENTS INTAKE ON INDUSTRIAL TRAINING EVERY YEAR.
- MAY DAY CHILDREN CELEBRATION ON 26TH MAY, 2014 IN ELEME
- INVITATION OF 120 WOMEN FROM ELEME FOR THE 2014 HSE WEEK WITH THE THEME “POSITIVE HSE CULTURE, PATHWAY TO TRANSFORMATION” HELD ON 4TH DECEMBER, 2014. THE FOCUS WAS ON HOME SAFETY, HYGIENE AND HEALTHY LIFE STYLE.
- PRESENTATION OF COMPLETE SET OF (DESK TOP) COMPUTERS TO SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ELEME IN OCT. 12TH, 2015.
- INVITATION OF 100 MEN FROM ELEME FOR THE 2015 HSE WEEK WITH THE THEME “HSE BEST PRACTICE. PATHWAY TO BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY” WITH FOCUS ON BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY, DEFENSIVE DRIVING, PROSTRATE AND HYGIENE ON 22ND OCT, 2015.
- INVITATION OF 20 WOMEN FROM ELEME FOR THE 2016 HSE WEEK WITH THE THEME:- “HSE BEST PRACTICE – A REQUIREMENT FOR BUSINESS PROFITABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” WITH FOCUS ON EARLY DETECTION / PREVENTION OF CANCER IN WOMEN HELD ON 30TH NOVEMBER, 2016.
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT AT THE REFINERY ROAD, ALESA ELEME. (PHASE 1)
- INTERLOCKING OF EPPIE AWALA LANE AND CONSTRUCTION OF 84M DRAINAGE AT OKORI ALESA ELEME.
- FENING/COMPLETION OF MATERNITY CENTRE FOR ALODE COMMUNITY, ALODE – ELEME
- FENCING AND CONSTRUCTION OF SECURITY BUILDING AT SKILL ACQUISITION CENTRE AT ALESA ELEME
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT AT AKARA STREET, ALESA ELEME. (PHASE 2)
- GRADUATION OF SECOND EDITION OF PHRC YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM (YESAP) ON 7TH JUNE, 2017.
- 3 DAYS MEDICAL OUTREACH FOR ELEME COMMUNITY FROM THURSDAY 14TH – SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER, 2017 AT PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRE OGALE ELEME.
- PROVISION OF BOREHOLE FOR THE SKILL ACQUISITION CENTRE AT ALESA ELEME.
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT AT MAO AND MBUMA-ETA COMMUNITIES IN ALESA ELEME (PHASE 3)
- CONSTRUCTION OF A SECURITY BUILDING AND FENCING OF STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME.
- PROVISION OF BOREHOLE FOR STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME
- PROVISION OF BOREHOLE FOR MATERNITY CENTRE AT ALODE
- CONSTRUCTION OF A SECURITY BUILDING, INTERLOCKING OF PORTIONS AND PAVING OF OTHER PARTS OF THE SURROUNDING OF MATERNITY CENTRE AT ALODE ELEME.
- FURNISHING OF 14 CLASSROOM BLOCK BUILT BY PHRC AT ALESA ELEME WITH SCHOOL DESKS, TEACHERS TABLES/CHAIRS AND MODERN TEACHING AIDS.
- RENOVATION OF CLASSROOM BLOCKS 1 AND 2 AT STATE SCHOOL ALODE
- THE TRAINING OF 39 YOUTHS CONCLUDED ON THE THIRD PHASE OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM (YEESAP) AWAITING GRADUATION AND STARTER PACKS.
- INVITATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAY QUIZ COMPETITION FOR SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ELEME WITH VARIOUS THEME IN 2016, 2017 AND 2018 RESPECTIVELY
- PROJECTS AT VARIOUS STAGES OF ATTENTION IN PHRC FOR EXECUTION
- INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENTS FOR HAIR DRESSING, FASHION DESIGNING, SOAP MAKING AND BAG MAKING FOR SKILL ACQUISITION CENTRE AT ALESA ELEME.
- INSTALLATION OF PROCURED EQUIPMENT FOR BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY AND SHOE MAKING AT SKILL ACQUISITION CENTRE AT ALESA ELEME
- EQUIPPING OF MATERNITY CENTRE AT ALODE ELEME WITH MEDICAL ITEMS AND DRUGS.
- CONSTRUCTION OF 193M TRAPEZOIDAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM AT NDA COMMUNITY IN ALESA ELEME.
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT FOR OKORI, NKPE STREET BY SCHOOL ROAD, CANAN STREET TO REFINERY ROAD, OBINI-ETA / OKORI BY CANAN STREET, EPPIE AWALA BY CHIEF NKPE STREET, PROF. OWATE STREET BY OKORI, OWATONWA/NGEJALAWA STREET, OBINI-ETA BY ALESA TOWN HALL, CHIEF B.N. DIBIAH LANE TO EXPRESS ROAD AND CHIEF NGULUKA AMASI LANE TO ALESA TOWN SQUARE IN ALESA. (PHASE 4)
- INTERLOCKING OF 152M CHIEF DICKSON OLUKANWI STREET BY NDA COMMUNITY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF ITS DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN ALESA ELEME.
- COMPLETING THE UN-COMPLETED 4 ROOMS TOILET SYSTEM FOR STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME.
- RENOVATION AND FURNISHING OF 8 CLASSROOM BLOCK IN STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME WITH SCHOOL DESKS, TEACHERS TABLES AND CHAIRS
- PROVISION OF 1 BOREHOLE FOR STATE SCHOOL STAFF QUARTERS AT ALODE ELEME.
- RENOVATION OF DOUBLE 2 – BEDROOM FLAT STAFF QUARTERS AT STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME.
- RENOVATION OF 6 ROOMS STAFF QUARTERS AT STATE SCHOOL ALODE ELEME.
- BUILDING AND EQUIPPING OF EIGHT (8) CLASSROOM STOREY BUILDING AT COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL ALESA ELEME
- INTERLOCKING AND DRAINAGE OF OBINI-ETA, OBININKIKEN AND OKORI LINK LANE AT ALESA ELEME.
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT ON STREETS AT ETA OKEN AND NWOKE EXTENSION AT ALESA ELEME (PHASE 5)
- PROVISION OF SOLAR STREET LIGHT ON SCHOOL ROAD, ALESA/ALODE BOUNDARY ROAD FROM STATE SCHOOL ALESA ELEME TO THE PROPOSED NEW RAIL LINES TO ONNE. (PHASE 6)
- TWO SIDED APPROXIMATELY FOUR (4) KILOMETERS DRAINAGE NETWORK FROM ROAD SAFETY OFFICE OGALE THROUGH NCHIA MARKET (ECHIETA) TO ALETO CREEK AT EAST-WEST ROAD.
- BUILDING AND EQUIPPING OF CENTRAL LIBRARY FOR THE PEOPLE OF ELEME AT THE PREMISES OF THE PROPOSED ELEME LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA NEW SECRETARIAT COMPLEX.
- TARRING OF SALOKA CRESCENT ROAD WITH DRAINS ON BOTH SIDES AND SOLAR STREET LIGHT (PHASE 7) AT ALODE ELEME.
- INTERLOCKING OF OSARO NWAFOR OLUKA/CHIEF ENGR. PAUL OBELLEY LANE BY SHAMMAR CHRISTIAN CENTRE MAO, WITH TWO (2) CURVETS AT ALESA ELEME.
As a member of JCRC then, Johnson Emere Mba Ngei nominated people including his immediate family members, friends and well wishers for all human capital Development on one slot each granted members of JCRC including industrial training placement.
On the call by Johnson Emere Mba Ngei for PAD to be instructed to stop dealing with JCRC under my Chairmanship, and therefore direct that all employment and contract quota due Eleme Community be routed through O-E’la Obor Eleme (the General Assembly of Eleme People) being the apex socio-cultural organization of the people, I wish to state that in deciding who will take over from me at the end of my tenor as JCRC Chairman or any other time, Johnson Emere Mba Ngei as a person is still barefooted to have a say because the institution responsible for this responsibility is highly rated and respected.
In other words, the constitution of membership of JCRC has never been a kindergarten exercise. The O-E’la Obor Eleme that he recommended to take over from me has not delivered on their mandate to the people of Eleme, how then are they eying JCRC that is delivering the aspiration of the management of PHRC to the good people of Eleme.
He also stated in his letter that unlike the practice in the past, JCRC under my leadership has failed to ensure that Pivot GIS Limited (Technimont) sign an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding). I challenge him to publish in this same News Paper, copies of previous MoU entered into by the people of Eleme, PHRC and any other company that carried out Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in Port Harcourt Refinery Company in the past since this is the only TAM in PHRC that has no MoU according to him.
On the issue of Pivot GIS employing 300 unskilled labour and having far less than 3% from Eleme as stated by Johnson, a close look at the list of one hundred and eleven (111) published names shows some Eleme names and most of them are skilled workers. Although I am not speaking for Pivot GIS (Technimont) but there is no way they can employ three hundred unskilled workers for this highly technical phase of the job. I have stated above that a total of 36 skilled and unskilled workers from Eleme has been engaged by Pivot GIS (Technimont) as at the time of this write up. If the list published by Johnson of one hundred and eleven (111) which also includes names from Eleme is anything to go by, where is the remaining Eighty nine (89) names that makes up the three hundred (300) unskilled workers employed by Pivot GIS (Technimont) and where also are the names of the skilled workers.
Johnson Emere Mba Ngei also stated that Eleme has far less than 3% of the work force which may also mean 1% or 0%. Even a primary pupil knows that thirty six (36) workers from Eleme (figure given above) against the one hundred and eleven (111) that he published or the three hundred (300) unskilled workers as he alleged, is not far less than 3%. Failing this simple arithmetic is another falsehood.
The likes of Johnson Emere Mba Ngei who feeds the general public with falsehood in order to steer up violence and public disorder as he stated in his write up should be placed under the watchful eyes of the security Agencies to avert breakdown of law and order in Eleme as the fragile peace that the people of Eleme are enjoying now is still being managed.
The other members of this faceless group (CONCERNED STAKEHOLDERS OF ELEME) if it is not a one man squad and if they ever exist should be invited and asked if they are stakeholders in falsehood, violence and public disorder as they stated in their letter.
This boy is a tool and a fore-running for mischief makers who causes violence and public disorder as stated in his write up. With a borrowed title on his name, the general public should please beware of him especially where he will serve in any capacity, the family where he will marry if he finds a wife and where he will work if he finds any other work other than being a tool to cause violence and public disorder as a means of livelihood.
Johnson Emere Mba Ngei has worked with me and he knows that it is my cardinal objective to ensure peaceful environment for the operations of PHRC which will translate into a symbiotic relationship between the Host Community of Eleme and PHRC for more infrastructural and Human Capital Development of our people.
I will never succumb to any cheap blackmail as no distraction can make me lose focus. I strongly believe in the word of God that says anything that happens to me also happens for me. I guess that some of you who fed on this falsehood may be having pot belly and I believed the truth will become purgative and disinfect you and bring you to your original and healthy life because falsehood is a contagious disease and Johnson Emere Mba Ngei is the virus. Truth heals and gives life, Jesus said, you shall know the Truth and the truth shall set you free. (St. John 8:32).
All my submissions are verifiable in PHRC through the Public Affairs Department (PAD).Those who knows me too well knows that I cannot and will not superintend over a failed organization or committee and I will strive to keep it up God being my helper.
SIR EMMANUEL E. DIBIAH JP
Chairman, JCRC Eleme