There are strong indications that Alesa Community will soon commence payment of the long awaited benefits and entitlements due its indigenes from funds paid to the community.
Paramount Ruler of Alesa Clan, His Royal Highness, Emere (Prof.) Isaac Eyi Nguluble who spoke to Inside Eleme during the End-of-year programme organized by Alesa Woman Prayer Force, assured that the money been expected to be paid Alesa people will be paid in due course.
Though, Emere Ngulube did not state the source of the fund expected this time, Inside Eleme gathered that, directives has been given by the traditional ruler and sub-committees formed across the various communities to take census and evolve an accurate database of the families and members of Alesa community to facilitate the seamless disbursement of the funds.
It would be recalled that, the people of Alesa community had demanded royalty running into billions of naira from the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agency, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has operates the Port Harcourt Refining Company in Alesa. The Community is also reportedly in Court with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited over none recognition of Alesa as one of its host community and subsequent payment of dividends by the company.
Meanwhile, Emere (Prof.) Ngulube has expressed joy over the success of the Women’s end-of year celebration saying the success of the event signifies that God has answered the prayers by the women. The traditional ruler who spoke at the End-of-year/Thanksgiving Event of Alesa Women Prayer Force also known as Mba Ejin-Obari Alesa, added that Alesa land was at a very low depth but God has restored it again through the prayers offered by the women. He gave approval to the request made by the women to hold the end-of-year thanksgiving event every year.
Emere Ngulube further called on the people of Alesa to be united in order to achieve the highest peak of development in the land. He commended the women for their effort and prayers which he noted have kept Alesa Community and advised all to emulate the good works of the women. He regretted that what is setting Alesa backwards is lack of unity and encourage the people to form a common front to keep the community united.
Meanwhile, Pastor Tonye Dele Cole, the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State has received prayers for success in the forthcoming elections from the Alesa Women Prayer Force. Tonye Cole who was accompanied by the Nigeria Ambassador to the Netherland, and APC Rivers South East Senatorial District flagbearer, Ambassador Oji Ngofa and their supporters to the End-of-year prayers organized by the women at Alesa Town Hall, Alesa Eleme were prayed upon and wished success by the women led by the Emere Owa of Alesa, Chief (Mrs.) Dada Osaroluji. The Governorship Candidate in his speech promised to deliver the dividends of democracy in Eleme if voted into power.