… As NOSDRA DG tasks host communities on advocacy against Pipeline vandalism***
A former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Chief George Eneh, has defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Eneh said he decided to join APC to wrest power from the PDP and connect the state to national politics.
He made the disclosure at his Enugu residence on Wednesday, expressing confidence in the ability of the state APC Chairman, Chief Ugochukwu Agballa, to turn things around for the party in the state.
According to Eneh, his supporters and Agbudu Ward in Udi LGA, where he comes from, are in agreement with his defection.
More than 200 members of APC led by Mr B.N. Nebe pledged their loyalty to Agballa’s leadership at the event.
The APC member was said to have belonged to another camp of the APC before then.
While welcoming the former director-general and the party members from the other camp, Agballa thanked them for their decisions.
He described Eneh’s defection and pledging of loyalty to him by the others as an indication that APC was alive in Enugu State.
He called on others residents of the state to join APC which, he said, was on a rescue mission.
Agballa said that ÀPC was committed to taking over Enugu State Government House (Lion Building) in 2023.
“We need to occupy the Government House because it is the party that can achieve an Igbo presidency come 2023. To achieve all of these, we need all your support.
“Time has come for us to say no to political monopoly. You are the ones who can help us achieve that. We have a big party that can accommodate everyone,” Agballa said.
A former Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Eugene Odo, in his remarks, praised Eneh and those who pledged loyalty to Agballa, for the decisions.
Odo said that the national working committee of the party had approved Enugu State’s congresses, and urged the state executives of the party to carry all members along.
In the meantime, Mr dris Musa, Director-General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), has urged host communities and stakeholders to embark on advocacy and protect their immediate environment against pipeline vandalism.
Musa stated this on Wednesday in Akure during a sensitisation programme on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Plan on the dangers of pipeline vandalism and the resultant environmental pollution.
Represented by Director, General Service, NOSDRA, Mr Aliyu Rimgin, the director-general said that the Niger-Delta zone had been confronted with a myriad of environmental problems threatening the ecosystem and livelihoods of people.
Consequent upon this, he stressed the need for promoting collaboration by all stakeholders in addressing the menace, for sustainable development.
Musa said that the agency had developed a plan to create and sustain an interface with stakeholders to curb pipeline vandalism, which had resulted in adverse socio-economic, health and environmental conditions.
He commended the Ondo State government for its commitment to environmental management as well as its support for the agency’s drive toward achieving zero-tolerance to oil spill incidents in the environment.
Also speaking, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu said there was the need to proffer a solution to the issue of vandalism, climate change and environmental degradation.
Akeredolu, represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr Akin Asaniyan, said that the sensitisation programme being embarked upon by the agency would address daunting issues surrounding the environment.
Meanwhile, NOSDRA’s acting Director of Research, Mr Sola Oladipo, while speaking on the Oju Imole oil spillage in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state, said that the agency had concluded investigations on the site, with all the necessary documents signed.
Oladipo said that the next stage was to get a contractor for the clean-up of the site, saying that this was already in progress.
He, however, said that the responsibility of the impacted site would be borne by those who caused the spillage.
Oladipo said all the analysis and information about oil spillage on individual states were being monitored and attended to.
The newsmen report that stakeholders at the programme included: traditional rulers, selected people from Ondo South senatorial district, representatives of civil society organisations and security agents, among others.
newsmen also report that the stakeholders commended the organisers of the programme, describing it as an eye-opener.