In a pro-active move to ensure peace reigns supreme in Eleme LGA, the Caretaker Committee Chairman- Hon. Godwin Abey-Ollo- has held a meeting with the youths of the host communities of Indorama especially following the ultimatum issued by the youths.
The meeting which held in the chairman’s office had the council secretary- Hon. Sunny Ogbu, the Chief of Staff, the Public Relations Officer- Hon. Sammy Saka and the Press Secretary- Prince Awala Nwafor Oji in attendance on behalf of the council and Comrade Ngei Job- the president, Moses Ngofa, Barr. Okparaji Loveday, Pst Allenju Jeremiah, Gomba Francis etc, on behalf of the youths.
In his address to the youths, Hon. Abey-Ollo urged the youths to be vocal but not violent and condemned the one-week ultimatum issued by the youths to Daewoo. He also promised to interface between them and the companies to ensure whatever is due them gets to them while praising the efforts of the state governor- Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike for his peace initiatives and developmental strides which have culminated in the flag-off of the Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo Road, G.S.S Onne, the return of night life to Akpajo etc. He also explained his intention is to ensure companies continue to move into Eleme and help in alleviating the unemployment problem among the youths while expressing joy that the Eleme people have not had it so good from companies.
In his response, the youth leader- Comrade Job- thanked the chairman for being the first to invite them for a dialogue. He said their grievance with Daewoo was because it was operating without meeting stakeholders and that no Eleme person was employed at FCU. He also lamented that since one Kendrick was allowed onboard, the 10 vehicles for conveying staff stopped operating and also condemned the meeting the company held at Best Western Hotel ignoring the many hotels in Eleme as well as the new Memorandum of Understanding the company recently signed without input from any indigene.
As for Indorama, he wondered why the company could not extend electricity to the host communities as well as the absence of an Eleme son in the Community Relations Office of the company adding that the 70 employment slots and 3 scholarships provided for Agbonchia community was too small. He also asked the company to stop all dealings with Elano.
Engr. Ernest Amadi and some other youths spoke in similar vein and asked for Kendrick to be replaced by Ben Ngokiye after which they gave the CTC boss a Bible as gift.
The meeting was concluded by the CTC chairman who urged all to continue to be law abiding and support the government of Governor Wike to fast track development in the LGA and promised the youths will get a fair deal from the companies operating in the area.