Monarch Cries Out Over Involvement Of Security Agents In Illegal Oil Bunkering In Ekpeye

charges journalists to uphold the ethics of the profession

His Royal Majesty, Felix Enene Otuwarikpo has cried out over the involvement of security agents in illegal oil bunkering in Ekpeye.

Eze Otuwarikpo, who is also the Chairman of Ahoada East Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, said,  “all our rivers, forest reserves and farm lands have been damaged by the illegal oil bunkers.

“They are aided by security agents thereby exposing our people to risk.

He equally expressed disapproval over security agents for “acting in cohort with criminals against the very people they are supposed to serve.”

“The irony is that, security agents lobby to be posted here not to engage in their primary function but to engage in this illicit trade.”

The monarch also charged Journalists in the state to uphold the ethics of their profession.

He gave the charge on Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Correspondents’ Week, organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rivers State Chapter, at the Banquet Hall of Hotel Presidential Port Harcourt and urged them to uphold the integrity and dignity associated with the influence of the pen.

While he praised the theme of this year’s press week: “ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN PROTECTING THE RIVERS STATE ENVIRONMENT”, the traditional ruler invited members of the Correspondents’ Chapel to visit Ekpeye land for a first hand assessment on how security agents colluded with illegal oil bunkers to endanger the environment.

This, according him is beside the daily pollution and emission of toxic gas materials into the environment by multinational oil giants operating in Ekpeye land.

He was delighted at the peace that has returned to Ekpeye after the renunciation exercise by cultists early this year.

The traditional ruler however urged the people to maintain clean environment, saying that they should adhere strictly to environmental laws, and avoid acts that could damage the environment the more.

Earlier in his address, Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Chief Ernest Chinwo, stressed that the environment is “increasingly under threat” while stakeholders appear not to be taking any concrete step to remedy it.

Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Ministry of Information & Communications; Comrade Stanley Job, Chairman, NUJ Rivers State Council (who was duly represented); Mr. Ibifiri Bobmanuel, President of Rivers State Entrepreneurs & Investors Forum; Prof. B. B. Fakae, former Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University; Dr. Jossy Nkwocha, Head of Corporate Communications, Indorama-Nigeria Group; Comrade Celestine Akpobari, an environmental activist who was the keynote speaker were among others present at the occasion.

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