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I’m ready for any battle, I’ll fight for you – Wike tells Rivers people

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   Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo
Wike, has assured the Ejamah Community
and other host communities of Oil Mining
Lease (OML) 11 that the Rivers State
Government will defend their right in any
ensuing legal battle over the oil facility
acquired by the Rivers State Government.
Wike spoke during an appreciation visit by the
leaders of Ejamah Community of Eleme Local
Government Area at the Government House,
Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The Governor commended the community for
standing firm and fighting through established
due process.
“While I remain Governor, one thing I will
never do is sell the interest of our people.
“The property of Shell Petroleum
Development Company ( SPDC) were
auctioned and the Rivers State Government
bidded and acquired them.
“There will be legal battles. The Rivers State
Government will stand for Rivers people,” he
He reiterated that with the acquisition of the
45 percent stakes of SPDC at OML 11, the
Rivers State Government will extend some
percentage to the host communities to give
them a sense of belonging.
He praised Ejamah community for engaging
in the legal battle for 29 years and refusing to
be swayed by financial proposals by SPDC.
He said: “I am ready for the legal battle. The
interest of Rivers State must be protected at
all times. But for your fight, who will be talking
of Rivers State Government acquiring OML
11. OML 11 is not only for Ogoni, it extends to
Okrika, Andoni, Oyigbo and Ikwerre.
“Any community linked to OML 11 should be
eternally grateful to you. I know some
communities that only N300million will
change them. You refusal to collect N7billion
led to the auctioning of Shell Interest.
“If the Federal Government wants to talk, it is
the Rivers State Government it should talk
with, because we have acquired Shell’s
interest. I am with you. God knows I have no
personal interest.”
The Governor recommended the style of
Ejamah Community, which is based on legal
struggles to other communities. He said
without violence, Ejamah community defeated
SPDC in the courts.
He said no matter the schemes by SPDC, the
judgment of the Supreme Court must be
The Governor commended the lawyer to the
community, Lucius Nwosu (SAN) for his
Governor Wike formally recognised the
Traditional Ruler of Ejamah community as a
second class chief. He also directed the
reconstruction of Ebubu Community
Secondary School.
Earlier, the Leader of the Ejamah Community,
Chief George Osaro said that the people of
Ejamah community are happy with the
governor’s intervention in OML 11.
He said: “The people of Ejamah community do
hereby express our profound gratitude to you
for wading into the matter and ensuring that
the Rivers State Government purchased the
45percent interest of SPDC in OML 11.”
He said that the intervention of the governor
should not be misconstrued, as it in the
overrall interest of the host communities. He
said that the action has liberated the people.
Chief Osaro said that Ejamah Ebubu suffered
one of the worst oil spill, which negatively
affected their environment.
“We must understand that the Governor’s
Plan is to boost the state economy, create
employment and alleviate the suffering of the
people, the State and the Niger Delta entirely
as well as the nation”, he said.
He described Governor Wike as a pace
setter, a visionary leader and emancipator of
the people.
The Ejamah community conferred on
Governor Wike a chieftaincy title: “Oneh
Owese Oboru Ejamah.”


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