Traditional ruler of Umuokanne Community, in the Ohaji Egbema council area of Imo State, Eze Dr. Cyriacus Nwokoma has advised communities in the Niger Delta region to shun all forms of violence and confrontation in their agitations.
He spoke against growing restiveness in the Niger Delta region arising from militancy and kidnapping of foreign oil workers.
Speaking on “Human Rights in the Extractive Sector”, during a one day sensitisation workshop on “Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights” in Ohaji Egbema council area organised by CLEEN foundation at the weekend, the monarch warned that unless the people, particularly youth, come together, speak with one voice, articulate their demands and present same to the appropriate quarters for meaningful attention, their aspiration would ever remain a tall dream.
The Okaa-Omee II of Umuokanne also decried the growing gale of environmental pollution in the Niger Delta region and the consequences to the people.
The royal father, who is a professor of economics, regretted that such facilities as access road, hospital, schools, potable water, electricity, gainful employment among other necessary amenities had continued to remain elusive among oil producing communities several years after oil exploration began in their region.
He however cautioned the people to shun violence in their demands for the provision of these amenities.
Program officer of CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Ifeanyi Anyanwu identified Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as non binding soft laws established in 2000 to guide extractive companies, in maintaining the safety and security of the facilities and operations with respect for human rights.
Anyanwu listed risk assessment and interaction with public and private security as the elements of voluntary principles.
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