At a time no one seems to find where to hide and the Rivers State government is threatening to dethrone royal fathers where violence is overbearing, a community has raised its fingers, saying it is the safest spot in the state. Is Odagwa the place?
Gladys Nweke answers
The Ochimba of Odagwa 1 town/Adviser, Etche Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers and also the chairman Council of Chiefs of Odagwa Town Community in Etche Local Government Area Of Rivers State, Eze Samuel C Odum, has declared that Odagwa is most peaceful town in the State. His facts: no youth restiveness, no crime and no social vices of any kind in his community.
Eze Odum made this declaration during the inauguration of the new Community Development Committee (CDC) at the weekend. In his speech, he narrated his achievements in the community, which comprise of formation of Odagwa Town Council of Chiefs, resolving the aged long crises in Umuedeokwara community, building of three lock-up shops, establishment Odagwa Vigilante Group, construction of Odagwa/Ulakwo Road, building of Odagwa Town Hall and maintaining peace in Odagwa Town.
He commended the youths of Odagwa for maintaining peace and order and said he’s proud of his youths.
At the same vein, Chief Loveday C Okere, (Eze Mgbaragida of Umuokechi/ Secretary Odagwa Council of Traditional Rulers) on his part, noted that they were there to inaugurate the new (CDC) led by Goodlive Chukwuemeka Elee to assist the traditional council in the development of Odagwa Town.
He also advised the committee members to work in synergy with all constituted authorities in the community and ensure to carry every member of the committee along. If in difficulty, he said, they should seek advice from the traditional rulers.
On his part, the chairman of the occasion, Engr Daniel Njoku, said that the committee members should rule with trust and leave when their tenure elapsed and also show good example. He said they should also leave legacy for the people and pray God to help them because leadership comes from God. To the youths, he advised them to shun cultism and social vices, he said.
The chairman of Community Development Committee (CDC) in Odagwa Town, Mr Goodlive Chukwuemeka Elee, in his welcome speech, said the CDC was a committee set up with the missionary zeal of creating an outlet for long cherished ambition of bequeathing to future generation of Odagwa, the rich legacy of selfless and devoted service to God and humanity. He said the committee was meant to be managed by spirited men to make the Odagwa Town the greatest in the Rivers State.
The CDC chairman noted that the main objective s to make meaningful contribution to the growth and development of any community and the inhabitants and that the primary focus is to give selfless service specially in the area of infrastructural development, human development/empowerment, education, security with the support of the traditional rulers, opinion leaders, central youth bodies and to strike cordial relationship with multinationals such as NDDC local content board in our community.
He stressed that Odagwa community is an oil and gas producing community since early 60s with Nkali and Imor 2 flow stations with over 60 oil wells that generated revenue to the Federal Republic OF Nigeria, NDDC, Rivers State Government and Etche Local Government Area respectively.
The CDC chairman urged that the registered contractors in NDDC and SPDC should include their sons and daughters for jobs in Odagwa 1 community e.g. roads, drainage construction and other services. He also stressed that over 30 graduates that have no job with all resources in the community should be considered for employment.
The chairman also solicited for social amenities like roads, street lights, modern cottage hospitals, staff quarters, water, primary and secondary schools with perimeter fence, completion of abandoned projects in the school to enable teachers and corpers to return for security assurances, skilled workers to be employed to curb The rate of oil thefts in the community.
He said flood was ravaging the area.