Five local councils petition Rivers governor against SIAT


By Gladys Nweke

Disquiet is creeping into the operations of RISONPALM managed by SIAT, a Behian company with global webs.

Decrying the decision of SIAT Nigeria Limited to adhere to the memorandum it entered with them, five communities in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State have petitioned the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, over alleged neglect and abandonment of Memorandum of Understanding by the firm operating in the area.

The communities which include Ubima, Apani, Omerelu, Ozuaha and Omademe, which disclosed this in Port Harcourt, noted that for over 31 years, the firm, Risonpalm, now SIAT Nigerian, has operated in the area, that the hosts have not benefited.

Speaking on behalf of the communities, Engr. Nathan Ejere, Chairman of Community Development Committee, CDC, Apani, in Ikwerre LGA, called on the governor to look into the activities of the firm and save them from alleged exploitation.