TROMPCON Throws Weight Behind Southern Governors Asaba Declaration

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His Royal Majesty, Orhue 1, Major GEN. Felix Majakperuo , Orodje of Okpe Kingdom

 

By Great Maduawulechukwu-Asaba

The National Conference of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCOM), has thrown their weight behind resolution by the Southern Governors in Asaba on the issue of devolution of power and banning of open grazing, just as they expressed their believe in the unity of Nigeria.

TROMPCON made the declaration in a communique issued at the end of it’s conference held on the 26th of May, 2021, in the capital city of Asaba, Delta State.

The Conference dissolved the Executive Council of the Association elected in 2017, which tenure had since expired and proceeded to elect a new Executive under the leadership of HRM Rtd. Maj. Gen Felix Majakperuo, the Orodje of Okpe

Read the full communique as issued by TROMCON.

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 27TH NATIONAL CONFERENCEOF THE TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL MINERAL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA (TROMPCON) HELD IN ASABA, THE DELTA STATE CAPITAL ON THE 26TH MAY, 2021.

PREAMBLE
The 27th Conference of the Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) held at the Delta State Event Centre Asaba, on Wednesday 26th May 2021 with the theme: The Relationship between the Oil Producing Communities and the International Oil Companies operating in Niger Delta Area: What impact has it made on the People?
The Conference was declared open by H.E.the Executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. (Dr.) IfeanyiOkowa, who was ably represented by his Deputy, Barrister (Dcn.) KingsleyOtuaro.
Present at the Conference were Traditional Rulers from the Six of the Nine Member States of the Association, namely Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Ondo and Rivers States.AkwaIbom, Cross River and Edo States were not present but sent apologies.
A Keynote Address on the Theme of the Conference was presented by a learned Professor of Law, Professor Joe Abugu, SAN of the University of Lagos, Akoka.

Following the discussions of the theme of the Conference and other business of the Conference, the following resolutions were reached.

1.                    The Conference expressed its deep appreciation to His Excellency, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State for his support and commitment in facilitating the holding of the Conference.

2.                    The Conference notes the prevailing state of insecurity in the Country and the Niger Delta in particular. The Conference calls upon the State and Federal Governments to deploy adequate security apparatus to protect the people of the Niger Delta and indeed all Nigerians from the activities of violent herdsmen, and unknown gun men.

3.                    The Conference expressed its concern with the state of environmental degradation, unemployment and lack of social amenities in all the Oil minerals host communities in the Niger Delta. The much anticipated socio-economic advantages derivable from the natural resources of the Niger Delta people, have eluded the region.

4.                    The Conference deprecates the state of infrastructural development in the Niger Delta, particularly the state of roads, standard schools, healthcare system, including the East-West Road.

5.                    The Conference underscore the position and role of traditional Rulers to lead from the front in the battle to emancipate its people from the clutches of deliberate deprivation and avoidable but seemingly endless impoverishment.

6.                    The Conference calls for legal instruments to institutionalize the relationship between oil and gas prospecting companies and host communities in the Niger Delta.

7.                    The Conference notes the progress being made in enacting the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill 2020. The Conference resolve in particular that:

a.  The PIB has not made provision for the representation of the oil producing communities and prescribed traditional institutions

b.  The PIBhas no provision for some form of affirmative action recognising the interest of the prescribed traditional institutions including the host communities, and that the proposed Trust fund designed for Host communities under the Bill should not be subject to protection of Oil facilities;

c.  That the protection of oil facilities in host communities remain and should be the responsibility of the Federal Government in its constitutional obligation to provide for the security and welfare of the people of the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general.

8.   The Conference believe in the unity of Nigeria and supports the resolutions by the Southern Governors in Asabaon the issues of dissolution of power and banning of open grazing.
9.   The Conference calls for the restoration of a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the governance architecture of the Country.

10.                     The Conference dissolved the Executive Council of the Association elected in 2017, which tenure had since expired with effluxion of time. The Conference proceeded to elect a new Executive under the leadership of HRM Rtd. Maj. Gen Felix Majakperuo, the Orodje of Okpe

Dated this 26th of May 2021.

…………………………..                           ………………………..HRM MAJ. GEN. F.A. MUJAKPERUO,         EZE DR. I.O. ASOR
ORHUE 1 CFR mni                                   National Secretary
National Chairman

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