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Evo Kingdom condemns leadership crisis

Posted by By Smart Wali on 2005/07/25 | Views: 344 |

Evo Kingdom condemns leadership crisis


The people of Evo Kingdom in Obio/Akpor local government area have rounded off the first Evo Summit, which was held on Monday, July 11, 2005, condemning the leadership crisis in the area.

The people of Evo Kingdom in Obio/Akpor local government area have rounded off the first Evo Summit, which was held on Monday, July 11, 2005, condemning the leadership crisis in the area.

Speaking at the end of a two-day summit, which was organized by the Evo Development Association (EDA), the president of the association, Engineer Promise Okekem said that members of the pan Evo socio- cultural organization decided to organize the summit because they have identified some intractable problems bedeviling the progress and development of the Grand Evo Kingdom such as conflicts arising from chieftaincy disputes, unemployment, youth restiveness and cultism as well as environmental degradation.

According to him, "the entire people of Evo Kingdom, strongly and unequivocally support resource control, rotational presidency for the six geo-political zones, true federalism with full autonomy government to the federating states, states and local government creation as advocated by the people of the South-South in the on-going National Political Reforms Conference. The EDA and entire Evo people support the agitation of resource control and supports the demand for 50% increase in the derivation formula".He frowned at the neglect of the host communities by oil companies in the area, asserting that the oil drilling activities, gas flaring and other associated industries and non-oil industries with their hydro-carbon discharges are daily destroying their environment.

The president noted that the development levies, collection and extortion have oiled the proliferation of youth clubs and associations in Evo land, and made the youths to become perpetual levy collectors, and become disloyal to traditional orders.

He said: "We condemn the leadership crisis in Evo Kingdom which have torn apart most towns and communities. This has also resulted in the power and authority of our traditional rulers, some being undermined. The Evo people therefore declared that traditional authority must reside with the chiefs and elders. We must therefore restore cohesion among ourselves and be united under the visionary and well-meaning leadership of our traditional rulers, chiefs and elders".

He urged all sons and daughters of Evo Kingdom to show active interest and participate in politics and governance as well as excel in their different human endeavours.

Earlier in his speech titled "The Evo man, a New Direction", a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, O.C.J. Okocha had called on the people of Evo kingdom to unite and work together in order to realize set goals, stressing that the first step is that the Evo man must always ask himself of where he is going.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Obio/Akpor LGA, Chief (Barr) Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike appealed to the people of the clan to support the policies and programmes of the present government in the area. He assured them that his administration will carry them along in the scheme of things.

In his contribution, the President-General of Ogbakor Ikwerre, Professor Otonti Nduka expressed satisfaction with the intention of Evo Development Association.

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