Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Identifies Disregard For Human Rights As Factor Against Development Of Nigeria

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has identified disrespect for human rights by governments and companies as a critical factor militating against the development of the country.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo stated this while receiving a report from a committee set up by the government to broker peace between the people of Okoroma Clan in Nembe Local Government Area and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Government House, Yenagoa.

The Deputy Governor underscored the correlation between human rights and development, stressing that disregard for the rule of law was part of the reasons, Nigeria is still lagging behind in terms of development.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who decried the attitude of oil companies towards their host communities, assured that government will ensure a better relationship between the two stakeholders.

He thanked members of the committee for their efforts and promised to convey the recommendations in the report to the Governor with a view to taking necessary actions to promote a mutually beneficial relationship between the Okoroma people and AGIP.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the Committee and Member representing Nembe Constituency one in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Ben Ololo, identified the seven-month old power outage in Okorama Clan as one of the immediate causes of the conflict.

Mr. Ololo noted that contrary to government’s directive AGIP was yet to put in place any temporary measure to restore electricity supply to the Clan pending when a permanent solution will be provided for the power needs of the people.

According to him, the Committee’ findings reveal that only two indigenes of Okoroma had been employed as low cadre staff since nineteen seventy three when AGIP started its operations in the area.