IT WAS a historic gathering over the weekend in Awka, as the Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas in Nigeria (HOSCON), Anambra State Chapter, commissioned her new office in the state.
This is coming barely three months after Anambra State started benefiting in the 13 % derivation enjoyed by other oil-producing states in Nigeria, following the discovery and mining of crude oil in commercial quantity in the state, and her consequent attainment of a full status of an oil-producing state.
Addressing newsmen shortly after commissioning the new office, National Chairman of HOSCON Prince Emuh congratulated the people of Anambra State for their eventual recognition and inclusion as a beneficiary of the 13 per cent derivation fund, which he said was overdue and was over-denied them for decades but eventually came to pass, both through collective and individual efforts, including his personal efforts.
While commending the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for his developmental strides in the state, Prince Emuh, who is also the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Delta for the ahead 2023 governorship election, also appreciated the National Grand Patron of HOSCON and Anambra-born billionaire philanthropist, Prince Engr. Arthur Eze for sponsoring the procurement of the new office for the Anambra Chapter.
While highlighting pipeline surveillance contracts, grants, among others as some other benefits that accrue to ndị Anambra and the host communities in their new status, Prince Emuh further assured ndị Anambra of PTDF scholarship to Doctorate Degree, gas flare allowance, empowerment through Nigeria Local Content Board, engagement of about 800 youths in the pipeline surveillance, with about 200 already engaged.
“Based on Mr. President’s innovation and diversification from oil and gas to agriculture, we are looking at having the biggest farm of agriculture in Anambra State here in the east. We have gone round here and there where we can plant rice and so forth and so on.
Coordinator of HOSCON in the South-eastern geopolitical zone, Chief Mrs. Joy Igboka explained how she brought HOSCON in Anambra State in 2013, and expressed gladness that the group has continued to make progress since then despite the various challenges encountered along the way.
In an interview with newsmen, the Anambra South Consultant for HOSCON, Dr. K. Anyacho expressed optimism that HOSCON Anambra will implement all the aims and objectives of the group, as well as the constitutional rights, privileges and other benefits due to its members and host communities in the state.
In their separate remarks, the traditional ruler of Atani, Igwe Azuka Agustine Ngoddy; his Akili Ogidi counterpart, Igwe Ikechukwu Nwafili; and HOSCON Consultant on three per cent PIA, Amb. Charles Isintume appreciated Prince Emuh and other national executives of HOSCON for making out time to grace the occasion.
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