ONELGA: The Need For A Vision

Posted by Vincent Ochonma on Aug 11th, 2010 and filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

It goes without saying that Ogba/Egema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) is a critical factor in the development of Rivers State and the Nigerian nation. Being the seat of oil and gas industry in Nigeria, ONELGA has propelled the country to its present level of economic growth and development. With many oil and gas producing and servicing companies including the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPEG), and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), the Local Government Area has become the destination of job seekers and others who are in search of economic survival.

Besides, the local government area is blessed with friendly climate, several streams, creeks, ponds, gravels, soft sand, clay and wildlife which have presented viable options for such economic activities as farming, fishing, cane processing, as well as ceramic, burnt bricks, and saw mill ventures.

But the fact is that ONELGA is a paradox. With its rich endowment, the local government area is beset with a plethora of environmental and environment related problems including poverty, land degradation, resources depletion, air, water, and soil pollution, oil and gas pollution, and sewage disposal. The local government is challenged by the increasing rate of unemployment and the rising expectations of its few towns in terms of layout, land use, roads, architecture, education, health power, water supply, etc.

Worse still, there are no industries established by either the state government or the federal authorities in the local government area. Some of the roads in the area are among the worst in the country. And the people are virtually not found in the top and middle-level cadres of the Nigerian Army, Navy, or Air Force, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the security, the insurance industry, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and the communication sector.

Apparently, the political leadership of the local government area, since its inception over 20 years ago, has neither contemplated on the slavish and obsequious status of the area nor done anything to address the unbearable and pitiable situation.

This, coupled with greed,  and lust of office on the part  of the leadership, explains  the socio-economic backwardness of the area. it was the former American President, George Bush, who  said: “Use power to help  people. For we are given e power not to advance our l own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one  just use of power, and it is  to serve people”.

We hope that the current leadership of the Local Government Area would be guided by George Bush’s philosophy. On assumption of duty in August 2010, the Local Government Chairman, Hon Wokocha said that the days of misrule of the ONELGA council was over. He promised the people of the local government area a transparent, committed, and accountable administration which would deliver the dividends of democracy.

But in concrete terms, what is the purpose for which local government areas are created by nations across the world? In the words of J.S. Mills. The very objective of having local government is in order that those who have an interest in common which  they do not share with the general body of their countrymen may manage that  joint interest by themselves”. Whether these  joint interests are in the areas of educational services, utilities, construction of roads, public welfare, sanitation, housing, or urban renewal, I think, the fundamental purpose of creating local governments is not only to provide for the people efficient, effective, attractive, and conducive environment for the full range of their activities, but also to ensure that the people partake of their own endowments and have a fair and equitable share of the national wealth.

The Wokocha administration must therefore start immediately to lay down the action steps, the vision, for the pursuit and achievement of this fundamental purpose.  During the swearing in ceremony of his Vice Chairman and 17 councillors, Hon Wokocha promised to build in the local government area and deliver effective security, human capacity building, infrastructural development, and other social amenities.

Good enough. But he should quickly translate these aspirations into goals and the goals into measurable targets against which the success of his administration can be objectively determined.

He should also begin now to lay the foundation for a true urban life that is already characterizing the Omoku town, the headquarters of the local government area and the second largest city in Rivers State. This will involve putting in place holiday resorts, recreational centres or beach, a zoological garden, library, and a modern sports centre and ensuring that the Omoku river is restored. These would serve as tourist attraction and sources of funds for the local government council and also provide employment opportunities for the people especially the youths.

The Omoku river that served as a source of bathing, washing, and drinking water as well as for agricultural, industrial, transport ion and recreational purposes has virtually dried up. Now overgrown with weeds, the river has become a dumping site for refuse and all sorts of wastes and a home for mosquitoes and environmental pollutants. The Hon. Wokocha administration should be able to attract the attention of all relevant authorities including state and federal governments, the oil companies operating in the area, and the Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) to this river that has lost its economic, social, and religious values to the people.

It will be recalled that the dredging of the river had been undertaken by the NDDC. And in fact, the contract for the dredging had been awarded even before the present board of the commission was constituted in 2009.

“All glory comes from daring to begin” says Eugene F. Ware. Let Hon. Wokocha and his council create a clear vision for the growth and development of ONELGA and build the capacity to translate it (the vision) into reality and his name and those of his team members will be written in gold.

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  1. MissingErema

    Why must it be up to the goverment to provide the citizens of ONELGA with what it needs? Big ups to the Amaechi lead administration and the Wokocha adminstration at the local level but we have seen little to no progress throughout the existence of OGBA Kingdom. How can we continue to do the same thing and expect different results? We should empower ourselves as well as our brothers and sisters. Let us not forget the power of the grassroots movement. The power of one person coming up with a plan to improve a community and following through with the plan. Im ready for a change and to see the area blossom and flourish as it should. Yes we have a great goverment in place but what is a great goverment without its great constituents?

  2. Abraham Ogbowu

    Your site and message is really, encouraging, precise and well atticulated. Thumbs up to your present mindset with regards to the people of ONELGA, even after the Wokocha led administration has failed us and now resort to the court for extension of tenure, what a madness. Good people of Ogba stand up and fight for, justice. ONELGA the land where the educated are been led by an illiterate Deputy in the person of (ONWA) What a shame.

  3. DIMKPA Gift Odiri

    This gov is of good 2 our LGA, we ar calling on (NDDC).

  4. ikechucku jones josiah

    THANKS and great well done to the creator of this site www. ogbakingdom.com of onelga of omoku.
    Am a son of the soul. omoku main town, but reside in EUROPE .
    Am too glad to discover this site which has bring me back home in spirit to omoku , ogbaland .
    PASTOR JONES IKECHUCKU JOSIAH

  5. ikechucku jones josiah

    THANKS for your great job well done for creating this site of ogba people www. ogbakingdom.com of onelga of omoku.
    Am a son of the soul. omoku main town, but reside in EUROPE .
    Am too glad to discover this site which has bring me back home in spirit to omoku , ogbaland GOD BLESS OGBALAND.
    PASTOR JONES IKECHUCKU JOSIAH

  6. ikechucku jones josiah

    HELLO , CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT IS GOING IN OMOKU AND OUR OMOKU STREAM, RIVER, HAS THE RIVER BEEN DREDGE?
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  7. Alwell

    Let me start with asking us a questions: why have we the Onelgas especially Omoku lost her, pride, honor, dignity, respect and importance?
    We have been seeing what have been happening in this our blessed mother land omoku, is of a great shame that we can not be proud of any thing done by the companies that are occupying our various lands due, to all the and selfish leaders we are having, am saying it not that i need any share of their blood money, but for the nation Nigeria and the world at large to know what we are passing through in Onelga (Omoku in particular).

    All we just need is peace and unity, like what people normally say that, “Where their is no peace there is no growth” so, am calling on all my brothers (Sons and Daughters of Onelga), to arise and defend her motherland from all this shame, “IT IS TOO MUCH”.

    Before Nigeria was called Nigeria, Omoku have been there but now look at the level, even some of the states in this federation was created and Omoku has been in existence, and now i can not even tell if Omoku is moving forward or going back.

    I rest my statement with the fact that Hon. claudus Ake and Sir. Victor Masi of blessed memory died for Omoku but, non of us know this fact, it is a pity that we do not know the value of our people until when they are wiped out by the evil ones.

    In conclusion, am saying that everyone out
    there(Onelgas, should come hoe and lets build our motherland………………………..

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  9. a.allens

    Why can’t the onelga people think of what to do and forget about Agip,elf and youth activities.everybody can’t be a politician and a killer,people should think twice.

  10. Bestino (ogba boy)

    Ogba Kingdom is without doubt a fertile land, but the leaders under it is the anger of every wise youth of the kingdom.
    a society without a king or a leader, they say “is like sheep without Shepard” but with what i observe in ogbaland and Nwa ghor ka Ogba, it’s better there are no king or leaders than have confusionists as one.
    before now, People of Onelga, (Ogba, Egbema & Ndoni) used to be proud to say “We are Omokians” but my people, with the bad influence of our leaders who have initiated the youths with the spirit of poverty and illiteracy, have turn them ( the youths) to agents of crime and society unrest. right now, it is obvious shameful to agree and attest your citizenship as an indegen of Omoku as they may take you as a bad person and even a gangster.

    ABEG MAKE UNA HELP ME BEG ALL THIS OUR SO CALLED LEADERS MAKE THEM LEAD US WELL O, IF THEM SCATTER OGBALAND BECAUSE THEIR OWN CHILDREN THEY SCHOOL ABROAD, HMMM, SURELY, THEY WILL COME BACK HOME AND THERE WILL BE NO LAND LEFT FOR THEM TO INHERIT.

    REGARDS: BESTINO (OGBA BOY)
    CHECK OUT FOR MY NEW SINGLE “OMOKU” FT. ZUBY D. COMING SOON.

    BUT U CAN COPY THIS LINK BELOW AND PAST IN YOUR BROWSER TO DOWNLOAD MY RECENT TRADITIONAL TRACK DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF OGBA TITLED: OGBA MADI

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