By Emeka Nwokocha
The Delta state Director of Conference for Actualization of Human Rights (CAHR), Deacon Monday Enudi, has expressed joy over MTN mast project cited in Emonu-Orogun community, Ughelli North LGA, Delta state, even as he charged the contractor handling the project, Palm Africa Towers not to compromise transparency in his dealings with the community so as to maintaining cordial relationship with host community.
Dcn Enudi made the statement during his visit to the MTN mast project recently.
Continuing, he commended the people of Emonu community for promoting peaceful coexistence, noting that sustaining peace among the people would attract more projects to the community. He said, I commend the Okpara in council, the President General (PG) of Emonu Development Union and other executive members of the union, including the youths for providing a peaceful atmosphere for the mast project to sail through.
Dcn Enudi, thanked other leaders of thought for fostering socioeconomic development in the community. He said, “I also thank our political leaders, and other highly placed brothers and sisters of our community for their commitment to the development of our community.” Dcn Enudi added, “I look forward to seeing more projects cited in Emonu community in the coming years.”
He commended Palm Africa Towers for finding Emonu conducive to cite the project, even as he assured the company of the community’s unfettered cooperation to pave way for more investment that will boost socioeconomic development in the community.
Continuing, Dcn Enudi said there was no face-off between the contractor and Emonu community, he added, “it is common knowledge that any contractor operating in any community would establish mutual relationship with the Community leaders without any stake or string attached. It’s just for purpose of recognition and nothing more. I must say that my community is the most peaceful.”
Fielding questions from journalists Dcn Enudi said that the much touted Emonu land dispute had been put to rest and absolute peace had been restored among the hitherto feuding parties. His words, “before now there was a dispute over the land where this mast is being mounted but interestingly, the dispute has been resolved and the land relinquished to the rightful owners – Onimequari family.”
He continued, “it is also important to state that out of sheer will and trust reposed in me, the Onimequari family have given me power of attorney to be in charge and manage the land on their behalf.”
Clearing air on unfounded allegations concocted by faceless bigots ostensibly to tarnish his hard earned reputation, Dcn Enudi called on the good people of Emonu community and the general public to discard the rumour being bandied by naysayers that he has issues with some leaders of Emonu community.
He said, “I want to unequivocally state that there were/are no issues between me and some community leaders in Emonu. God forbid! How can I have issues with my leaders whom I hold in high esteem? My take is simply to ensure the contractor have fair dealings with Emonu community leaders so he could establish cordial relationship with them.”
“Truth is, all the discussions I have had with him (contractor) were through telephone,” Dcn Enudi stated, even as he admonished fake rumour peddlers to turn a new leaf, warning that his nurtured and cherished integrity is strongly insulated from mischievous tendencies of persons trying to mar his image.