(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) -The paramount ruler of Bua Bangha kingdom in the Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Highness, Mene Suanu Baridam, has congratulated Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on his recent Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (CDGs) in New York, United States of America, describing the honour as well deserved.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the royal father, who was excited that a foreign organisation in far away United States, without any political motive, would so recognise the Rivers State governor after carrying out due diligence, said the award is an inspiration to Rivers and Niger Delta people and will definitely encourage the governor to do more to advance the cause of development in the state.
His Highness, Mene Suanu Baridam also lauded Governor Wike for releasing one million dollars to take care of the fees of final year students of Rivers origin on state scholarship abroad, adding that the governor’s move to clear inherited debts will encourage the students to justify the confidence of the government and people of Rivers State.
He however pleaded with the governor to continue to help Rivers students to enable them achieve quality education, even as he insisted that foreign scholarships should be limited to technical and highly professional courses while students interested in other courses that are readily available locally should be encouraged to study in Nigeria in view of the current economic realities.
Responding to a question, HRH Mene Suanu Baridam, who is the chairman of Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers protested against the on going laying of pipes in Ogoni by Shell, describing the action as provocative.
Mene Baridam said he is on the same page with the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOSP, in condemning the re-entry of Shell to Ogoni without consulting with the stakeholders, and especially when the highly publicised clean up is yet to practically commence.
The traditional ruler described the traditional tendency of Shell to sow seeds of discord in Ogoni as a threat to the peace in the area, insisting that Shell is putting the cart before the horse.
He therefore pleaded with the Federal Government to call Shell to order in order not to instigate another round of crisis in Ogoni land.
It would be recalled that, Shell’s spokes man, Joe Obari, in response to oppositions from stakeholders in Ogoni had explained that the new pipes were being laid to replace old ones.

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