RIGHTS GROUP FINGERS OGONI MAN AS BRAIN BEHIND DIVERSION OF JOBS MEANT FOR RIVERS YOUTHS TO NON INDIGENES BY JULIUS BERGER AND RSG
….alleges to life of its leader
….employs three of his children
A Civil Rights group, the Africa Grassroots Empowerment Organisation (AFRIGEO) has come out to say that an Ogoni man, who is the South South and South East Project Coordinator of Julius Berger Nigeria Limited, Chief SAMUEL NGBOR is responsible for the connivance of the Rivers State Government and Julius Berger Nigeria Limited to deny Rivers people their rightful place in the ongoing construction works in the State, by the construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Limited.
Founder and President of the Civil Rights group, AFRIGEO, Prince GOMENE NAMENE made the allegation at a media briefing in Port Harcourt.
He alleged: “SAMUEL NGBOR is responsible for the woes of Rivers youths as long as the construction works by Julius Berger in Rivers State is concerned”.
Describing Chief SAMUEL NGBOR as a clog in the wheel of progress of Rivers people, Prince GOMENE revealed how Chief NGBOR had boasted that nobody could get anything from Julius Berger and Governor WIKE without him, owing to his close relationship with the governor, which dates back to 1999.
According to him: “Chief SAMUEL NGBOR claimed that he can walk straight into Governor WIKE’s bedroom at will. He told me that he has been in a close relationship with the governor since 1999 and that nobody can do anything with out him as long as his relationship with Governor WIKE is concerned.
“I believe it’s true because I have written several letters for the State Government to retract their publication/announcement against me and my organisation but nobody listened to me. That shows that the man is truly close to the governor and the governor listens to him”.
Prince GOMENE NAMENE alleged that Rivers State has only 3% of employment chances in Julius Berger in the ongoing construction works in the state while Kogi State has 60%; Akwa-Ibom has 32% and other states have 5%, a development, he linked to Chief NGBOR.
The President of AFRIGEO disclosed that NGBOR has employed three of his children in Julius Berger but does not want Rivers graduates to be employed in the company.
He revealed: “SAMUEL NGBOR is a man who has three of his children in Julius Berger as staff and he is giving me three chances, saying that non of them should be a graduate but his three children are graduates, working in Julius Berger. He employed them in Julius Berger.
“Common Rivers people can not be employed in Julius Berger, it can only be tea girls and drivers and they say we should not talk, so who is going to talk?”, he queried.
Prince GOMENE NAMENE alleged that Chief NGBOR had caused confusion in the robust relationship his organisation has with Berger.
He appealed to the Governor of Rivers State, Chief NYESOM WIKE and other well meaning individuals to call Chief NGBOR to order and advised him against using his influence to stop the good things that ought to get to Rivers people from Julius Berger.
He called on Berger to disband the cabals in the company, hinting that Chief SAMUEL NGBOR is the leader of one of the two cabals.
He also appealed to the governor to make himself more accessible, listen and attend to the plights of Rivers people, who voted him into power, rather ceding opportunities of Rivers people to non indigenes.
Prince GOMENE NAMENE wishes also to use this medium to bring to the knowledge of the public that there is a threat to his life in all the episodes playing out between him and his fellow Ogoni man, Chief SAMUEL NGBOR.
Efforts to reach Chief SAMUEL NGBOR, South South and South East Project Coordinator of Julius Berger at the time of filing this report proved abortive.
Brave Views hopes to bring you his side of the story, once we establish contact with him.