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HOSTCOM inaugurates new exco in Anambra

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NATIONAL Leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), has inaugurated a 45- man executive committee members that will oversee its affairs in the next four years in Anambra State.

  The 45 – man leadership committee which  has Chief Victor Emeka as chairman, Mr. Henry Ugbomah as Vice chairman, Mr. Ojone Amos, Secretary-General and Prof. Ogugua Ikpeze, State Woman Leader, among others, were inaugurated in Awka.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the National Chairman, HOSTCOM, Dr. Benjamin Style Tamaranebi said the group came into existence 18 years ago to serve as a bridge between the oil and gas producing communities in Nigeria and to also ensure  equitable distribution of 13 per cent oil derivation fund to oil and gas producing communities.

Dr. Tamaranebi stated that communities in the Niger Delta region were suffering as a result of oil and gas explorations in the area, stressing that oil producing communities were not positively impacted by the 13 per cent derivation payment due to dreadful squandering of fund by few privileged individuals in the region.

” Payment of 13 per cent derivation to host communities is being hijacked by various state governors in Niger Delta Region which has amounted over N10 trillion” .

He  regretted that the impact of such money had not been felt by the people and appealed to government and members of host communities to identify with the viable structure set to tame the menace of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalisation which affects rivers and lands.

In his remarks, the state Chairman of HOSTCOM, Chief Victor Emeka noted that the declaration of Anambra State as the 10th oil producing state in Nigeria by the then president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 30th August, 2012, was a great privilege which came with enormous responsibility.

He however solicited government support in moving the organisation to greater heights just like other oil producing state.

Pioneer president, Sir Chimzobam Kingsley Nnalue, while rendering his account of stewardship, pledged to work with the new state executive in achieving its set goals.

The event was capped with presentation of awards.

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