•Let us join hands to develop our community
By Abai Francis
After so many years of struggle for recognition as an oil producing community, good news finally came the way of Kunukunuma community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta as the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) has recognized them as an impacted community.
With this proclamation by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), all is now set for the community to be recognized as an oil producing community.
Chief Moses Bebenimibo, Chairman of Kunukunuma community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, made this known to GbaramatuVoice at a convention organized by the Student Union of Kunukunuma (SUK) in the community town hall.
The convention with the theme ‘Education Is the Remedy to Our Struggle’, was organized as part of the activities marking this year’s Amasuo-Uge Festival held in Kunukunuma Federated community from December 20th to 23rd, 2017.
While giving his welcome address at the convention, Chief Moses reeled out the benefits of being an impacted community and the positive result the NPDC decision has also had on other sister communities such as Kurutie and Pepeama.
In his words, “We have been able to share thirty-four (34) job slots since we assumed office and donated 200 copies of exercise books to students and pupils of Kunukunuma Federated Community.”
He further pointed out that NPDC has promised to give scholarship to their children, to provide the community annually with substantial food items as well as job slots.
In the same vein, he used the opportunity to call on the members of the community to contribute to the overall development of Gbaramatu Kingdom even as he apologized to them in the areas where desired results have not been achieved.
Chief Moses Bebenimibo finally appealed to Kunukunuma sons and daughters not to allow themselves to be used by outsiders to fight and destroy the image of the community as he called on all to join hands in developing the community.