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Corruption allegation: Bayelsa HOSCOM vindicates chairman



By Ebiowei Lawal


Dr Bob Nabena

YENAGOA- The Bayelsa state Chapter of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCOM) at the weekend again re -echoed their commitment to Dr Bob Nabena, maintaining that he still remains their chairman.

This is coming on the backdrop of a purported report on an online medium in January 2018 saying that Nabena was no longer the chairman and has since been replaced by one Boma Robert, a one-time youth leader of the chapter.

The online publication further reported that Bob Nabena the chairman of HOSCOM Bayelsa  state was suspended indefinitely by one High Chief Benjamin Taramiebi.

It was reported that High Chief Taramiebi, Acting National Chairman of HOSCOM had at the 2nd annual general meeting in Delta stated that “The Bayelsa state Chairman, Bob Nabena remains suspended and Boma Albert is now the acting Chairman.”

Reason given for the suspension of the chairman who is incidentally on a medical trip to the United States of America hinged an allegation that he was fraudulently collecting money from unsuspecting youths and issuing out fake forms for skilled acquisition programmes that didn’t exist.

Accirding to Taramiebi the suspension is  part of its strategy to putting an end to members of the group defrauding  the body in the guise of building modular refinery for HOSTCOM as well as all those that are collecting money from people in the name of giving them pipeline surveillance jobs.

But Dr Nabena in his reaction contained in an E-mail sent to our correspondent on the issue reads:

“You know how I have been struggling for HOSCOM for over 11 years now but some people are bent on tarnishing my name and they won’t stop. They are cashing in on the fact that I travelled out of the country to plan their evil.

“Bayelsa state chapter never collected money from anybody on pipelines or modular refinery. There are now two factions in the National Secretariat and we belong to HRM king Diete Spiff BOT chairmanship with Dr Mike as National Chairman.

“The losing side that couldn’t penetrate the Federal government and the Presidency are trying for the spoil but they are not smart enough”.

The chairman said Chief Benjamin  was being used as a stooge destroy the progressive effort made to engage the Federal Government to live up to their promises in addressing the environmental and economic backwardness of the poor masses living in Oil and Gas producing communities in the Niger Delta thereby creating a factional group that has been dormant for over six years.

“We in Bayelsa state never advocated nor collected any money for registration for pipelines or modular refineries.

“It is therefore a ploy by Chief Benjamin to use cheap publicity to not only tarnish my image that I have earned from my youth to gain cheap attention.

“Chief Benjamin and his faction so to say, have no locus standi to suspend the authentic serving chairman or any right to install anyone as acting chairman of HOSCOM Bayelsa state.

“He is being tele-guided by these groups from Delta state who are jealous of the strides being made by the National body championed by HRM king Alfred Diete Spiff and all the state chairmen giving full cooperation to lead all the delegations to the relevant state and Federal meetings.

“I am still the state chairman and currently on vacation but being represented by the Vice Chairman Chief Ikiobofa Amasamana.

The acting chairman of HOSCOM Bayelsa state Chief Amasamana had told Daily Watch that  Dr Bob Nabena is still the state chairman of HOSCOM Bayelsa state chapter.

“I’m standing in to ensure that the state chapter is better than he left it and when he comes back, he is going to see a better chapter. We will not succumb to their idiosyncrasies”.







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