Rumuokwurusi Indigenous Contractors Association (RICA) has elected new members into the executive arm of the body. The election took place at the Council Hall of Obio/Akpor L.G.A, Rivers State, on the 26tb of April, 2012.
In his Remarks, the Vice Chairman of Obio/Akpor L.G.A, Hon. Solomon Ekeh, told the people that the Committee to conduct the election for the Rumuokwurusi Indigenous Contractors Association (RICA) was set up by the Executive Chairman of the Council, Hon. Timothy Nsirim to ensure that contractors are not in one position and the other at the same time, denying others the opportunity of being engaged.
At the end of the elections, Chief Comrade Sunny I. Amadi emerged as the Chairman, Chief Nyebuehi N. Chinda, Vice Chairman, Mr. Benneth Wehere C., General Secretary, and Ihunwo Ndayerum, Assistant Secretary. Others include: Mrs. Martha Agbaraka, Financial Secretary, Mrs. Daisy Mark, Treasurer, Oroma Grace Chinda, Provost 1 and Osi Wosu, Public Relation Officer (PRO).
Giving his acceptance speech, Chief S.I. Amadi, thanked the people of Rumuokwurusi for taking their time to ensure the success of the elections. Chief Amadi noted that he had no intention of contesting for the election earlier on, if not for the problems that emanated from the two contesting candidates of RICA, which according to the Council Boss of Obio/Akpor, had polarized the association, Chief Amadi added.
The newly elected Chairman of RICA, disclosed that Obio/Akpor Council Chairman, Hon. Nsirim had asked interested candidates to come and contest for positions, irrespective of the associations constitution, after he had thoroughly investigated the matter that was brought to him by RICA, to pave way for peace in Rumuokwurusi Community.
Amadi promised to work with every member of RICA, adding that he cannot do anything meaningful without the support of both old and new executive members of RICA.
Responding to the distinguished award that was given to him recently by Rumuokwurusi Community, Chief Amadi noted that he has served as a Youth Leader, and one time Secretary to the Rumuokwurusi Council of Chiefs, adding that his achievements has not been surpassed by any.
Comrade Amadi, maintained that his record was what made the people of his Community to confer on him a Chieftaincy title “Salt”. His words: “Do you know what salt means? Salt is a special title that has not been given to any body. It means that “I must season, protect and preserve”, Amadi added.
However, Chief Samuel Ogundu Webilor, former Caretaker Chairman of RICA, commended the outcome of the election and cautioned the people of Rumuokwurusi to stop presenting their internal problems to Obio/Akpor Council, for resolution, instead of solving their problems or differences within the Community. Webilor further urged RICA members not to reduce the aims and objectives of the association, as it has provided them the ample opportunity to meet with companies, operating in their community, adding that without, RICA, it wouldn’t have been easier for them to approach the companies.
Mac Peters Worgu on his part, thanked Obio/Akpor Council boss for the return of peace in their Community through the transparent conduct of RICA elections and asked for the support of every RICA member, to help the newly elected Chairman, Chief S.1. Amadi succeed.
Chief John N. Chukwu, Pastor Teddy N. Ihunwo, the newly elected Assistant Secretary and Mr. Benneth O. Wehere, General Secretary, commended the outcome of the elections and called for peace in the Community. ###
By Blaise Elumezie