The traditional ruler of Rumueziolu in Rumuomasi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Raymond Emenike Chinda, has apologized to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over a protest by women from the community that demanded that the new Mother and Child Hospital located at the Air Force base bear the name of the community.
Chinda said the protest of the women was misguided and instigated by people he described as selfish individuals.
He said at a press conference on Thursday in Port Harcourt, “We apologise to His Excellency Nyesom Wike, our able excellent governor. We dissociate the community from what some few women who were misguided by certain individuals to go out publicly to disgrace us the owners of this land.
Chinda said, “The issues they raised are not peculiar and not new to us. We are aggrieved. We stand for our people, both men and women. We want employment for our people, we want government to recognize that we are the owners of the land. We want government to provide other amenities for our people. We want them to know that we gave the place to the Air Force. Air Force is not the landlord. It is we who are the landlord.
“Our paramount concern in this community is to bring unity and progress; bring employment. Any place where people are hungry, what do you have? Social disobedience. It is in our own interest here to make sure that our children have employment.
“We are very sorry on behalf of the people of Rumuomasi, including our women, including those who instigated them, please we are saying, ‘governor, forgive us.’”
The women had protested at the gate of the hospital calling for the renaming of the hospital to reflect Rumuomasi and to provide employment for the people of the community. This act by the women was considered by the traditional ruler to be embarrassing to the governor and the traditional institutions of the community.