Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa
The KEFFES Rural Development Foundation has suspended three traditional chiefs for allegedly sponsoring the recent crisis that rocked the foundation.
The suspended chiefs, it was learnt, are members of the foundation and are communities representatives in the board and are: Chief Manash L. Oluzulu (Foropa), Chief Dekumo Sunday-Regent (Ekeni) and Chief Wagibowei Ngozi Dowi (Fish Town).
They were said to have been suspended for failing to appear during the enlarge foundation’s board of trustee’s meeting to explain their alleged involvement in the lingering crisis within the organisation.
Speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa after the meeting, an ex-officio member, Chief Christopher Tuduo, said that the suspension was to end the saga rocking the foundation.
He said: “The meeting is actually borne out the last gathering to reach a decision on the crisis before this foundation. Today’s meeting is one agenda meeting but unfortunately, the three BOT members that were supposed to be here today to respond to questions that bother on the role they played in the lingering crisis were unable to make it but were represented by some community chiefs.
“So, the general stakeholders, which is the general assembly of the council met and decided that they be suspended from the board. It must be clear that their communities are not suspended but the individuals. We expect the community concerned to write to the council on what they want do to with them and council will follow suit.
“Also, another matter was the issue of some members who erred and have apologised, though forgiven but there is one who is purported to be the secretary of the parallel executive wrongly created by Timiebi and the matter came up and the BOT members formally forgave him haven written an apology letter.”
KEFESS is a foundation representing the eight Chevron Nigeria Limited host communities in Bayelsa comprising Koluama 1 & 2, Ezetu 1 & 2, Foropa, Fish Town, Ekeni and Sangana located along the Atlantic coastline within the state.