Speaking over the weekend in a special Valentine bash which coincided with the fifth anniversary of the group in Port-Harcourt, Chairman of the occasion, Elder Jeph I. Ubani Esq said that but for the media, the police brutality would have been swept under the carpet as usual.
He encouraged media practitioners to always stand up to their social responsibility in the society as according to him “a lot of persons die innocently in the police torture room or even sent to prison for no just cause”
Elder Ubani stated that it was time the Nigeria Police was reformed to conform with the modern trend as most of them he noted, appear to be operating under negative influence.
He maintained that if the society will rise like this in one accord against all evil being perpetuated on daily basis by some persons in the country, the world would be a better place to live in.
He used the opportunity to reintroduce the club to members and intending members present, adding that the doors are wide open for them.
He said: “The aim and objectives of the Government House Lodge, Nigeria is for the betterment of our welfare, and to support each other and as well launch out to assist the less privileged in the society”.
He also disclosed that the club could be used for political mobilization for the people`s larger interest. Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards of Excellence to some distinguished personalities for their contributions in the society including Chief Peter Inibiapuseleari Atamunodikiari Somiari of Somiari Town in Port-Harcourt LGA of Rivers State for his philanthropic activities and peaceful disposition and
Mr. Happiness R. Koko, aka “Governor” of the Government House Lodge” as well as the Grand Patron for his philanthropic activities and patriotic support to the club.
Another recipient of the award was St. David Abbey- Kalio, the State Chairman of the defunct Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) as well as the “Government House Lodge” Chairman for his leadership qualities and sustainable organizational role in the club.
The awardees in their separate speeches promised to do more to the society in appreciation of the gesture and thanked the organizers of the memorable event for the honour done them.