State of Urhobo economy calls for sober reflection—Taiga *As Ibru, Akoroda, Diejomaoh urge strategic partnership By Precious Otete
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State of Urhobo economy calls for sober reflection—Taiga
*As Ibru, Akoroda, Diejomaoh
urge strategic partnership
By Precious Otete
PRESIDENT-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, Olorogun (Dr.) Moses Oghenerume Taiga, JP, has said the state of the economy of the Urhobo Nation calls for sober reflection.
This is as Dr. Goodie Ibru, OON, former President of Nigeria Stock Exchange; and Prof. Malachy Akoroda, Professor of Agronomy and Director, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture has urged strategic partnership as one of the ways for the Urhobo Nation to come out of the economic dilemma facing her.
In his welcome address delivered at the First Economic Summit ever organized by the UPU, with the theme, “Engineering the Urhobo Nation for Economic Growth and Development” held on Thursday December 5, 2019 at Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge-Agbarho, Olorogun Moses Taiga, lamenting the present economy of the Urhobo Nation, noted that “as the fourth largest ethnic group in the most populous black nation on earth, I must admit, that while we have conquered the social and educational disadvantages of the 1930s and 1940s, and have highly qualified and well-celebrated professionals in every sphere of life, the Urhobo Nation has not fared well economically, but seems to be witnessing a gradual decline.”
The UPU President-General wondered: “Where is the AT & P Timber factory, which at the time was the largest in the world? Where are our rubber and oil palm plantations? Where are the famed Urhobo-owned breweries? Why has there been a surge in criminal activities in Urhoboland, especially among the youths since the turn of the 21st century? Why is politics now seen as the only way “to make it and arrive” by youths and adults alike? Why has the Urhobo economy been reduced to a ‘buying and selling’ one? Where did we go wrong? How do we steer the Urhobo Nation on the path of economic growth and prosperity? These and many other questions are begging for answers.”
In calling for sober reflection, Taiga further urged: “Each and every one of us as Urhobos do a thorough self-examination of our roles in the economic dilemma presently facing the Urhobo nation. Have we provided the enabling environment for a thriving Urhobo economy? What role have we played in attracting investments, industries and other employment-generating establishments to our communities and kingdoms? Are we active participants in any economic and industrial activity that continues to degrade and pollute our environment, especially our rivers and farm lands, thereby destroying our people’s source of food and livelihood, and putting the health and well-being of present and future generations of Urhobo at great risk? Are we willing to put the economic interest of Urhobo Nation above our personal and commercial interests for a greater, better, secured and more prosperous Urhobo land?”
In his paper presented by Dr. Goodie M. Ibru, OON, founder of Ikeja Hotel Plc, owners of Sheraton Lagos Hotel and Towers; and former Chairman, Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc called for Urhobo Nation to have strategic partnerships and alliances with her neighbours.
So also, Professor Malachy Oghenovo Akoroda, a past Executive Director, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Prof. Vremudia Diejomaoh, a retired Professor of Economics, University of Lagos, former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan; and former Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organisation (ILO), and Mr. Robert Itawa, Executive Director, Capital Hotels Plc, owners of Sheraton Abuja Hotel, in their paper presentations at the Summit, equally tasked the Urhobo Nation to look inwards and be practical in finding ways out of its economic woes.
Adode, wife, bag Eruke R’Ovie, Onome R’Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom
By Oke Egurias
The Ughelli North local government local government area of Delta state was agog during the week as major roads linking the Ughelli town up to Agbarho were choked up with traffic as the Executive Chairman of the council, Hon (Chief) Godwin Adode and his wife bagged the chieftaincy title of Eruke R’Ovie and his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Evelyn as Onome R’Ovie Of Ughelli Kingdom.
The chieftaincy celebration which was held at the residence of the Council Chairman, at Upper Agbarho in Ughelli North, attracted dignitaries from across the state, amongst whom are; Olorogun Fred Majemite, immediate past DG PDP Delta Central Campaign Organization, Alhaji Sylvester Ugwubetiyi, Sir David Ikutegbe.
Others are; Olorogun (Dr) Chris Oharisi, Board Chairman, School of Health Technology, Ofuoma and his wife, Olorogun (Mrs.) Stella Agwharitefe Oharisi, Hon Lawrence Agbatutu, PDP Chairman, Ughelli North, Hon. Godspower Omafuvwe Asiuwhu, PDP Chairman and SSA to Governor Okowa on Orientation and his wife.
Hon. Taiye Tuoyo, Chairman, Warri South/West, Hon. Kent Akigho Okiemute, DESOPADEC Commissioner, representing Ughelli North, Ethiop East and Urhobo in Patani, Hon. Pius Ovbije Odioko, immediat past DESOPADEC Commisioner, Hon. Oshetigho Merit, PDP Chairman Ughelli South and Hon Morrison Idiovwa, CDB Chairman OML 30.
Hon Victor Uyoh, Vice Chairman Ughelli North, Hon. (Barr) Prince Happy Oharisi, Legal Adviser, Ughelli North, Olorogun Ogbare Sakitikpi, CEO, Sakito Hotels Agbarho, Hon. (Dr) Barr. Goodluck Etinagbedia, Secretary to Ughelli North LGA, Comrade Igho Emuophedaro, NULGE Chairman, Ughelli North and Olorogun Ojoba Gabriel immediate past SA to Gov Okowa on Community Development.
Comrade Overare Precious, SA to Gov Okowa on youth Development, Olorogun Benjamin, CEO Benjones Oil and Gas, Hon Stanley Clever ward 1/5 PDP Chairman, Hon Clement Ikpedia, ward 2/6 Chairman Double as all ward Chairman in Ughelli North, Rt. Hon Felix Itobore, leader of the Sixth Assembly Ughelli North, Hon David Ighovoja.
Hon Gbagbeke F. Onoriode, Councilor representing Ekuigbo/Inene in Ughelli North,Hon Felix Oderhowho Councillor representing Orogun ii,Hon Lucas Oru Supervisory Councillor on Environment, Olorogun Aghogho Okpogbodu Immediate past DG Awhinawhi Campaign Organization, Mrs Betty Onakpoma Woman leader Team Kelly for Okowa 2019, Zenith and Ecobank officials,
Speaking to newsmen, the Ughelli North local government council Chairman, Olorogun Godwin Adode said he was most happy for his monarch, the His Royal Majesty, Ovie of Ughelli to have find him and his wife worthy for these titles conferred in them, saying that the titles is show of honour and confidence repose on him and his wife and promise to contribute his quota to the development of the Ughelli community.
The wife, Olorogun (Mrs) Evelyn Godwin Adode while expressing her joy, said she is most happy for her lovely husband who in the first place attracted this title to them, saying that she is most grateful to all their invitees who took time out of their tight schedule to attend their ceremony and pray that God almighty will continue to protect their king at all times.
Egwunyenga takes over as
new Vice-Chancellor of DELSU
By Osiebe Oghweta
Professor Andy Ogochukwu Egwunyenga has taken over as the new Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, with effect from Monday, 2nd December, 2019. The don who is the 7th Vice-Chancellor of DELSU, started his assumption of office with a thanksgiving service held at St. Paul’ s Catholic Church (Chaplaincy) in Site II of the Main Campus, Abraka, before coming into his office to start work.
Professor A.O. Egwunyenga began his career as an academic staff in the University about 26 (twenty-six) years ago. He had served as the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) DELSU-chapter; the pioneer Director of Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (ISLT); the pioneer Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, before his recent appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of DELSU.
Addressing the University community, after his assumption (through Official Bulletin No. 85) Professor Egwunyenga said: “Through your prayers and God’s merciful love, I begin a new chapter as Vice-Chancellor. I earnestly solicit the renewed support and solidarity of all staff and students. I bear no grudge against anyone and I ask that we forgive one another and unite as a community of scholars and administrators to collectively lift up Delta State University. Let us live up to the inspiring words of our Anthem and create a citadel of learning that ‘thrives in hard work for self-reliance; great in knowledge, character and service’.
“I solemnly pledge to Lead, Inspire and Advance
Uvwie royal family celebrate end of year harvest, birthday anniversary
By Dafe Omoko
IT was a day of joy for HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso ( JP) ,OON, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, his wife HRH Patricia Sideso a, ( JP) Nene R ‘ Uvwie Kingdom and family as they celebrated their end of year harvest and 74th birthday anniversary of the queen on Sunday December 1st, 2019.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass service at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, GRA, Effurun..
The officiating Catholic priest , Very Reverend Father Magnus Alien titled his sermon : ‘ Prepare Yourself For Heaven ‘ as he read severally from the bible book of Matthew Chapter 24 verse 37- 44.
The preaching of the gospel was immediately followed by thanksgiving mass service as groups and individuals took their turn in giving thanks to God for various reasons
Abe 1 and his wife accompanied by family members , chiefs of Uvwie Kingdom and other distinguished guests took their turn twice for their end of year family harvest and birthday anniversary of the queen in a very colorful way.
A special birthday prayer was said by the Catholic priest for HRH Patricia Sideso . The prayer was spiced with birthday songs by the congregation even as the celebrant also sang a birthday song for herself to the applaud of the audience.
The celebration later shifted to the ultra modern palace of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom located directly opposite the catholic church shortly after the thanksgiving mass service.
Guests were treated to a superb reception by the Uvwie royal family. High point of the reception was the cutting of the birthday anniversary cake by HRH Patricia Sideso assisted by her husband HRM Abe 1 and other guests.
The member representing Uvwie Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly Hon ( Olorogun) Solomon Okporua Ighrakpata who spoke to our correspondents , described the event as unique and wonderful.
While congratulating the royal family for the double celebrations , the law maker urged Uvwie people to continue to support the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom.
On his part, the President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union ( UGIU) Chief Austin Ukuwrere also congratulated the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom and his wife for the celebrations
He remarked that it was the first time such a unique event was experienced in Uvwie Kingdom.
…Udi felicitates with Uvwie royal family
A very distinguished Ogunu Agbarha Warri indigene , Chief Sylvester Udi has hailed HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso ( JP) OON, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom and his wife HRH Patricia Sideso ( JP) over their family harvest and birthday anniversary celebration of the queen last weekend.
Udi who bears the exalted chieftaincy title of Atuyota of the ancient Urhobo Kingdom of Okere in a media chat with our correspondent on the events at his posh residence in Okurode ( Ekurede Urhobo) last weekend hailed the Uvwie monarch for his rulership style .
He remarked that HRM Abe 1 has positively transformed Uvwie Kingdom on ascension to the throne.
While congratulating the Uvwie monarch and his wife for the double celebrations, he also remarked that the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom is also a blessing to his ( Abe 1 ) maternal community of Ogunu. ” We are proud of him . God should bless him with long life, good health , peace and prosperity to continue to do more good things for humanity ”
Okere Urhobo accuses NPDC of marginalization, seeks intervention of local content board
By Derie Charles
THE Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), operator of Oil Mineral License (OML) 34 AMT based at Okere-Edjeba known as Edjeba Housing Complex Warri has been accused of marginalising Okere Urhobo indigenous contractors thereby denying them of legitimate revenue.
Speaking to newsmen in Warri shortly after a meeting with Community Relation Department (CRD) of NPDC in Edjeba – Warri, the secretary to Okere Urhobo Kingdom on Company Affairs, Mr. Igho Egheba said that close to three years now NPDC has refused to give the number of contracts legitimately due to indigenous contractors from Okere Urhobo the host community to NPDC.
Egheba further said that each time they are to award contracts they sidelined contractors from Okere Urhobo and give such contracts to their friends or award it to their personal companies to enrich themselves while the host communities are being impoverished.
Egheba who is also the chairman of Contractors and Indigenous Contractors Association of Nigeria South South zone, disclosed that Okere Urhobo people were also denied employment and empowerment programme, stressing that employment slots meant for Okere people were given to their relatives and friends.
According to him “They have also restricted the indigenes of Okere Urhobo from agitating for their rights and demands. Our several requests to the company to negotiate and demand for our rights have been turned down by the management of NPDC the operator of OML 34 AMT”.
He also accused them of awarding majority of the contracts to their private companies and friends to enrich themselves while denying the host communities such privilege and benefit.
We are appealing to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Delta State Government, Warri South local government and local content board to intervene to avert imminent crises in Warri and environs.
When this reporter visited the company at Edjeba, a management staff of the company refused to comment, saying that the company is looking into the matter.
Delta Careers College promises to sustain high academic standard
THE Delta Careers College, Ugboroke Effurun, Delta State recently celebrated the 40 years existence of the academic institution.
The proprietor of the College, Mr. Emmanuel Ukeredi said that College has been in the forefront in providing quality education at the primary and secondary school level in Delta State in the past four decades.
Ukeredi who assured that the school would continue to provide and maintain high academic standards which the school has been known for, disclosed that, within the past 40 years, it has produced or turned out over 15,000 students, with many of them doing well in their various disciplines and professions within and outside Nigeria.
He stated that in the then Bendel State, the College was adjudged the best proprietary school’ in the state, adding that, it has not relent in maintaining that standard which it has improved on considerably as it continue to render educational services to the public.
Ukeredi who expressed gratitude to God for the past 40 years of these remarkable achievements, stressed that with God, Delta Careers College would achieve more in years ahead.
The proprietor noted that apart from academic knowledge imparted on the students, they have also been brought up morally, physically and spiritually to enable them fit properly into all aspects of life.
According to him “Our journey in the past 40 years has been exciting and worthwhile even though it was difficult during the first four years. We indeed thanked God that over these past years we have been able to put the necessary conditions for meaningful learning strongly in place”.
“The school was also concerned with the security of the students, well qualified teachers, necessary and up to date educational facilities and good learning environment, he added.
The speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chief Sheriff Oborevwori JP thank God for giving Mr. Emmanuel Ukeredi the wisdom to establish the school which has been contributing meaningfully to educational development of the state in the past 40 years.
Oborevwori who was represented by Chief Daniel Ivwighre said that God used Ukeredi to render quality educational services to Deltans and urged him not to relent; but continue to improve and develop, urging parents to give him the necessary support by paying school fees regularly.
The Delta State Commissioner for Works, Hon. James Augoye said that the school started from a humble beginning and God sustained it to this level, adding that, Delta Careers College has represented Delta State at national level, praying that God continue to protect and provide for Ukeredi to render more educational services to the public.
The former deputy vice chancellor of Delta State University, Professor Patrick Okoh said that it is not sufficient to have certificate but to acquire knowledge, stressing that Ukeredi has placed service first and money later and this has made the school to succeed.
He urged parents to send their children to schools where they would acquire knowledge and not where examination malpractices are a way to acquire certificates.
The president of Delta Careers College Old Students Association (DELCCOSA) Mr. Idhoko Igho Martins said that they are grateful to Mr. Ukeredi for giving them sound basic academic training, adding that they had tremendous learning experience and have obtained good skills.
He disclosed that Ukeredi has been very meticulous and a man that encourages hard work, commitment, courage and diligence in academic pursuit and this has made graduates from the school very successful in their various fields.
The three days celebration featured many social and academic programmes such as lecture on the role of private schools in the development of the Nigerian nation and the cankerworm called examination malpractice; delivered by Prof F A Salubi and Dr Adams Ekwevugbe of DELSU and College of Education, Mosogar respectively.
The events were round-off with long service awards, speeches, drama, debate competition, prayers and cultural dance from Ugbokodo Community among others.
Group blasts Onuesoke over comments on DSC
By Blessing Edojah
COORDINATOR of the Udu Positive Force, a social-economic development group of Udu sons and daughters led by Chief Galaxy Udukparobo has taken a swipe at Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a PDP chieftain over his comments on the committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe activities of Premium Steel and Mines Limited with regards resuscitation of the plant, warning Chief Onuesoke to stop meddling in affairs of the company as the Udu people who are host to DSC are in a better position to know what the company was doing or not doing well.
Addressing newsmen on Saturday in Ovwian, Delta State, Chief Udukparobo expressed disgust with the tendencies of Chief Onuesoke in meddling in matters outside his brief, warning that as ‘a very petty contractor’ to Premium Steel, he should stop at that and allow Udu handle their relationship with the company, stressing that Chief Ben Igbakpa who moved the motion on the floor of the National Assembly expressing concern with the state of the plant was more knowledgeable in the affairs of the company than Chief Onuesoke whose concern was ‘nothing but his very selfish stomach’.
The group described as most despicable, the efforts of Chief Sunny Onuesoke at ”defending the indefensible. If he feels otherwise, Chief Onuesoke should now avoid the media and gather his fact in readiness to going to Abuja to defend PSML. As far as this group is concerned, Premium Steel has demonstrated incontrovertible inability to deliver. The company is fumbling and wobbling under the weight of the enormity of the technical, management, engineering and financial demands of resuscitating an Industrial giant like DSC. This is no time to play politics with the interests of the Urhobo nation and indeed all Nigerians as the Jos, Oshogbo and Katsina rolling mills are all waiting for steel products from DSC to be in business. Chief Onuesoke knows nothing about DSC and in such a situation of reinforced ignorance, silence is golden. This is a golden opportunity for Urhobo to defend their stakes in DSC. Anybody who stands in the way of reason as far as this matter is concerned shall face the wrath of the people.” Chief Udukparobo warned.
The statement commended Hon Ben Igbakpa for the courage in moving the motion on the floor of the National Assembly with full support from Hon Francis Waive, urging them to continue with ”the probe to unravel the dubious transactions that landed the company in the hands of Premium Steel and Mines Limited, a company hurriedly registered without any proven track records in steel development simply designed to rip Nigerians of their pride in the most audacious evidence of the stride of the federal government towards industrial revolution in Nigeria through DSC, an Integrated Steel Plant located in Ovwian-Aladja, Delta State. “We use this medium to call on all men of good will to support this effort so that we can get our company back to production way”, the statement added.
”Finally, let us point it out clearly that Hon Ben Igbakpa is of the PDP and representing Urhobo of Ethiope Constituency while Revd Francis Waive is of the APC representing Urhobo of Udu/Ughelli Federal constituency, whose interest is Sunny representing if not PSML or his stomach? We definitely know that Sunny is not representing Agbarha clan. In fact, PDP has not found him useful enough to represent Agbarha or his people, much more the larger interest of Urhobo. In this matter, who is Sunny representing?”, the group queried.
Urhobo youths call for inauguration of NDDC board
By Henry Ubus
THE President-General of UPU Youth Wing Worldwide, Comrade Ovie Igho Anthony has called on the Federal Government of the APC led administration to work out every necessary arrangement to inaugurate the newly screened NDDC board members by the National Assembly.
He made this call in a statement when some regional youth body paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Abraka, Delta State.
The regional youth body ably led by Amb. Comr. Sunny Utuedor said it’s high time the ethnic nationalities regional youth body stepped up on their voices to address certain critical issues of the region, most importantly, the unhealthy delay tactics of the NDDC board members to be inaugurated so that they can fully take over operation as the constitution stated.
The President-General of the UPU youth wing thanked his guest over his concern and timely visit to his office in Delta State.
He expressed worry and dismay regarding the unnecessary delay tactics with regards inauguration of the NDDC board members.
He cautioned the minister of Niger Delta Affairs Chief Godswil Akpabio, to use his good office to bring love, unity, peace and development to the Niger Delta region rather than selfish and self-centered politics.
He advises all leaders and stakeholders to rally round the leadership of the Deputy Senate President of federal republic of Nigeria, Chief (Barr) Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who is now the APC leader in the South-South zone in order to speed up even developmental projects and programs in the region.
He also called on the Federal Government to call on all International oil companies (IOCs) to relocate to the region for peace and development of the good people of Niger Delta region.
The UPU Youth Wing President General, also alerts the federal government and the office of the Amnesty Program to carry the Urhobo youths along in the scheme of things as the Urhobo Nation has been largely abandoned in recent beneficiaries list.
I’ll continue to support health care need of my constituents—Afe
By Ese Adagbra
THE member representing Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Efe Afe, says he would continue to support the health needs of the people of his constituency.
He made this declaration at Orerokpe, traditional headquarters of Okpe Kingdom in the Okpe Local Government Area of Delta state while declaring open a- one day free medical outreach he sponsored for the people of the constituency.
He stressed that the gesture was part of measures to better the living standard of his people particularly the elderly ones.
Hon Afe enjoined his people to expect more infrastructural developmental projects following his recent victory at the Court of Appeal .
He also disclosed that the free medical services which included checking of the eyes, glaucoma, blood level, sugar level, provision of eyeglasses amongst others were to compliment the Delta state Government efforts in bringing healthcare to the grassroot.
The Federal aLawmaker said he has to bring medical team from the Urhobo Progress Union,UPU America to make the free medical services effective .
He added that the executive of the UPU America has been helping to improve the health status of the Urhobos in Delta state.
” The members of UPU America are concern about the well being of their brothers and sisters here in Nigeria and during the last meeting at America I pledged to facilitate their coming to Okpe kingdom to assist in giving free health care serives to the people of my constituency ” He stated.
On his part the President of UPU America Dr Onome Dema and the vice president, Mr Paul Awusa commended ,Hon Afe for contributing to the development of the union and for championing the free health care services.
” Hon Afe has always been there for us any time we call on him to support UPU America programmes and that is why we are here to support his free health care serives to members of his constituency ” Dr Onome Dema stated.
They added that Hon Afe has always support the course of the Urhobo people in Nigeria and Diaspora.
Beneficiaries of the free health medical services thanked the ,Hon Efe Afe for the gesture and pray God to continue to bless him.
Hundreds of people from Oreokpe and its environs benefitted from the free health care.
Delta 2023: Okowa dispels fear of Bayelsa episode
By Jon Egie
FEAR of encroach of the All People’s Congress (APC) into Delta State in 2023 political year reminiscent of the Bayelsa State episode has been dispelled by a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Chief Amos Itiwhe.
Itiwhe who is an Executive Assistant to Governor Okowa of Delta State said the Bayelsa episode has taught the leadership of the PDP a very bitter lesson to the effect that victory of a political party in an election is not a “one man show”.
He said it is not possible for the Bayelsa episode to be replicated in Delta State because, “PDP in Delta State remains strong and united” assuring that Governor Okowa will make sure that no crisis emanates after the primary election of the party for the 2023 governorship election.
On what Deltans should expect from the second tenure of Governor Okowa, he said the Delta State governor was still on the right lane of fulfilling his electioneering promises stressing that the governor wants to leave behind legacies that none can rival. “He is different from others and he will finish very strong”. Itiwhe assured.
In his assessment of the performance of the Press before, during and after the 2019 elections, Chief Itiwhe commended the Nigerian Press for a job well done in attempts to report incidences in the 2019 elections.
“If not for the Press Nigerians would not have known of the killings and manipulations that were recorded in the elections. The Press brought that to the fore. It is because of their performance that the Federal Government plans to gag the Press through the Hate Speech Bill. It is my wish that the Press should stand firm against any draconian law by the present Federal Government because; once the Press is gagged the whole nation is gagged. The Press should do all that is possible to resist the Hate Speech Bill.”
He however charged leadership of the Press particularly the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to be focused and encourage its members not to publish fake news.
“They should report stories objectively and fairly without skewed embellishment. I call on the leadership of the NUJ to encourage its members to report the truth and nothing but the truth. The Federal Government doesn’t want people to know the truth of what is going on so the Press must work hard to ensure that the Hate Speech Bill dies a natural death in the National Assembly and they should play its Constitutional role of keeping the country united.”
Itiwhe called for a re-orientation of the crop of present day politicians, most of whom he said lack understanding of the power of the press to make or mar and hence called on politicians to change their indifferent attitude towards members of the Press and at least “do the needful to encourage them do their job”. Amos Itiwhe sued.
UPU: Taiga re-elected PG, as Iwhewhe emerges National Secretary
By Precious Otete
Olorogun (Dr.) Moses Oghenerume Taiga, JP, President-General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide has been reelected for another term in office.
Similarly, Chief Kenneth Iwhewhe defeated Chief (Barr.) Ese Gam Owe to emerge the new National Secretary of UPU.
In other elections, Chief Barr. Isaacs Itebu was reelected as National Legal Adviser, defeating Barr. David Esiekpe.
Dr. Dickson Oyovwi defeated two other contestants to get reelection as Assistant National Secretary, while Hon. Abel Oshevire was reelected as National Publicity Secretary after defeating immediate past Editor of The Guardian, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo.
For Chief Kenneth Iwhewhe, it was a close one, as he defeated Chief Ese Gam Owe with just one vote at 220 to Barr. Ese Gam Owe’s votes of 219.
Olorogun Taiga and the nine other members of the National Executive were returned unopposed as no candidate contested their positions.
Chief James Emarievbe, who was Chairman of the Electoral Committee after announcing the last results, handed the total Election Results to Gen. John Orho Obada, Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT), UPU.
The new executives swore to an Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office, which was read out by Barr. Emmanuel Peters Odafe. They later signed before Hon. Justice G.E. Gbemre (rtd.).
The election which kicked off about 3pm and held ended few minutes to 9pm.
Olorogun Taiga, in his speech after the swearing reiterated his commitment to ensuring a greater and better Urhobo Nation. He commended the Electoral Committee.
In his speech, Gen. John Obada, Chairman of UPU BoT, praised the smooth conduct of the election and called on those “who are still sitting on the other side of the fence” to come back to the fold and join in moving Urhobo Nation forward.