Sheriff Mulade Ijaw And Itsekiri Peace, Unity Cup Begins November 2019


The second edition of the Comrade Amb. Sheriff Mulade Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and Unity cup will begin November 16 to November 30 2019 in Warri South-West of Delta State.

According to a statement made available by the Sponsor/initiator of the biennial football competition, Ambassador Comrade Sheriff Mulade officially declared that the football competition which is also known as “Comrade Sheriff Mulade peace and unity cup” started in 2017, noting that the essence of the game was set up as a critical forum to demonstrate and promote the oneness, peace and unity among Ijaw and Itsekiri communities who have had a long history of rivalry and conflicts.

Comrade Mulade who is also the National Coordinator Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, also revealed that his reasons to use the round leather game, which is recognized world wide “is to forester Peace in his Ijaw/Itsekiri regions”, came from his knowledge of Football as an instrument that builds tranquility, cohesion, love and unity.

He disclosed that the football competition is also part of the efforts he puts in place to harness football talents in Delta State.

Comrade Mulade, is a member of the Delta State Football Association Board, ( DFAB ), noted that the 2nd edition of the annual Comrade Mulade Sheriff Peace is also focused at discovering young talents in the riverine communities of Warri South-West of Delta State.

Comrade Mulade, in his statement in Warri, disclosed that the competition will concentrate on building peaceful coexistence and promoting unity among Ijaw, Itsekiri and Ilaje people in Warri and its environs, assuring that attention will also be on selection of young players with exceptional talents for professional football playing.

According to him, “the communities will have to pick younger players to represent them because African Grassroots Football Development team will be on ground to select the best players.” He said they should therefore not go out of their communities to hire players, so that gifted youths in the riverine areas can be discovered.

He cautioned against winning at all costs which has badly destroyed football at the local and national levels in Nigeria.

The CEPEJ Boss said this year’s competition will hold in two venues to give a sense of belonging to the three tribes, with one venue each in Itsekiri and Ijaw towns to further cement the relationship among them, pointing out that this year’s event will be played on a knockout basis featuring teams from Ijaw, Itsekiri and Ileja communities within Warri and its environs.

Meanwhile, Comrade Mulade has also appealed to well-meaning individuals and corporate organizations to partner with the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, in the sponsorship of the IJAW/ ITSEKIRI PEACE & UNITY CUP, to help promote peaceful coexistence, build bridges of unity, attract development and create enabling environment for Deltans, particularly Multi-National oil and gas companies operating within the area.

He noted that companies and individuals partnering in the great drive to uplift the youths through football will be welcomed.

Comrade Mulade added “Partnership will make the competition bigger and more laudable,” noting that it would be glorious on their parts to discover and build talents which will be epochal in communities where they do business.

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Just In!!! Investors Sign Mou To Develop 7,000 Hectares Mega City From Warri | MainNews


A major breakthrough to develop Mega City from Warri South Local Government Area in Delta State, was on Tuesday June 25, reached with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to kick –start processes for the development of a 7,000 hectares of land and water into what would be called Delta-Ukpokiti Industrial City.

Hon. Dr. Michael Tidi Signing the MoU

The MoU was signed at Warri South Council Main Secretariat between Finest Investment Limited and Partsmaster Overseas Limited, with Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Dr. Michael Tidi, appending his imprimatur as witness.

Chief Charles Akeni, who spoke on behalf of one of the investors, Partsmaster Overseas Limited, stated that the proposed city would be bigger than Warri and Effurun Urban put together, with modern Industries, residential areas, railways, stadium and several other facilities associated with a 21st century Mega City like Dubai.

Dr. Micheal Tidi (Middle) Olorogun Afuyota Ejughmre (9th left) Chief Abel Oshevire (8th right) Mr. Henry Maluku (left) Mr. Douglas Akanbe (3rd left) Mr.Joseph Aribioye (4th left) Chief Linda Okpako Eboh (6th left) Mr. Joshua Tidi (7th left) Chief Charles Akeni (8th left) & others, shortly after MoU was signed.

A former Local Government Chairman, Hon. Yomi Lapite, who also spoke briefly on behalf of one of the core investors, averred that the planned Delta –Ukpokiti Industrial City, “will surpass Dubai and Ukpokiti will come into world reckoning”, adding, “60% of unskilled labour will go to Ukpokiti Community”.

Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Dr. Michael Tidi, while expressing delight with the signing of the MoU, assured that his administration will provide the necessary support so as to actualize the project.

Dr. Tidi who pledged to engage Royal Fathers and youths in the area with a view to making them key into the Mega City project, disclosed that the second edition of Warri Economic Summit will be staged October this year, with larger audience and renowned resource persons.

Managing Director of Finest Investment Limited, Hon. Abel Oshevire, Emmanuel Otomewo, Mr. Joshua Tidi and Olorogun Atuyota Ejuoghemre, were among the investors that witnessed the ceremony, while Dr. Tidi was flanked by Secretary to Warri South Local Government, Mr. Joseph Oribioye, the Council’s Supervisors: Chief Linda Ikpuri, Elvis Eboh, Shegue Gbeneso, Henry Mayuku and Patricia Edun. The Head of Personnel Management of Warri South Local Government Council, Mr. Douglas Akambe and Treasurer to the Local Government, Mr. Otighi Sunday also witnessed the ceremony.

Breaking!!! I Remain Leader Of Warri South Legislative Arm, Says Disgruntled Councilors Broke Into The Clerk’s Office, Whisked The Mace – Edafiajebres


It was earlier reported that the Leader of Warri South Local Government Council Legislative Arm, Hon. Kingsley Edafiajebre has insisted that he “remains the authentic Leader of Warri South legislative Arm”, saying that he moved for adjournment during the House Sitting of Tuesday June 18, when he noticed that “some disgruntled members of the House started disrupting” proceedings.

Hon. Edafiajebre explained that he first noticed the disruption when he called on the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to present report of the 2019 fiscal estimate for consideration, after completing work on the budget estimate earlier proposed by the council executive.

According to Hon. Edafiajebre, it was after the plenary was adjourned by him and the Mace of the House duly moved to the Office of the Clerk, that the “disgruntled” members led by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Ochuko Eyekpimi, Hon. Jude Igerebo, Hon. Paul Jessa, Hon. Femi Okorodiden and Hon. Ogbitse Osanweren, reportedly broke into the Office of the Clerk and made away with the Mace.

Clerk of Warri South legislative Arm, Comrade Godfrey Affor Maku, corroborated the testimony of Hon. Edafiajebre, as at the time of this report, the whereabouts of the Mace was unknown.

Breaking: Group Urges Gov Okowa To Appoint DESOPADEC Chairman, Commissioner From Egbema Kingdom


The youths of Egbema kingdom, Warri North Local Government Local Area of Delta State, have pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint an Egbema person as next Chairman or Commissioner to represent Ijaw ethnic nationality on the next board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Council (DESOPADEC).

President of Egbema Youth Council (EYC), Mr. Bright Maya in a statement yesterday, said ” since the creation of the commission an Egbema indigene has not been appointed as the Chairman nor commissioner of the commission, these positions are supposedly rotational among the following Ijaw kingdoms in the commission according to the sharing formula and percentage produced from the kingdoms; Gbaramatu: 21% ,Ogulagha: 20%, Egbema: 19%, Ogbe Ijoh: 17%, Diebri: 11 %, Eduweni: 9%
Kou: 4%”.

Accordingly “the appointments made representing the Ijaw kingdoms since inception of the commission as follows: First Chairman, Chief W.O Okrika from Gbaramatu kingdom. First Commissioner for Ijaw kingdoms, Francis Atemewei from Ogulagha kingdom. Second Commissioner for Ijaw kingdoms, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro from Gbaramatu kingdom. Third Commissioner for Ijaw kingdom, Chief Favour Izokumoh from Ogbe-Ijoh kingdom, while Egbema Kingdom has not produced both Chairman or Commissioner”

He however stresses that it was the turn of Egbema Kingdom to produce the next Chairman of the DESOPADEC going by the aforementioned oil and gas production quota in the DESOPADEC coverage areas, expressing confidence that Governor Okowa appoint an Egbema person as chairman or Commissioner.

“No indigene of Egbema has ever been appointed to occupy a ministry in the state as Commissioner since the creation of Delta State. No indigene from Egbema has been given the chance to represent the local government in the state house of assembly neither been considered for the chairmanship of the Warri North Local Government Council.
In his words, “this is strongly against the principle of equity and justice and does not reflect inclusivity in its entirety”.

He added “we believe Governor Okowa will address the marginalization of the Egbema Ijaw people in his new administration and consider our people for appointment into the executive cabinet for the next four years.
More so, we the Egbema people are firmly glued to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and massively voted for Governor Okowa and all other PDP candidates in the recently concluded general elections this year”.

“While it is the Governor’s prerogative to appoint whoever he deems qualified and fit to lead the commission, they want to state it clearly that, the Egbema people have some of the most qualified persons and therefore request His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to kindly consider Egbema indigenes in making his choice to steer the commission for the next four years”. He added.

Breaking: Group Urges Gov Okowa To Appoint DESOPADEC Chairman, Commissioner From Egbema Kingdom


The youths of Egbema kingdom, Warri North Local Government Local Area of Delta State, have pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint an Egbema person as next Chairman or Commissioner to represent Ijaw ethnic nationality on the next board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Council (DESOPADEC).

President of Egbema Youth Council (EYC), Mr. Bright Maya in a statement yesterday, said ” since the creation of the commission an Egbema indigene has not been appointed as the Chairman nor commissioner of the commission, these positions are supposedly rotational among the following Ijaw kingdoms in the commission according to the sharing formula and percentage produced from the kingdoms; Gbaramatu: 21% ,Ogulagha: 20%, Egbema: 19%, Ogbe Ijoh: 17%, Diebri: 11 %, Eduweni: 9%
Kou: 4%”.

Accordingly “the appointments made representing the Ijaw kingdoms since inception of the commission as follows: First Chairman, Chief W.O Okrika from Gbaramatu kingdom. First Commissioner for Ijaw kingdoms, Francis Atemewei from Ogulagha kingdom. Second Commissioner for Ijaw kingdoms, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro from Gbaramatu kingdom. Third Commissioner for Ijaw kingdom, Chief Favour Izokumoh from Ogbe-Ijoh kingdom, while Egbema Kingdom has not produced both Chairman or Commissioner”

He however stresses that it was the turn of Egbema Kingdom to produce the next Chairman of the DESOPADEC going by the aforementioned oil and gas production quota in the DESOPADEC coverage areas, expressing confidence that Governor Okowa appoint an Egbema person as chairman or Commissioner.

“No indigene of Egbema has ever been appointed to occupy a ministry in the state as Commissioner since the creation of Delta State. No indigene from Egbema has been given the chance to represent the local government in the state house of assembly neither been considered for the chairmanship of the Warri North Local Government Council.
In his words, “this is strongly against the principle of equity and justice and does not reflect inclusivity in its entirety”.

He added “we believe Governor Okowa will address the marginalization of the Egbema Ijaw people in his new administration and consider our people for appointment into the executive cabinet for the next four years.
More so, we the Egbema people are firmly glued to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and massively voted for Governor Okowa and all other PDP candidates in the recently concluded general elections this year”.

“While it is the Governor’s prerogative to appoint whoever he deems qualified and fit to lead the commission, they want to state it clearly that, the Egbema people have some of the most qualified persons and therefore request His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to kindly consider Egbema indigenes in making his choice to steer the commission for the next four years”. He added.

JUST IN: EGBEMA YOUTHS NATIONAL PRESIDENT REACT AS CHEVRON WELL HEAD FIRE EXPLOSION IN POLOBUBO COMMUNITY IN WARRI NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA DELTA STATE


It was earlier reported that there is a severe peril in Polobubo Ikpalakpala-bou Well head fire outbreak owned by Chevron Nigeria limited (CNL).

The Egbema youth progressive foundation national President Comr. Ebidouwei Miyenpirigha react to the unrelenting marginalization by Chevron Nigeria limited (CNL) to the peaceful people of Egbema kingdom, and opined that the Multinational oil company and state government are taking their simplicity for granted.

The meeting that was held on May 23rd, 2019 at Governor Office annex in Warri in company of Delta state government, CNL, EGCDF and Communities leaders was so obvious that, there people have been with no pity marginalized and ostracized by Chevron operating in their kingdom detrimental to it host communities by causing deadly diseases and hardship amongst the people in their environments. However, the national President noted that the Chevron operational flow stations have been protected from hazardous emissions of oil exploration and exploitation.

He added that, Chevron own the oil well that exploded almost two months ago at Ikpalakpala-bou till date, the inadvertence act of Chevron allowed the perilous emissions from the crude oil to affect their habitations and the peace loving Egbema people over there.

According to him, “This is a ploy to put our people in severe pain and we will not accept it any longer”. “The slow pace of work by CNL to put the fire off is unimaginable”. The fire has caused havoc in their terrain and will not stop to demean Egbema people until Chevron hasting to put it off. Therefore, Chevron Nigeria limited should hasting up to off the fire to avert the impending disaster in Polobubo and it’s satellite Communities in Warri north local government area Delta State.

He also noted that, As at last weekend, fishes were littered in the Polobubo river due to deadly emissions from the fire outbreak. “The rain water in our containers, we usually drink has turned to black and not drinkable anymore even yesterday the denizens clothes have changes colour, the health status of our people is not left out of the perilous incident”.

Comr. Ebidouwei reiterated that, the multinational oil company have cause them more mayhem than benefit, so such barbaric act should be stop by these multinational oil Companies

The Egbema youths however, urge Chevron to employ more machineries to put off the fire as soon as possible or else they will shutdown all the Chevron Nigeria limited operational platforms in Egbema terrain.

AKUKU-TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN CELEBRATE 2019 WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY: 5 JUNE


Call On Citizens to support his fight against environmental degradation

The World Environmental Day is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment, a day set aside to x-ray environmental activities around the World and further encourage people’s participation in preventing degradation and the Niger Delta fragile environment; Akuku-Toru Local Government Area won’t be an exception in the commemoration of the 2019 World Environment Day.

World Environment Day, celebrated annually on 5 June is an initiative that the United Nations’ launched in an attempt to effectively combat problems of environmental degradation. Every year, the UN marks a different focus to commemorate the Day, as means of improving the welfare of human existence, provide healthy habitations for organisms and sustain its environmental culture.

However, as a Government, we promised to tackle amongst others, environmental issues on the basis of changing the narratives about our people, redefining our seashore for tourism, engineer an habitable environment for aquatic organisms for healthy reproduction and growths, takeoff debris from our channels system and drainage basin in other to avoid water hostage, erosion and flooding, et al. Hence, this necessitated our drive to construct a better habitat for Akulgans.

Afroz Shaz, a renown environmentalist in his postulate opined, “Governments have an important role in tackling environmental issues, but real power lies in the hands of individuals.” We have put in immense efforts in our fight against environmental degradation as a Government; Employed over two hundred (200) man power to site, provided specific dumb sites in strategic areas for sewage disposal and open trucks that loads deposit debris along the streets on daily basis for proper waste management, etc.

From Afroz orientation, we believe that citizens will cooperate with us, apprehend this rare opportunity and support us in the fight against environmental injustice in making our towns, villages, compounds and residence a better place to inhale fresh and healthy breath, allow aquatic and other friendly organisms to grow healthily.

You would recall that in our 2018 international literacy Day celebration, we invited renown environmental professionals in likes of Dr. Oku B. Hyginus, an associate professor in the department of Geography and Environmental studies, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Comrade Daniel Williams Dasimaka the Spokesman Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Dr. Lukman Essien and others to champion a four (4) man panel of discuss tagged : ” Creating wealth from your environment, using Akulga as a case study. We are determined in making our environment a place to create wealth.

However, they join other international communities to celebrate the 2019 World Environment Day with the hope that citizens have enormous power in bringing about climate action.

According to the chairman, He will cease this medium and equally use the rostrum to call on their people in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area for partnership, as law abiding citizens, to encourage efforts in tackling environmental issues, support their vision in revitalizing the ecosystem and seashore for tourist attraction and assist their policies on Environment by obeying instructions from young men and women who are out there on a daily basis to ensure we have a better, conducive and healthy environment for the habitation of man and other organisms.

It is really quite tasking but in the spirit of togetherness, we will collectively conquer the menace called Environmental degradation.

Congratulations!

Signed:
Hon. Rowland Sekibo,
Executive Chairman, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.