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Niger Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

Night Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

· Make case for Buhari’s administration

· Commend Sylva for creating 35,000 Jobs in Bayelsa State

Some prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region on Monday urged Nigerians to encourage the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its efforts to create jobs, develop the oil rich Niger Delta region and tackle youth unemployment in the country.

The eminent leaders also praised President Buhari for his resolve to make the lives of all Nigerians better.

In a statement in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, the leaders praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for going the extra mile, using his good office to pursue the Niger Delta cause and helping the business image of Nigeria in the international scene.

‘’Certainly, Chief Timipre Sylva has further shown that his politics is driven by character, integrity and development’’ the leaders said.

They emphasized the country’s vast endowments, revenue generation, supports for gas based industries and import substitution for methanol needs of the nation.

The leaders also emphasized Sylva’s approach to the development of the oil and gas sector, foreign direct investment, economic diversification, zero gas flaring and community development

Signed by the Chairman of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, the leaders commended the management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and DSV Engineering for the growth of the nation’s economy.

They pointed out that the signing of the Final Investment Decision (FIB) for the construction of 10,000 tonnes/day methanol production plant by the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company LTD (BFPCL, committing equity investment of US$670m was well timed.

The construction phase is expected to create 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and additional 5,000 permanent jobs during the operations phase.

The leaders described the FID, the Gas Supply Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) led joint venture, off-take agreements and contracts for Engineering Procurement Construction and Technology Provider as another benchmark in the history of Nigeria.

‘’It is a good development that is capable of yielding a beneficial outcome’’ the leaders said.

The statement said the Niger Delta leaders would continue to pray for the success of the President Muhammadu led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

President Buhari in July, 2020 approved the development of the Brass Gas Company with the sole aim of aggregating and monetizing all stranded gas in the Brass area.

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Yoruba women scold Nnamdi Kanu, back police chief

Yoruba women scold Nnamdi Kanu, back police chief

Notable women in the South-West on Tuesday scolded the leader of the Indigenous people of BiafraI (POD), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for creating enmity and cutting a bad image for the South-East.

‘’We feel very sorry for the people who listen to the sermons of the mischief maker and the voice of disunity, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’’ the women said.

Expressing concern over the potential implications of statements credited to the IPOD leader, the women condemned Kanu for his parochial reasoning and hatred for Hausa-Fulani.

‘’The statements portray Nnamdi Kanu as one who is ignorant of the police hierarchy in Nigeria. As it concerns Oyo State and the directives of the Inspector General of Police, we feel very strongly, that it is very wrong for Kanu to urge the CP to flout the orders of the IGP’’.

In a three-page statement issued in Akure, the women harped on the need for unity and mutual understanding within the South-West.

Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women poured encomiums on Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.

They underscored the IGP’s focused and purposeful leadership, the CP’s academic and professional credentials and her vision to set a record in Oyo State’s security history.

The women also emphasized Onadeko’s demonstrable competence, discipline, loyalty and integrity.

Part of the statement reads’’ Another round of ethnic feuding in Oyo State started last week. One Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, alongside his followers stormed the Fulani settlement in Igangan, Ibarapa to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir’’

This antagonistic position towards Fulani can hardly be described as the best thing to do.

It is very obvious that this action appeared not to have gone down well with Nigerians.

However, the order by the Inspector General of Police that Sunday Igboho should be arrested came as a joy to many.

But much ado has been created over the reported order to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest Sunday Igboho.

Indeed, some Nigerians in Diaspora have attempted to denigrate the Inspector General of Police for directing the Oyo State Police Command to arrest Igboho.

For sure, the good people of Oyo State have every obligation to fight crimes ranging from kidnapping, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands at all cost but without promoting anarchy,

Forcefulness, dissent, general bad manners and unruly behavior should not be encouraged in a decent society.

Nigerians should disregard the various lies being peddled by the self-acclaimed Igbo leader against the Inspector General of Police and the Oyo State Commissioner of Police. There is no plan to stop the agenda of the people of the South-West. There is no plan to ferments enmity between the South-East and the South-West.

We commend the Police for doing what they are statutorily assigned to do.

We urge the Oyo State Police Commissioner not to succumb to the propaganda and blackmail daily oozing out of the mouths of some enemies of Nigeria.

We urge the Oyo State Commissioner of Police to ignore calls by the self-acclaimed Igbo leader in Diaspora to resign from office.

It was reassuring to see how thoughtfully the Inspector General of Police responded to the incident.

The police must go the whole hog to put a stop to the acts of lawlessness of some people in the country.

We commend Governor Seyi Makinde for being responsible and responsive to the needs of all.

We urge him to continue to support the police and other security agencies.

We also commend President Muhammadu Buhari for showing that lawlessness and brigandage are alien to our culture

We call on Oyo youths to extend to Hausa/Fulani in the state a hand of fellowship, friendship and brotherhood so that together, they could position the state for economic growth.

We call on the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor to call this Igbo self-acclaimed leader in Diaspora to order

Security of life and property is so fundamental. We urge the police to discharge their duties to the government and heroic people of Oyo State and Nigeria.

Lastly, we appeal for professionalism, restraints and understanding on the part of Igbo and Yoruba youths.

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Florence Ufuoma Ebireri: Family Announces Burial Date

Florence Ufuoma Ebireri: Family Announces Burial Date

The family of the late educationist, public administrator and writer, Florence Ufuoma Ebireri, has announced January 23, 2021 as date for her funeral.

‘’Florence Ufuoma Ebireri is being laid to rest in Sapele, Delta State, forty two days after her death’’ a statement by the head of the family, Mr Wilson Ebireri said.

The statement described Florence Ebireri as a woman of great personal integrity.

‘’Florence Ebireri’s death is definitely a sad news to us’’.

The renowned public administrator and business woman breathed her last on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

A beloved figure in Delta State, the statement underscored her absolute dedication to job and family.

Deeply religious, Florence Ebireri was a noiseless, persistent and disciplined woman

‘’We are experiencing great grief’’ the statement added.

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2023 Polls: Okpe leaders give condition to Governorship Aspirants

2023 Polls: Okpe leaders give condition to Governorship Aspirants

· List expectations from Buhari, Okowa, others

· Decry imbalance in polity

· Task Delta State Government on Sapele Polytechnic

· Call for All Okpe Summit

 

Prominent Okpe leaders on Wednesday expressed disappointment that politicians in Delta State seem to be interested in the political zoning rather than the performance of the people they elected.

They said that anyone who feels that he wants to be governor of Delta State in 2023 must react to the Okpe question and issue.

‘’The Okpe Union is prepared to lend its voice and support to policies that will address the developmental challenges of the state. Ultimately, looking into the future of leadership in the state, the Okpe Union shall be open to supporting such personalities with leadership qualities and credentials that will ensure the stability and overall equitable development of the entire state’’.

In an end of year message of the Okpe Union National Executive Council, the leaders asked the Federal Government to institute structures and processes which enhance equitable involvement and participation in the affairs of the country by the component parts.

‘’We call on the federal government and Stakeholders of the Nigerian federation to take the issue of restructuring and devolution of more governmental powers to the federating units of the country seriously. We believe that it is with a restructured Nigerian federation that the current myriads of problems bedeviling the country like security and economic development issues can be resolved for progress. We also call on the federal government to revisit the issue of the Sapele Port which is the only freshwater harbour in Nigeria and therefore attractive to vessel owners the world over’’

Signed by Mr. Patrick Akpotor, President General, Barrister Kingsley Akpederin, General Secretary and Mrs. Atarhe Abuh,

National Publicity Secretary, the leaders advised Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe Kingdom to use his wealth of experience and connections to help Delta State in general and Okpe kingdom in particular.

‘’The National Executive Council notes the fatherly advice the Okpe Union has enjoyed from the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom since the restoration of the Okpe monarchy in 1945. We thank our Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, for his leadership and support for the national leadership of the Okpe Union led by Mr. Patrick Akpotor. As an advisory body to the Udogun Okpe which is headed by the Orodje of Okpe, the Okpe Union will continue to avail its services to the revered Okpe institution as it grapples with challenges of Okpe unity and development. In this regard, the Okpe Union looks forward to active participation in the community of ethnic nationalities in Delta State and in Nigeria as a strong voice of the Okpe Nation in collaboration with the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom vis-a-vis the articulation of the Okpe identity, development and the restoration of all aspects of Okpe heritage’’.

They stated that the 2020 National Conference/General Assembly and the setting up of an Electoral Committee to organise elections into the National Executive Council of the union in the early part of next year 2021 remained glorious achievements of the union.

‘’2020 has been a turbulent one in several regards especially from the consequences of the corona virus (COVID 19) which ended up affecting the implementation of some of the programmes that the national leadership of the Union earmarked for the outgoing year. We are however relieved that the Union succeeded in holding its 2020 National Conference/General Assembly which has set in motion a transition template by setting up an Electoral Committee to organise elections into the National Executive Council of the union in the early part of next year 2021 as well as a Constitutional Review Committee which is saddled with the responsibility of bringing the Okpe Union Constitution up to date with modern realities and developments’’.

The leaders reiterated that the stability of the union depended on a good working relationship between the headquarters and the branches.

‘’We thank the leadership of branches and members for standing by and supporting the current leadership by making the erstwhile Acting President General, Mr. Patrick Akpotor the substantive President General as well as extending the tenure of the outgoing National Executive Council by five months to avoid a leadership vacuum and enable the Electoral Committee to conduct credible national elections. The National leadership promises to complete the implementation of the various resolutions of the last General Assembly of the Union which held on the 14th of November, 2020 and to uphold the provisions of the Okpe Union Constitution. We are particularly relieved with the adoption of a resolution by the last General Assembly of the Union enabling the National Executive Council as well as committees of the Okpe Union to hold meetings by employing reliable social media like WhatsApp and Zoom for meetings. This has now made it safer, less expensive and more convenient for meetings to be held to address challenges of the Okpe Union and of the Okpe Nation from time to time’’.

They harped on the need for continuous unity of the Okpe Union.

‘’The Okpe Union is the oldest ethnic union of Delta State, Nigeria. In the union over ninety years of existence, it has run its affairs as an autonomous registered organization. We enjoin all branches to remain steadfast and uphold the constitution of the Okpe Union and its traditions that have been handed over to us by the founding fathers of the Union’’

The leaders said the founding fathers of the Okpe Union held the Okpe Nation together along with the Chief Ayomanor Evwida led Udogun Okpe and initiated the process for the resuscitation of the Okpe monarchy by installing Esezi II in 1945.

 

‘’It is with unity that the Okpe Union established scholarship schemes during the colonial era to train Okpe sons overseas as well as to achieve several collective land mark legal victories of the past. This vision of unity and cohesion amongst members of the Okpe Union handed to us by our founding fathers must be upheld to enable us consolidate on the several successes of the past. The Okpe Union is an organisation registered with the federal government since the early colonial times with its constitution, and with registered branches and members. The Okpe Union can only be governed by compliance with its constitution’’.

 

They said Okpe Union had played great roles in the development of the Niger Delta region.

 

‘’The Okpe Union is one of the oldest ethnic Unions in Nigeria and the oldest registered one of Delta State. It was registered with the Colonial Government of Nigeria on the 13th of December, 1934, after it officially took off on the 16th of May, 1930. Our founding fathers envisioned creating a platform to be a formidable voice for the Okpe people as well as mobilise the people of the Delta region to collaborate for the Development of the area. The Okpe Union has therefore worked with other ethnic Unions which were later created to ensure stability of the region. We therefore hope to continue partnering with the Delta State government, the Nigerian federal government and developmental agencies at both the Federal, Regional and State levels to achieve peace and development for the country, the region and the state’’.

 

Assessing Okpe kingdom’s journey in phases, the leaders stated that the union has taken a leadership role in drawing attention to the abandoned Sapele Polytechnic project.

 

‘’We also reiterate our earlier call to the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration of Delta State to look into the abandoned project for the establishment of the only higher institution of Okpeland, the Sapele Polytechnic project in Elume’’.

 

The leaders lamented the deplorable nature of roads in the kingdom and called on the authorities to see that something was done to save the situation which the rainy season complicated

‘’It is also regrettable that many of the link roads for Okpe towns and villages are still in earth road state despite the huge contributions in terms of oil and gas mineral resources in revenue generation to the federal and state governments. Both the NDDC and DESOPADEC hardly think of the rural communities of Okpeland’’ the leaders said.

They stated that the main challenge before the kingdom was the lack of synergy between the political leadership of the two local government areas of Okpeland which are Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas.

‘’It is the desire of the national leadership of the Okpe Union to organise an Okpe Development Summit to coincide with the celebration of the founding of the Okpe Union 91 (ninety one) years ago. It has been observed that there is hardly any synergy between the political leadership of the two local government areas of Okpeland which are Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas. Some of the over a century old road networks in Okpeland for example crisscross these two local governments. Despite the existence of link roads, moving from Sapele Council Area to the Okpe Council Area can be herculean because of their poor state. It is therefore important for the Okpe Nation to have a development summit which will bring together all Stakeholders of the Okpe Nation to brainstorm on how best to make our land achieve social and infrastructural development’’.

The leaders described Okpe language as distinct.

‘’The Okpe language is a distinct language recognised by Ethnologue which is the international body that recognises and registers distinct languages the world over. The Okpe language is the only language indigenous to Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas of Delta State. Unfortunately, the Okpe language has deteriorated in official recognition from a government officially utilised newscast language in Bendel State times to one which has been abandoned by the Delta State Government. It is currently not a subject in the schools of Okpeland despite the mother tongue policy that it is the language of the place that is to be taught in the schools. The Okpe Union calls on all Stakeholders to join hands to rescue the Okpe language from going into extinction as the pressures hindering its development increase further. We hope that in the year 2021 and beyond, we shall all bring to the table our ideas and proposals for an action plan to save the Okpe language. We are glad to reveal to all Okpes that our traditional leader, Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe is at the forefront of these efforts to save the Okpe language’’.

 

They urged the people of the state to come together and work for the progress of the state.

 

‘’As the year 2020 comes to an end, we wish all Okpe people, and the people of Delta State and Nigeria, a prosperous new year 2021.

We remind all Okpe people throughout the world that the Okpe Nation is a unique one in Delta State. It is the ethnic nation that is most connected to the other ethnic groups in the state. The connection of the Okpe people to the other ethnicities in Delta State is highest both in terms of ancestry and history of migration as well as intermarriage. The Okpe people are therefore expected to be a force to unify the various peoples of our Delta State. We therefore enjoin all our people to always present themselves as peace builders. Our people must close ranks with the other ethnic nationalities and help our Delta State achieve its development potentials in the modern era’’.

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Niger Delta leaders restate support for Buhari, Akpabio

Niger Delta leaders restate support for Buhari, Akpabio

Leaders of the Niger Delta region on Wednesday described the appointment of sole administrator in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as legal and ethical.

They also described the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as a pride to Nigeria.

‘’We are determined to support the current effort of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Effiong Okon Akwa to sanitize the Commission and effectively develop the oil rich region’’ the leaders said on Wednesday.

In a statement in Port-Harcourt, the leaders commended President Buhari for his commitment to assisting and dealing with challenges in the Niger Delta region.

Signed by the Chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry, the regional leaders condemned the orchestrated attack on the person and leadership of Senator Akpabio by some misguided individuals and their backers.

They praised Akpabio for sticking to the administration’s policy of transparency and accountability, promoting the best interests of the Niger Delta people and initiating the first-ever comprehensive reform of the NDDC.

The leaders expressed disappointment that some elders, politicians and youths in the region seem to be interested in board appointment rather than the performance of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

‘’Some governors, elders and federal lawmakers in the region are not focused as we think they should on the level of development in the region. We should not quantify development of the region in terms of board appointment but in broad terms. We have to think about completed and on-going projects’’ the leaders said.

They described the calls for Akwa’s removal as puerile.

‘’As notable leaders, we are concerned with the unity and transformation of the region. We are very proud of Senator Godswill Akpabio. He has given good account of himself in politics and public life” the leaders added

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Governors, lawmakers for SPCC’s 70th Anniversary

Governors, lawmakers for SPCC’s 70th Anniversary

High-ranking federal government functionaries, prominent traditional rulers, professionals and leaders of political parties in Nigeria are expected in Aghalokpe, Delta State on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The 70th Anniversary Celebration of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe is billed for April 9 and 10, 2021.

According to a statement by the Chairman of the 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri, there will be Mass at the College Chapel, inspection of college premises and distribution of anniversary crested books to students of SPCC, Aghalokpe and pupils of SPCC Nursery and Primary School on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Major programmes at the gathering, Chief Omokri said, include the commissioning of renovated projects by old students, anniversary lecture, award ceremony for those that have distinguished themselves and launching of a book titled ; SPCC Aghalokpe: The Hidden Pearl of the Ethiope.

‘’There will be free medical service for the natives of Aghalokpe, Aragba, Oviri, Ekpan, Okpara-Waterside and Igun on Saturday, April 10, 2021’’ the statement said.

.’’A novelty football match between Old Boys Association of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe and Old Boys Association of Urhobo College will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021’’ the statement added.

Founded in 1950 as the fourth secondary school in Warri Province (later renamed Delta Province in 1952), St Peter Claver’s College was the first secondary school in Sapele.

Its proprietor, His Lordship P. J. Kelly, Catholic Bishop of Benin Diocese which included Warri/Delta Province during British Colonial Times, envisaged St Peter Claver’s College as the equivalent of St Patrick’s College, Asaba, for the Catholic Community in Warri Province.

SPCC moved from Sapele to Aghalokpe in 1953.

 

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STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS BY MR. PATRICK AKPOTOR, ACTING PRESIDENT GENERAL OF THE OKPE UNION ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2020 ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE OKPE UNION HOLDING AT THE OKPE HOUSE, 65 MOSHALASHI STREET, OBALENDE, LAGOS ON THE 14TH OF NOVEMBER 2020.

HRM Maj. Gen. Felix A. Mujakperuo (rtd) Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom 2012

Greeting Formalities.

  1. I welcome you all delegates from various branches and affiliates as well as the members of the Okpe National Executive Council to this year’s 2020 Annual National Conference of the Okpe Union. The last Annual Conference of the Union held in 2018. That of 2019 could not hold due to some unfortunate circumstances that we could not handle efficiently. We are grateful to God and to all those who have been steadfast in ensuring the continuous functioning of the Union despite several difficulties in the course of this year 2020.

 

2 Brief Surgeon into the History of the Okpe Union.

 

The Union was founded by our forefathers officially in 1930. It was registered with the Colonial Government of Nigeria in 1934 under the Land(Perpetual Succession) Ordinance No. 22 of 1924. We celebrate our founders’ day 16th May of every year. The Union which started in Lagos, has grown to several towns, cities and countries of the world. At a point especially between the 1970s and the 1980s, the union could boast of no less than sixty branches. Though there has been a drawback in its growth in recent decades, we have started experiencing some revival of the Union due to increase in communication from especially new media as well as the dedication to duty of the current leadership. We hope that with the growing interest amongst our youths in the affairs of the Okpe Union, we shall achieve a turnaround for our Union.

 

In 2016, we agreed to relocate the Okpe Union National Headquarters to Orerokpe. The past four years have indeed been remarkable in the affairs of the Okpe Union as it is the first time that we have experienced a National Executive Council whose members are elected from the various branches in the country. The efforts to implement the relocation of the headquarters is still ongoing as the legal procedure to accomplish it is still a work in progress. The registered office of the Union is still the Okpe House, No. 65 Moshalashi Street, Obalende, Lagos. It is our sincere wish that with unity, a befitting edifice will be built in Okpe Kingdom in Delta State that will house the National Headquarters of the Union.

 

  1. The Okpe Union at Ninety Years Anniversary

 

It is regrettable that as our union, the Okpe Union marked its ninety years anniversary this year 2020, circumstances beyond our control especially the incidence of the global pandemic, COVID 19 did not enable us to have the elaborate celebrations that we had planned. We hope that next year 2021 when the Okpe Union shall be 91, we shall have the intended celebration.

 

  1. Current Challenges of the Union

 

The Okpe Union has several challenges at the moment. The Union is experiencing challenges of reforming it from the age long analogue ways of doing things to that of the digital information technology era of smooth interaction and communication. In today’s reality for example, it is no longer necessary for decision making process to be by physically travelling hundreds or thousands of kilometres to meet. With contemporary communication technology, members of executive and committees of organisations are able to meet in secure platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and many others without the risks, inconveniences and expenses that physical meetings entail. Delegates in this National Conference are therefore called upon to fashion out a way of breaking from the analogue past through resolutions and constitutional amendment to put the Union on the part of progress consistent with modern realities. In the same vein, sections or articles of the constitution relating to notices of National Executive Council meetings, national conferences/meetings and such others should be reviewed accordingly to enable electronic transmission and modern media as communication means. We should also consider the possibility of voting through similar means as the reality for example of COVID19 has made this necessary.

Secondly, the Okpe Union has the challenge of funding. The Union must find a way of conveniently funding its activities without the current near dependence on individual members of the National Executive Council. The current subscription from branches of five thousand naira annually is a far cry from the funding requirements of the Union.

 

Thirdly, though I have alluded to this earlier, the constitution of the Union needs thorough reworking for it to meet the requirements of a modern ethnic union regarding administrative structure. The Union Constitutional framework must also provide for how the various people of the communities of the Okpe Kingdom can be incorporated into the Union. This is the only way that the Union can ultimately become relevant to the Okpe people generally in contemporary Nigeria and Delta State today.

 

One immediate challenge currently is the transition of the current National Executive Council whose tenure is constitutionally due to end by the 17th this month November, 2020. As the NEC was not able to set up an Electoral Committee for the purpose of organising elections in our last meeting of the 29th of August, 2020, this National Conference as the highest decision making organ of our union has to set it up and also determine the transition framework that will be in charge of running the Union at the national level from the 17th of November, 2020. It is also necessary that this conference fixes the date and modalities for the next elections. Let us consider the possibility of the electoral committee which we shall set up adopting on line voting for the next elections.

 

I must on behalf of the National Executive Council also bring to your notice the events of the 3rd of October, 2020 in which His Royal Majesty, Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe swore in a nine member interim Committee to take over the administration of the entire Okpe Union and purportedly dissolving the elected National Executive Council. The imposed NEC is made up of two members of the Okpe Union and seven non members. The Okpe Union Constitution does not contain any provisions for such. It does not provide for any role for his Royal Majesty. As the Royal father of the Okpe Nation, we have always received advice from our Orodje. However, it is clear that our royal father by the decree of the 3rd of October, 2020, has overthrown and suspended the constitution of the Okpe Union which is a registered organisation under the Corporate Affairs Commission with its legally recognised independence. There is no law whether of the constitution, federal Act, or State law which empowers His Royal Majesty to do so. We expect this National Conference of the Okpe Union to respond to this development with all sense of responsibility so as to determine the limits of the role of our royal father in the face of the fact that the Okpe Union is a registered organisation under the Corporate Affairs Commission with its registered constitution. Allowing the overthrow of the Union is the beginning of the destabilisation and destruction of the Okpe Union which our forefathers handed over to us as independent of the Palace. We must collectively protect the respected traditional stool of the Okpe people from coming down to matters which do not fall within its legal jurisdiction. In its more than ninety years history, the Okpe Union has always had its autonomy and mechanisms of internal dispute resolutions.

 

  1. Some Recent Developments in Okpeland that the Union should be abreast with.

Within the last four years, we have noticed some not pleasing developments in our dear Okpe Kingdom relating to economic development. The dwindling economic fortune of Okpeland of recent calls for urgent attention. Many companies and establishments which have accounted for the employment of our youths and teaming population have either been relocating out of Okpeland or folding up outrightly. In 2017, one of the highest employing companies in Okpeland and Delta State located in Sapele, Eternit Ltd folded up and relocated its proposed huge infrastructure installation to Emenite Ltd, Enugu for the inability of the investors of the company(which include the Delta State Government) to raise the sum of one billion naira only. Our area lost the thousands of direct and indirect jobs thereby. Similarly, Sapele City has lost the sister companies of the seaboard group. The largest of all, the African Timber and Plywood is in a sorry state now as production is hardly taking place there now despite the reported take over by the Delta State Government. The exact investment structure of the company is currently shrouded in misery. If properly structured and managed, we believe the African Timber and Plywood Company, Sapele can employ a large number of our teaming youths. The NTA Amukpe has ended its operations reportedly because of seven hundred thousand naira for equipments. Many smaller companies and enterprises have gone under too. The factors militating against the growth of smaller enterprises in Okpeland include poor power supply as well as the current activities of government backed touts who harass vehicles bringing goods to and from the area especially Sapele on the pretext of stickers and other charges. It is said that trucks from different parts of the country are scared of bringing goods to our area and many a time ask that the goods will be dropped at neighbouring cities.

 

Another area that is disheartening is the abandonment of the Sapele Polytechnic, Elume which the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration approved and commenced construction. We hope that there can be a strong resolution here in this National Conference today to call on all our Okpe politicians to close ranks to project a common front to the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to revisit the issue of the only higher institution proposed for Okpeland.

 

Also it is shocking to realise that the entire Okpe Local Government Area still does not have a bank. The bulk of the salaries of council workers, primary school teachers, the Udogun Okpe accounts, and the several towns and villages around Orerokpe are sufficient to attract a commercial bank to Orerokpe if we can get the political, traditional and trade union leadership of the area to act in concert.

To improve job creation and enhance economic activities in Okpeland, there needs to be a multi faceted approach. The power sector has to improve, the conduct of our youths has to encourage investors and the agricultural sector like palm trees, cocoa, fish breeding, livestock and the like have to be exploited. The Okpe area has comparative advantages in many of these areas and the hydra headed problems of unemployment and poverty have to be addressed from this robust perspective. I urge this confidence to table a strong resolution calling on the government of Delta State as well as the administration of the two local government councils of Okpeland to intervene in the issue of hindrances to businesses regarding free movement of goods to and from , the Okpe Kingdom which have brought down businesses enterprises and activities in the area. The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration of Delta State needs to revisit the matter of the proposed Sapele Polytechnic as there is yet to be a higher institution in the two local government areas of Okpe Kingdom.

 

  1. About Some National Issues in Nigeria.

Permit me to address a few issues that are of national relevance in our country Nigeria. On the recent End Sars protests nationwide, we urge both the federal and state governments of our country Nigeria to achieve synergy in ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force is restructured in such a way that guarantees the protection of lives and property of Nigerians while at the same time respecting the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerians. The issue of police reforms must be taken holistically.

 

Of great importance to the country at large and especially to areas in the country with so much water resources is the current controversial Water Resources Bill at the National Assembly. Firstly, it is a misnomer for there to be an attempt for the central government in a federal system to make provisions for a legal framework which attempts to cover the entire field of water resources management. That can only be tolerated in a unitary system. One problem of the Nigerian governance system is that after transition from military administrations in Nigeria which are basically unitary with concentration of powers at the centre, we as a country neglected to firstly restructure the country to a federal system. The adoption of a new imposed constitution is not sufficient in getting back the country to a federal system. The existing water resources legislations have already violated the federal nature of the Nigerian system of government. Much of the contents of the controversial Water Resources Bill like control of rivers and other water bodies as well as underground water are purely within the jurisdiction of the state governments and communities of the local government councils. I urge this general assembly to pass a resolution calling on the various ethnic nationalities of Nigeria especially those of the Niger Delta to close ranks and present a common front not only to prevent the passage of the current Water Resources Bill but also to evaluate existing ones which have already violated the agreed federal principles for the governance of Nigeria at independence.

 

  1. What should be immediately done by the this National Conference and Branches of the Okpe Union.

As the President General of the Okpe Union elected along with us the other members of the outgoing National Executive Council on the 17th of November 2020 Union, Chief Robert Onome, has accepted the imposition of an unelected interim Committee to take over the affairs of the Union in contravention of the constitution of the Okpe Union, this general assembly of the branches of the Union should act decisively to save the Okpe Union.

 

The Okpe Union constitution provides as follows:

“The Union shall not be governed nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of the Union or any part thereof except in accordance with the provisions of this constitution”.

 

The road to the disability and destruction of our union has begun if strangers to the Okpe Union are permitted to take over the union. The Okpe Union is an organisation which has membership. It is not every Okpe person that is a member of the Okpe Union. The reported interim National Executive Council by the Orodje decree of the 3rd of October, 2020 has only two members of the Okpe Union out of nine. By the provisions of the Okpe Union Constitution, such members who have permitted themselves to be part of what overthrows the Okpe Union constitution are guilty of gross misconduct. This conference is called upon to look into this too. The Okpe Union Constitution has no provisions for the role any external powers within or outside Okpe Kingdom. This National Conference must be decisive in protecting the Okpe Union.

 

To buttress the need to act firmly, it is important for us to understand that we have a duty to reach out to our royal father, the Orodje whenever we are not happy with any of his decisions.

Believing in the Divine rights of Kings which presupposes that kings make no mistakes and therefore cannot change their decisions at this age is not supportable. The dark notion Divine Rights of Kings has been condemned to the dustbin of the dark age. It is even a burden too heavy for monarchs as it will restrain them from correcting errors which they later realise thereby causing their societies underdevelopment. This account for the incidence of modern monarchies being transformed into limited offices. They only reign but never rule now. This explains the refusal of successive governments of Nigeria since 1976 to provide constitutional governmental roles for traditional rulers in the Nigerian constitutions.

 

For immediate attention is the matter of transition. I had earlier alluded to the fact that the tenure of this outgoing executive is to end in three days time which is precisely the 17th of November, 2020, this National Conference being the highest decision making organ of the Okpe Union, is duty bound to put in place a transition template which includes the setting up of an electoral committee to organise an election for a new National Executive Council of the Okpe Union. The outgoing National Executive Council could not set up the electoral committee in the last NEC meeting where this Annual National Conference date was fixed. A Union of the status of the Okpe Union worthy of its name and history cannot afford to permit a vacuum in its leadership.

 

Lastly, delegates need to know that all the trustees of the Okpe Union registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission have passed on. This conference is required to approve other names of prospective Board of Trustees members for subsequent registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja.

 

Once again, I welcome delegates to this auspicious gathering of representatives of the Union from various branches. With unity, we shall surely realise the dreams of our forefathers who founded this Okpe ethnic organisation to protect the interests of the Okpe people.

 

Okpe Union wadooo! Okpe! Agbamueni! Okpe! Agbamueni! Okpe mẹ naa! Owhu ọvoo!

 

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Long live Delta State of Nigeria!

Long live the Okpe Nation!

Long live the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom!

 

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Key leaders in the Niger Delta region on Wednesday commended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for the huge changes in the region.

The leaders, deeply impressed by Akpabio’s political style and transparency, called for a united front against critics of the former Akwa-Ibom State governor.

Specifically, the leaders praised the minister for rewriting the history of the region, using his talent to achieve more for the people and effectively handling the development issues and challenges in the region.

In a statement in Yenagoa, the leaders described the minister’s critics as high ranking beggars surviving on dubious contracts in the country.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio is a man of vision. He sees far into the future’’ the leaders said.

The leaders emphasized Akpabio’s contribution towards resolving the problems that are impacting negatively on the Niger Delta people, restructuring, reformulation of policy postures, readjustment of strategies and reshaping of outward relations along more fashionable and multi-dimensional lines.

Signed by the chairman, Niger Delta Leaders Forum (NDLF), Chief John Harry, the leaders described the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the East West Road by the end of 2021, the release of funds for the project and mobilization of contractors to the sites as encouraging.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio is a very good politician, strong and honest. In Akwa-Ibom, he expanded the opportunities and capabilities of people to live the lives they value. Indeed, he did more than anyone else to develop the oil rich state’’

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REPORT OF THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE 29TH OF AUGUST 2020 OKPE UNION NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING AND WHAT TRANSPIRED AT THE MEETING.

 

The following account of the events leading to the National Executive Council Meeting of the Okpe Union of 29th August, 2020 and the actual meeting is not the minutes of the meeting but a more comprehensive near verbatim account of the meeting so that members of the Okpe Union the world over can appreciate the difficult situation that Okpe Union is facing. We of the Secretariat of the Union urge you to patiently go through what we have put together below, and find the resolutions reached at the NEC meeting in the last part of this account.

 

On the morning of August 5th 2020, the President General of the Okpe Union called me, the General Secretary of the Union on phone and asked me to send notice of meeting to

members of the National Executive Council of the Okpe Union for 29th of August, 2020. He also instructed that I ensure the preamble of the notice contain the phrase “directed by the President General” so that all NEC members would understand that the directive came from him; and that I first send him the draft of the notice for his approval before I send it to other NEC members. I did as he directed and forwarded the notice of the NEC meeting only after he had approved it that same day.

 

A day after, I called PG regarding a  draft Agenda for the meeting if we could devolope it and forward to members of the NEC. He told me that was not necessary but he would call me some days to the meeting to give instructions as to the content of the agenda for my production of copies for the meeting. By Monday 24th, less than a week to the 29th of August meeting, the PG had not called me. I therefore put calls across to him which he did not pick. I had to send him a text the following morning Tuesday 25th containing a draft agenda and followed it with an explanation that he should consider the content and instruct me accordingly. That Tuesday morning, he had also not picked my calls. He neither acknowledged the receipt of the messages which I had repeated and also forwarded to his second number. By the evening of the Tuesday, I had to forward the draft agenda to the Assistant General Secretary to also attempt to reach the PG. He advised me that since the PG did not pick my calls, I should continue with the text messages followed by calls. I repeated this processes all to no avail.

 

By the morning of the 29th of August, 2020, the day for the NEC meeting, while waiting for the monthly environmental sanitation period to lapse so that I could be on my way from Sapele to Orerokpe for the meeting, I received a text message from the PG indicating a change of venue for the meeting from the Udogun Hall, Orerokpe which was the venue contained in the notice of meeting, to Multi-Purpose Hall, Orerokpe. I had thought that there must have been another programme fixed for the Udogun Hall venue which must have necessitated the change of venue. This was however not the case as I discovered when we drove past the Udogun Hall that there was no ongoing programme nor apparent preparation for one there. I headed straight to the new venue to find out that only two members were around as well as two personnel of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) . I had prayed and hoped that the PG would be punctual that day so as to enable him go through the draft agenda before I would go to print it for distribution to all NEC members. After waiting till 11.30am, I had to leave the venue to get to a business centre to print the draft agenda. By the time I returned, the PG had just arrived. I went to greet him and presented the draft agenda to him but he directed that I keep them for a moment and that he would call me for it at the appropriate time. He beckoned on his son Efe to “bring the things”. The son then went out and returned with a “carton”  of bottled water. The PG requested for those that live in Orerokpe to go and bring plate that he needed to conduct entertainment of presentation of kola nuts before the meeting would commence. The Financial Secretary, Mr. John Esedafe then rose and told the PG that he was going home to get the plate that would be used for the presentation of the colanuts.

 

At this time, the Deputy President General 4 of the Union, Mr. Bernard Adibor rose and addressed the PG and the house that the time was already far spent partly because of the environmental sanitation whereas there are very important decisions that were needed to be taken as the tenure of the current national executive was coming to an end. He suggested that the entertainment should be done after the meeting and that previous NEC meetings had not involved such entertainment. The PG responded that culture must be observed.

 

We waited until the Mr. Esedafe returned from his house with a plate. The National Spokesman Mr. James Itebu was mandated by the PG to perform traditional presentation of the kola nuts and money as well as the customary support from members.

 

THE MEETING PROPER

 

ITEM 1: OPENING PRAYER

 

After the entertainment, the PG called the house to order for the meeting to commence. He called on the National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Atarhe Abuh to lead the house with an opening prayer.

 

After the opening prayer, I, the General Secretary went to meet the PG with the printed draft agenda which he had asked me to put on hold earlier. He told me that he brought printed copies of an agenda he had prepared and explained that his was more comprehensive and that the only issue not contained in his own was the setting up of the electoral committee, and asked me to use a pen to add it to the last item on the one he brought. I complied and he directed the National Provost, to distribute only that one he brought to all members.

 

The following were the items contained in the draft agenda which I had sent him 5 days earlier and printed, which he rejected:

 

NEC MEETING DRAFT AGENDA(29TH AUGUST, 2020)

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Minutes/Adoption
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Fixing of General Assembly
  5. Electoral Committee
  6. Finance

7 . A.O.B.

  1. Adjournment/Closing Prayer

 

The one he brought out and asked the Provost to circulate contained the following:

 

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Roll-call & Apologies
  3. Report of the Meeting held at instance of National Executive

Members of Okpe Union at Orodje Palace, Orerokpe 29th January, 2020.

  1. Okpe Union 90 Printing of Okpe Union wrapper by Lagos branch.
  2. Report of crises at Okpe Union Sapele
  3. Okpe Union land at Orerokpe. Case in High Court, Orerokpe.
  4. Report of Review of Okpe Union Constitution.
  5. Proposed AGA, 2020 (Asked me to add Electoral Committee with a pen from the draft Agenda I submitted).

9  A. O. B.

  1. Closing prayer

 

Information is the House:

 

At this point Mr. John Esedafe, the Financial Secretary rose to address the house. He said there is a petition before the house which involved the position of the General Secretary. That Mr. Patrick Apiamu had written a letter to the NEC that Sapele LGA Branch had suspended the General Secretary from that branch and that should affect him and prevent him from acting as the General Secretary for now. The PG responded by saying that the meeting should get to that item on the agenda first before he should bring up that matter.

 

Observation about the Draft Agenda:

 

The Assistant General Secretary, Mr. Friday Ekemefe then made an observation. He said before the draft agenda should be accepted as the working agenda for the meeting, it had to be adopted by the house as it had just been distributed. The PG asked him to sit down and wait till any item is being discussed.

 

ITEM 2 : ROLL CALL

The National Provost submitted the attendance list which contained 17 members present with the National Treasurer, Chief Biokoro sending apology that he would be absent(he later came late).

 

ITEM 3

REPORT OF THE MEETING HELD  AT INSTANCE OF NATIONAL EXECUTIVE

MEMBERS OF OKPE UNION AT ORODJE’S PALACE, OREROKPE ON  29TH JANUARY, 2020.

 

The President General asked the General Secretary, Akpederin Kingsley E. Esq. to read out the minutes of the January 29th 2020 settlement meeting held at the Orodje’s Palace and presided over by the Orodje. After the GS read it to the house, the PG asked for reactions about the level of compliance with the resolutions contained in the minutes.

 

The resolutions were: Plaintiffs/Claimants in the court case to withdraw the case from court; status quo in the union before the events that led to the court case be maintained; a committee should be set up to review the Okpe Union Constitution; the Union Board of Trustees should be constituted; Definite Date should be fixed for Annual General Assembly; Sufficient notices should be given for meetings; Okpe House in Lagos is the property of Okpe Union Worldwide and not Lagos Okpe Union: Lagos to handover all documents relating to the registration of the Union with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the approved building plan; and members of the Okpe Union should be united and work as a body in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the Okpe Union.

 

  1. Handover:

The Deputy President General 3(DPG 3) , Chief Tom Anirah stood and asked the Deputy President General 1(DPG 1), Mr. Patrick Akpotor when he would hand over the Lagos Okpe house to the National Headquarters.  Mr. Akpotor replied by saying that it was not a personal issue.

 

The National Publicity Secretary asked that before the issues in the Palace meeting minutes should be discussed, those who attended should tell the house if the contents reflect what was discussed and agreed there. Mr. Akpotor responded by saying that his own comments in the meeting were not reflected and that the contents actually goes beyond the issues contained in the court case which the claimants/plaintiffs made as contained in what the High Court statement of claims which Secretary to the Udogun read at the meeting. The Deputy President General 2(DPG2) , Mr. Omamurhomu Ayaruja pointed out that on the issue of the Lagos House, there is a constitutional provision which gives control of Okpe Union properties located in a branch or region to that branch or region. So there will be need for constitutional amendment which was one of the resolutions at the meeting if we all agree that it should be effected.

 

The PG then said that he was ruling on the matter as follows:

 

” That handover notes be handed over by Lagos Regional Headquarters within one month relating to the following:

  1. Handover notes since  November, 2016.
  2. Documents relating to the registration of the Okpe Union with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

iii. Approval Plan for the Okpe House in Lagos.

 

Mr. Akpotor reacted by saying that when he gets back to Lagos, he shall call for a meeting of the former EXCO members then and the present ones so that the issue will be addressed. He however said that on the issue of the incorporation documents of the Union, this NEC had severally deliberated on it and that the PG, Chief Onome who served as General Secretary between I990 and 1995 had told this house that he did not see the certificate of incorporation during his tenure. Mr. Akpotor concluded by saying that when Chief Onome left Lagos, he himself left with all documents of the Union without handing over to anybody. He therefore wondered why a matter we had all concluded in past NEC meetings that we needed to complete the process which had started with CAC to apply for certified copy of the certificate of incorporation is being brought back again. He said how would somebody be using lamp to find what he can clearly see very well?

 

  1. Board of Trustees:

The PG told the house that as one of the issues in the minutes of the settlement meeting was Board of Trustees of the Okpe Union, he asked the house whether we should go ahead to nominate members for consideration by the General Assembly for approval. He said to him, he has report to give and so members should come up with nominees. At the end, nine Okpe personalities were nominated for seven board of trustee members provided for by the Okpe Union Constitution. The last two would replace any of the first seven who declines.

 

  1. The Other Issues in the Settlement Minutes:

 

The PG ran through them and said for status quo, the General Secretary, Barr. Kingsley Akpederin is already performing his duties, and that the other matters were more of advice.

 

He therefore asked that we move to other items on the agenda. He then introduced the issue of Okpe Union at 90 Wrapper Printed by Western Region Headquarters, Lagos.

 

ITEM 4: OKPE UNION AT 90 WRAPPER PRINTED BY LAGOS.

 

The PG presented to the house a wrapper which he reported was printed by Lagos Regional Headquarters to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Okpe Union. He said they did it without the approval of the National Headquarters in violation of the Okpe Union Constitution since they used the logo of the Okpe Union. He said members should react.

 

The National Publicity Secretary asked if the PG could show the house which Article of the Okpe Union Constitution such action violated. The PG responded by referring members to Article 29 C of the constitution which provides as follows:

 

29(C)

” Press Release

No Regional Headquarters or branch shall cause to be publicised in the press, radio, TV or sočio media any matter of a national nature affecting Okpe Kingdom without prior consent of the National Headquarters. Any Regional Headquarters or Branch found guilty of this offence shall be liable to a fine of not less than NGN20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira)”

 

The National Publicity Secretary responded to this by saying that the meaning of Press Release is so clear that it does not cover printing of wrapper being discussed. DPG1, Mr. Patrick Akpotor on his own part disclosed to the house that he informed the PG in a phone call discussion about the plan of the Lagos regional headquarters to mark the 90th anniversary as well as the printing of the wrapper.

 

The PG replied to both comments by saying that he has several lawyers as friends and as such he knows about interpretation of legal provisions. He also told the house that the DPG1 never discussed the matter with him as he had claimed. The DPG3, Okakuro Anirah said that ” the beating of a thief who acknowledges and pleads is not as severe as the one who argues” He said if DPG1 apologises, the matter would be easier to resolve. After several arguments, the DPG2 Mr. Ayaruja rose and said that in Okpe culture, the younger person in dispute with an elder is hardly adjudged as innocent and the elder guilty. He therefore persuaded DPG1, Mr. Akpotor to render an apology. Mr. Akpotor thereafter rose to tender an apology relating to the printing of the wrapper without the approval of the National Headquarters.

 

The PG in response to the apology proclaimed a ruling that “henceforth, no branch or region should use the logo of the Okpe Union in such a way without the approval of the National Headquarters of the Okpe Union”.

 

A Brief Altercation:

 

As the PG mentioned the next item on the draft agenda, which was “Report of Crises at Okpe Union, Sapele”, the DPG 2, Mr. Ayaruja asked for permission to say something. He pointed out that if the NEC meeting continued at that rate, the most important item on the agenda which is the last one would not be discussed. He noted that by Article 25 of the Okpe Union Constitution, we were expected to set up a five man electoral committee and fix the date for the General Assembly of all branches and affiliates since the tenure of this executive ends on the 17th of November this year. He pointed out also that by Article 24 a (3), the General Secretary requires at least 60 days to send notice of General Assembly meeting to all branches and affiliates before the meeting date. He moved a motion that all the other matters in the agenda be stood down until the 8th matter which is Proposed AGA 2020/Electoral Committee is dealt with.

The PG responded that the matters in the Agenda must be followed the way they have been arranged. This generated some arguments after which the PG had his way.

 

ITEM 5: REPORT OF CRISES AT OKPE UNION, SAPELE.

 

The PG brought the attention of the house to some petitions which he said reached him from the former chairman of Sapele LGA Branch, Mr. Patrick Apiamu. He said the petition is about complaint by the former chairman that the electoral committee which the Sapele LGA Branch set up to conduct elections into the branch executive overstepped its powers as they fixed another date for the elections after the COVID 19 lockdown had made the first date for the elections impracticable. At this point, the Assistant General Secretary, Mr. Friday Ekemefe raised up his hands and said “observation”. The PG replied by saying that the PG cannot be observed. He proceeded to read two petitions to the house, one signed by the former Chairman of Sapele LGA Branch, Mr Patrick Apiamu and the former Secretary, Mr. Iwaya, while the second petition was signed by the Mr. Patrick Apiamu and the DPG 3, Okakuro Tom Anirah. The two petitions border on the election of the new Executive Council of Sapele LGA Branch which took place on the 5th of July, 2020 and their subsequent swearing in. The PG also reported to the house that on receipt of the petitions, he set up a three man investigative committee to look into the matter headed by the  National Organising Secretary of the Union, Okakuro Flag Odiete and that the committee had submitted its report to him. He also proceeded to read the said Committee report which recommended that the new executive of the Sapele LGA Branch should not be recognised. The PG then called for reactions.

 

DPG 3, Okakuro Tom Anirah stood and gave details of what happened. He explained that the former Sapele LGA Branch chairman Mr. Apiamu and the Secretary Mr. Waya wrote a petition to him personally and also called the PG to intimate him of the problem of election in the branch. The DPG 3 said the PG then mandated him to intervene into the matter and resolve it. DPG 3 continued his narration as follows:

 

It was on the strength of the PG’s directive that I invited the petitioners and the electoral committee headed by Hon. Patrick Ovwile to my house. The Mr. Patrick Apiamu had accused the electoral committee of illegally collecting monthly dues from contestants that were owing the branch and that the electoral committee fixed another date for the election after the first date could not hold because of COVID 19 instead of coming back to the general house to get another date. The electoral committee on the other hand explained to me that they received the financial records of all the contestants from the Mr. Patrick Apiamu, the former chairman of the branch containing how much each contestants was owing in monthly dues. The electoral committee chairman said that at the screening of the candidates, those who were owing paid the various amounts to enable them to be cleared. They said they therefore collected the money on behalf of the branch. On the issue of the date fixed for the election which was 5th July, 2020, I advised them to go to the general house to hold a normal meeting and fix another date. However to my surprise, on the day of the meeting, Mr. Apiamu called me on phone when I was at Chief Obule’s place that the house decided that the election hold against my advice. He said there were thugs brought to the meeting. That was why I joined the Apiamu to write one of the petitions.”

 

Chief Anirah, the DPG 3 concluded by saying the matter must be fully dealt with.

 

The Assistant General Secretary, Mr. Friday Ekemefe was then recognised to speak. Firstly he observed that the Secretariat headed by the General Secretary have not received any of the petitions that the PG read to the house. He said that as the constitution provides that the Secretariat has the responsibility of correspondence of the Union, it means that those petitions have not been brought before the house as non of us evven has copies of the said petitions that the PG read to the house. Secondly, he pointed out that as the Mr. Patrick Apiamu, the former chairman of the Sapele LGA Branch was not a candidate in the election, he does not have any locus standi or right to petition against the election. He concluded by saying that it is the NEC that has the powers to set up a committee that will give the NEC a report and that the committee set up by the PG is not for this NEC but to only advise the PG. It means there is no report before the house, the Assistant General Secretary concluded.

 

The General Secretary, Akpederin Kingsley then rose and pointed to the house that he himself is a member of the Sapele LGA Branch. That if the DPG 3, Okakuro Anirah wanted to act in good faith, how could he (Akpederin) not be told of or invited to the private meeting he invited the electoral committee  for in his house? He questioned why a private meeting would be assumed to override decisions taken by the general house. He also told the house that it was the electoral committee that fixed the first date for the election which could not hold because of the COVID 19. The general house also simply by motion accepted what the electoral committee did and asked them to proceed with the election. He pointed out that the walking out of two or three persons does not invalidate elections. The General Secretary then asked the PG about the report of the electoral committee on the Sapele LGA elections which the Sapele LGA electoral committee had brought to his house in Warri. As the PG denied not receiving it, the General Secretary told the house that the electoral committee also brought a copy of that their report to him as General Secretary to present to the NEC. He therefore presented it to the PG who then read it to the house.

 

In that report, the electoral committee gave details of how the DPG 3 invited them to his house on the 4th of July 2020 to convince them to cooperate and allow a shift of the election date from 5th July 2020. But that they however responded that the general house would decide finally. At the general house on the 5th of July, 2020, the general house presided over by the former chairman, Mr. Patrick Apiamu, resolved that the election should go ahead which saw the former chairman, Mr. Patrick Apiamu stage a walk out along with four others. The report of the electoral committee also contained the record of the votes scored by the respective contestants as well as report of the swearing in of the new executive which included two former executive members.

 

In his contribution, DPG 2, Mr. Ayaruja blamed Okakuro Anirah for signing a petition with the former chairman of the Sapele LGA Branch as it robbed him of neutrality. He also noted that since some members of the former executive were elected into the new EXCO and as some other members of the former executive like Prof. Kenneth Eni who was the former PRO of the immediate past executive was part of the election, it was clear that the election were properly conducted. He also wondered what the interest of the former chairman of the Sapele LGA Branch was as he was not a contestant in the election.

 

DPG 4, Mr. Bernard Adibor contributed by asking the Organising Secretary, Chief Flag Odiete who was chairman of the committee set up by the PG if they invited the newly elected EXCO of the Sapele LGA Branch. Chief Odiete replied that they did not. The DPG 4 then remarked that the PG’s committee had a predetermined report in his own opinion.

 

At this point, the National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Atarhe Abuh was recognised by the PG to speak. She said that the report of electoral committee read by the PG was quite detailed and credible. She therefore moved a motion that the NEC recognise the newly elected and sworn in Sapele LGA Branch executive and called on all members of that branch to unite and work with them to move the branch forward. The motion moved Mrs Abuh was seconded by DPG 4 Mr. Bernard Adibor.

 

The PG immediately said that the house should be made to vote on the report of the committee he set up to investigate the Sapele LGA Branch crises. There was immediate uproar. The General Secretary told the PG that there was only one motion on the floor without a counter. The PG told the General Secretary cynically to come and sit as the President General.

 

The DPG 2, Mr. Ayaruja then asked the PG to allow him say something. The PG obliged. He said that many of them came from far to the NEC meeting expecting that important matters will be given priority. The PG hushed him and demanded that he immediately withdraws that statement. Mr. Ayaruja continued but PG shouted “shut up and sit down.”

 

At this point the PG called Efe his son who was sitting at the back of the hall a bit far off and signalled him to lock the windows of the hall. The son brought in two other young men who joined him to commence the locking the windows.

 

DPG 3, Okakuro Anirah then stood up and said “you mean I will invite people to my house, we agree on something and I entertained them lavishly and they will go and do another thing?” He then walked out of the meeting.

 

The DPG 2, Mr. Ayaruja then asked the PG “what do you want?” He responded, “you people must allow me have my way!” Mr. Ayaruja then said, “if it is voting that can make you allow us to make progress, then let us vote”.  The PG then asked “where is Oren Chief Anirah?” DPG 2, Mr. Ayaruja again told the PG that we should vote. The PG replied “we cannot vote again as you people have closed the meeting”

 

The PG called his son Efe again to carry his “things” and he rose to move out of the meeting.

 

MOTION FOR DPG1 TO ASSUME THE ROLE OF PRESIDING OFFICER.

 

As the PG left the meeting, the DPG 2, Mr. Omamurhomu Ayaruja rose and  said that “as the Okpe Union Constitution provides that in the absence of the President General, the Deputy President General 1 shall preside, I hereby move that the Deputy President General 1 Mr. Patrick Akpotor now assume the position of the presiding officer of this NEC meeting.” The Deputy President General 4 of the union, Mr. Bernard Adibor then rose to second the motion.

 

The DPG 1, Mr. Patrick Akpotor, then immediately called the house to order. He asked the General Secretary what the next item on the agenda was. The General Secretary noted  that there was a motion earlier which was seconded that the fixing of the date for the Annual General Assembly and the setting up of the electoral committee was of paramount importance and should be treated first. The DPG 1 then asked what date the tenure of this NEC ending? The GS answered that it is 17th of November, 2020. The DPG 1 then asked that members check the calendar to determine the Saturday before that 17th of November. The Assistant General Secretary, Mr. Friday Ekemefe responded that it was 14th November, 2020. At this point, the Mr. Friday Ekemefe then rose to move a motion that the next General Assembly be held on the 14th of November, 2020. The National Youths Coordinator, Comrade Mary Pender rose and seconded the motion that the next General Assembly be held on the 14th of November, 2020. Thereafter, the DPG 4, Mr. Bernard Adibor pointed out that considering the way the President General attempted to forcefully close this NEC meeting with his boys, and as the Okpe Union Constitution provides that the General Assembly can hold in any part of Okpeland, he moves that the next General Assembly meeting holds in Sapele. Comrade Mary Pender seconded the motion that the next General Assembly holds in Sapele.

 

The General Secretary then said that the setting up of the electoral committee is imperative.

 

At this point, the President General Okakuro Robert Onome walked into the hall with some fierce looking young men. He, the PG, came straight to warn the General Secretary. Two of the boys went straight and accosted the DPG 1 who was presiding. One of them told the DPG 1 that he knows him and that he is from Egborode. The DPG 1 then asked him to just allow for the rounding off of the meeting. The second young man protested vehemently and said everyone should leave the hall now. There were other invaders who had now locked up all the windows of the hall. The DPG 1 then rose and said it is important that there be a motion for adjournment. DPG 4, Mr. Bernard Adibor then hurriedly moved a motion for adjournment with the National Publicity Secretary, Mrs Atarhe Abuh saying “seconded” as the PG directed the “thugs” to remove the chairs and the tables to the corner. It was on that violent note that members of the NEC of the Union moved out of the hall, effectively bringing the meeting to a close.

 

THE RESOLUTIONS:

 

From the foregoing, the following resolutions were reached at the National Executive Council Meeting of the Okpe Union which held on the 29th of August, 2020.

 

  1. That the Lagos Regional Headquarters transmit to the current national leadership of the Okpe Union handover notes within one month from the date of the NEC meeting which held on the of 29th August, 2020.

 

  1. Nine Okpe personalities were nominated for possible approval by the General Assembly of the Okpe Union after their consent is obtained as Board of Trustees members of the Okpe Union.

 

  1. That the approval of the National Headquarters is to be obtained by any branch or region of the Okpe Union before they can use the logo of the Okpe Union.

 

  1. That the new executive of the Okpe Union, Sapele LGA Branch is recognised to move the branch forward.

 

  1. That the 2020 General Assembly meeting of the Okpe Union shall hold on the 14th of November, 2020 at Sapele.

 

SIGNED THIS 2nd DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2020.

 

The Okpe Union Patriots Calling!*

 

*TOWARDS A SMOOTH TRANSITION AS THE* *TENURE OF THE CURRENT NEC OF THE* *OKPE UNION WINDS DOWN.*

 

The current National Executive Council of the Okpe Union was inaugurated on the 17th of November, 2016 for a four year tenure. It follows the tenure of the current *NEC* lapses on the 17th of November this year 2020.

 

By the Constitution of the Okpe Union, three months to the expiration of tenure, the NEC is directed to set up an Electoral Committee and also fix a General Assembly meeting of all the Okpe Union branches for the purpose of the election. By the provisions of the Constitution, the General Secretary shall send notices for the General Assembly at least sixty (60) days to the date of the meeting.

 

For the purpose of complying with the above provisions, a NEC meeting of the Okpe Union held on 29th of August, 2020. During the meeting, there were some disagreements which reportedly led to the President General to walk out before the end of the meeting. The PG however claims that his moving out meant the meeting had ended. The other group claimed that to avoid a constitutional crisis, they refused to end the meeting as they moved that the next highest officer of the Union acts to preside over the NEC meeting in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

 

Considering the all important need to ensure a smooth transition without a constitutional crisis which the failure of the 29th August 2020 NEC to fix a General Assembly date would have resulted, the move by other NEC members to continue the meeting and fix a date for the *ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY* meeting for the 14th of November, 2020 is commendable. It is unfortunate that the reported subsequent disruption of the meeting by thugs prevented the NEC from additionally setting up the Electoral Committee.

 

For a successful transition after the expiration of the tenure of the current National Executive Council of the Okpe Union on the 17th of November, this year 2020, we recommend the following:

 

  1. That all branches and Stakeholders of the Okpe Union participate in the Annual General Assembly meeting slated for the 14th of November, 2020 at Sapele, Delta State.

 

  1. That since the Constitution of the Okpe Union provides that the General Assembly is the Supreme organ and highest decision making Organ of the Union, it should ensure that a workable transition template which includes the setting up of an Electoral Committee as well as an Interim Administration for a short period before the national elections, is put in place.

 

  1. The Okpe Union Patriots are of the view that the above positions are the only feasible way forward now to avoid a constitutional crisis as the constitutional three months for the setting up of an electoral committee as well as the sixty days period for the notices of General Assembly meeting has already elapsed. Our position that the November 14th Annual General Assembly date at the Okpe Hall, Sapele be complied with is imperative as the provisions of the Okpe Union Constitution have been complied with and notices have reached the branches within the sixty days required by the Constitution.

 

All hands must be on deck to ensure the survival and sustainability of the Okpe Union which our forefathers fought for and established as one of the earliest ethnic Unions in Nigeria in 1930.

 

Long live the Okpe Nation!

Long live the Orodje of Okpe!

Long live the Okpe Union!

 

Signed:

 

*The Okpe Union Patriots* ,

*17th September, 2020* .

 

*CALL FOR SUPPORT OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE OKPE UNION FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE OKPE UNION* .

 

On the 29th of August, 2020 at the National Executive Council meeting of the Okpe Union, certain decisions were reached that are imperative to be implemented for the survival and stability of the Okpe Union. By the provisions of the Okpe Union Constitution, the General Secretary is named specifically to be responsible for the implementation of General Assembly and NEC decisions of the Okpe Union.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, *Article 16 iii* provides as follows:

 

iii. GENERAL SECRETARY

The General Secretary shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Okpe Union and a signatory to its accounts.

(a) To supervise all administrative activities of the Union

(b) Conduct and direct the correspondence of the Union and cause to be issued notices of meetings of the General Assembly, National Executive Council and all other meetings as may be determined from time to time.

(c) Keep or cause to be kept all records of proceedings of the General Assembly, National Executive Council as well as other records of the Union.

(d) Render a written Annual Report of the activities of Union to NEC.

(e) Ensure the implementation of the decisions and directives of the General Assembly, National Executive Council and ensure that all units of the Union carry out their duties promptly and efficiently.

(f) Consult the President General in the discharge of the duties of his or her office.

(g) Carry out any other duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the President General or the National Executive Council.

(h) The General Secretary of the Union shall be the custodian of the Common seal of the Union.

 

On “f” above, I have reached out to the President General several times since the last NEC meeting for the purpose of consultation as required, but I have got no positive replies from him as he insists that his moving out of the last NEC meeting meant it had ended. This is despite the fact that the constitution of the Okpe Union provides for deputising by the Deputy President General 1 who duly presided over the remaining parts of the NEC meeting of the 29th of August, 2020 where the decision was taken. I have also consulted with other members of the NEC.

 

For more clarity as to the constitutional provisions regarding the Annual General Assembly of the Okpe Union, the union’s constitution provides as follows:

 

*ARTICLE 11*

i…. shall be the supreme and highest decision making organ of the Union.

  1. The General Assembly shall hold once a year at a designated place in Okpe Kingdom by NEC and shall be presided over by the President General

iii. Decisions taken at the General Assembly shall be binding on all branches and their members.

  1. The General Assembly shall be made up of the following:
  2. National Executive Council members
  3. Board of Trustees members
  4. Branch and Regional delegates
  5. The Youth Wing and Affiliate bodies.

 

*ARTICLE 24*

Annual General Assembly:

  1. The Annual General Assembly shall be held annually at a

designated place in Okpe Kingdom

  1. The Quorum at the Annual General Assembly shall be 2/3 of the branches invited.
  2. The General Secretary shall give notice to members Sixty (60) days before the AGA, indicating the agenda, time, date and venue.
  3. Each Branch shall send maximum of 5 (five), not less than 2 (two) delegates to the AGA.

 

Dear members of the Okpe Union, as the tenure of the current National Executive Council ends on the 17th of November this year 2020, and as we currently have less than 60 (sixty) days to that date for a General Assembly Notice to be disseminated before the tenure said tenure lapses as enshrined in the constitution, no meeting of the current NEC can validly change the date fixed by the 29th of August 2020 NEC meeting of the Okpe Union.

 

My dear Okpe compatriots and members of the Okpe Union all over the world, as the constitution has singled out a specific officer, the General Secretary, to be responsible for the implementation of General Assembly decisions, National Executive Council decisions,