Urhobo in United Kingdom Celebrate as Omene Inaugurates New UPU Executive (PHOTOS)
By Our United Kingdom Correspondent
LAGOS OCTOBER 9TH (URHOBOTODAY)- Urhobos living in United Kingdom were on a celebration mood following the inauguration and swearing in of new members of executive of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), United Kingdom branch by President General of Urhobo Progress Union(UPU) Worldwide, Chief (Engr) Joseph Orode Omene.
The new members of Executive expected to be in office for the next three years is headed by the newly elected President-General of UPU in United Kingdom, Chief (Barrister) Emmanuel Okpako Ganiga.
The inauguration and swearing in ceremony of the new members of executive which was performed on August 27th, 2016 during an annual convention of the Union held at Gans Banquet Hall, number 3, Hatcham Road, London witnessed the present of Urhobo personalities from all walks of life.
Speaking during the inauguration, President-General of UPU Worldwide, Chief Joseph Omene appealed to Urhobos living in United Kingdom to support the newly sworn in members of executive of UPU in United Kingdom, adding that Urhobos in the United Kingdom should form a united front to create room for development and protection against external forces.
He urged them to ignore claim by some decedents to organize another election, stressing that the majority has spoken with the election of the new members of executive.
Speaking in the same vein, the newly elected President-General of UPU in United Kingdom, Chief (Barrister) Emmanuel Okpako Ganiga appealed to Urhobos based in United Kingdom to come together as one, adding that ones there is unity among them a lot will be achieved.
“We are working hard to bring everybody together. If we are together we will be able to form a formidable front against external forces and move on progressively,” he told Urhobotoday correspondence in United Kingdom.
Appealing to Urhobo indigenes abroad to support UPU Headquarters back home, Ganiga advised Urhobos living overseas to be involve in community projects for the development of Urhobo communities.
“They should go home often and be involve in community projects. They should create scholarships scheme and jobs for the youths back home. In United Kingdom, ninety percent of employment is created by private companies. I want them to borrow leaf from what they are experiencing here. If they can partner with the community back home, they should be able to create companies that will provide jobs that will be of great advantage to the people and it will also go a long way for the development of our community back home,” he stated.
Thus, following a General Election of UPU, United Kingdom branch held on the 7th of August 2016 and subsequent inauguration of officers at the Annual Convention by the President General of UPU worldwide, Chief (Engineer) Joseph Orode Omene JP, the under listed officers who were duly elected are serve as members of the National Executive Council of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), United Kingdom for the next three years.
They are Chief (Barrister) Emmanuel Okpako Ganiga, President from Oghara, Chief Dan Ati Avbara Ogodo, Vice President from Orua r’vieAbraka, Mrs. Tiona Agbaisi, Lady Vice President from Ughelli, Olorogun Ted Ochuko Arayki, Secretary from Olomu, Mrs. Ese Izirein (Nee.Obaze), Treasurer from Agbon, Mr. Darosha Saseri, Publicity Secretary from Oghara, Ms Edirin Juweto, Financial Secretary from Udu/Uvwie, Chief (Mrs.) Ejemudiaro Salubi-Orizu, Legal Adviser from Agbon, Mrs. Grace Garani, Social Secretary from Oghara, Chief Vincent Eghwurudje Otota 1 from Umiaghwa Abraka, Rev. Emmanuel Usikaro, Asstant Secretary from Oghara, Mr. Emoerere Nikoro, Asstant Publicity Secretary from Agbarho and Ms Faith Tracey Uloho Asst. Social Secretary from. Ughelli
Others are Mrs. Regina Liember, Assistant Financial Secretary 1 from Ughievwen, Mrs. Dorcas Jerome-Oboh, Assistant Financial Secretary 2 from Agbarho, Mrs. Ufuoma Obaze, Ewheya 1 from Agbon, Mrs. Emily Ewhrudjakpo, Ewheya 2 from Ughievwen, Ms Mercy Kokome, Welfare Officer 1 from Agbon, Mrs. Beauty Ighodaye, Welfare Officer 2 from Oghara, Mrs. Comfort Obiroefoju, Otota 2 from Okpe, Mr. Sam Osawota, Provost from Orogun, Prince (Chief) Charles Abutoh, Ex Official Member from Oghara,
Chief Austin Ididia, Ex Official Member from Agbon and Mr. Emmanuel Urhiofe, Ex Official Member from Olomu
Furthermore, in accordance with the constitution and bye-laws of Urhobo Progress Union, United Kingdom, the following members of the Union were duly appointed to serve in the Board of Trustees of Union in United Kingdom.
They are Sir Austin Mukoro, Chairman from Agbarho, Mr. Ese Ariemugbovbe, Vice Chairman from Evwreni, Mrs. Florence Avwunu, Secretary from Idjerhe, Mr. Tunde Kwakpovwe, Member from Udu/Ughievwen, Mr. Gabriel Obiuwevbi, Member from Agbarha-Otor, Mr Solomon Agbandje, Member from Orogun, Chief John B Edeki JP, Member from Agbon / Orogun and Mrs Helen Erekpaine, Member from Okpe.
Others are Chief Raymond Egbenoma JP, Member from Orua r’vie Abraka, Chief (Mrs) Felicia Akpodonor Anidi, Member Oghara, Chief Francis Ayovware, Member from Arhavwarien/Ewu, Mr. Eric Tobi Eghweree Member Oghara
13 Chief Francis Uguokor JP, Member from Uvwie, Pa Emmanuel Efemini, Member from Agbon, Chief Philip Wanogho, Patron from Orogun and Mrs. Janet Eruvbetere Usikaro, Matron from Idherhe / Agbarho