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Published On: Fri, Nov 4th, 2016

Ibori’s Kinsmen Clamour for His Unconditional Release, Trace His Travail to Struggle for True Federalism

Chief James Ibori

Chief James Ibori


LAGOS NOVEMBER 4TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Kinsmen of Chief James Ibori, former Delta State Governor, presently serving thirteen years imprisonment in the United Kingdom has appealed for his immediate and unconditional release from prison.
Ibori’s kinsmen who made the appeal in a communiqué issued after the end four day Oghara Summit 2016 held at Asaba, Delta State reiterated that the travail of Ibori has to do mainly as a result of his unrelenting stand and clamour for fiscal federalism through the control of resources of the Niger Delta by her people.

His kinsmen who are an Urhobo community of Oghara in Delta State recalled that Ibori as Governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007 blazed the trail by establishing a standard of good governance and excellent performance that ushered in enviable development and progress of Delta State and her people, adding that “the travails of our son, HE Chief James Onanefe Ibori is mainly a fallout of his unrelenting stand and clamour for fiscal federalism through the control of resources of the Niger Delta by her people. We therefore unequivocally call for his immediate and unconditional release.”
The indigenes of Oghara located in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State lamented that despite their enormous contributions to the economic, social and political well being of Delta State and Nigeria as an oil and gas bearing community both in the downstream and upstream sectors, they have not received commensurate dividends from successive federal governments.
“It is in this regard that we call on the Federal and State Governments to ensure that the community receives her due share in terms of infrastructural and human capital development. We also call on investors to take advantage of the navigable nature of the River Ethiope and the friendly disposition of the people to invest in Oghara,” they appealed, just as they commended Delta State Government for appointing some of their sons and daughters into positions of responsibility.
Oghara indigenes who requested t for more appointments and siting of new projects in the community in addition to sustaining and maintaining the existing infrastructural facilities, particularly the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, commended the Federal Government through the NDDC in the step down of the 132KV by 2 by 30MVA by 33KV Substation in Oghara.
They however lamented that despite the official commissioning of the project about two years ago, it has not been of maximum benefit to the community, as the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC)occasionally releases electricity to the community for not more than two hours a day, while there is constant electricity at the Substation.
The Summit calls on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), as a matter of utmost importance, to supply uninterrupted electricity to the community to ensure that the facility has multiplier effects on all segments of development in Oghara.
“That we are excited over the sitting of the Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Oghara Community, which project completion has suffered a lot of setback even though the Delta State Government has spent billions of naira on it. We urge the Delta State Government to take urgent steps to complete the laudable project and make it operational by installing all the turbines and equipment that have already been procured and presently lying fallow, to avoid their imminent depreciation and eventual loss of value.
“ That the Urhobo nation as the largest ethnic nationality in Delta State and the fifth largest in Nigeria is strategically positioned to influence, determine and play critical roles in public policy formulation and implementation in Delta State and Nigeria. Though the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) albeit has made appreciable impact on the polity, the Summit urges the umbrella body to put its house in order to strengthen the unity and progress of the entire Urhobo nation of which Oghara is an integral part. Also the Summit calls for the teaching of the Urhobo language at all levels of educational institutions in Urhoboland in order to forestall its extinction so that our children will understand, fluently speak and write the Urhobo language.
“That Traditional institutions should be unequivocally recognized as paramount and encouraged to interface and synergize with government, security agencies and the youths with a view to drastically reducing youth unemployment, restiveness and militancy. However, we call on all communities to jealously guard and protect existing infrastructural facilities in their domain, especially oil and gas pipelines which governments at various levels have invested enormous resources in putting in place from vandalism and wanton destruction.
“That the summit condemns the menace of Fulani herdsmen who rape women, kill innocent/harmless citizens and destroy farmlands. We call on the Federal and Delta State Governments to set up necessary
machinery to stop their nefarious activities to avoid further breakdown of law and order.
“ That the Summit notes and commends the efforts of security agencies in the State, the current Divisional Police Officer in Oghara, CSP Fasugba Temitope and the Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley in tackling the menace of kidnapping, robbery and other criminal vices in the area, and stressed the need for the leadership of the community to forge a strong synergy with them in ensuring that the scourge is completely stamped out.
10) That the Summit approved that the Oghara Summit should be an annual event, as well as other sectoral summits from time to time, and established the Oghara Advancement Foundation to drive a development agenda for the Community.
“The Summit passed a vote of confidence on the member representing Ethiope West Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley and the Managing Director of Delta State Oil
Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief (Dr.) Williams Makinde, for their performances in their respective positions.”

FULL DETAIL OF 2016 OGHARA SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

COMMUNIQUE OF THE OGHARA SUMMIT 2016 HELD BETWEEN THURSDAY 13TH AND SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2016 AT THE SWISS SPIRIT HOTEL, ASABA, DELTA STATE

Oghara Summit 2016 which took place between the 13th and 16th of October, 2016 at the Swiss Spirit Hotel, Asaba deliberated on diverse issues including the state of affairs in Oghara community in
particular, Ethiope West Local Government Area, Delta State and Nigeria at large.
The Summit was graced with the esteemed royal presence of HRM, Uku-Ogharana’me, Orefe III, Ovie of Oghara Kingdom, Uzzi Samson Takpor, Iyasere of Oghara Kingdom, High Chief William Ibori, Unugbrogodo of Ogharefe, High Chief William Usabor, Unugbrogodo of Oghareki, eminent Chiefs, Elders, Women, Youths and prominent sons and daughters of Oghara at home and in the diaspora.
Goodwill messages were received from the former Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Deputy President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Prof Joseph
Otubu, Bishop of Sapele Diocese of the Anglian Communion, Rt. Rev. Blessing Erifeta, Chairman/Managing Director, Rainoil Limited, Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, Chairman/Managing Director, Cybernetics Limited, Chief Andy Isichie, Member representing Ethiope West in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, Chairman, Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley, Group Chairman, Staco Insurance Plc, Mr Dere Otubu, Mrs. Christine Ibori-Ibie, former Sales Development/Administration Manager, Lever Brothers Plc, Chief Frederick Efefaroro, former ADC to Delta State Governor, Sir Solomon Udele, UK based businessman, Mr. Edafe Ejoh among others.
Erudite speakers and discussants spoke and deliberated on a wide range of issues, after which it was resolved as follows:
1) That Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State has vast and arable expanse of land and a fairly large population in addition to being host to part of the River Ethiope, which is the deepest river in West Africa. That Oghara makes enormous contributions to the economic, social and political well being of Delta State and Nigeria as an oil and gas bearing community both in the downstream and upstream sectors of the economy with the consequent environmental degradation on the host community. In spite of the enormous contributions, the community has not received commensurate dividends from successive federal governments. It is in this regard that we call
on the Federal and State Governments to ensure that the community receives her due share in terms of infrastructural and human capital development. We also call on investors to take advantage of the
navigable nature of the River Ethiope and the friendly disposition of the people to invest in Oghara.
2) That Oghara is however encouraged and give glory to God that by HIS sheer grace, an illustrious son of the soil, His Excellency, Chief James Onanefe Ibori became the Governor of Delta State from 1999 to
2007 and blazed the trail by establishing a standard of good governance and excellent performance that ushered in enviable development and progress of Delta State and her people. Despite his good works for which he was lauded by all and sundry, the travails of our son, HE Chief James Onanefe Ibori is mainly a fallout of his unrelenting stand and clamour for fiscal federalism through the control of resources of the Niger Delta by her people. We therefore unequivocally call for his immediate and unconditional release.
3) That we profoundly appreciate the Delta State Government for appointing some of our sons and daughters into positions of responsibility, but humbly request for more appointments and siting of
new projects in the community in addition to sustaining and maintaining the existing infrastructural facilities, particularly the Delta State University Teaching Hospital.
.4) That we are excited over the siting of the Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Oghara Community, which project completion has suffered a lot of setback even though the Delta State Government has spent billions of naira on it. We urge the Delta State Government to take urgent steps to complete the laudable project and make it operational by installing all the turbines and equipment that have already been procured and presently lying fallow, to avoid their imminent depreciation and eventual loss of value.
5) The Summit commends the Federal Government through the NDDC in the step down of the 132KV by 2 by 30MVA by 33KV Substation in Oghara. Regrettably, despite the official commissioning of the project about two years ago, it has not been of maximum benefit to the community, as the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC)occasionally releases electricity to the community for not more than two hours a day, while there is constant electricity at the Substation. The Summit calls on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), as a matter of utmost importance, to supply uninterrupted electricity to the community to ensure that the facility has multiplier effects on all segments of development in Oghara.
6) That the Urhobo nation as the largest ethnic nationality in Delta State and the fifth largest in Nigeria is strategically positioned to influence, determine and play critical roles in public policy formulation and implementation in Delta State and Nigeria. Though the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) albeit has made appreciable impact on the polity, the Summit urges the umbrella body to put its house in order
to strengthen the unity and progress of the entire Urhobo nation of which Oghara is an integral part. Also the Summit calls for the teaching of the Urhobo language at all levels of educational
institutions in Urhoboland in order to forestall its extinction so that our children will understand, fluently speak and write the Urhobo language.
7) That Traditional institutions should be unequivocally recognized as paramount and encouraged to interface and synergize with government, security agencies and the youths with a view to drastically reducing youth unemployment, restiveness and militancy. However, we call on all communities to jealously guard and protect existing infrastructural facilities in their domain, especially oil and gas pipelines which governments at various levels have invested enormous resources in putting in place from vandalism and wanton destruction.
8) That the summit condemns the menace of Fulani herdsmen who rape women, kill innocent/harmless citizens and destroy farmlands. We call on the Federal and Delta State Governments to set up necessary
machinery to stop their nefarious activities to avoid further breakdown of law and order.
9) That the Summit notes and commends the efforts of security agencies in the State, the current Divisional Police Officer in Oghara, CSP Fasugba Temitope and the Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley in tackling the menace of kidnapping, robbery and other criminal vices in the area, and stressed the need for the leadership of the community to forge a strong synergy with them in ensuring that the scourge is completely stamped out.
10) That the Summit approved that the Oghara Summit should be an annual event, as well as other sectoral summits from time to time, and established the Oghara Advancement Foundation to drive a development agenda for the Community.
11) The Summit passed a vote of confidence on the member representing Ethiope West Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley and the Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief (Dr.) Williams Makinde, for their performances in their respective positions.

High Chief William Ibori
Chief William Usabor

Unugbrogodo of Ogharefe
Unugbrogodo of Oghareki

Chief (Engr.) Emmanuel Ighomena
Chairman, Oghara summit 2016

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