By Timi Black and Miracle Esegha
A civil pressure group under the auspices of the Independent Grassroot Liberators IGL, on Friday, marked its end-of-year celebration with a rally procession on major roads and streets in Ogbe-Ijoh, headquarters of Warri South West local government area to create awareness on democracy dividends, hard drugs, teenage pregnancy and other social vices.
The group builds its lectures on the importance of democracy, the importance of grassroots politics, the importance of education as it cites the implications of hard drugs and teenage pregnancy given by resource persons to mark its end-of-year celebration.
However, the National Coordinator of the body, Honourable Felix Yerinbowei in an interview added that the IGL movement is all about freedom.
Yerinbowei who doubled as the councillor representing Ijansa ward thirteen (13 )in the Warri South West legislative arm of government added that IGL over the years had been the voice of the voiceless and fighting for the oppressed.
He maintained that as a body they are determined to impact lives positively, hence the lectures and rally were geared towards sensitising the people on what they need to know about democracy and grassroots politics, education, hard drugs, and teenage pregnancy.
The lawmaker who asserted that what the body is doing is to complement the leaders of Ogbe Ijoh emphasised that IGL is not a pressure group of any political party but for the people.
In the same vein, Comr Smart Okoso national secretary of the body in an interview said that the body had done a lot by erecting the statues of the Founder of Ogbe-Ijoh Ewein and his family at modern Ewein roundabout in Ogbe Ijoh, making the people to feel the impact of the grassroots among others.
However, the group’s National President Amb Bene Manamu Junior who is an Aspirant for the Warri South West Local Government Chairmanship position talked about the importance of democracy, educated the politicians vying for elective positions and the ones occupying political offices to know that they owe the people good governance by ensuring they enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Also speaking, Comrade Boro Ebikake who said no to hard drugs and teenage pregnancy, emphasised that hard drugs and teenage pregnancy are destroyers of bright destinies of most youths.
Equally, the body’s national spokesperson Comrade Stevenson Numah who took the lecture on the importance of grassroots politics said that the place of grassroots in politics can not be overemphasised.
The leadership of IGL who were in attendance were,
National Adviser of the body Comrade God bless Kenge, Dickson, Ogbonu, James, Julius, Stanley, and Oputonbiri.
They however expressed optimism that the new year 2024 would be a year of great expectations.