By Timi Black
,Anita Godfrey & Teide Emomotimi
The newly elected leadership of Egbema Youth Council, EYC, comprising Delta and Edo states was inaugurated in Warri on Sunday, under the chairmanship of Chief Jude Okori, the immediate past chairman of Egbema/Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation.
The event which was held in Egbema/Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, office complex at Warri had several dignitaries in attendance.
Amongst some dignitaries at the event were, Chief Jude Okori, the immediate past chairman of EGCDF, Chief Roberson Ogunkoro, INC Western zone chairman, the president Ijaw Women Connect, Mrs Rosemary Aken John-Oduone and other team members, Dr. Bisina, Comrade Ozobo Austin, president Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, IYC Western zone chairman, Dr. Doubra Okotete, president Delta Comrade community, led Amb. Princewill Binebai, CEOs of Congress newspaper, Daily report Nigeria, Liberator newspaper, Egbemavoice, Delta event Tv and others respected chiefs and leaders of the Kingdom.
The chairman, in his opening speech urged the new leadership of the youth to emulate every good stride of the outgoing administration, “You should always harmonize the Egbema youths, never relent to reach out to the Elders Forum in Egbema kingdom.”, he added.
Chief Okori, also put a call across the Egbema Elders Forum to work with the youths in all ramifications to bring development to the Kingdom.
He asserted, “the youths in Egbema kingdom are qualify to shoulder leadership positions and are capable to accomplish any assignment given to them.
The former EGCDF chairman, also advised the youths to be diligent and be of good conducts, especially during the 2023 party primaries and general elections that are fast approaching, adding that they should never allow themselves be used as thugs to politicians.
The newly sworn-in executives are listed as follows, Comr. Kelvin City Eferusuoa,president General, Comr. Daniel Aaron, vice president General, COMR GOVERNOR EKPOKEME STEPHEN, General secretary, Comr. Michael.K.k. Ejemi nat’l PRO.
Others are Comr. Ominijei Gbefayefa Henry, Assistant secretary General, Comr. Nawei Happy, woman leader, Comr. Esite Emodigha, treasurer, Comr. Ofeye Alex Kimipamini Fin. Secretary, Comr. Ugami Boloaf Aganimitei, Student’s rep, Comr. Erin-ebimi Fikesei Ruth, organizing secretary and Comr Okoro EMOTONGHA Provost.
Speaking at the event, the newly sworn-in president of Egbema Youth Council, Comr Eferesuoa Kelvin, assured the Egbema kingdom youths that his administration would tackle key challenges affecting the youths in the kingdom.
Acccording to him, “I’m going to start by thanking God first for making it possible for you all to be here safe and sound.
“I am humble by your humility as you make out time from your busy schedules to attend this historical event which means so much to Egbema youths and the entire Egbema kingdom.
“I want to thank the outgoing president Comr. Ebidouwei Messiah Miyenpirigha, and his executive. Thank you for all your selfless service that has taken us to where we are today.
“Special thanks also go to the pioneers of this foundation and all other leaders for your support, financially and otherwise. I will like to again thank the Edo and Delta State governments and all companies operating within Egbema kingdom for the part you have played in the youths development so far in the kingdom, though not enough.
“I plead with your continue support for my leadership we would succeed.
“The primary purpose for me as a president of Egbema Youth (EYC) Council is to sustain peace and achieve positive change for my people, and to do this we need to work together and love one another, as most of you know Egbema kingdom is one of the oldest kingdom in Ijaw Nation and we are peace loving people who have contributed our quarters in the nation struggle.
“However, despite being in oil sector, Egbema kingdom is still underdeveloped in many areas.
I am grateful to be elected to charge of the affairs of Egbema kingdom youths. I will work with the various communities youths presidents and the chairmen, the government and the companies representatives to address the issues threatened the development of our dear Egbema kingdom.
Thank you God bless you.”
The outgoing chairman also wish the incoming youths leadership a fairewell, urging the youths to work with the new youth leadership of the kingdom to succeed.
“I equally seize this medium to implore you to work with my successor and his team members more effectively to sustain the existing peace enjoyed so far within my administration. Note; when the leaders refuse to carry the youths along in the activities of things in this contemporary society, it may lead to abuse of law and order by the youths because we want to have sense of belonging especially things that concern us as youths, he stated.
Comrade Ebidouwei also expressed gratitude to God almighty, and respected leaders of the kingdom over the support during his administration.
His words, “Please permit me to use this ample opportunity to humbly express our heartfelt gratitude to God almighty, our late King, HRM. Gold E.O. Tiemo KSQ, JP The Agadagba of Egbema Kingdom, may his soul rest in perfect peace, the Chairman of the Egbema Council of Chiefs, Amb. Joel Bisina, Elder Edmund Tiemo, Engr. John Ekpe, Engr. Faye Igbiriki, Amb. Jude Ukori, Evans. Samson Fetimi, Amb. Meshach Ubabiri, Napoleon Egin Esq, Toruibe Agagha Esq, Hon. Inimoweri Etuwatimi, Engr. Mewariwei Boye, Egbema peace keeping and security outfit and the immediate past President Amb. Bright Maya and his team to mention but few for their historic roles they played.
We cannot also ignore the fact that Alex Kiri and Prince Brakemiye Igbiriki were the patriots who named this noble body which I was opportuned to be the first elected President to serve the good youths of Egbema Kingdom.
“My goal which was termed “FOCUS” was 90% accomplished without missing a word and some of the achievements came through because of your collective effort and not ours as executives alone.
“Thus, our working together as a team in thick and thin prepared us to enviable height, which includes the issuance of a certificate of recommendation from our demised King, and we are now been recognised by the three tiers of government, non-governmental organisations and amongst others based on the fact that we were persistence and FOCUSED.
“NON-CAPITAL PROJECTS: With the massive support and encouragement of the leadership of Egbema Kingdom during my administration, a large number of persons were enrolled into the Federal Government’s vulnerable household’s empowerment programme and 286 persons are now receiving monthly stipends, and more than a thousand names had been approved for further inclusion to receive same payment.
This is in line with our mission statement that; we shall carry everybody along including the less privileged. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMMES: Some of our Community youths President and other stakeholders were invited to the city to partake in a leadership training programmes through Centre for peace and environmental justice and Africa youth parliament.
The said trainings improved our modus operandi and created positive impact in our lives that propelled our burning desire to transform our various Communities. Additionally, 16 youths were also trained against illegal immigration via the National Orientation agency in the year 2020.
“Again, another 20 of our youths were trained by The Foundation for Partnerships Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) within 2021/2022 on various skills and eleven participants successfully completed the programme. Another 2 persons were trained by DESOPADEC and they just completed their programme recently as well. Let me boldly reflect what I said on the 15th day of July 2017 that I keenly believe we will be able to work and stand up for freedom together in harmony, knowing that we shall be free in the shortest time frame within my administration.
Now is the time to lift our kingdom from the quagmire of social and political injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood and tranquillity and I am glad today that, our little efforts had navigated the political process which led to the emergence of our brothers as secretary for the second time and our first local Government chairman respectively since 1991, these remarkable achievements were attained through our strong support to our leaders in the kingdom with protest repeatedly.” He maintained.
The goodwill message was given by Comrade Ozobo Austin, the Special Assistant to the governor of Delta state on political matters.
Ozobo while appreciating the effort of the outgoing youths leadership, said the incoming youths leadership should strive to do better than its predecessor.