…Urges Urhobo Traditional Rulers To Wade Into The Politicization, Unholy Division In UPU.
Convener of Agbon Peace And Economic Transformation Initiative, APETRI, and Executive Assistant on Communications to the Governor of Delta State, Dr (Barrister) Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, has congratulated His Royal Majesty, HRM, Emmanuel Okumagba II, for ascending the throne of his forefathers as the Monarch of Okere-Urhobo people in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
HE urged Okymagba II, to use his new status to join efforts with other traditional rulers in Urhobo Nation, to tackle the unfortunate multifaceted divisions in the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, alleging that some powerful politicians have systematically capitalised on the endless petty squabbles in the union to hijack UPU structures for their selfish political interests.
The EAC to Governor Okowa further asserted in his goodwill message to the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom that other ethnic nationalities in the state, are secretly mocking Urhobo nation for her inability to speak with one voice and for allowing the political class to use money, unmerited favour and political influence to indirectly “divide and rule” the union, and to the disadvantage of the good people of Delta Central Senatorial District.
Oghenesivbe posited that the time has come for Urhobo nation to be wise, and to take strategic steps to redeem her lost glory, to reposition herself and to truly become the one-stop rallying point for all sons and daughters worldwide, irrespective of political affiliations, adding that UPU has somewhat degenerated to the point where powerful political gladiators in other ethnic nationalities are gradually taking control of the union to prosecute and to solidify their political interests and to prove their relevance in political chess game.
Oghenesivbe further appealed to Urhobo traditional rulers to continue to support and partner with the Okowa administration as a result of obvious commitments by the state governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, towards infrastructure and socioeconomic development of the three senatorial districts, as can be seen from the monumental achievements so far recorded in the past five years and still counting.
“It is obvious that other ethnic nationalities are mocking Urhobo nation over her inability to resolve the lingering crisis in the UPU, and something urgent, positive and result oriented must be done to wade off political gladiators within and outside Delta central senatorial district who have capitalised on the union’s unfortunate squabbles to divide and control our people; and the political class to their selfish advantage, and to the disadvantage of Urhobo nation.
“Some of our sons and daughters in politics have decided to create multifaceted factions within UPU to drive their self centered political ambitions, liaising radically with their political associates outside Delta central senatorial district to weaken the strength and unity of the union. This is unacceptable because we cannot sell our birthright for a morsel of bread.
“It is on this note that I humbly and respectfully call on the newly crowned Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Emmanuel Okumagba II and other royal fathers and their Chiefs-in-Council to do something urgent about the worrisome and unholy divisions in UPU, and to quickly as a matter of necessity, restore the pride and right of place of Urhobo Nation in our social milieu, going forward.
“I pray God Almighty to grant HRM, Emmanuel Okumagba II, divine wisdom, excellent health, longevity, and may his reign attract uncommon socioeconomic and infrastructure development, peace and unity to Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, and Urhobo Nation in general,” Oghenesivbe prayed.
Multiple accidents claim 17 lives in Kogi, 2 Police Inspectors involved
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Two ghastly motor accidents occurred separately along Lokoja — Ayingba road in Kogi state on Thursday claiming no fewer than 17 lives involving two Police Inspectors and 15 other persons
The first accident occurred near Ojudu village in the afternoon of the fateful Thursday involving two Police Inspectors who were on their way to a mortuary at Ayingba to pick the remains of their colleague sergeant who earlier died in an accident on the same road.
The deceased officers were in an ambulance with an empty casket when an articulated vehicle was said to have ran into them, killing all the occupants including the driver.
According to the Police Public Relation Officer,(PPRO) DSP William Aya, the two officers were sent to an Ayingba morgue to pick the corpse of their late sergeant who died in an earlier accident for onward movement to Adamawa state for burial when they lost their lives.
About 5 hours after Fourteen persons, including five children same day, Thursday, lost their lives in another ghastly motor accident which occurred on same Anyingba – Lokoja road in Kogi State.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure confirmed to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the multiple accident which happened in the evening of Jan. 14.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, hit the truck in its front.
The Sector Commander explained that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
Aghure disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.
The Sector Commander further explained that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky to have survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that while the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
While suspecting break failure as the cause of the accident, he, however, said that the Corps is carrying out investigation to ascertain its cause.
Bauchi Govt. Expresses Commitment To Rehabilitate Tafawa Balewa’s Tomb
Bauchi State Government has pledged to rehabilitate the tomb of Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Asma’u Giade made the commitment during the annual memorial lecture and prayers for the late prime minister organised by the state government in Bauchi on Friday.
The tomb’s complex was taken over by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) and converted to a national monument, jointly managed by the federal and state governments.
“The complex was neglected for decades by past governments. The present administration had set a plan to renovate the place so that it could attract more tourists from within and outside the country.
“I will not forget to also acknowledge First Bank of Nigeria Plc who declared interest to contribute toward the renovation of the tomb,” Giade said.
She added that the governor Bala Mohammed had last year declared January 15 as a day of prayers for the late Balewa, saying that the State House of Assembly had made a legislation to make the day official.
In a remark, Yakubu Balewa, the eldest son, commended the Bauchi State Government for the initiative to honour his father.
Nigerian Police Losses Top Officer As Kwara Governor Commiserate With Police Authorities
Yunana Baba, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, Kogi state, passed on.
News of his death came after a newly-promoted Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Omololu Bishi, who is in charge of Police Armament, Force Headquarters Abuja, also died.
Omololu Bishi died in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, reacted to Baba’s death on Thursday night as he described him as a perfect gentleman and a dedicated officer.
The Governor commiserated with the police authorities over “the sudden death”.
“I received the news of the death of AIG Yunana Baba with shock and sadness. It is one tragedy too many.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Kwara State, I condole with the entire police family, especially the Inspector General of Police and the immediate family of the top officer, on this devastating development.
“The late officer is a fine gentleman, a patriot, and a professional cop who was very passionate about his duty to his fatherland. I recall the gallant roles the late officer played in some recent security developments in the zone,” Governor AbdulRahman stated.
He also prayed God to repose his soul and comfort his family.
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