Two Years After: Peace returns as Itsekiri RDC gets new executive

*Its’ not in my character to hold on to office-Emami *Oniyesan lists priority areas

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Two Years After: Peace returns as Itsekiri RDC gets new executive
Immediate Past IRDC Chairman, Chief Ayirimi Emami (Ologbotsere of Warri) handing over to the newly sworn-in IRDC Chairman, Amb. Austine Oniyesan, while IRDC Sec., Barr. Richard Omare (right) IRDC Vice Chairman, Itse Orugbo (2nd right) & IRDC P.R.O, Prince Moses Fregene (left) observe with cheers

The leadership crisis that plagued Chevron established Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, IRDC since 2015 was Wednesday November 22 laid to rest as a 10-man executive led by Amb. Austine Oniyesan was inaugurated at the IRDC Secretariat in Warri, Delta State by prominent Warri Chief, Thomas Ereyitomi.


In a remark shortly before the inauguration, the immediate past Chairman of IRDC and current Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami pleaded with everyone to forget the leadership imbroglio of the last two years, saying it’s not in his character to hold on to public office whenever his tenure elapses.


While noting that IRDC is not “a place to share money” as being misconstrued, Chief Emami advised those writing petitions against the leadership of the development committee to desist forthwith in the interest of Itsekiri Nation “because no one can eat IRDC money based on the structural model it was founded on”.


He thanked Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Chief Francis Omatseye and Hon. Michael Diden for their roles in the resolution of the IRDC leadership crisis.


Chief Thomas Ereyitomi on his part, lamented the loss Itsekiri Nation suffered while the crisis lasted and stressed the need for the Austine Oniyesan executive to represent the larger interest of Itsekiri people in the course of their new assignment.


Chief Thomas Ereyitomi making a remark

Responding on behalf of his executive, the new IRDC Chairman, Amb. Austine Oniyesan promised to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessor.


Amb. Oniyesan, the immediate past former Vice Chairman of IRDC, listed massive human capital and infrastructural developments as well as educational growth as areas that will be given priority by his leadership.


Fresh Angle International can report that other members of the new IRDC executive are: Itse Orugbo-Vice Chairman, Barr. Richard Omare-Secretary, Emmanuel Adun-Treasurer, Mode Akoma-Assistant Secretary, Prince Moses Orubu Fregene-PRO, Oti Edukugho-Assistant PRO, Victor Neburagho-Financial Secretary, Erefoluwa Keka-Welfare Officer and Fredrick Kuke-Internal Auditor.


The inauguration was witnessed by Busola Babalola of Participatory Partnership for Community Development, PPCD, one of the non-governmental organizations commissioned by Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL to provide capacity building for members of the Regional Developmental Councils, RDCs.

IRDC: (From left) Prince Moses Fregene, Chief Mike Odeli, Amb. Austine Oniyesan, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Chief Ayirimi Emami, Itse Orugbo, Barr. Richard Omare, Erefoluwa Keka, Emmanuel Adun & Busola Babalola immediately after the swearing-in

Cross Section of members of  IRDC communities 































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