Bullet Points Report By Comrade Alex Eyengho of the General Meeting /Congress of Ugborodo Community held At Ode-Ugborodo On Saturday September 18, 2021

In attendance were principal members of the Ugborodo Community Council of


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Bullet Points Report By Comrade Alex Eyengho of the General Meeting /Congress of Ugborodo Community held At Ode-Ugborodo On Saturday September 18, 2021


 

 

1. In attendance were principal members of the Ugborodo Community Council of Elders like the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo; Eghare Wellington Ojogor, the Olaja-Orori of Ugborodo; Prince Benson Omadeli, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom; Chief Ayirimi Emami, member representing the Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives; Hon (Chief) Thomas Ereyitomi, the Igbajor of Ugborodo; Prince Perry Atete, Secretary of the Council of Elders; Pa Anderson Ebiekutan, Elder Stephen Atete, Elder Edonmi Igbiaye and Elder Gabriel Tsani among others. The meeting commenced after the opening prayer with the Olaja-Orori who presided over the Congress calling on the Secretary of the Council of Elders to read out to the hearing of all attendees the full report of the Peace/Reconciliation Committee submitted to Ugborodo Community. After this was done, the Olaja-Orori announced that two minutes would be given to each person who indicated interest to speak and was recognised to so speak.

 

2. At the commencement of contributions by attendees who were recognised to speak, it was manifestly clear that there were two sharp divides among attendees of the Congress vis-a-vis the report submitted by the Peace Committee. While divide A wanted the Committee report particularly as it concerns the return of the Barr. Austin Oboroegbeyi-led suspended Ugborodo Community Trust (UCT) to be adopted by the Congress but without refund of money to anybody or groups; divide B on the other hand maintained that the Committee report should not be adopted but the youth organ already mandated by the Council of Elders to run the affairs of the entire Community should continue to do so for now. Some of those who spoke in favour of divide A include Mr. Dickson Jam, Mr. Alfred Ebami (Balado), Capt. David Omatseye, Mr. Tuoyo Ojogor, Hon. Emmanuel Adun, Hon. David Tonwe among others, and Prince Perry Atete who added that he has dissolved his-led Interim Caretaker Committee and at the same time lifts the suspension slammed on the Barr. Oboroegbeyi-led UCT. On his part, Hon (Chief) Thomas Ereyitomi said that as one of the members of the Peace/Reconciliation Committee who signed the report submitted, he stands by that report and appealed to the Congress to consider the report, even as he urged the Barr. Oboroegbeyi-led suspended UCT to show remorse to the Community as a way forward. Those who spoke in favour of divide B include Mr. Isaac Botosan who was a member of the Peace/Reconciliation Committee but was one of the members who did not sign the report, Mr. Joseph Tenumah, Mr. Lewis Pirah, Mr. Iyonsi, Mr. Joseph Uwawah (Lugbemi), Mr. Femi Uwawah, Mr. Ofe Nene, Mr. Jeffrey Arubi and Ms. Oritsema Nuko among others.

 

3. After taking inputs from attendees who were recognised to speak and who all spoke in their individual capacities, Elder Stephen Atete took the floor and said he was mandated by the Ugborodo Council of Elders to speak for and on their behalf. According to him, their position is clearly that both the Barr. Oboroegbeyi-led suspended UCT and the Prince Perry Atete-led Interim Caretaker Committee be immediately dissolved and the youth organ currently running the affairs of the entire Community as mandated by the Council of Elders continue to do so until a proper Management Committee or fresh UCT would be put in place by the Community in line with the Constitution.

 

4. On the basis of the inputs from divides A and B, including the position of the Council of Elders and perhaps going by the preponderance of opinions, the Olaja-Orori as the presiding officer of the Congress, ruled that both the Barr. Oboroegbeyi-led suspended UCT and the Prince Perry Atete-led Interim Caretaker Committee were dissolved forthwith and because nature abhors vacuum, the youth organ already mandated earlier by the Council of Elders to run the affairs of the entire Community should continue between now and latest December 2021 when a Management Committee or a new UCT will be constituted by the Community in line with extant Ugborodo Community laws. He further noted that most people who spoke on the matter did so on the basis of their personal interests and interests of the divides they belong. He made it clear that he was neutral on the whole matter as he was not even in the Community during the problems that led to the formation of the Oboroegbeyi-led UCT and the Prince Perry Atete-led Interim Caretaker Committee.

 

5. Ladies and gentlemen, this, to the best of my knowledge is the summary of a true reflection of what transpired at the said Congress of Ugborodo Community. I am willing to engage anyone with a contrary narrative to a robust, healthy and friendly debate based on issues, facts and devoid of hate speech or personal attacks!

 

Aja mo kin aghan ooooo...



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