Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tesiginmoje Bags Delta Indigenous Newspaper Publishers Award

Tesiginmoje Bags Delta Indigenous Newspaper  Publishers Award
Odeworitse Tesiginmoje receiving the award from Mr Femi Odonmeta 

A renown businessman and philanthropist in the Niger Delta, Chief Brown Odeworitse Tesiginmoje has bagged the prestigious Delta Grassroots Media Award of Excellence for distinguishing himself as lover of humanity and people oriented leader.

While receiving the award from Delta Guild of Indigenous Newspaper Publishers at his residence in Warri recently, Chief Tesiginmoje said that the award came to him as a surprise, stressing that the award would spur him to do more for humanity.

He noted that the task of bringing about meaningful development in our society should be the concern of everybody, stressing that our leaders has great role to play.

He promised to continue to assist the needy in the society and continue to be a voice of reasoning for peace and development of Nigeria.

Chief Tesiginmoje pointed out that there is virtue in hard work and honesty and urged Nigerians, especially parents, teachers, traditional and religious leaders as well as political leaders to promote honesty, peace, unity and discipline at all times.

He thanked the Delta Guild of Indigenous Newspaper Publishers for considering him worthy of the prestigious award.

In his brief speech before bestowing the award on the recipient, the president of Delta Guild of Indigenous Newspaper Publishers, Mr. Femi Odonmeta said that the outstanding contributions of the recipient to the social–economic development of the state and his philanthropic gestures has prompted the Guild to bestow Chief Tesiginmoje this prestigious award.

He noted that as Media Executive, they have been saddled with the duty of promoting and showcasing the development stories of both the government as well as the laudable contributions of corporate organizations and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the society.

Monday, May 18, 2020


Olorogun Kenneth  Gbagi

A renown Businessman and frontline gubernatorial aspirant for the 2023 governorship elections in Delta State, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has bagged the Delta Grassroots Media Award of excellence in recognition of his contributions to the vulnerable people in the society during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in the State.

The award which was presented to him by the Delta State Publishers under the aegis of Delta Guild of Indigenous Newspaper Publishers was received on his behalf by his son, Chief Emuobor Gbagi, a Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta Sate on Youth Development at the Gbagi’s residence in Warri recently.

Shortly before the presentation of the award, the president of the Guild, Mr. Femi Odonmeta, Stated that the prestigious award is part of the Guild’s oversight functions of recognizing Individuals and Group that are contributing immensely to the growth and development of the State and welfare of the people.

He particularly noted that Olorogun Gbagi’s display of love for the people was overwhelming by way of distribution of palliatives, which includes cash, food stuffs and Covid-19 prevention materials, that cut across the nooks and crannies of the State irrespective of the beneficiaries ethnicity, religious belief and party affiliations.

In his response, Chief Emuobor Gbagi Conveyed the heartfelt appreciation of his father to members of the Guild, stressing that his father would have loved to personally come to receive the well-deserved award, but for the interstate lockdown that is currently hindering movements across the country.

He emphasized that the award would spur his father to do more for the society and humanity in general.  

Friday, May 15, 2020



Mr. Gbekele Omonuberu

Mr. Eric Otsema Asawa
The quiet village of Agolila in Escravos Area was thrown into confusion when some unidentified armed youths invaded the village in many speedboats. They shot and took away forcefully an Ondo Businessman, Mr. Gbekele Omonuberu residing in the village and also shot and injured other persons including Mr. Eric Otsema Asawa, an Ugboegungun Community refugee who is presently receiving treatment at the Warri Central Hospital.

The incident according to an eye-witness account which also led to some of the victims sustaining machete cuts, took place at the early hours of Tuesday May 12, 2020.

The matter has since been reported to the Area Commander, Nigerian Police, Burutu who directed that Mr. Eric Asawa who sustained a big cut in his left hand as a result of the gun shot, be taken to Warri Central Hospital for treatment. As at the time of filing this report, no arrest has been made. Also Ugboegungun Community Leaders could not be reached for comments as at press time.

It would be recalled that Ugboegungun Community invasion of February 2018 resulted in the forceful ejection of over 70% of members and residence of the Community and all efforts of the team sent by the Inspector General of Police, the Joint Task Force set up by the Delta State Government, efforts by the Olu of Warri and the Warri High Court order directing all displaced persons to return to their settlement in Ugboegungun Community as well as the AIG Benin City order for people to return to their Community failed as those that  have attempted to return are beaten and forced to return back to their refugee life in different parts of Nigeria.

The refugees of Ugboegungun numbering over three hundred persons who have been deprived from entering their own community for over three years are now calling on the Olu of Warri, well meaning Nigerians and the Delta State Government to come to their aide by returning them to their home land in Ugboegungun Community and ensure safety of lives and property as well as law and order in the Community.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Why we support Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff ---------Olu of Warri-----------------By Emma Arubi
The  Olu of Warri and President Buhari

The Olu of Warri Ogiame Ikenwoli has given reasons why he supports the appointment of erudite Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the New Chief of Staff (CSO) to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he is a very intelligent, well-travelled, well read, a detribalized Nigerian and most importantly he has a vast knowledge of Nigeria with her over 250 tribes with various cultural background.

According to him, “it is for these reasons therefore i write on behalf of myself and the entire people of Warri kingdom to congratulate him and wish him resounding success in this assignment.
“Prof Gambari comes to this job with huge credentials, one of which is his versatile experience in conflict prevention and resolution, an experience that we hope he will bring to bear in performing his duties to assist the President in the continued peaceful resolution and development of the Niger Delta where God has chosen to locate us.

Prof. Ibrahim Gambari  New Chief Of Staff  (CSO)
“As a renowned teacher, scholar, diplomat, former minister, envoy, man of faith and close associate of President Buhari over the years, I believe strongly that Prof Gambari will be very much at home with the task at hand to join the president in moving Nigeria to the much desired next level”, he explained.
The royal father therefore enjoined other well-meaning Nigerians to pray for him and Mr. President and call on Almighty God to guide this Prince of the royal court of the ancient kingdom of Ilorin, Kwara State, protect and give him the wisdom to succeed and execute this job in a most creditable manner.

Okwagbe Indigenes in Diaspora Donates Stimulus Package

Okwagbe Indigenes in Diaspora Donates Stimulus Package

Okwagbe lndigenes in Diaspora have donated palliatives to the people of Okwagbe community in Ughelli South Local Government Area, LGA, of Delta State.

The items include three cows ,hand sanitizers and plastic buckets for regular hand washing.

 Mr. Japhet Efakpokrire, President of Okwagbe lndigenes in Diaspora, while making the presentation at the Community Town Hall in Otor Okwagbe (Okwagbe lnland ), said the group made up of indigenes based in Warri, Asaba, Lagos ,Abuja, and abroad found it necessary to support their kith and kins.

While speaking on the need to observe physical distancing, he advised the community executive to always educate people on the need to avoid large gatherings. He said "This donation is a gesture of our goodwill towards our people. We have come to give the little that we have. I advise the community leadership to use their good office to share everything equitably as they adhere strictly to regular use of sanitizers provided to check the spread of the pandemic. May I also call on other Okwagbe lndigenes in Diaspora to contribute to the diaspora purse so that we can do more for our people”.

Olorogun Okiemute Oviri Okwagbe (JP), the Coordinator of the project, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okowa on Community Liaison, said the donation was done to support Governor Okowa who distributed palliatives to his people at Okwagbe from the state food bank.

He further explained that "lt is not good to leave everything for the governor who has been working round the clock with the SMART Agenda to create a stronger Delta. Governor Okowa, having done so much for Okwagbe people in particular and Deltans in general, we the lndigenes of the community in Diaspora decided to support the state government laudable effort in trying to combat the spread of Covid – 19 pandemic.”

While stressing the need to comply with NCDC guidelines, he assured the people that the scourge will soon be over. He maintained that the Okwagbe Diaspora Group will continue to make this kind of gesture.

Mr. Abel Eyube, Deputy Coordinator of the Project, said one of cows would be given to Waterside while Otor-Okwage (Okwagbe lnland) would receive two. Eyube further adviced that no one should short changed in the sharing process.

Mr. Stephen Oshomedje, President-General of Otor-Okwage ( Okwagbe lnland), who officially received the items in his speech expressed joy over the gesture. He said:”Having done this for us , my prayer for Okwagbe lndigenes in Diaspora, is that God Almighty should grant them favour for more blessings. May our lndigenes in Diaspora be recognised and given choice appointments in all tiers of government so that they can develop Okwagbe community , Ughelli South LGA and Delta State in general”.

Comrade Sunday Turu Oyibo, President General of Okwagbe Waterside, represented by Mr. Benjamin Origbon and Mr. Austin Veso Oviri, Otor-Okwagbe Community Spokesman, commended the group for the gesture.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Pa. S. E. Aganbi

The burial ceremony of Barr. Deacon Emeritus Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi commenced on Friday May 8, 2020 at his Country Home, Canaan Land, Koko with a burning fire.

According to the Eldest son of Baba, Mr. Tunde Aganbi, the burning fire signifies the commencement of Papa’s Funeral and also the opening of Canaan land to the public.

He said "Canaan Land is a place that was founded by Pa. S.E. Aganbi, it is an healing centre. The land cured Papa of an ailment that would have cost him his life at an early stage in life. Papa lived and became the Olare-Aja of the Community, in a Land where he was threatened by an ailment as a child".

"Amongst other beautiful endowment of life for relaxation, Canaan land is a home away from home, bringing you to the natural existence of human in an African style." He further stated.

The children of Papa have unanimously agreed to make Canaan Land a monumental park open to all, featuring a Mini-gulf Centre of nine holes, Indoor and outdoor sports such as table tennis, massage centre, lounge, swimming pool, hotel and resorts.

 The burning fire in the morning was preceded in the evening with a quiet and short Service of Songs in honour of Papa.

The remains of late Pa. Aganbi was finally laid to rest in Canaan Land the following day, Saturday May 9, 2020 after a Funeral Service.

Late Barr. Deacon Emeretus S.E. Aganbi was born December 10, 1921 and passed on to eternal glory on Thursday March 19, 2020 at the ripe age of 99.

It would be recalled that Late Pa. S.E. Aganbi a legal luminary and a politician par excellence was a champion of Itsekiri cause.
 He was in the forefront of the campaign for National Development and Advancement of the Itsekiri people.

Above all, Papa was a devout Christian. He was chairman of the Itsekiri Bible Translation Project which completed and published the Itsekiri Bible in 1978. He was a man of integrity, high principles and a role model for many.

Papa is survived by many Children, Grand Children, Great Grand Children and numerous relatives.


Hon. Dr. Micheal Tidi

As part of his frantic effort to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Chairman of Warri South LGA, Hon (Dr.) Mike Tidi has commissioned Hypo Disinfecting tunnel at the entrance of Ugbudu Market, Warri.

Briefly before the exercise, Hon. Tidi expressed gratitude to the management of Hypo for their kind gesture. The Council Boss said that the importance of the hygiene tunnel cannot be over-emphasized, and appealed to buyers and sellers to go through the tunnel for their own sake. “Covid-19 virus”, he said, “is real and it is better to stay safe than go for treatment”.

A representative of Hypo, Mr. Festus Oroh urged traders and buyers in the market to make effective use of the hygiene tunnel so as to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Ugbajo-Itsekiri U.S.A Inc. doles out Palliatives to Itsekiri Communities

Ugbajo-Itsekiri U.S.A Inc. doles out Palliatives  to Itsekiri Communities
       Representatives of Sapele Itsekiri Community in a group photograph with Mrs. Rebecca Anune Begho & Mr. Eyisan Omagbemi

By Tetsoma Neyin

Ugbajo Itsekiri U S A Inc., a non-governmental organisation known for their immense contributions to humanity has distributed Palliatives worth thousands of naira to some Itsekiri communities as part of their effort to cushion the sufferings of the people caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The palliatives which include bags of rice, beans and garri were given to Ubeji, Egbokodo, Ifie kporo, Aja-Etan, Ijala-Ikeren, Sapele Itsekiri Community and Ajimele Communities.

Each of these communities received five bags of rice, five bags of beans and five bags of garri.

The presentation of the palliatives to the benefiting communities which was done by the Vice President of Ugbajo-Itsekiri USA, Mrs. Rebecca Anune Begho, Mr. Eyisan Omagbemi, Patron of the group and some notable Itsekiri Chiefs was held at the Palace of the Olu of Warri on Monday May 11, 2020.

Addressing the representatives of the benefiting communities during the presentation, Mrs. Rebecca Anune Begho admonished them to ensure that the palliative get to the vulnerable in their various communities which they represent.

She thanked the Olu of Warri for his constant prayers and approval of the use of the Palace, and the Council of Chiefs for their time and support.

Mrs. Anune Begho appealed to the people to strictly adhere to the directives put in place by the government and World Health Organisation such as regular washing of hands with soap and running water, or alcohol base sanitizer, use of nose mask, social distancing as well as personal hygiene at all time in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Responding, the representatives of the benefiting communities thanked Ugbajo-Itsekiri USA for their timely contribution even in the face of the global economy breakdown, and promised to distribute the palliatives to the people that really needs it in their communities.
Representatives of Aja-Etan Community with Chief Eugene Ikomi, Mrs. Rebecca Anune  Begho and Mr. Eyisan Omagbemi

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Olare-Aja of Koko Community, Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi

The remains of the Olare-Aja of Koko, Deacon Emeretus Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi will be committed to mother earth quietly on Saturday May 9, 2020 at his home town, Koko, Headquarters of Warri North Local Government Council.

In a statement signed by the family and made available to Warri Voice Newspaper, it was revealed that a Service of Songs will be held in his honour at his Country Home, Canaan land, Koko on Friday May 8, 2020, while the burial will take place the following day.

It would be recalled that Late Pa. Aganbi, a legal luminary and a politician par excellence passed on to glory on Thursday March 19, 2020 at the age of 99.

He is survived by many children, Grand Children, Great Grand Children and numerous Relatives including Mr. Tunde Aganbi (Eldest Son), Andrew Aganbi and Felix Aganbi.


Mrs. Aghogin Esimaje Ukawa

The magnificent development activities of Hon. (Dr) Prince Godwin Toritseju Ebosa, in opening up various communities in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State has caught the watchful eyes of Mrs. Aghogin Esimaje Ukawa, PDP Woman Leader in Warri North LGA, who is also the Secretary, Ijalla Descendant Union of Oboghoro, Sapele Branch.

 In a chat with Warri Voice recently in Sapele, Mrs. Ukawa pointed out that “Dr. Ebosa is a rare leader, even while not in government office, he  is still actively involved in the development of his community”.

She also referred to the great contributions that Ebosa has made in the development of Obitugbo Community near Koko.

Mrs. Aghogin Esimaje Ukawa, a community leader and a veteran politician disclosed that she was marveled by the enormous contributions that Godwin Ebosa is making in the on-going shore protection project in Oboghoro Community.

She appealed to progressive Itsekiri Leaders to take a cue from the benevolent act of Ebosa and turn Itsekiri communities to tourist centres.

Mrs. Aghogin appealed to Governor Okowa to approve gigantic contracts to Dr. Godwin Ebosa so as to encourage him to do more for his people in the riverine communities.

On the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Ukawa called on the people to be their brother’s keeper, by supporting the less privilege in the society and advised the people to abide by all the preventive directives by the government to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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