Members of the High Table: R-L: Hon. (Dr.) Andrew Igban Omagbemi (Chairman of the occasion), Comr. Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo, newly sworn-in President, Comr. Collins Edema (Immediate past President), Mr. David Ekwejunor, Chairman, INYC Sapele branch & Dr. Jeffery Wilkie

By Tetsoma Neyin 

The National Association of Itsekiri Gratuates NAIG has inaugurated a new executive body saddled with the responsibility of running the affairs of the association for the next two years. 

The inauguration ceremony took place on Saturday July 18, 2020 at the prestigious Otonloye Hall, Ugbori, Warri.

In his speech at the spectacular ceremony, the Chairman of the ceremony, Hon. Andrew Igban, E. A. to Governor Okowa on Community Development, admonished the newly inaugurated Executive to use their positions to move Itsekiri forward, adding that, they should always speak the truth at all times. 

Hon. Igban further appealed to the new executive to engage in programmes that will usher in development to Itsekiri Nation. 

On his part, the immediate past president of the Association gave a brief account of his two years stewardship which include; 

Engagement of NAIG members for the EGTL Turn-Around Maintenance, Engagement of NAIG members by CNL MI Department on permanent contract, Engagement of NAIG members by Delta State Government in teaching positions, Recall of 42 Itsekiri Graduates by the Delta State Civil Service Commission in December 2019, Engagement of NAIG members by Conoil, NGC, etc., Engagement of NAIG members by Nigera Maritime University Okerenghigho, Engagement of NAIG members by DETSMA, Enrolment of indigent Itsekiri Students for SSCE and NECO exams, Help in raising fund to save Pa. Peter Fregene Ex-Super Eagles Goal Keeper Organise a protest in conjunction with INYC to stop relocation of NGC Headquarters from Warri, Organize and co-funded the protest at WRPC gate for the NNPC recruitment and conversion of casual staff, Supported the Ugborodo protest against CNL at Ode-Ugborodo and later fund a solidarity protest at CNL gate in Warri, Petitioned the House of Representatives on the removal of the Madangho Divisional Police Station from Warri Area Command to Burutu Area Command, Petitioned the President and Commander-in-Chief, Senate President, House of Representatives, GMD NNPC, Federal Character Commission, etc on the exclusion of Itsekiri Graduates on the NNPC recruitment, continuous advocacy for the koko Polytechnic Bill, and commencement/completion of the Koko-Ogheye Road, Omadino-Escravos Road, etc and Award of Excellence as Most Outstanding Organisation in Warri Kingdom by Warri Voice Newspaper.
Members of the newly sworn-in Executive led by their President, Comr. Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo 

Highly elated newly sworn-in President, Comr. Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo in his speech, thanked the immediate Past President and his co-executive for their immense contributions towards the growth and development of the association and promised on behalf of his co-executive to rebrand the Association by reconciling all aggrieved members, founding fathers, BoT and Patrons of the noble Association. 

Other dignitaries who gave words of encouragement to the newly sworn-in executive are: Dr. Jeffrey Wilkie, Mr. Raymond  Aderojo, Chairman, Itsekiri Benin River Pressure Group and Mr. David Ekwejunor, Chairman, INYC Sapele branch. 

High point of the Ceremony was the taking of oath by the new Exco members where they all promised to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities.

Members of the newly sworn-in NAIG Executive are: 
Comr. Eburajolo Ben Eyitemi - National President, Mr. Ekpoto Thomas Ejueyitchie - Vice President, Esiategiwa Mino O. - General Secretary, Tetsoma Neyin - Public Relations Officer, Bibi Ellis Ejuoghanranmakelesan - Financial Secretary, Akperi Itse - Treasurer, OmadoyeTuoyo - Assistant Secretary, Okotie Monday Michael - P.R.O 2, Amoruma Anthony - Project Director, Oritseneye Frederick I. - Social Organising Officer.


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