Sunday, November 29, 2020



The leadership of Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC), has expressed  its displeasure  over  the parochial attitude by the Ugborodo Interim Management Committee since the inspection of NFF/FIFA team to the site of the Goal Project in the community. 

The Itsekiri Apex Youth body in a Press Statement on Friday November 28,  through their Media Director, Comr. Lucky Futughe frowned even more at the recent ultimatum issued by the Ugborodo community leaders through their lawyer threatening the smooth commencement of the multi-billion Naira FIFA Goal Project. 

"The community leaders’ action is unacceptable  and fast unbecoming of leaders whose mandate should be about attracting development to their community",

"The emergence of a court suite against FIFA regarding land acquisition remind us of the sour taste the abandonment of the Export Processing Zone(EPZ) Project left in our mouths due to needless litigations from different interest groups in Ugborodo. While the Governor of Delta State is advocating for the reactivation of sea ports and relocation of multi national companies to the Niger Delta as part of the South-South demands on the Federal Government, the grandstanding by the Ugborodo leaders runs ultra vires to the aspirations of our Governors at the recently concluded Summit. In fact, they are giving the world the impression that the community is resistant to world class projects",

"The council wonders why influential sons and daughters of the federated Ugborodo Communities cannot speak with one voice without resulting to public display of hatred and self interest. There is no community in Nigeria that expends its wealth on frivolous litigations and media war like Ugborodo federated communities without corresponding negative consequences",

"The FIFA Goal Project are only two in Nigeria; one in Kebbi State and the other in Delta State. While the one in Kebbi is commencing smoothly, the one in Ugborodo, Delta State is facing threat of relocation because of the personal interests of influential figures in Ugborodo. They have allowed the perennial leadership tussle in the community to diffuse into all developmental initiatives. Action that may discourage investors",

"The enlightened leaders of the IMC should know that their personal interests are infinitesimal to the strategic benefits of the FIFA Goal project. Hence, all parties must allow the project continue uninterrupted or have the majority of Itsekiri youths to contend with on this matter. Needless to remind them that Ugborodo has become a community of insane court cases with its attendant strain on the finances of Warri Kingdom",

"It is also pertinent to remind the leaders that without the project, nobody will be talking about interests. The Itsekiris of Ugborodo should borrow a leaf from the Ikwere people on how to manage companies and community interests. The Ugborodo leadership must not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs",

"Finally, the Ugborodo people must not embarrass their son, Mr. Amaju Pinnick before the international football body FIFA or pretend that they do not know what it takes in a highly competitive society for such world class project to be influenced and attracted to Ugborodo . They should relax all forms of litigations while other non kinetic processes are introduced to resolve all grey areas. The actors of this induced but unwarranted quagmire must understand that in conflict resolution, winners never take it all, a little bit to the left and a little bit to the right",

"All principal actors should be mindful of the dire consequences of allowing their parochial interests truncate this massive FIFA Goal Project sited in Ugborodo. The leadership of the community should be strategic like the leaders of old who welcomed then Gulf (Chevron) that made most of the principal actors billionaires today. If the Ugborodo leaders of old had behaved like the ones of today, there would not have been Chevron and consequently the opportunities that made them rich. They must not truncate future opportunities for the Ugborodo people. A word they say is enough for the wise". Parts of the statement reads.

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