Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Chief Eyewoma doles out Christmas Palatives

Chief Eyewoma doles out Christmas Palatives
Chief and Mrs. Oma Eyewoma 


Chief Eyewoma doles out Christmas Palatives

Chief and Mrs. Oma Eyewoma have again affected the lives of people living in Warri South LGA and its environs positively by giving them Christmas palative to celebrate the festive season.
 Beneficiaries waiting patiently for their palative

The palative which includes rice, chicken, yam and garri was distributed to both young and old with special attention to the aged ones  on Thursday December 23, 2021 at their Warri residence.
Mrs. Caroline Eyewoma presenting Chicken and rice to one of the beneficiaries

Addressing the beneficiaries shortly before the distribution of the palatives, Chief and Mrs. Oma Eyewoma who were overjoyed to be able to give back to the society said that this yearly exercise carried out by them is to ensure that the less privilege people around them are able to join in the celebration.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Felicia Kperegbeyi

"We want all those who through circumstances are not able to afford a meal in this Christmas season to also feel the joy of Christmas. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to cover everyone, but we are doing the little we can so that they too can have a good Christmas because we do not want to be celebrating while those around us do not have to eat," the couple stated.

Mrs. Felicia Kperegbeyi who spoke on behalf of the delighted beneficiaries, thanked Chief and Mrs. Eyewoma for putting smiles on their faces and prayed for God's abundant blessings in their lives.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Iwere Women Prayer Network holds second edition of Prayer retreat in Warri

Iwere Women Prayer Network holds second edition of Prayer retreat in Warri

R-L: Olori Atuwatse III & Pst. (Mrs.) Juliet Olley


By Tetsoma Neyin

Iwere Women Prayer Network holds second edition of Prayer retreat in Warri

Iwere Women Prayer Network under the leadership of her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse III, has again organised a prayer retreat to intercede for Iwere land and for God to sustain His victory songs in the nooks and crannies of all Itsekiri communities.

The one day prayer retreat with the theme  'Victory at last' which was held on Wednesday December 15, 2021 at the Olu Palace(Aghofen) Warri, had in attendance wives of Chiefs from Warri kingdom and other prominent Itsekiri women from within the three Warri Local Government Areas.
Olori Atuwatse III(3rd: R-L) in a group photograph with Coordinators of the programme including Rev. Blaise Aboyowa Adedeji(3rd: L-R) & Lady Bishop Regina Otone(2nd: R-L)

In her victory speech, the convener of the prayer retreat, Her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse III thanked the women for taking out time to pray for their  king and  Itsekiri nation adding that Ogiame Atuwatse III has been divinely crowned by God to take Warri kingdom to a glorious and enviable future.

She admonished the women not to relent in their prayers, saying that when women gather to pray, things changes for good in the land even as she declared Iwere land a fruitful field.
Olori Atuwatse III(6th: L-R) in a group photograph with wives of Chiefs

Earlier in her opening remarks, the Coordinator of the programme, Pastor (Mrs.) Juliet Olley stated that women are the voice and salt of Iwere nation.

She thanked Olori Atuwatse III for giving women the opportunity to gather and pray for the peace and progress of Warri kingdom, adding that the prayer retreat is a platform for the gospel of Christ to be preached in Iwere land.
Olori Atuwatse III(middle) in a group photograph with Iwere Women Prayer Network

In the same vein, Rev. Blaise Aboyowa who took his sermon from the book of Judges 6 verse 26-27, declared that Itsekiris must follow divine direction in order to sustain the victory that God has brought to the land and not to be carried away by it.

Rev. Aboyowa further charged the entire Itsekiri nation not to relent in prayers because the enemies of the kingdom are watching tirelessly to strike.
              Prayer Section

Warri Voice Newspaper can state authoritatively that the women who attended the prayer retreat prayed earnestly during the different sections of prayers for the King and the land.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021



 Honourable Commissioner for Humanitarian, Community & Social Support Services, Hon. Barr. Bridget Anyafulu 



The Honourable Commissioner for Humanitarian, Community and Social Support Services, Hon Barr Bridget Anyafulu has said that the Directorate was created to strengthen the weak points of the vulnerable homes in Delta State. 

She made this revelation while playing host to selected group of Publishers of community newspapers in the state, who were in her office for a partnership meeting  towards an aggressive publicity of the ideals, policies and programmes of the new Directorate to the grassroots populace.

Anyafulu underscored the importance of Community Media in achieving the set goals set out for her by His Excellency the Governor of Delta State,  Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, maintaining that the media is indispensable towards achieving the targets of the new office.
Publishers of Community Newspapers in a group photograph with the Commissioner, Hon.Barr. Bridget Anyafulu(5th: L-R)

The Commissioner appreciated the Governor,  Senator Okowa for finding her worthy and proper to pioneer the Directorate and close up the gap created by societal imbalance. 

Anyafulu equally commended the Publishers for deeming it fit to reach out even as she was busy processing modalities to engage the community media for effective dissemination of the programmes of the Directorate.

According to the Commissioner, "There will be no Humanitarian office without the community media to disseminate our information. Partnership is critical and everything we do here is developmental. 

"The Directorate was established in July 2021 by Governor Okowa as first in history.  Again, we don't have any Directorate of Humanitarian and Commmunity Support Services anywhere across the states in Nigeria. That tells you how futuristic and compassionate our Governor is towards the downtrodden in the society.

"Actually,  our Governor created this Directorate to cover the inequality that exists in society. Governor Okowa is a development expert who understands the yearnings and aspirations of the grassroots people. Being a grassroots man, he cannot do without the grassroots. So therefore,  he set up this office to fight inequality in our society. The office is to ensure balance at all levels of prosperity and human existence, including peace in every home", Anyafulu explained. 

The cerebral workaholic human development expert, listed a number of mandates for the Directorate, which includes maintaining Social Register for the State, adding that this would enable the Directorate reach out to those excluded in the scheme of things, especially from among women, children, people with special needs and a whole lot others in order not to be left out within the Stronger Delta Agenda. 

She said the Directorate remains obligated to now use the generated data to evaluate where the state used to be in terms of poverty eradication, while using the baseline to plan for the future without excluding anyone but to engage those not within reach before now.

She added that the data would also provide the information needed to know the number of out of school children and reintegrate them into the school system through the Back To School Programme of the Directorate, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. 

Anyafulu affirmed that 291,000 beneficiaries had already been covered in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme through the Social Insurance while the Cash Transfer to vulnerable homes had already covered 1,864 persons in nine LGAs.

The Commissioner stated that the N-Power is being implemented and over 12,675 beneficiaries are already being covered in the Batch C of the N-Power.

Anyafulu in a nutshell, underscored the critical importance of the media and other corporate bodies towards achieving the set goals of the Directorate,  while not also disputing the place of cordial working relationship with Traditional Rulers in ensuring that the social register is scaled up to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the vulnerable segments through setting up of micro businesses for them.

The Functioning Permanent Secretary of the Directorate,  Dr Chuks Nwani also solicited the assistance of the Publishers in getting feedbacks from the perspectives of the community people who are reached with Humanitarian Support Services, to enable the Directorate evaluate and sustain its programmes for developmental purposes. 

Earlier, the leader of the selected group of Publishers and SA to the Governor on Community Newspapers,  Prince Joseph Orhomonokpaye had congratulated Anyafulu for her emergence as the Commissioner in charge of the newest Directorate,  eulogizing her for her years of consistency in Humanitarian Services. 

He urged the Commissioner to see partnership with the Community Newspaper Publishers as a way to go based on the Governor's expectations from the Directorate, maintaining that adequate publicity is needed to push the Directorate to prominence among its counterparts.

While giving a vote of thanks to stakeholders at the meeting, the publisher of National Trumpet, Prince Charles Umejei called on the state government to vote in enough fund into the projects of the Directorate to enable it achieve optimal goals of Humanitarian and Commmunity Support Services of the state.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Itsekiri Renaissance Group pays homage to Olu of Warri

Itsekiri Renaissance Group pays homage to Olu of Warri
Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III in a group photograph with the Iyatsere of Warri, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe(4th: L-R), Chief Brown Mene(3rd: R-L) & delegates of Itsekiri Renaissance Group


Itsekiri Renaissance Group pays homage to Olu of Warri

Itsekiri Renaissance Group (IRG), a platform of like-minded Itsekiris who have come together for the progress of Warri kingdom has paid a courtesy visit to Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri on Thursday December 16, 2021 at Aghofen, Warri to keep him abreast of their activities.

IRG which commenced operations early in 2021, has over 250 members who are made of historians, executives, technocrats, students, politicians, businessmen, young people, retirees and eminent Itsekiri men and women.
Chairman of Itsekiri Renaissance Group, Mr. Oti Ikomi giving his speech

In his brief speech, Chairman of Itsekiri Renaissance Group, Mr. Oti Ikomi thanked the Olu of Warri  for granting them audience and intimated the King on some of their activities, saying that, IRG was very active in promoting the Crown with their various publications leading to the historic August 21, 2021 most successful Coronation in Warri kingdom.  

"We owe allegiance to the Crown and strive for the deliberate and strategic advancement of the Itsekiri nation", he stated.

Responding, Ogiame Atuwatse III, lauded the group's patriotism towards the growth and development of Warri kingdom.

I have said many times that every good idea that will build Iwereland is welcome.  I dont mind who gets the credit provided it is for the good of Iwereland. I am very happy about your group, It's as if you read my mind when you talked about your various committees", Olu of Warri stated.

 The first class Warri Monarch averred further that "the one I am most interested  in is your Histo Cultural Committee. By the grace of God, I am a historian . Apart from being the Olu of Warri by divine order, I also have always wanted to become a Professor of History".

Secretariat Adninistrator of IRG, Ulisanmi Edukugho presenting a copy of the IRG Chairman's speech to Ogiame  through the Secreatary, Warri Council of Chiefs, Chief Eugene Ikomi.

"Everyone  whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother is Itsekiri and is happy to be with us the door of the palace is open for such. Even those who have lived in Warri for very long, and feel they want to be one of us, are welcomed", Ogiame Atuwatse III averred.

See how Ugbajo Itsekiri USA touched lives with free Cataract retreat in Delta.

See how Ugbajo Itsekiri USA touched lives with free Cataract retreat in Delta.   

President of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA, Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin & his wife (6th & 7th: L-R), his Son(Extreme left) in a group photograph with founder of Africa Cataract & Eye Foundation, Dr. Okorodudun(2nd: L-R), his wife(3rd: L-R) & other staff of the foundation


By Tetsoma Neyin

See how Ugbajo Itsekiri USA touched lives with free Cataract retreat in Delta. 

In furtherance of  their charitable works to humanity, Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. a none profitable organisation based in the United States in collaboration with Africa Cataract and Eye Foundation have again affected lives positively through their ongoing seven days free cataract treatment and surgeries retreat in Delta.
Mrs. Okorodudun in standby to administer drugs to patients

The flag-off of the free cataract treatment and surgeries which cut across ethnic barriers took place on Sunday December 12, 2021 and continues till Saturday December 18, 2021 at Olu Palace field, Ekurede Itsekiri in Warri South L.G.A of Delta State.
   Patients at the event

The eye care retreat which was in phases, started with accreditation of patients and lasted for four days, from Sunday December 12 through Wednesday December 15, 2021 while the surgical operation for patients with critical eye defects lasted for three days, from Thursday December 16, through Saturday December 18, 2021, at Agbowu Clinic, Ogbe-drive, Warri.
Mrs. Jemine Okotie Yesin presenting a medicated glass to a patient

Addressing over 500 participants on the first day of the free medical eye care services, President of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc., Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin stressed that, they are committed to taking care of their people back home and that this eye care service is another means of reaching out to their people as well as neighbours whithin their environment.
President of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA, Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin, Founder of Africa Cataract & Eye Foundation, Dr. Okorodudun & wife in a group photograph with some patients

Mr.Okotie-Yesin who was fully on ground to ensure a smooth running of the process was overwhelmed with the turn out of people with eye challenges, even as he assured that all expenses for their treatment and surgeries have been taken care of by the renowned organisation adding that it is the mission of Ugbajo Itsekiri U.S.A that no Itsekiri son or daughter should be needlessly blind.
Speaking in the same vein, the founder of Africa Cataract and Eye Foundation, Dr. Okorodudun thanked the President of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA, Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin and the entire members of the group for always remembering their people back home, adding that their collaboration with group has been a blessing to Warri kingdom since inception in 2018.
Warri Voice Newspaper can state authoritatively that this year's turnout of participants for the free Cataract treatment and surgeries organised by Ugbajo Itsekiri USA was the best of its kind as it attracted patients from far and near. 

Monday, December 13, 2021





Ajudabo Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area has honoured one of her own, Mr. Monday Tenumah, Chief Executive Officer of Esimon Nig. Company with the conferment of Community Service Award in recognition of his immense contributions to the community. 

The award was presented to Mr. Monday Tenumah in a colourful ceremony held at Ajudaibo Community on Friday November 18, 2021. 

While presenting the award to Mr. Monday Tenumah, the acting Olare-Aja of the community, Pa. R.A.U Edema commended the recipient and appealed to all indigenes and friends of the community to copy from the good example of Mr. Monday Tenumah. Responding Mr. Monday Tenumah thanked the community for recognizing his little contributions to the community. 

In the same vein, the Management and Students of Udaibo Primary School, Ajudaibo has also conferred Distinguished Service Award on Mr. Monday Tenumah in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the School and educational support to the students over the years.

The head teacher of the School, Mrs. Lilian Ani Sagay-Temetah who presented the award on behalf of the school emphasised that the encouragement of Mr. Monday Tenumah in the school over the years has been boosting the morals of both the teachers and pupils and prayed that the good Lord will reward him for his good-works. 

She also used the opportunity to point out the problems of the pupils which include lack of text books and insufficient exercise books.
Responding, Mr. Monday Tenumah thanked the teachers and pupils for the unique award presented to him saying that he would cherish the award all his life. 

He assured that he would continue to use his God given resources for the benefit of his community, just as he sent a passionate appeal to others to continue to look inward to develop the School.
Mr. Monday Tenumah also commended the teachers in their efforts to develop the children adding that like Oliver Twist, they want more from the teachers. 

The children in return thanked Mr. Monday Tenumah with a beautiful song tendered in the name of Tenumah.
Educational materials donated by Mr.  Monday Tenumah to the pupils of the School include: Dozens of  notebooks, Packets of white board marker, Packets of biro, Box of pencils, Two footballs, Packets of eraser, Tippex fluid, Cello tapes, Masking tapes  and bub gum.
Mr. Tenumah has also taken the pains to beautify the School by painting all the classrooms (inside and outside) including the toilets as well as fixing of doors with keys in the un-completed buildings.
In the same vein, he has also been taken care of the maintenance of the existing School Building, monthly payment of the clearing of grasses surrounding the School premises and the provision of sporting materials and toiletries to the School.

It would be recalled that this humanitarian service embarked by Mr. Tenumah is a yearly exercise which he has been doing for the interest of the School and Community for the past years.

Olori Atuwatse III Launches Free Healthcare Initiative in Delta State

Olori Atuwatse III Launches Free Healthcare Initiative in Delta State

Olori Atuwatse III, addressing participants


By Tetsoma Neyin

Olori Atuwatse III Launches Free Healthcare Initiative in Delta State

In a bid to improve lives and healthcare services for the people of Delta State, particularly the elderly, women and children, Her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse III of Warri Kingdom, has launched the Wuwu Ore initiative(mother's love) which is geared towards providing palliative care, advanced medical checks, treatments and medical screenings is also supported by His Majesty, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III as well as private and government stakeholders interested in the wellbeing of  Deltans.

Olori Atuwatse III praying for a sick child

At the first occasion of the initiative held Saturday December 11, 2021, in the state, numerous indigenes from various communities converged at Ode Itsekiri, ancestral home of Itsekiris and were offered a wide range of free healthcare services ranging from Hematocrit screening, full blood count screening, malaria screening, blood glucose screening, retroviral screening, urine analysis to palliative packages such as first-aid kits, mosquito nets and other preventive healthcare materials by qualified healthcare professionals.

     Participants at the event

The beneficiaries after  receiving their treatments,  were given palliatives of various food items which included ground-nut oil, rice, beans, salt, wrapper, diapers, etc.

Speaking at the occasion, Olori Atuwatse III commended the effort of the initiative’s partners: Pro Health International, National Agency for the Control of AIDS [NACA], Delta State Action Committee on AIDS (DELSACA) & Caritas Nigeria, for collaborating with Warri Kingdom and the state, towards the welfare of its citizens.

According to the Olori, “It is indeed a moment of gratitude for myself, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III and the noble people of Delta State to experience this one-of-a-kind initiative that demands absolutely nothing but the presence and willingness of our people.

“Their presence to receive quality healthcare services and their willingness to partake of the quarterly activities slated for future outreaches is overwhelming. I am particularly grateful to our Co-Partners and all who have made it possible for the most vulnerable members of our society to begin to look forward to free and accessible healthcare. As a mother of this great kingdom, I am moved at the visible upliftment of my people today. I am fully committed to working together towards the vision of drastically reducing healthcare challenges prevalent in the remotest part of our kingdom and I  have no doubt that this is achievable within the shortest possible time frame, provided we continue in this most impactful of true service.”

Warri Voice can state authoritatively that the initiative will hold quarterly in all Itsekiri Communities which wil adopt proven strategies to bring medical care to the doorsteps of indigenes and also, via a community referral process, bring emergency cases up for immediate attention by partners of the initiative.

As Queen and mother of the people, Olori Atuwatse III is passionate about improving childcare, maternal support and providing prompt and qualitative treatment for preventable diseases as well as critical illnesses such as HIV, Diabetes and Cancer and as the foundation grows, it aims to increase its partnership base in tandem with the needs of the people.

One of the Coordinators, Dr. Utake Ovwe said that the aim was to enable those in the riverine areas to have access to quality healthcare services.

 Mrs. Felicia Ebitemije who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked Olori Atuwatse III for her kind gesture and love towards her people.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021


        Shell death trap Bridge



The multi million naira bridge built by Shell Development Company linking Madangho with Ajudaibo and other communities is now a death trap to both pedestrians and motorists plying the  road as the rails supporting both edges of the bridge has fallen off thus making both pedestrians and motorists to cross the bridge with apparent fear of falling into the river. 

The situation of the bridge is so bad that a tipper which fell-off into the river from the bridge since last year is still at the spot as the state of both the road and the bridge has made it impossible to bring in another heavy duty vehicle to remove the fallen tipper. 

Also the road linking Ajudaibo Community with that of Ogidigben Community has almost been cut into two by waves from the Sea. 

Speaking on the dangerous bridge and the road which people describe as the most dangerous bridge in Nigeria, the acting Olare-Aja of Ajudaibo Community, Pa. R.A.U. Edema appealed to Shell Development Company to take the responsibility of fixing the bridge and the road so that they can have access to their neighbouring communities. 
An indegene of the community who pleaded anonymity said that he always fast and pray before crossing the bridge either by foot or in a vehicle as a result of fear.

He accused shell of not keeping to safety standard in their work environment because according to him, this is the road they use everyday to and fro.

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