Monday, June 27, 2022

No more Crisis in Warri, Olu of Warri declares …As Omadino Community begins 3rd edition of Ghigho-Aghofen


No more Crisis in WarriOlu of Warri declares

…As Omadino community begins 3rd edition of Ghigho-Aghofen 

His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri


By Teshwhyte

No more Crisis in Warri, Olu of Warri declares 

…As Omadino Community begins 3rd edition of Ghigho-Aghofen 


Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has said enduring peace has come to stay in Warri, Delta State, noting that the era of fighting and other crises is gone in the oil-rich City.


The Olu of Warri made the declaration during the third edition of Ghigho-Aghofen(Palace Watch) in his palace to mark the handing over of flag to Omadino community to watch over the palace for the next three months.

The ceremony attracted various traditional dancing groups from Itsekiris, Ijaws, Urhobos, Edo,  Akwa-Ibom/Cross River, Kogi State and other parts of the country.

According to the Monarch, “I thank all the ethnic nationalities that came to celebrate with us. I say it again we will enjoy peace in Warri. Never again will we clash over our differences. We will always come together, discuss, agree and we will be better for it.”

While commending Inorin community for the peaceful way they watched over the palace, the monarch said: “Thank you to Inorin community for doing a good job in the last three months. We look forward to Omadino as they are coming in. 

“I want to use this opportunity to preach peace in Omadino. I want to remind you that you have a unique opportunity to start again in your community.  And so a line must be drawn. Many people may feel a sense of frustration, it is my turn and all that, I appeal to all to drop the sentiment.

“Omadino is too important a community in Warri kingdom for there to be in fighting. You are on duty till September 24th while we mark our first year coronation anniversary.

“Before that time elapses, we will come to Omadino and even before we come, we want to see that factions are dissolved. We must compromise and we will find peace in Omadino.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the ceremony, Chairman of Omadino community Trust, Professor Gabriel Yomere said  that “We will do our best in our duty to the palace. Omadino has always come first and we will always come first.  I am very happy we are talking of unity, peace in the community.

“Within these three months even though we have misunderstanding now, we will shelve it and project the image of the community to the outside world. We will certainly settle our difference, peace will certainly come.”

The Itsekiri Health Insurance Programme, IHIP, an initiative of Itsekiri Trust Fund was also formally launched at the ceremony.

 An address made available to the Warri Voice Newspaper and signed by  Chief Brown Mene, member Board of Trustees Itsekiri Trust fund, said the initiative would provide Itsekiri access to quality private healthcare service providers, HSP.

Some personalities at the event were the  Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori,  His Majesty, Owahwa II, The Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, former Minister of  State for Education and SDP governorship Candidate, Chief  Kenneth Gbagi, former National President Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, Chairman Alpha May Club,    Brig. GenEmiko Eruwa rtd, amongst others.


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

FUPRE 3rd Convocation Lecture: Wabote Speaks on Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education—Stressed Implications of Energy Transition in Nigeria’s Economy

FUPRE 3rd Convocation Lecture: Wabote Speaks on Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education—Stressed Implications of Energy Transition on Nigeria’s Economy

Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote( FNSE, FIPS) the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote( FNSE, FIPS) the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)

By Wilson Macaulay


Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote( FNSE, FIPS) the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has commended the laudable strides of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources FUPRE Effurun Delta State for playing a leading role as a centre of academic excellence in the provision of research and leadership in energy discovery that is benefiting to society as a whole.

Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote who featured as a Guest Speaker in the University 3rd Convocation Lecture held today Friday 17th June 2022, stated that  since the  establishment of FUPRE in 2007 and the intake of its first set of 113 foundation students , the Petroleum University  has continued to wax stronger as the first university of petroleum in Africa and the sixth ( 6 " ) in the world .

 According to Wabote  the  Guest Speaker, FUPRE'S  mission and vision   is consistent with the position of Nigeria as having the largest deposit of hydrocarbon resources in Africa and we must commend the foresight of the Federal Government that resulted in the establishment of FUPRE fifteen ( 15 ) years ago as a full - fledged citadel of learning to prepare bright minds to drive the development of our hydrocarbon sector . 

 The Local Content Board Chief Executive who spoke on a theme titled: " Defining the Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education ",posited that the  lecture is  apt as local content development is now an integral part of the Nigerian oil and gas  industry , especially with regard to driving development across the industry”.

Engr Wabote  noted  during the lecture that  the ongoing debate and indeed the deadlines being set in respect of energy transition brings to fore the need for development of home grown skill sets to develop and manage the nation's natural resources.

He stressed that there is need for  Nigeria to develop a Nigerian content  economy by a systematic development of capacity and capabilities through the deliberate utilization of Nigerian human , material resources and services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. 

  He said in his words: "Nigeria  is blessed with an abundance of human and natural resources With a population estimated at 206 million , about half of the entire population of West Africa , that is enough to make impact for any nation Which is desirous and truly willing to make progress."


 Wabote emphasized to the audience that we are indeed a burgeoning market which makes us a force to be reckoned with  especially within the African continent , noting that, we are blessed with enormous oil and gas deposits which makes Nigeria a key player in the global hydrocarbon landscape.

However, he lamented that despite these huge hydrocarbon deposits , the gains of the oil and gas industry did not translate to much for the people and the economy of the nation as the sector which  was dominated by foreigners and foreign equipment, goods , and services  for more than 50 years , the oil and gas industry experienced massive capacity flight and phenomenal job losses which resulted in local content level of less than 5 %.

He noted that  in a bid to change this ominous narrative , the Government enacted the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development ( NOGICD ) Act of 2010 which, among others, established the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board as the sole Agency of Government responsible for  driving the development of local content in the oil and gas industry.

The NCDMB  he explained have two key mandates which are to develop local capacities and capabilities and to  monitor compliance and enforce provisions of NOGICD Act 2010.

He emphasized during the lecture that over time experience  in local development  has shown that the development of sustainable local content requires a combination of six Key elements with a road map hinged on five pillars and four enablers  which involves technical capability development , development of critical skills, and Infrastructures that are required and utilized in the oil and gas industry.

While speaking on energy transition and it's implications on the nation's economy Wabote said: "The implications of energy transition  on Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry is very  important because  Human Capacity Development cannot be overemphasized as it is at the core of local content development”.

 He added: "One of the keys to a successful Local Content development program is for such program to be linked to education . The narrative around the Energy Transition has further revealed the need to ensure that there is direct link between our Petroleum education, development and utilization of our hydrocarbon resources”.

 Wabote who expressed confidence in the implementation of the Local content and the progress made so far  further stated  "Using the NCDMB as a reference , we have achieved much because we have utilized our Human Capacity education. These touch points include Research and Development, Vocational Development goals to support the development of skills gaps in petroleum skills , Science and Innovation , and others”.

He continued saying: "Since our inception to date , we have trained over 12,000 people in different critical skill areas such as the use of various engineering design software, environmental remediation , boat repairs , electrical engineers, mechatronics, welding, and so on . This spanned over 13 million man hour of training to widen the span and entrench the depth of  skills sets available in the oil and gas industry.

Engr Prof Akpofure Rim-Rukeh the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources FUPRE earlier in his key note address  thanked Principal Officers of the University, Dean's, Directors, and especially the Guest Speaker, Engr. Simbi Wabote  and all other guests who came to grace the 3rd Convocation Lecture of the Petroleum University.

Just as the Vice Chancellor disclosed during the press briefing on Tuesday 14th June 2022 that this 3rd edition of the convocation lecture Will be a triple helix model, two roundtables of experts in the oil and gas sector brainstormed on two topics titled: Facilitating a formidable industry, Government and academia partnership to foster energy sector innovation and Energy Transition, offshore Assets Divestment by OICs - - What is next for Nigerian indigenous companies and local content.


The Triple helix  model is clearly the way  forward as the idea proved to be the best approach to the energy transition education as it gave practical answers to questions that have long been begging for answers.

Monday, June 20, 2022



His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri 


The people of  Inorin Community in Warri South L.G.A has made a passionate appeal to the Olu of  Warri to call on the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), NPDC Exploration Company, Warri Refinery and other Oil Companies such as Fenog, Matrix, Pinnacle that are operating in the Warri River to recognize them as host community. 


They also called on the Delta State Government to speed up the construction of Trans Warri Ode-Itsekiri Road, bridges anaccess roads linking Ode-Itsekiri, Ajigba and Usele communities as well as the provision of social amenities, infrastructural and human capital development. 


Secretary of Inorin community, Hon. (Prince) Andrew Tesinro Okotie made the request in an address he read on Saturday June 18, 2022 on behalf of the community during the visit of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III,  to Inorin Community. 


Responding, to the Olu of Warri promised to draw the attention of the various companies to their request.


High point of the visit was the commissioning of two classrooms blockoffice and toilet of Inorin/Ajigba Primary School, a project sponsored by Oma-Iwere Itsekiri organization, NewYork-New Jersey. 


The group was represented by Mr. Victor Ughara and Comrade Amechi Ogbitse Ogbonna who commended  the group for their good works and appealed to the community and pupils of the school to protect and make good use of the structure. 


The Olu on his way back to Warri also stopped by at Ajigba community where he commissioned the Princess Igba Villa, a project single handedly done by Chief Rita Lori, the Igba of Warri Kingdom.  


Tuesday, June 14, 2022


 Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. Fixes July 2nd for Scholarship Examination


President of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc., Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin


Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. fixes July 2nd for Scholarship Examination 

  Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. under the leadership of Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin has fixed Saturday July 2, 2022 for its scholarship examination exercise for Itsekiri undergraduate students.


  Chairman of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Education Committee, Mr. Lucky Mayor who spoke through the  group’s Scholarship Consultant in Nigeria, Mr. A.S. Mene stated that messages have been sent to all applicants through their emails on the examination schedule.


  Mr. Mayor who advised applicants to be punctual and come along with their writing materials and school I.D cards for proper identification, averred that the examination exercise will be held at the renowned Rewane Villa, opposite Ekurede-Urhobo junction, Warri by 9am Nigeria time.

Friday, June 10, 2022




  Chairman of  Itsekiri Education Trust, Engr. Gbesimi Akperi giving his speech 


By Tetsoma Neyin 



Itsekiri Education Trust, a foremost Organisation known for its educational impact in Warri Kingdom has again presented Cheques to Itsekiri undergraduate scholarship awardees for the year 2022.


The presentation which was done under the supervision of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III and his noble Chiefs took place on Friday May 20, 2022 at the Olu’s Palace(Aghofen), Warri.


Group photograph: Board of Trustees, Members of Management committee & beneficiaries 

Addressing the scholarship awardees, the Olu of Warri congratulated the awardees for scaling through the scholarship process to be part of the presentation, even as he charged them to be more focus in their studies, given the fact that the educational system in Nigeria is dwindling and Itsekiri as a nation must present the best in all fronts going forward.


The Monarch, Ogiame Atuwatse III further commended the efforts of the Trust for their support towards education in Iwere land.

Engr. Alex Neyin presenting Cheque to one of the beneficiaries as the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III looks on

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of Itsekiri Education Trust, Engr. Gbesimi Akperi (FNSE), thanked the Olu of Warri for his support towards the Trust’s objectives, saying that “We shall continue to come to you for support believing that every success is ultimately for your credit and glory of God”.


Engr. Akperi who stated that the major challenge of the Trust is funding said that some of the activities of the Trust covers education at all levels, adults literacy Programme, university scholarship and skills training, even as he encouraged Itsekiris to invest more in education.


“We want to point out to our people that our survival depends on good quality education. Itsekiri must be ready to fund education, so that in due season, we shall reap the fruits of our investment just like Singaporeans did”, he opined.


Addressing the awardees, Engr. Akperi said “I call on you to be disciples of the Itsekiri cause, be patriotic and devote your time to the service of our people and strive for excellence at all times”.


Climax of the ceremony was the presentation of cheques to the overwhelming awardees which was done by Engr. Alex Neyin, Chairman of the Trust scholarship Committee.



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Monday Tenumah gets kudos for Outstanding Performance

 Monday Tenumah gets kudos for Outstanding Performance 

                              Mr. Monday Tenumah 


Monday Tenumah gets Kudos for Outstanding Performance 

Secretary of Ajudaibo Community in Warri South-West L.G.A, Mr. Abraham Enegho has lauded the relentless efforts of one of their own, Mr. Monday Tenumah towards the development of the Community.


Mr. Enegho who spoke to Warri Voice Newspaper recently, listed some contributions of Mr. Tenumah in areas of Education, Welfare of the people and sponsoring of some indigenes of the community for a twelve days intensive training on Solar P.V Installation at the Petroleum Training Institute Consultancy Services Limited. 


“Your support so far for your community developments in various ways have been of non-competitive and as such an enviable character of a well-defined community leader, he averred.


He further appealed to other illustrious sons and daughters of Ajudaibo Community to emulate the kind gesture of Mr. Monday Tenumah in giving back to the society.   



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