Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Engr. Irone, Siblings gives Mother Befitting Burial

 Engr. Irone, Siblings gives Mother Befitting Burial.

Late Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone 


Engr. Benjamin Irone and his Siblings have given their dear mother, Late (Mrs.) Rose Orighomisan Irone a befitting burial.


Mrs. Rose Orighomisan fondly called Alagboku died February 8, 2023 after a brief illness at the age of 76.


A special Service of Songs was held in her honour on Thursday April 13, 2023 at her residence, 15 kingdom close, Off New Layout, Egbokodo Itsekiri Warri.

Casket with the remains of Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone during the funeral service 


On Saturday April 15, 2023 her body was taken from Naval Hospital along NPA Expressway to her residence in Egbokodo Itsekiri for open air service and interment, conducted by Foursquare Gospel ChurchUbeji.


Entertainment of guests followed immediately at Ubeji Grammar School Playground, Ubeji town, Warri.


Until her death, She was a staunch believer of the Gospel, a devoted member of Foursquare Gospel Church who has engraved her footsteps in the sand of time by touching many lives positively.


According to the Eldest Son of late Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone, Engineer Benjamin Irone while reading the biography during the funeral service, averred: “My dear Mother was a woman with a large heart, hardworking and conscientious with special attention to ensuring that her children and descendants had the best that life could offer.


Children of late Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone 

“That is why today and always, we celebrate the life and times of a woman of women, a dogged achiever, a goal-getter, bridge builder, an elegant woman and a lover of God.”


Late Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone (Née Ekpoto) hailed from the Families of Pa. Thomas Ekpoto Orighomitueyi of Omadino, Crown Prince Erefoluwa, Erejuwa 1 of Ureju, Ireyetsoritseone Okpara Dibofun of Jakpa and Madam Amutortor Omatseye of Bateren, all in Warri South LGA and Warri North LGA of Delta State.


Eldest Son of late Mrs. Rose Orighomisan Irone, Engr. Benjamin Irone 

She is survived by her children, Mrs. Oritseweyinmi Ekele, Engr. Benjamin Irone, Mr. Frank Irone, Mrs. Juliet Eyeta, Mrs. Edna Omadeli, and numerous relatives.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Iwere Women Prayer Network Celebrates One Year Anniversary, doles out Palliatives to Widows

 Iwere Women Prayer Network Celebrates One Year Anniversary, doles out Palliatives  to Widows


Pioneer of Iwere Women Prayer Network, Olori Atuwatse III 


As part of activities to mark it's One Year  anniversary, Iwere Women Prayer Network has staged a one day praise retreat in honour of the Almighty God, on behalf of the people of Warri kingdom.


The programme was held on Wednesday April 5, 2023 at Olu's Palace(Aghofen), Ajamimogha,Warri with lots of Itsekiri women in attendance.


Giving her speech at the epoch ceremony, Pioneer of Itsekiri Women Prayer Network, her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse lll, appreciated the wives of Chiefs of Warri kingdom and all members of the Prayer chain for sustaining the programme.


"God has been so faithful to us as a tribe. We are surrounded by prayers which is the actual meaning of Itsekiri and when women pray, the Heaven's respond.


I encourage us all not to relent in praying for our land, as our prayers are yielding positive results in Warri kingdom. We need more young females to be actively involve in this programme" the queen averred,” She stated.


On her part, Coordinator of the programme, Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley thanked God Almighty for His Mighty hands of sustenance on the programme.


Bishop Olley who gave a brief of her Salvation life, declared: "I am not ashamed of preaching God's word. I thank our Father, Ogiame Atuwatse lll, the Olu of Warri for always standing behind the women and our mother and queen, Olori Atuwatse lll who is the Captain of the boat.


Olori Atuwatse III flanked by: L-R: Bishop Paul Anirejuoritse, Rev. Queen,  Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley, Bishop (Mrs.) Regina Otone & Minister (Mrs.) Juliet Mayuku 

Today is one year of our prayers for the betterment of Warri kingdom and we are grateful for everyone who has contributed towards the success of the programme."


Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Patience Omolubi Newuwumi declared that it was after the emergence of the prayer network that Iwere Women regained confidence, saying that Itsekiri nation has gained global recognition with the enthronement of the Olu of Warri.


Guest Speaker of the occasion, Bishop Paul Anirejuoritse in his sermon, declared that Itsekiri are special people on earth with God ordained King to lead them aright.


I am so happy that God has taken over Iwere land. Ogiame Atuwatse lll, the Olu of Warri is an instrument in the hands of God,” the Bishop opined.


Bishop Anirejuoritse who took his sermon from the book of Isaiah chapter 11 verse 12 said that the praises of God sharpens the word of God in our lives, saying that satan makes things difficult for people so as to seal God's praises from the  lips of people.


Olori Atuwatse III flanked by Wives of Chiefs of Warri Kingdom 

Bishop Anirejuoritse who spoke on the theme " A Shout of Praise" averred that barriers clears-off when believers renders a shout of joy to God Almighty.


The event also witnessed a prayer section for Warri kingdom, handled by Bishop (Mrs) Regina Otone and Reverend (Mrs) Queen,  where the women prayed earnestly for the progress and prosperity of the land.


Highpoint of the event was the distribution of a well packaged food stuffs to the widows present at the event, an act of kindness from the Pioneer of the Prayer Network, Olori Atuwatse lll.






Sunday, April 2, 2023

CEPEJ, PIND holds round table talk on Herders-Farmers Conflicts Mitigation for Ethiope East/Ndokwa East LGA’s

 CEPEJ, PIND holds roundtable talk on Herders-Farmers Conflict Mitigation for Ethiope East /Ndokwa East LGAs


Participants present at the event including Ambassador Chief Sheriff Mulade and Ambassador Prince Ebilade 


Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) and Partnership Initiative for Niger Delta (PIND) has held a joint stakeholders herders-farmers conflicts mitigation in Ethiope East and Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.


The roundtable dialogue was held on Thursday March 30, 2023 at Gares Hotel, Ughelli, Delta State.


The National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Chief  Comrade Sheriff Muladestated that the importance of the meeting can not be over emphasized due to the implications of herders-farmers in Nigeria, particularly in Delta State.


Chief Mulade said that the major goal of the programme is to create an enabling environment for both parties to work together in peace.


"This peace that we have been able to achieve, we need it to continue. We will call for monitoring and evaluation of this programme and I urge all stakeholders present here today to continue to deepen the peace between the herders-farmers in their Communities.


“As peace actors and having been able to identify the critical challenges, we will continue to proffer solutions in-line with government policies,” he averred.


Chief Mulade thanked their financial donor, PIND Foundation for playing a major role towards the success of the programme. 


Giving his lecture on the theme, “Mitigating herders-farmers conflicts management for sustainable peace and development” Head of  Department of State Service, Ndokwa East LGA, Mr. Elisha Israel said that it is necessary to differentiate between herders who are Fulanis and bandits, stating that Fulanis should not be seen as threats to the society.


Mr. Isreal who attributed perception, lack of communication, cattle rustlers and political instability as major factors of herders-farmers conflict, urged the public to change their mindset towards the herders.


While stating that the different policies put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curb the conflicts, have not yielded the desired results due to lack of implementation, noted that dialogue, sincerity of unity of mind and purpose would spur a lasting solution to herders-farmers conflicts.


Ambassador Prince Ebilade in his good will message to the people, said that for peace to be attained, it requires the collective efforts of all parties involved.


"There are lot of issues that can trigger conflicts and one of them is communication. We appeal to all parties involved to embrace peace at all times, as this programme is very important to PIND Foundation," he opined.


Delta State Coordinator for Partners for Peace(P4P), Jennifer Okotie in her good will message, averred: "The work of P4P is peace building. As peace actors, we enjoin all parties to live in peace and harmony." 


She further used the opportunity to inaugurate the Ndokwa East LGA and Ethiope East LGA sub-chapters of P4P.


Other resource personwho also gave a talk on the way forward include; Mrs. Chibogu Josephine, Head of Department and Community Development. Ndokwa East LGA, Mrs, Sarah Jonny and Sir Ben U, Coordinator of National Orientation Agency, Ndokwa East LGA.


Highpoint of the event was the question and answer session from stakeholders of both Local Government Areas as well as the signing of a communique reached by all participants present at the event which states as follows:


As community continues to struggle with the problems of herders-farmers due to the persistence of threats, risks and vulnerabilities, it is very important to involve the non-state actors in the security and protection of communities against insurgency and criminality. 


There should be a synergy between security agencies and community leaders/farmers/herders in the provision of sustainable security and peace through information sharing. The information can be analysed and processed into intelligence thatwill aid the Police, Military and other security agencies.  


3 There should be continuous orientation and awareness engagements with farmers and herders towards sustainable development and peaceful coexistence among herders and farmers.


4 There should be advocacy for ranching as against nomadic pastoralism to curb herders-farmers conflicts.


5 A herders-farmers conflict management committee should be established in all local government areas with sub-units at various community levels.


6 Community leaders, farmers and herders should embrace non-violence approach and adopt stakeholders dialogue in resolving conflicts within and outside the community.


The land boundary dispute between Ikpen community in Edo State and Urhuoka-Abraka community in Delta State, should be resolved by both States boundary adjustment committees so that both communities will know their boundaries. This will stop herders from making dangerous moves to perpetrate evils such as rape and killing of women and men.


8 There should be concrete agreements between community leaderships and herders in term of grazing.


9 Night grazing should be discourage and avoided totally.


10 The Delta State Law against open grazing should be implemented, while anyone caught in the act of open grazing should be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others. 





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