Sunday, October 22, 2023

Itsekiri Born ‘King of Gas' Julius Rone, receives standing ovation as he shines in South Africa

 Itsekiri Born ‘King of Gas' Julius Rone, receives standing ovation as he shines in South Africa


Mr. Julius Rone, OFR

Topic: News

By Tetsoma Neyin 

Itsekiri Born ‘King of Gas' Julius Rone, receives standing ovation as he shines in South Africa

CEO of UTM offshore limited Julius Rone (OFR), popularly known as King of Gas, delved into the gas sector with  undiluted desire to effect a change in the Nigeria's economy. 


With his unwavering ascension to the top of energy industry's pole, Itsekiri born Rone, from the Niger Delta region has grown to be one of Africa's highly regarded entrepreneurs positively impacting the economic growth of the country. 


A driving force in the corporate landscape silently making landmark strides, due to his vast knowledge of the gas sector where he is top player, Rone is included in any discussion bordering on the industry. 


The Astute businessman once again displayed his dexterity at the Africa Energy week 2022 at Cape Town, South Africa, where he spoke extensively on Nigeria's capacity to rescue the continent from the shortage of gas production, held on Tuesday October 17, 2023.


He also explained that his Company work hand in hand with other Nigerian  Companies in the regard. 


His brilliance on the podium was met with a standing ovation and resounding applause from top energy executives in attendance from other part of the world.


Recall that the ‘King of Gas’ has received numerous global awards in recent times for his vast knowledge and expertise in the energy sector.



Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan 


The People’s Democratic Party Warri South LGA Chairmanship Aspirant,  Hon. Monoyo Edon has heartily congratulates the former Governor of Delta State and Political Godfather, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan as he clocks 69 years today Sunday October 22, 2023.


Speaking to Warri Voice Correspondent, Hon. Monoyo averred that the Celebrant is his mentor and godfather in the political space. 


On behalf of my family, I join your family, your political children and well wishers across the world in felicitating with you on this special occasion of your 69th birthday. 


I am proud to associate with you because you have made me better than who I was when you took me into your fold as both an Aide and a son some years ago.


Like fine wine, Deltans and indeed all those who are associated with you can attest to the fact that youre loved more now that youre out of office and become a senior citizen of our state and nation. 


Hon. Monoyo Edon

Thank you for all you have done and still doing for me and my family. 


May God grant you excellent health to keep seeing your Delta united and peaceful for prosperity,” he stated.




Monday, October 9, 2023

RE: Appeal For Fairness, Equity And Justice Over The Continuous Marginalisation Of People's Democratic Party Members Of Urhobos of Warri in the Elective and Appointive Offices In Warri South Local Government Council

RE: Appeal For Fairness, Equity And Justice Over The Continuous Marginalisation Of People's Democratic Party Members Of Urhobos of Warri in the Elective and Appointive Offices In Warri South Local Government Council

The attention of the Warri South Itsekiri PDP Political Forum (WSIPPF) has been drawn to an open letter dated 2nd of October 2023 in the Pointer Newspaper to the Executive Governor of Delta State; His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori, alleging gross marginalization of the Urhobos of Warri in the politics of Warri South. 

Ordinarily, we would not have bothered to join issues with the authors of that cocktail of lies but in a bid not to allow some ethnic jingoists hide under our party umbrella to disinform our Governor and the unsuspecting general public, we are constrained to respond as follows:

Your Excellency, for a better appreciation of the sinister intentions of the authors of the said publication and accordingly, properly situate them, an honest characterisation of these persons and their political antecedents in the course of our political development as a party since 1999 have become inevitable.

The leader of the group, Rev. David Otefia is from Warri South Ward 12 (Okumagba II), a ward the PDP has never won since 1999. 

The Deputy Leader, Chief Vincent Okudolor who is notorious for political prostitution and instability in our great party, the PDP is from Warri South Ward 7 (Okere), a Ward the PDP has also never won since 1999.

Chief Femi Okumagba is from Warri South Ward 11 (Okumagba I), a ward the PDP wins. However, Chief Okumagba always loses his unit to the opposition since 1999.

Your Excellency, It is a common knowledge that for every election year, their stock-in-trade is always to keep their physical bodies in the PDP and their souls in another political party of their ethnic interest. So that when they lose out, their political acrobatics will be activated to whip up sentiments in order to reap where they always do not sow. Since every election is localised and the results usually in the public domain, no one will be happy to fight to win his polling unit, ward and Constituency and allow those who happily give theirs away to come and superintend over what they did not contribute to its success. Or have they forgotten that it is no longer monkey dey work baboon dey chop in modern politics?

This drama will be more interesting if the authors of this publication can do another publication deploying same energy and zeal to publish the results of their various wards and polling units in the last 2023 general elections to enable the leadership of our great party see how retrogressively they had navigated the course of our great party for self-centered interests, which invariably has led to our loss of Warri South Constituency II -a full state Constituency to the opposition, APC. 

This aforementioned fact effectively negates another falsehood in their publication where it was claimed that they own Oteghele and Ukpokiti. The said settlements are in Omadino land in Ward 1 (Obodo/Omadino).

Your Excellency, In Warri South, prior to 1999, the political philosophy was winner-takes-all. The Itsekiris occupied the Chairmanship, Vice-Chairmanship, Leader of Legislative Arm and every other political position in the LGA. In fact, the Constituency II, they are surprisingly laying claim to was first occupied by Hon. Jackson Omatsola, an Itsekiri. This goes without saying that Constituency II does not belong to the Urhobos of Warri.

The Urhobos approached us for inclusion and  thanks to the magnanimity of our leaders, they have had a fair shot at every appointive or elective positions in Warri South but since the authors of the publication have by themselves arrogated 85% of the population of Warri South to the Urhobos of Warri, we have resolved to return to status quo. Let the Urhobos of Warri test the popularity and population they have been boasting of recently in the coming elections. It is unfair enough that they continue to enjoy our magnanimity while politically suffocating on our communities in Delta Central.

Below is how the 12 Wards faired in the last election:

Warri South 2023 Governorship Election Results:

Ward 1 (Obodo/Omadino)

PDP - 1235

APC - 542

LP    -  07

Ward 2 (Ode-Itsekiri)

PDP - 2701

APC - 1604

LP    - 42

Ward 3 (Ogunu/Ekurede Urhobo)

PDP - 761

APC - 658

LP    - 328

Ward 4 (Ugbuwangue/Ekurede Itsekiri)

PDP - 1639

APC - 897

LP    -  296

Ward 5 (G.R.A) 

PDP - 1013

APC - 869

LP    - 301

Ward 6 (Bowen)

PDP - 3083

APC - 779

LP    - 206

Ward 7 (Pessu)

PDP - 602

APC - 555

LP    - 125

Ward 8 (Okere)

PDP - 878

APC - 1187

LP    - 451

Ward 9 (Igbudu)

PDP - 922

APC - 1417

Ward 10 (Edjeba)

PDP - 505

APC - 552

LP    - 

Ward 11 (Okumagba I)

PDP - 1134

APC - 886

LP    - 410

Ward 12 (Okumagba II)

PDP - 882

APC - 1557

LP    -  07

Final Total:

PDP = 15,299

APC = 11,503

LP = 2,173

Your Excellency, from a careful analysis of the above result, it is very obvious that the bulk of the votes the PDP got from Warri South came from Itsekiri areas. PDP only won Chief Femi Okumagba Ward in all the Urhobo areas. This is because bulk of the votes with which our party won in that Okumagba I came from the Itsekiri dorminated areas. Besides Okumagba 11, the PDP has not won the Urhobo Areas in previous elections. Yet, they are the first to ask for the dividends of politics.

They stated in paragraph 4 of the publication that, “No matter how minuscule the population of a people appears, as long as their unique identity is recognized by the laws of the land,

they are entitled to a proportionate share of all that accrues to their Constituency or local government” 

Sir, their claim that “Warri South LGA is the only Council where the practice of fairness and acceptable mechanism of sharing of political offices are resisted and jettisoned” is a deliberate misrepresentation of fact. There are Urhobos in Patani and Burutu LGAs but they do not enjoy the political privileges and brotherliness they enjoy in Warri South.

The Itsekiri PDP leaders in Warri South have always been magnanimous to the Urhobo communities of Warri South since 1999. For instance, the Vice Chairman of Warri South LGA is Urhobo, the leader of the Legislative Arm is Urhobo, the member representing Warri South Constituency II in the Delta State House of Assembly is Urhobo and they are several committees set up by the Council chairman and headed by the Urhobos.

Their selective truism in Paragraph 4 above does not apply to other ethnic groups living  amongst them in Delta Central. For example, There are sizable Itsekiri communities in Uvwie, Udu, Ethiope West and East, Sapele and Okpe LGAs. The Itsekiris there have not aspired to the Vice Chairmanship seat of any of the aforementioned LGAs let alone become the leader of Legislative Arms of those LGAs. In fact, Itsekiri communities are not only starved of political divivends, they are also starved of social and basic amenities as there are many instances of oppression and marginalization against the Itsekiris in Delta Central -where the Urhobos of Warri migrated from. They are not aborigines of Warri South. Despite not always voting for the PDP, the Urhobos of Warri have held the Commissioner Slot of Warri South twice and also the LGA chairmanship of the Council. There is no LGA in Delta Central where the Itsekiris are shown this level of magnanimity.

Your Excellency, this unsubstantiated claim of our Urhobo neighbors of Warri South that they are more than the Itsekiris has always caused tension in the local government. 

On the contrary, it is the Itsekiris in the PDP who have sufffered the biggest political injustice in the history of our state.

Warri South Local Government has 10 legal electoral wards that were the basis upon which elections were conducted until recently, INEC, arbitrarily started using an illegal 12 wards even amidst relevant court judgements that are in favour of the 10 wards. Despite several protestations from the Itsekiris, INEC still uses this arbitrary 12 Wards structure.

Your Excellency, In the 10 legal ward structure recognized by relevant court judgements, the Itsekiri has over eighty percent of the wards namely; 1. Obodo 2. Ode-Itsekiri 3. Ubeji 4. Ekurede 5. Pessu 6. Esisi 7. Bowen 8. Okere and parts of Igbudu ward as against the non-Itsekiri ward, Avenue.  In the illegal twelve wards nullified by the said Appeal Court Judgement, the Obodo/Omadino and Ubeji wards - two separate wards in Itsekiri areas (like others) in the 10 wards were merged as one ward in the illegal 12 ward structure while the Avenue and Igbudu wards were multiplied to produce 6 wards. In this twelve wards, the over  eight Itsekiri-dominated wards above were compressed to 6 viz; 1. Obodo/Omadino/Ubeji 2. Ode-Itsekiri 3. Ugbuwangue/Ekurede Itsekiri 4. Okere 5. Pessu 6. GRA and the not up to two non-Itsekiri wards multiplied to produce 6 viz; 1. Okumagba I 2. Okumagba II 3. Igbudu 4. Edjeba 5. Ogunu/Ekurede Urhobo 6. Bowen.

Ukodo, we are a people of magnanimity and peace as we have demonstrated to our Urhobo neighbors over the years. However, we cannot continue to spite our faces to please our Oliver Twist neighbors. Since the Urhobos of Warri have claimed that they form 85% of the people of Warri metropolis, henceforth, let them subject themselves to democratic principles. Let the winner take all the appointments and political dividends. “He who wants to come to equity must come with clean hands”.


1. Buwaghan Dere Jarikpe

2. Emma Nunu

3. Ogbe Eke 

4. Monoyo Edon

5. Izuagie A Ofoyeju 

6. Igben Sunny Bodor

7. Richard Pessu

8. Clement Ebiekutan

Fix Warri-Benin Roads to save lives - Ereyitomi urges Federal Government

 Fix Warri-Benin Roads to save lives - Ereyitomi urges Federal Government 

Chief (Dr.) Thomas Ereyitomi


By Tetsoma Neyin:

The member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief (Dr.) Thomas Ereyitomi, has called on the Federal Government to urgently fix the dilapidated Warri-Benin highway which has caused the deaths of so many lives in recent times.

Chief Ereyitomi made the call on Wednesday October 4, while moving a motion of urgent public importance, in-line with Standing Order Eight, Rule 4 of the House of Representatives.


The motion, was reportedly “co-moved” by the Member Representing Orhionwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency of Edo State, Hon. Dr. Billy F.


Chief Ereyitomi, stressed the need for the National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to immediately send relief materials to affected victims and settle medical bills of those hospitalized after the tanker explosion.


The Federal Lawmaker, recalled how the fuel tanker explosion at Koko Junction in Delta State, on Sunday October 1, “claimed over twenty lives”, including children and women.

He urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the rehabilitation of the Warri-Benin highway and other federal roads around the Country with a view to forestalling future occurrence.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Ogiame restores dignity, integrity to Iwere Women - Olori Atuwatse III declares

 Ogiame restores dignity, integrity to Iwere Women - Olori Atuwatse III declares 


Olori Atuwatse III 

Ogiame restores dignity, integrity to Iwere Women - Olori Atuwatse III declares 

By Tetsoma Neyin:



Pioneer and Founder of Olori and Aya-Ojoye Iwere Women Prayer Network, Olori Atuwatse III joyfully declared that Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri has restored dignity, integrity and position back to Iwere Women during these two years of his reign on the throne.

Olori Atuwatse III made the declaration during the prayer conference held quarterly by Iwere Women where they gathered to intercede for the king and Warri kingdom.


“Ogiame opened the way to show that women matters. He partnered with God to restore dignity, integrity and position to women in Iwereland. What Baba did was not just an act of kindness, it was a prophetic act”, She stated.


L-R: Bishop Adeleleji, Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley, Olori Atuwatse III & Chief Yemi Omatseye 

Her Majesty, Olori Atuwatse III admonished the women to reverence their husbands at all times as captured in 1 Peter chapter 3 verse 1.


“My husband is my lord and master after God. As we come together to pray as labourers in God’s vineyard, let us remember our role. Let us not stop praying for Warri kingdom, our King and those that surrounds him because God has called Warri kingdom His gate.


“What if, it is through Warri kingdom, Nigeria and Africa will be delivered? I encourage you all to continue to pray collectively and individually for the progress of Warri kingdom as you all are the Sarah in the future of Itsekiri nation”,  She averred.


The queen Consort appreciated Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley for gathering the women of Iwereland together, stating that “God has blessed me with a wonderful support system and Chief Omatseye is one of them”.


Earlier in her speech, Coordinator of the prayer network, Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley thanked God Almighty for the vision which has brought light and prosperity to Iwereland.


Bishop Olley averred: “God has given Warri kingdom Abraham, in the person of Ogiame Atuwatse III CFR and Sarah, in the person of Olori Atuwatse III to lead Warri kingdom to the promised land. As Iwere women, our duty is to stand in the gap in prayers for our king and throne”.


Warri Voice Newspaper can state categorically that the Programme was centered on series of prayers for the land.

Monday, October 2, 2023

DESOPADEC holds Roundtable dialogue in 3 Warri LGAs, Proposes 40% Community involvement on Projects execution

 DESOPADEC holds Roundtable dialogue in 3 Warri LGAs, proposes 40% Community involvement in projects execution 



By Tetsoma Neyin 

DESOPADEC holds Roundtable dialogue in 3 Warri LGAs, proposes 40% Community involvement in projects execution 

The Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC in a round table dialogue with Stakeholders in Warri South, Warri North, and Warri South-West Local Government Areas has projected 40% community involvement of projects execution for checks and balances of Contractors so as to eradicate projects abandonment.



The Board revealed that the nonchalant attitude of indigenes of Itsekiri Communities and that of contractors, who received payment from the Commission without executing the jobs, are factors responsible for the abandonment of DESOPADEC projects in Itsekiri Communities. 


Speaking at the well attended meeting held recently in the three Warri Local Government Areas, Executive Director, Planning, Research and Statistics in DESOPADEC, Hon. Nicholas Efele, said that, on a random assessment of Itsekiri communities, they saw how some of the contractors engaged by the Commission get enough payment, but do not complete their jobs, saying that some Itsekiri communities do not have anything to create jobs for themselves.


“We discovered that there are lots of rural to urban migration of our people. We need to look for ways to encourage urban to rural migration as we will embark subsequently on advocacy programs,” he stated.


Hon. Efele, averred that the Hon. John Nani led Board of DESOPADEC, resolved to put measures in place that would put an end to abandonment of projects in Itsekiri communities.



“Each project in our areas (Itsekiri communities) will be supervised by the host community, if the project fails, it is because that community allowed it to fail.


“We will reduce communication gap between the community people and Board members through the use of technology.

“Checks and balances, will be put in place to ensure that no contractor will collect money without executing the job.


“Every contractor must show capacity that they can do the job, before it will be awarded to them.


“We are going to create a system, where jobs given to any contractor, will be seen by stakeholders in the community and allow the community to report directly to the board members”, he opined.


The ED, Planning, Research and Statistics, added that DESOPADEC in consultation with community stakeholders, will create agricultural economic hubs in the rural communities, for the production of palm oil and rice in commercial quantity. 


He opined: “If we do not develop our communities with the opportunity given to us through DESOPADEC, we may regret it, because we cannot guarantee the uncertainties surrounding crude oil as a natural resource in our area.”


Speaking earlier, the Commissioner representing Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality in the Board of DESOPADEC, Hon. Sunny Ofe, assured that the Commission, was committed to engaging the communities, through economic and infrastructural development. 


Hon. Ofe, said the Commission will dedicate 40 percent of its budget estimate for Itsekiri Nation, for completion of ongoing projects and 60 percent for execution of new projects.


He enjoined youths in Itsekiri communities, to stop the collection of development levies “deve” so as not to discourage contractors from executing projects in their communities. 


The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III (CFR) represented by Chief Billy Besigiwa, Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Dr. Michael Tidi, who was represented by Secretary to Warri South Local Government, Mr. Joseph Oribioye as well as Chairmen and Secretaries of various Itsekiri communities, were among stakeholders present at the meeting.


High point of the meeting was the questions and answers session where Stakeholders and community representatives were given the opportunity to asked questions bordering on projects abandonment, execution and way forward.



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