Community development: Idherhe appreciates and honours Nani
By Victor Igherighe
The Idjerhe Clan Development Union (ICDU) led by Chief Austine Omonode recently presented political score card of their son and political icon Chief (Barr) John Obukohwo Nani representing Ethiope West constituency at the Delta State House Assembly for transforming Idjerhe kingdom into a modern community.
The ICDU President presented the report card while delivering his address at the occasion held at the union’s secretariat in Jesse, administrative headquarters of the kingdom.
According to him “the occasion was organized to honour and celebrate one of the community’s own, Chief (Barr) John Obukohwo Nani, the Aghwemutuweyi of Idjerhe kingdom; whom he described as an achiever, a trail blazer, a law maker, a distinguish politician and a political dynamo of Idjerhe kingdom.
The political history of Idjerhe kingdom will not be complete without reference to the rich dossier of Chief Nani especially his trail of numerous achievements in areas of provision of social amenities, infrastructural development and empowerment that have transformed Idjerhe into a modern community.
As a lawmaker, he has been a Midas touch to many people and it is undisputable fact that his tenure in office marks water shed in the political history of Idjerhe kingdom”. Chief Omonode highlighted some of the Nani’s achievements in the area with a photo speaks almanac of these achievements that were distributed to everyone present as evidence to strangers and those who might intend to doubt this transformation. They include construction of Atiwor road, Erhiekevwe secondary school, provision of solar water, construction/renovation of Idjerhe primary school with perimeter fencing, construction of Akpaka road with drainage, renovation of Ovade-Idjerhe primary school, Irhodo secondary school, Ejera secondary school, Onyobru waterside primary school. Others are renovation of Boboroku secondary school, Orhomudia water scheme, drainage/resurfacing of Idjerhe water log area by the roundabout and payment of #500 000 to offset Boboroku electricity bills. Omonode added “this arena where the grand reception is being held today was acquired by ICDU 35 years ago without it being developed. However, in one of our courtesy calls on Nani, he promised to build a befitting Town Hall for the Union and today that promise is being materialized”.
He continues “in the area of empowerment, over 500 bicycles, 50 motorcycles, cars, welding machines, hair dressing equipment, sewing machines, and scholarship awards were liberally given to various persons in Idjerhe and beyond”.
While thanking those present to grace the occasion in spite of tight schedule, he noted that ICDU is non- profit organization and appealed for financial assistance from good spirited sons and daughters of Idjerhe to enable the union achieve its set goals as fast as possible. He appreciated those that had and were still contributing their quota to ICDU and Idjerhe kingdom in general, especially HRM Erhiekevwe 1(a.k.a ododo) Ovie of Idjerhe who was also the royal father of the day, Chief Joseph Itie, chairman of the occasion to mention a few.
Shortly after his address, Chief Omonode on behalf of ICDU World Wide, presented a souvenir of to Chief Nani.
Receiving the gifts from the ICDU and Idjerhe women in politics, Nani thanked his Idjerhe people and ICDU in particular for organizing such occasion in his honor in appreciation of his effective representation of the kingdom as a lawmaker saying that the appreciation is an application for him (Nani) to do more just as it is a challenge to other political office holders particularly those from Idjerhe to attract more development to his constituency including Idjerhe within the next two months he has to stay in office.
He, however, donated the sum of #500,000 to ICDU. Chief (Barr) Halims Agoda also donated #500,000 while Chief Ighoyota Amori, donated #250,000 cash.
The event which was said to be first of its kind in the political history of the Idjerhe kingdom attracted the who is who of Idjerhe, Ethiope West and Delta in general.
Among the important dignitaries were: Chief Ighoyota Amori, Barr Halims Agoda, Dr. Henry Ofa, DESOPADEC commissioner, Hon Solomon Golley, Executive chairman Ethiope West LGA, Orator Eugene Adegor (a.k.a Ukokonogbo), Chief London Akpanoko and his personal assistant MC Prince Igbayor.
Others are Chiefs from far and near, council of women, Youths, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ethiope West chapter and ICDU branches from across Nigeria.