By Jon Egie

The Imodje-Orogun community (oil producing) has commended Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over the company’s approval and award of a town hall project for the community.

Chief Young Akpude, the ATUYOTA 1 of Orogun kingdom

Chief Young Akpude, the ATUYOTA 1 of Orogun kingdom

Speaking at the end of a general meeting of the community held in Imodje-Orogun recently, Chief Young Akpude, the community chairman expressed gratitude and appreciation to Shell for the gesture.


The community noted that although the project is a small town hall, “but we appreciate” saying that they expect more development projects from SPDC, the Delta State government, DESOPADEC, NDDC and other corporate organizations.

The community specially recognized the effort of the General Manager SPDC-West, the community interface coordinator (SPDC-West), Mr Edesiri Akpomudjere; community relation officer (SPDC-West), Chief Duke Owho; the Head of operation (GMoU, SPDC-West), Dr Benka Coker and chairman, Orogun oil and gas producing communities association (HOSCCOM), Chief Joseph Orogun for their assistance.

On behalf of the community, Chief Okogbe Akpotu hailed the effort of the community chairman, Chief Young Akpude and gave thanks to God for his rare wisdom in piloting the affairs of the community.

Earlier, the executive chairman of Imodje-Orogun community (oil producing) directed the meeting to observe a one minute silence for the repose of the souls of Chief Oseghe Ekukoro (the former Chairman of the community), Regent Appeal Esemuteje 9ex-Okpara of Imodje-Orogun) and Chief Joseph Akponome all of blessed memory.

In an interview shortly after the meeting, Chief Young Akpude who is also the Founder and President of Orogun Grassroots Movement, Orogun; a socio-political group, disclosed that there are five communities in Ekure Imodje-Orogun namely: Idjezue, Orhokpokpo, Ikpide, Imodje-Orogun and Idadua.

He however stressed that with reference to the constitution of Ekure Imodje-Orogun, the function of the President General of Ekure is bounded purely on traditional rites and that he (the PG) must consult the council of chiefs and elders of the three ruling families at the palace of Okpara of Ekure Imodje-Orogun before any action is taken.

He expressed gratitude to his mother, Madam Rebecca Akpude (Nee Efadue) for his role in stabilizing the administrative and economic drive of the community and paid kudos to Comrade Gabriel Akpude for their roles in both financial and moral support for the community development and progress.

Among those present at the meeting were: Mr Benson Imoniero (vice chairman), Comrade James Imonife (Sec), Mr Stephen Omojevwe )Asst Sec), Chief Okogbe Akpotu (Treasurer/Adviser), Mr Christopher Oseghe (PRO), Comrade Gabriel Akpude (Fin Sec), Mr Lucky Akponome (Auditor), Chief James Ozor (Elser/Adviser), Apostle Gabriel Owhoradjeke (Community Evangelist/Adviser), Mr Stephen Okotie (Chairman Agbarho branch), Mr Alex Abasa (PRO Agbarho branch), Madam Magaret Ewhomerigu (Woman leader), Princess Christiana Otovwe (Asst women leader) and Madam Comfort Osiobe (women coordinator).

Others were: Mada Queen Uteghru (Asst women coordinator), Madam Queen Akpude (women Adviser), Mr Marshal Uwamogho (Provost), Paul Efadue (Asst Provost), Mr Ogheneovo John Akivie (Youth/Task force leader), Mr Alfred Urhue (member), Mr Abraham Imodje (member), Mr Samuel Akporuarho (Executive member), Evangelist Alfred Ogobene _Executive member), Mr Benson Onvughe (member), Mr Kenneth Onovughe (Member), Barr A.I. Odigue (community legal Adviser) and Barr W.O. Ewenode (Community legal Adviser).