Omo-Agege gives stewardship report to constituents
- Unanimously endorsed for a second term
- Urhobo kings express satisfaction
- First of its kind—Owhorode of Olomu
- Your performance is satisfactory—Ovie of Mosogar
- You have our mandate—Forum of PGs
- Reward of good work is more work—Prof Ibodje
By Jon Egie
All organs of the Urhobo nation comprising the Urhobo traditional council, Forum of Presidents General of Urhobo communities in all kingdoms of Urhobo land, the Delegate Assembly of Urhobo nation, representatives of non-indigenes resident in Urhobo land, Delegates College of Urhobo Clergy, Urhobo youths and students as well as the women folk in Urhobo land; have expressed their satisfaction with the performance of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege at the 8th senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and hence endorsed his return to the senate.
The assessments of his excellent performance were separately given during meetings Sen Ovie Omo-Agege had with the stakeholders during which he gave report of his stewardship in the senate to his constituents.
The report began with the Council of Urhobo traditional rulers which sat at the palace of the Owhorode of Olomu, HRM, Royal Canon Dr R.L.Ogbon, Oghoro 1, on Wednesday, Nov 21.
The Ovie of Mosogar, HRH, Samson Omene, Udurie 1 who spoke on behalf of the council of Urhobo traditional rulers, in response to the report said, “Your stewardship report is very impressing” and thanked Sen Ovie Omo-Agege for his “satisfactory” performance.
He said Sen Ovie Omo-Agege has not only represented the interest of the Urhobo nation adequately but also that of the generality of Nigerians. He scored Sen Ovie Omo-Agege’s performance to be above 90 per cent and therefore, pledged support for his re-election.
Chairman of the council, the Owhorode of Olomu, acknowledged the points highlighted by Sen Ovie Omo-Agege as achievements made in his stewardship to the Urhobo people in the 8th senate of the FRN saying Urhobo kings were aware of the bills he sponsored and co-sponsored that have become of great benefit to Urhobo nation as well as the ubiquity of constituency projects he commenced, completed and were functioning across Urhobo land.
But he charged Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, upon re-election, to take the task of sponsoring a bill for the inclusion of traditional rulers in Nigeria to play active role in partisan politics.
According to the Owhorode of Olomu, Sen Ovie Omo-Agege was the first senator in Urhobo land to present report of stewardship to Urhobo traditional rulers “and with transparency in the accruable monetary value of constituency projects”.
Upon re-election, the Olomu monarch encouraged Sen Ovie Omo-Agege to spread the constituency projects to other areas of Urhobo land that were yet to benefit.
He also tasked Ovie Omo-Agege to tell President Buhari to consider the issues raised by the Urhobo nation when “we visited him in Aso Rock and if he considers them, we will be pleased with him”.
The Centenarian in a prayer said, “As the father of Urhobo land, I give you my blessing for re-election and may all your desires be met”
The monarchs who were present at the meeting include: The Ovie of Uvwie, Ughelli, Udu, Evwreni, the Odion-Ode of Uwheru, the Orovworere of Effurun-Otor, Ovie of Oghara, the Osuvie of Agbarho, Ogurimerime of Agbon, the Ovie of Mosogar and the Okobaro of Ughievwen.
On Wednesday, Nov 22, Sen Ovie Omo-Agege met with the Forum of Presidents General of the communities in all kingdoms of Urhobo land at the Uvwie Town Hall to present the report of his stewardship to the group of Urhobo leaders who he described as the bridge between the electorate and the politicians.
The meeting was the second after he earlier met the Forum to express gratitude for its support on his election as senator representing Delta Central in the senate of the FRN in 2015.
Applause and standing ovation of approval and expression of satisfaction of his performance greeted the stewardship report presented by Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, prompting the Secretary to the Forum, Chief Kenneth Iwhewhe who is the President General of Ughelli kingdom to honour Sen Ovie Omo-Agege with an Urhobo traditional lyric, describing the senator as an elephant whose foot prints are not difficult to recognize and called for more applause for Sen Ovie Omo-Agege.
“My Senator, you have made us very proud in a space of three years and for this short time your efficacy replicates a time span of more than ten years. Nobody who has heard your report will doubt your integrity. In private we have our different political leanings and interests but publicly, we are apolitical but you cannot see a good thing and turn away from it. You have shown your dexterity as a law maker.
“Urhobo in our nature do not send a moron on an errand. You have our mandate; go and deliver, we are behind you. The snail owns the bush, you are our senator for now and infinity. The campaign will soon start we will give you the spiritual empowerment to proceed” he said and called on Prof SWE Ibodje to pray.
Praying, Prof Ibodje who is the PG of Agbarha kingdom said, “The reward of good work is more work” adding that the Urhobo nation has not regretted the mandate given to Sen Ovie Omo-Agege to the senate.
“May God guide and keep you, there is benefit from your service and representation, and we give you the blessing and permission to go back to the senate”. He said
On Saturday, Nov 24, an enlarged Town Hall meeting of all stakeholders in Urhobo land was convened at the PTI Conference Centre, Effurun where Sen Ovie Omo-Agege gave constituency briefing of his stewardship to his constituents.
At the end of the report, Chief Patrick Ideh, speaking on behalf of elders of Urhobo nation expressed satisfaction with the report of performance and endorsed Ovie Omo-Agege for a second term in the senate.
He called on the assembly to go home and mobilize their households for the cause of re-electing Sen Ovie Omo-Agege back to the senate.
From among the assembly, Mr Erikefe Peter Mukoro a delegate from Sapele said; “A coward does not dare to hold an electric fish. Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, you have made us proud, we will pray for you and support you to be returned to the senate. I therefore move that Sen Ovie Omo-Agege be returned to the senate to continue his service to the people of Urhobo land.”
The motion received a thunderous unanimous approval from all delegates and earning a voice vote for the endorsement of Sen Ovie Omo-Agege’s return to the senate.
In the report, Sen Ovie Omo-Agege had said it was exactly two years, nine months and 27 days that he was sworn in as the Distinguished Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria adding that he has presently won the nomination of the APC to contest the seat in the 2019 general elections hence, he thought it was important to revert to the people who sent him on the errand, present his report card to them and hear from them so as to further strengthen the bond that inclined him towards rendering quality and impressive representation of his people in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly.
“When we campaigned in 2015, I made a promise to the Urhobo people that if given the mandate to represent them in the Nigeria Senate, I would work to raise the profile of Urhobo in the politics of state and country and restore its greatness.
“Today, I am proud that we have kept our promises and upheld our part of the bargain. Whether on the floor of the senate or outside, the Urhobo voice was heard loud and clear and that is because I refused to be intimidated or cowed.
“We sponsored nine bills and co-sponsored two; attracted 43 federal government funded projects to Delta Central District and are providing strong leadership for Urhobo in the politics of state and country” he said.
He itemized the bills sponsored by him to include: A Bill for an Act to Prohibit Sexual Harassment in Educational Institutions and Matters Connected Therewith, 2016 ( Passed by the senate and now in the House for concurrence), A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun and for Other Matters Connected Thereto, 2016 (Passed by both Chambers and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari), Electoral Act No 6, 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Passed by both the Red and Green Chambers, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Passed by both the Red and Green Chambers, Court of Appeal Act (Amendment) Bill 2016, National Industrial Court Act (Amendment) Bill 2016, A Bill for an Act to Amend the Company and Allied Matters Act (Amendment) Act and Establish States Corporate Affairs Commissions, 2016 9Gone through public hearing), Dormant Accounts Bill, 2016, Compulsory Hemoglobin-Genotype Screening Bill, 2016 co-sponsored with Sen Ahmed Ogembe of Kogi Central, A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and for other Matters Connected thereto 2017 co-sponsored with Sen Abu Kyari of Borno North and the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria (Establishment, etc)Bill 2018.
According to him, he facilitated 43 federal government projects to Urhobo land and that 24 of the infrastructural projects have been completed, dwelling mainly in the areas of supply of medical equipment, roads, provision of potable water, construction of primary health care centres and solar streets lighting to various communities in Urhobo land. Indigenes and leaders of the communities where the projects were located attested and confirmed that they were commenced, executed and functioning.
“We have also empowered 6,000 women (petty traders) in 20 markets spread across the eight local government areas in Delta Central. In each market 300 women who are engaged in petty trading were chosen and given N20, 000 each.
He said his effort has engendered President Buhari to approve and work has started on the Aladja- Itakpe rail road abandoned 34 years ago, ensured that retirees of Delta Steel Company are now being paid after many years of neglect, secured appointments for Urhobo sons and daughters in various important positions with the federal government the latest being Chief Richard Odibo who is now a member of the National Population Commission representing Delta state.
“Chief Great Ogboru has emerged as the governorship candidate of the APC in Delta state and he will win the governorship election in 2019 to end the years of marginalization of the Urhobo people in Delta politics.
“The Urhobo people should not forget in a hurry how the PDP marginalized Urhobo the 5th largest ethnic group in Nigeria. Do not be deceived, Buhari will win again and Urhobo should be part of the success by massively supporting APC and voting for Buhari, Ogboru and myself and indeed all APC candidates in 2019.
“Sending me back to the senate as a ranking senator with President Buhari in command in Abuja and Chief Great Ogboru in charge in Asaba will strengthen me to do more for Delta Central and the Urhobo people” Ovie Omo-Agege sued.