By Jon Egie



Owevwe community presenting a souvenir to POC

Owevwe community presenting a souvenir to POC

Very soon, a meeting of members of Delta Political Vanguard (DPV) shall be convened to celebrate the group’s slogan ‘Monkey work, Monkey chop’.


Commissioner representing Ughelli North and Ethiope East in the board of DESOPADEC, Chief Pius Ovbije made the disclosure when members of DPV in Ughelli North LGA paid him a solidarity visit, Saturday, Sept. 19.


Speaking during the visit, the Coordinator of DPV in Ughelli North, Mr Shokare Oghenkowho said having fought together through thick and thin and secured victory at the polls, there was need to pay the solidarity visit to merry with Chief Pius Ovbije over his appointment as well as seek audience to discuss how DPV can move forward.


Responding, Chief Pius Ovbije (POC) said the DPV is the group that brought Okowa to power and wherever the group operates the spirit of Okowa is present.


He expressed gratitude to Governor Okowa for recognising members of his own political machine for appointment.



POC in a group photograph with members of DPV in Ughelli

POC in a group photograph with members of DPV in Ughelli

“He kept his promise to the DPV and although he cannot give appointment to all members at the same time, the one given to me is given to DPV”.


He said very soon when appointments for deserving DPV members are completed, “there shall be a meeting of all DPV members to celebrate our slogan-monkey work, monkey chop”.


The Commissioner also played host to other political groups and stakeholders with related interest in the oil and gas industry.


The aggrieved Councillorship aspirants, a group of PDP aspirants for election as councilors who were shor changed across the 25 LGAs was among those registered in the visitors’ log.



DPV members presenting a souvenir to POC

DPV members presenting a souvenir to POC

Spokesman of the group, Mr Oyibo Oghale Clement described Okowa as a man who believes in the grassroots, the youth and has listening ears.


He recalled Chief Pius Ovbije’s directive to the group to ensure that they delivered Okowa during the April 11, polls.


“Having been delivered, the boat has started sailing and we request that we be considered on board so that we should recover from our losses”.


He added that the visit was to also celebrate the appointment of Chief Pius Ovbije as Commissioner in the board of DESOPADEC and to honour him as a man who believed in their cause.


“We are here to officially celebrate with you and to assure you of our support to your vision and programme” the spokesman said and requested Ovbije to make case for their cause to the governor.


In his response, Chief Pius Ovbije expressed thanks to the aggrieved councillorship aspirants for the visit saying, “ as you congratulate me may the Almighty God congratulate you”.


He assured that he will seek audience with the governor to remind him of the pains of the aggrieved PDP members so that members of the group could be considered for appointment wherever there are openings.


The Natives of Ughelli led by Mr Daniel Awisa were also on hand to pay solidarity visit to the DESOPADEC Commissioner.

They used opportunity of the visit to seek assistance from Ovbije to develop the Ughelli Township and also introduced one ot hteir own, Comrade Agbemre Samson as an aspirant for the seat of the chairman of the PDP in Ughelli North LGA.


Chief Ovbije offered prayer for the success of their ambition.


The Owevwe community, which hosts the Eriemu oil field andt has the largest manifold in West Africa, also visited.


Led by its President General, Mr Clement Ikperhe, the community thanked Okowa for appointing Ovbije as Commissioner in the board of DESOPADEC and pledged their support for the success of Ovbije’s tenure in office.


The PG recounted the oil wealth abundant in the community and sued for empowerment and development of the community. They later presented a portrait of POC as a souvenir.


Responding, Chief Pius Ovbije expressed thanks to the community saying Owevwe is a pride to the Commission.


“I am very grateful for the honour given to me by the Owevwe community. I assure you I will work with you. You are oil producing community and I am at the Commission to represent oil producing communities. We will work together. I will consult you, I will meet you at your door steps to know what you want so that at th end of the day you will taste the dividends of oil derivation and feel satisfied.”


He said his priority for now, is to ensure that the skills acquisition centre in Afiesere becomes functional and indigenes of his mandate area benefit from its activities.


“I am at the Commission to serve you and to serve you well” Ovbije reassured.