By Lucky Uto


Dr Otive Igbuzor

Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Otive igbuzor has said that one needed not to be rich first before he could give back to the society saying that in every  little way and position one occupies, there are people in the society looking unto for help.

Dr Otive stated this during the 12th Demas Akpore annual memorial lecture organized by the Ejiro and Otive Igbuzor foundation at Donrose Event Centre, Ughelli, Friday, Dec 13.

The Foundation according to him was formed to promote community development, women empowerment, education and leadership saying that so far over 300 student have benefitted from its scholarship programme as well as empowering many women

“You don’t have to be rich first before you can give back to the society as we are today, we are better than some people and for that you can assist in your little ways” Otive said.

Chief Ogbemure Imene, Publisher of the Urhobo Voice newspaper and chairman of the occasion in his address commended the Ejiro and Otive Igbuzor foundation for its effort over the past years.

He described late Demas Akpore as a man who has passion for education saying that in spite that he was dead, his legacy is worth emulation.

Speaking on the security situation in the country, Ogbemure charged everyone to put hands on deck to ensure that life and property are secured and the peace maintained.

“This brainstorming is a motivation to enable us know what to do to better our society and lives, work for your peace, nobody will build your society for you ‘’, Ogbemure added.

Dr Joseph Ambakederimo the guest speaker in his lecture titled” Chief Demas and society in Nigeria today raised issues on economic development, inequality, political accountability among others.

Ambakederimo stressed that Nigeria faces no existential threat from any of its neigbouring States as the case India, Pakistan, North korea and South korea or Iraq and Kuwait. He noted that in terms of military and economics capabilities, Nigeria is above all her neighbours in such a way that declaration of open hostilities is practically impossible by any of the sub-saharan, but stressed that major sources of threat to her security remains internal and predicated upon social-economic and political imbalances.

Dr Ambakederimo opined that there was no way Nigeria security challenges could be resolved without first  addressing the social causes such as poverty, unemployment and economic inequality in the country.

HRM, Johnson Enemuadia Oyovwinor Duku II, the Ovie of Effuru-otor in his remark stated that most problems of the country border on indiscipline of the leaders and the followers, traditional rulers and their subjects.

“Our failure borders on indiscipline and for us to move forward, our leaders must show discipline in governance, financial transparency and political accountability as these have direct consequence on security and peace.