As a way of celebrate some its achievements and objectives of attract more people oriented projects and developments to oil rich Isoko nation of Delta state, South-South Nigeria, ‘UMEH NEED ROAD’, a social network forum has concluded all necessary arrangements to mark its one year of existence.
‘UMEH NEED ROAD’ which has Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state as a member and over a thousand members cut across the World is specifically designed to promote infrastructural development in the neighbourhood.
In a release signed by the Chairman Anniversary Planning Committee for the forum, Hon. Emamusi Obiodeh and made available to our reporter, said that the event shall begins on Thursday, 16th August, 2012 which is the forum’s Founder’s Day with a World press briefing holding at Oleh as well as visitation to Hospitals and charity homes across the two local governments of Isoko nation while on Sunday, the 19th of August the celebration will come to a climax with a thanksgiving service at St. Michael’s Anglican Church Emevor, Isoko North local government area and reception follows immediately at the play ground of the prestigious and famous James Welch Grammar School, Emevor.
According to the statement, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour, while Chief G.O. Akpojene, President General, Isoko Development Union (IDU) is the Father of the day and illustrious sons and daughters of Isoko nation will be on ground to celebrate the epoch making event.
During the reception, Hon. Obiodeh disclosed that His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of Delta state would be honoured with an award in recognition and appreciation for his prompt response to the yearnings of Umeh people via an internet advocacy forum, a disposition that is viewed by many as an uncommon stride among our political leaders.
Another high profile personality to be honoured with award is Elder Mike Edegware, an astute politician and Kaduna based legal practitioner, for being the bridge between the old and the young and for giving credibility to the forum as well as his selfless services in Isoko through employment to the youths.
Also to be honoured with an award on that day is Journalist of International repute, an activist, a believer of the TRUTH and hater of oppression, Prince Amour Udemude, for taking the pains to visit ATANARU Primary School, Uro-Irri, Isoko South local government area to bring the yearnings of the pupils to the fore and the last but not the least is a respected down to earth God fearing man, a reputable and listening Head of Personnel Management (HPM) in Delta state, Chief Daddie Amudo, for his timely response to Prince Amour Udemude’s revelation on the plights of the ATANARU Primary School pupils on the platform of the forum with the provision of 100 desks to the pupils who were learning on a bare floor.
As at the time of this report when our reporter visited the hosting community, Emevor in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State everywhere was already wearing a new look following the decision of the members to hold their maiden Anniversary in the Community.
In an interview with our reporter, the Chairman of the Anniversary Planning Committee, Hon. Emamusi Obiodeh who led other committee members on inspection of facilities at the famous James Welch Grammar School play ground, Emevor stated that choice of Emevor hosting the first and epoch making was occasioned by the need to carry “Our brothers from Isoko North along, putting into cognisance that most of the forum’s activities have been held in Isoko South. The Anniversary is to thank God for the monumental successes recorded so far in the Forum’s 365days of existence, and praying God for more prosperous days ahead. It might also interest everybody to know that the driving force behind the Forum is the unquenchable zeal to foster unity and cohesion among Isoko people and to strive for the common goal of impacting positively on the larger society as I talk you the events are well packaged to reflect the Forum’s seriousness towards fighting the course of development and growth of Isoko nation in particular and Delta state in general.”
Hon. Obiodeh while saying that all arrangements for the series of events to mark the first year Anniversary of the Forum were in top gear, he disclosed that over N2million have been budgeted for the events and funds have been adequately dispatched to accelerate planning processes. “It will interest you to note that out of the over N2million disbursed so far, a whopping sum of N1.2million was used to purchase two giant infant Incubators to be distributed to the Oleh and Ozoro General Hospitals. This will go a long way in drastically address complications arising from premature births and jaundice. This move better explains that all the Forum is about is selfless services to mankind.”
Meanwhile in a telephone interview with our reporter, a strong member of the forum , Elder Mike Edegware who added his voice to the choice of Emevor to host the anniversary said “The UMEH NEED ROAD ‘UNR’ is a huge family bound together by love and common destiny. We shall be as much at home at Emevor as in Igbide or elsewhere. We cannot all host this single ceremony at the same time. This is just the first of the very many ceremonies that we will have as a family” and commended everyone that has in one way or the other contributed to the first anniversary of the forum. He prayed God to grant all the invited guests, the governor and his entourage and everyone journey mercy to and fro.
If there is any community that may have been deeply favoured in a way of attracting government presence to its domain through the socio network (Face book), then, Umeh community, Isoko South local government area of Delta state is that community.
It would be recalled that the people of Umeh kingdom, had sometime late last year, 2011 raised an alarm on a socio net work, the face book with an account name “UMEH NEED ROAD” created by an illustrious son of the kingdom, Barrister Duncan Afahokor calling and displaying the bad state of its road that has been neglected by successive governments, but barely few days, the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan surprised the people by paying an unscheduled shocking and on the spot assessment visit to the kingdom aimed at bring succour to the people.
The governor’s visit sparked off an uncontrollable jubilation in the kingdom when both the young and old came out in their hundreds to welcome and behold their governor whom they described as action and listening amiable governor.
In keeping to his words and promises, Governor Uduaghan, without mincing words awarded the Umeh road to a competent SETRACO construction company with a whopping contract sum of N3billion which according to agreement would be completed within 18 months.
But today, the ‘UMEH NEED ROAD’ popularly called UNRF by members, non-members and admirers has metamorphosed from providing succour to only Umeh people but to the generality of Isoko nation through monitoring of ongoing projects in the whole of Isoko land as well as seeking presence of both the local, state and federal governments.
Here is wishing all forumites a blissful happy anniversary celebration and you celebrate, may the good LORD grant each and every one of you, all your heart desires in Jesus name Amen.