Owan West boss honours departed heroes

Executive Chairman of Owan West Local Government Council of Edo State, Hon. Frank Ilaboya, on Friday, January 15th, 2021, joined his counterparts in other local government areas in honouring fallen  heroes of war at 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration. The event, which took place at the Council Secretariat in Sabongidda Ora,  witnessed large numbers of legioners, religious leaders from both the christian & muslim communities, traditional leaders, security chiefs, party bigwigs and other key stakeholders in the local government area. Hon. Ilaboya, while saluting the sacrifices of the departed …

Ayeni: How not to show ingratitude to a benefactor

By Sumonu JacobsWhat could be more rewarding to a man, even in the face of defeat or victory than humility and the courage and wisdom to give up when the ovation is loudest?  This is a rare virtue among men of today. Many have fallen out of the way in their journey to the top because they allowed pride to take the better part of their sense of judgement.  Like in 2015 when the defunct Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank) was at the verge of collapsing, Mr Tunde Ayeni’s name…

Edo Ijaw traditional ruler and his supporters get death threat from Kith and kins

His Royal Highness, Henry Binidodogha, the Ojuaga 1 of Egbema Clan in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State and those sympathetic to him have allegedly been given a 7days ultimatum to step down from his stool or have themselves to blame. This threat message is said to be coming from some youths who claim to be members of the Ijaw Youths Council(IYC) acting out the script of some prominent Ijaw chiefs and elders from Delta State (names withheld). An eye witness told Popular News that on the…

I come in peace, says Egbema Clan king

His Royal Highness, Henry Ekebilegha Binidodogha, the Ojuaga 1 of Egbema Clan in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, has appealed for peaceful coexistence in his domain. He made the appeal while reacting to alleged plans by some elements from Delta State to instigate the peace loving people of his domain to resort to violence and make the state ungovernable as a result of his ascendancy of the kingship position of his clan. Binidodogha disclosed that his ascendancy of the traditional stool of his clan since March…

FG should not let one man to steal NDDC money, says monarch

The Monarch of Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Monday Obukohwo Whiskey, Udurhie 1, has told the Federal Government that there was no provision for a sole administrator in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act of 2000. The Monarch said any attempt by the Federal Government to impose a sole administrator for the Commission will spark another round of crisis in the region. He made the appeal when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Delta State Council, led by the…

Community women revolt against monarch in Bayelsa

Having probably tolerated the excesses of the  paramount ruler of Ikebiri 1 community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Chief Francis Ododo for twelve years on the throne without rendering accounts on how community funds have been spent, women under the auspices of Ikebiri 1 Women Movement, recently took to the streets demanding statement of accounts for the twelve years he has been on the throne.  The women subsequently sent a strongly worded petition to the Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Commissioner of Police, State Director, Department…

Arase lauds Owan West Youth Foundation

Nigeria’s former Inspector General of Police(IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has described the  Owan West Youth Foundation (OWYF) as a unique concept that will productively engage the youths of the LGA and give them a prosperous future. Mr Arase made this remark shortly after the official  launching of the Foundation  on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the Corporate Office in Sabongidda-Ora. He commended the Council Chairman, Hon. Franklin Ilaboya, for his administration’s  attention to youth empowerment programmmes since he became Council Chief Executive. “Ilaboya’s youth driven initiative is second to none.…

Celebration as Owan West Youth Foundation is launched

It was celebration galore when the much awaited and publicized Owan West Youth Foundation (OWYF) was launched on Wednesday, December 17th, 2020.  The event which had hundreds of youths in attendance witnessed a lot of dancing and jubilation by the would be beneficiaries of the scheme.  The youths were full of appreciation to the Executive Chairman of the Council, Hon. Frank Ilaboya, for coming up with the package that is designed to secure their future. In his goodwill message, His Excellency,  the Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu,…

Obaseki mourns death of former Egor council chairman, Enobakhare

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the passing of former chairman of Egor Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Enobakhare, whose death was announced on Monday night. Obaseki, in a statement, expressed shock over the sad incident, describing the deceased as a selfless, patriotic, and proactive grassroots politician who will be greatly missed. According to the governor, “I commiserate with the family of late Victor Enobakhare, a fine gentleman, grassroots politician and committed democrat. “Enobakhare, a former chairman of Egor local council, had a deep understanding of local government administration…

Owan West Youth Foundation Appoints Brand Ambassadors

As the D-day to the launching of Owan West Youth Foundation approaches, the Foundation has announced the appointment of Brand Ambassadors to the project. They are to drive the vision of giving Owan  West Youths a better and secured future. Hon Frank Ilaboya, who announced the coming on board of Mr Victor Ifijeh, Managing Director of the Nation Newspaper  and  1984 Olympic Mascot bearer,  Omololu Ojehomon as Brand Ambassadors of the project, said he was glad and excited the duo agreed to join forces with other well meaning sons and daughters…