Niger Delta Historic Community Leadership, Okerenkoko Visit DESOPADEC Ijaw Commissioner, Show Appreciation

By Binebai Princewill 

The leadership of an historic Niger Delta Community, Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State on Tuesday visited Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, Commissioner representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality on the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) at his office in Warri yesterday to appreciate him for his good  works. 

The oil rich Okerenkoko federated community was led by its Chairman, Hon. Shedrack Otuaro for which the community appreciated Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, commissioner representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in DESOPADEC for contributing towards the growth and development of the community through the commission. 

According to Chairman of Okerenkoko federated community, Hon. Shedrack Otuaro, during his remark, he said the purpose of the visit was purely to thank Dr. Bebenimibo for remembering the  community as a commissioner in DESOPADEC, stressing that he is a true son of Okerenkoko, adding that Okerenkoko is proud of him. 

However, Hon. Shedrack Otuaro noted that apart from influencing several projects to the community, they had come to particularly thank him for medical equipments brought to the community through DESOPADEC as well as the grass cutting marchines donated by the commission to the community. 

The chairman asserted that beside the grass cutting marchines and the medical equipments donated to Okerenkoko community, they just received call from a contractor that will be building Okerenkoko modern market project, maintaining that the community is happy for what he has done so far. 

Chairman Otuaro asserted that all the project influenced by Dr. Paul to the community shows that he truly feels the pains of the community and that he is truly with the people. 

Speaking further, Otuaro added that like Oliver Twist, the community will always ask for me,  stressing that even if the current board has few days to the end of the their tenure, Dr. Paul should still  look into the community and  influence important projects to the Community. 

Nevertheless, the delegation had praised DESOPADEC for working despite the limited resources available to the commission. 

On his part, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo had appreciated the leadership of Okerenkoko Federated Community for the visit, adding that he feels so happy for the visit. 

In his words: “As a son of the soil, I have always been passionate about the growth and development of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Ijaw and Okerenkoko my community. There is Jetty in the current DESOPADEC budget but due to lack  of funds we have not done much about it.  I also influenced 7 tricycles to Gbaramtu Kingdom out of which 4 were  given to Okerenkoko Federated Community. 

“I am very happy for the news that the modern market contractor will be mobilising to site soon, i am also appealing to the community to give the contractor a peaceful environment to execute the contract. ” Commissioner Bebenimibo added. 

On his part, Elder P. T Heavens, Former Regend of Gbaramatu Kingdom had also lauded Dr. Bebenimibo on his leadership, adding that the community will always remember him for the projects so far. 

The former Regend had also decried the paucity of funds available to the commission during the current administration in Delta State. 

High point of the visit was the presentation of appreciation letter and drink from the community. 

Others in the delegation include Mr. Segun Mulade, Vice Chairman, Okerenkoko Federated Community, Apst. Andrew Bebenimibo, Secretary of Okerenkoko Federated Community, Apst. Census Oluba, former Chairman of Okerenkoko federated community, Coach James Igare, opinion leader of Okerenkoko federated community,  Comr. Philemon Bebenimibo, Youth President, Okerenkoko Federated Community, Mss Rejoice Okito, assistant Secretary of Okerenkoko federated community  and others too numerous to mention.

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