July 19, 2024

One Year: Bebapere Gives Stewardship, Wants FG, IOCs, Others To Address Erosion Threatening Ogulagha Survival

By Binebai Princewill

The people of Oil rich ancient Ogulagha Community, traditional headquarters of Ogulagha Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have celebrated one year anniversary of the Amb. John Bebapere led Community executive with striking and remarkable achievements in one year. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.

The one year in office celebration which was held at the Ogulagha Community Town Hall yesterday saw a lot of dignitaries from all walks of life that had come to grace the historic occasion.

However, the Ogulagha Community Town Hall was filled to the brim as the event was brief and well packaged by Chairman of the Community, Amb. John Bebapere and his Executive members.

Nevertheless, in his Stewardship report given to Ogulagha Community on his one year administration, Amb. John Bebapere while highlighting some of his achievements so far noted that within a year, himself and his Exco were able to do a lot of things in the areas of Infrastructural development, scholarships to boost education, employment opportunities and health care deliver among other important things.

Speaking further, Amb. John Bebapere, Chairman of Ogulagha Community had maintained that Ogulagha is having life threatening issues that are capable of watching the community away if not handled on time.

He therefore, called on the Federal government of Nigeria, Multinational Oil Companies Operating in the community, Delta State Government and all relevant Federal government agencies to urgently construct shore protection around the oil rich Community.

He noted that the big tidal waves have breached whatever arrangements that was on ground as the community is now watching away day after day, adding that even the remains of several corpse have been watched ashore by the rampaging and relentless erosion.

“Our oil rich Ogulagha community is gradually eroding away, this is not funny but a scary development, Ogulagha is blessed with oil in both our waterways and in our forest” Bebapere added.

Bebapere while describing the situation as life threatening, he asserted that while people talk about flood in other places occasionally, the people of Ogulagha had continued to face it on a daily basis.

Moreover, other demands made by Chairman Bebapere include the sandfilling/reclamation of Ogulagha Community, renovation of Ekpebiwei Primary School, the need for Civic Centre in Ogulagha and the building of Doctors and Nurses quarter in Ogulagha among other things.

Amb. John had particularly appealed to Oil Companies, Federal Government, Delta State Government, DESOPADEC and other agencies to look into such demands as a way to ameliorate their sufferings.

On their part, the duo of Pastor Ijomah ONeill, The Bridge Church International, Jakpa Road and Dr. Collins Okotete, Chairman Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Western Zone had all lauded John Bebapere and his leadership, adding that the Federal Government of Nigeria and IOCs should do the needful in addressing the issues raised by the chairman.

The event was well graced by different important personalities in Ogulagha community, ranging from Clergymen, Chiefs of Ogulagha Kingdom, Ogulagha community elders Council, non indigenes of Ogulagha, Youth leaders of Ogulagha, women groups, security personnel and others too numerous to mention.