By Ajibola Abayomi
January 15, 2018.
The people of Ugborodo in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State have expressed satisfaction with the current location of the Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkeko. They therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up its take off.
In a related development, the community alleged that the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli of trying to cause another fresh crisis between the Ijaws and Itsekiris in the State accusing the monarch of mobilising for the relocation of the institution from its site.
In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari signed some leaders of the community that include Pa Douglas Omagbemi (Ugborodo Community), Pa Pasco Oritsegbami (Elder, Ugborodo community) and Hon Thomas Metseagharun (The Toritsemogha of Ugborodo Community), Ugorodo people strongly supported the choice of location of the institution.
The letter reads thus: “Mr President, let no one deceive you about the location of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko. The place where the university is located belongs to the people of Gbararmatu kingdom of Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.
“And we the people of Ugborodo Community are in support of the University and its location. We want to go to school and therefore, we need the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.
“The Federal Government should let the University get off the ground now. The University will bring rapid development to the entire Niger Delta Region.”
The people said they were highly disturbed by recent activities of the Olu of Warri and some groups calling for the relocation of the institution and urged the President to call them to order.
Other parts of the letter titled; Ugborodo Community Is Not Part Of Warri Kingdom: the community in parts state thus:
“Mr President, we want to let you know through this open letter that since the time of Chief Dore Numa vs Chief Dick Olue in a Edede Land case at Ajudaibo till today, the Ugborodo people have never accepted that they are under the Olu of Warri. Ugborodo is a Kingdom of its own and we have our own ruler.
“We are autonomous Kingdom. The unity of all Itsekiris should be paramount with a good structure because the present structure will not bring out any good thing. It will only take us backward.
“We will only continue cheating ourselves and going round in circles if we continue with this present structure. Mr President, do all that is within you to stop the oppression of the Ugborodo people as we are not part of Warri Kingdom.”