Sagay, Oritsejafor Make Olu Of Warri’s 26-man Think-tank
THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, yesterday, inaugurated a 26-man think-tank, known as the Olu-in-Council, to create a master plan that will enhance the development of Itsekiri/Iwere land and its people.
Members of the council include Prof. Itse Sagay, Chiefs Yahaya Pessu, Isaac O. Jemide, Brown Mene, Francis Omatseye, Ayirimi Emami, Roland Oritsejafor, Kofi Kartey, Thomas Ereyitomi, Rita Lori-Ogbebor, and P.E.B Uku.
Others are: Prince Eroro Emiko, Dr. Andrew Ayu, Ebiyemi Emiko, Toritseju E. Emiko, Pa J.O.S Ayonmike, Edward Ekpoko, Alex Neyin, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon Arawore, P.K Gbragada, Jolomi Rewane, Dr. Ebietsuwa Omatsola, Charles Ajuyah (SAN), Dr. Jackson Reyeforju and two youth representatives.
The council is expected to provide advice on local and national issues, formulate conflict resolution strategies, as well as develop and update a data bank of qualified Itsekiri in readiness for placement.
Other responsibilities include ensuring there is a national purse for the people, pursuing finance for palace activities and other projects, as well as setting up of an archive/library/museum for the Itsekiri nation.
While inaugurating the council members at his palace in Warri, the Olu said he envisages a strong, united Itsekiri nation that will coexist peacefully with her neighbours.
He charged the council to develop a 10-year master plan for Iwere land to harness human resources and initiate a template for partnering oil companies and other entities for sustainable development.
Prof. Itse Sagay told The Guardian that by setting up the council, the Olu wants to consolidate on resources from Itsekiri to move the nation forward.
Notable women leader and activist, the Igba of Warri, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, praised the Olu for inaugurating the think-tank, saying the formation of the team is long over due.