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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Prof. Igho Natufe decries marginalization of Okpe Kingdom - ITREALMS

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The President General, Okpe Union, Professor Igho Natufe, on Tuesday reiterated the Okpe kingdom long-standing request for the restoration of the Sapele, Warri, and Koko ports, calling on President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his incoming cabinet to pay urgent attention to this request.
Prof. Igho Natufe decries marginalization of Okpe Kingdom - ITREALMS
Prof. Natufe spoke at the 93rd anniversary celebration of the founding of the Okpe Union in Lagos.

“The value of these three ports to the Nigerian economy cannot be underestimated. We also request the incoming President and his incoming Cabinet to treat as a matter of grave national urgency, the reconstruction of the Benin-Sapele-Warri expressway.”

He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent decision on the teaching of indigenous languages in local government areas across Nigeria.

“This gives credence to our age-long agitation for the teaching of Okpe Language in all educational institutions situated in Okpe Kingdom as a critical component of Okpe Identity. We welcome this decision and shall collaborate with other organizations towards its realization in Okpe Nation.

"As a first step in this direction, I am pleased to announce that NEC has instructed the Education and Culture Committee of the Okpe Union to work out the modalities of awarding post-secondary scholarships/bursaries for deserving Okpe nationals to study Okpe Language and Literature to form the nucleus of future Okpe Language teachers in educational institutions in Okpe Nation.”

“We are gathered here today, May 16, 2023, at the Headquarters of the Okpe Union to celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Founding of the Okpe Union, the oldest registered ethnic organization in Nigeria. Leaders of the Okpe Union from all the Branches and Regions in Nigeria are assembled here to honour the gallantry of the young Okpe nationals who had the foresight to establish the Okpe Union as the foremost socio-cultural and political organization acting as the mouthpiece of the Okpe Nation.

"We consider ourselves privileged to carry on with the rich legacy of the autonomy of the Okpe Union bequeathed to us by our forefathers.”

He restated the union’s stand on Okpe distinct ethnic nationality.

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