Follow My Foot steps to achieve ‘Oro House’, Inuikim tells Warri Branch

*as Nse Essang assumes branch president's duty

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Former President-General of Oron Union, Sir (Engr) Inuikim Obon has enlightened the Warri Branch officials of Oron Union on the steps they must take towards achieving their dream of building a multipurpose Oron Civic Centre extension in Warri, Delta State.

Dr Inuikim felicitating with the newly sworn in excos

The former PG said building a community house required concerted efforts and coordination to be able to gather and judiciously expend available resources.

Chief Ben Ukpong exchanging thoughts with Offong Effiong Unanaowo at the event

Dr Inuikim who was Chairman on the occasion of fund launch for building of multipurpose Oron House in Warri, recalled his time in Lagos as Branch President, when he spent four years completing a building he met at foundation level, only to be asked to return after another four years to effectively furnish same.

HRM Offong Unanaowo and Engr Asuquo Inuikim

The Knight of John Wesley stated that branch officials must be strategic in planning, apply wisdom to access promises, and be grateful to every donor, because according to him, little amounts from many people go a long way to support the process.

Recalling how he worked out modalities to create a relationship with the Lagos State Government, which made huge donation and tarred the road where Oro House in Lagos is located, Akpaha Inuikim advised leaders of branches to always liaise with governments of their host states, so as to also get their contributions for the projects.

Outgoing Warri Branch President, Koko Bassey flanked by Hon Kenim Onofiok, Mrs Edu Adams and others, while dancing to cultural tunes at the event

Also speaking, the President-General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante stated that it was rewarding to build for one’s community.

R-L: President-General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante conversing with the outgoing Warri Branch President, Engr Koko Bassey

Thanking the Warri Branch for a peaceful election and for making bold steps to erect Oro House, as achieved in Lagos, Abuja, Ikot Ekpene, Uyo among other branches, Bishop Ante added that the Ahta Oro Palace’s building project was also being pursued.

He encouraged Oro sons and daughters to donate cheerfully, saying the building process was continuous.

In his address earlier at the event, the outgoing Branch President of Warri Branch, Engr Koko Bassey, MNSE chronicled the historical developments of the branch.

Outgoing President, Koko Bassey Flanked by his exco members

Koko Bassey recalled the class of leaders who pioneered the activities of the branch, revealing moments of progress and the achievements of his administration.

The president used the occasion to thank Oro leaders, his executives and members of the branch for their support, which he said, encouraged him to discharge his duties efficiently.

Outgoing and incoming presidents, Koko Bassey (L) and Nse Essang (2nd R) posing with Nkuho Pro at the event

He expressed confidence in the incoming executive members and called for support for them to succeed in carrying out the responsibilities of their offices.

Newly sworn in president, Nse Essang giving his acceptance speech

Meanwhile, the incoming Warri Branch President, Engr Nseobong Essang thanked the outgoing leadership and the entire members of the branch, as well as Oro leaders, for the confidence reposed in him and his executives.

Incoming President, Nse Essang (M) with his excos, taking oath of office.

He gave the assurance that his leadership would run an all inclusive administration and called for support from all sections of Oro community.

Presentation of Awards to deserving awardees

Other prominent dignitaries at the event included the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, who also stood in for his wife and immediate past President-General, Chief (Mrs) Janet Amba; the Federal Commissioner of National Population Commission, Engr Benedict Ukpong; the Paramount Ruler Elect of Urue Offong Oruko LGA, HRM Offong Effiong Unanaowo; Chief Ulo Ante Uye, Akpaha Oro; and Chief (Mrs) Edu Adams of NIMASA.

Other dignitaries included: Sir Chief (Dr.) Effiong Afiakurue, KJW, Ikpoto Oro, Father of the Day; Hon. Dr (Mrs) Kennim Onofiok, Mother of the Day; and Vice President-General 1 Emeritus, Hon. Chief (Dr) Asukwo Anwana Esq.

Those who joined via zoom were the Chief Launcher and President of Oron Development Union, USA, Mr Bobby Onofiok; Engr Prof. Etim Nyong Bassey from USA, Mr Michael Efiong from Malasia, immediate past President of Lagos Branch, Barr Abang Mkpadiok from Lagos and the Chairman, Oro Think Tank (OTT), Dr Monday Dickson from Uyo.

High points of the event was the inauguration of new Warri Branch executives by Barr Lovestic Esu, the investiture of the new Branch President, Engr Nseobong Essang and the presentation of awards to deserving sons and daughters of Oro Nation.

Newly sworn in President, Nse Essang flanked by his members of excos

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