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Asagba slams centenary c’ttee

  • Demands quality delegates for Anioma

By  Hugo Odiogor

THE Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien, has berated the centenary committee and the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator, Anyim Pius Anyim, for neglecting the contributions of Asaba and its people, to the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria in the past 100 years of nation hood.

This came as the monarch called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, to nominate knowledgeable and erudite sons and daughters of Anioma nation, to represent them in the forthcoming National Conference.

Prof. Edozien told Vanguard that the people of Asaba were overlooked by the centenary committee in its selection of persons to honour during the centenary celebration which took place recently.

According to Prof. Edozien, “Asaba was the administrative headquarters of the Royal Niger Company from where political and economic decisions that affected the whole nation was taken. Asaba is the final resting place of the Lander brothers: John and Richard, who concluded the exploration of River Niger. Historically, Asaba was qualified to be given a befitting mention by the centenary committee.”

Prof. Edozien said the Asagba in Council had concluded plans to draw the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan to the alleged shabby treatment being given to the honour and memory of late Chief Dennis Osadebe, who apart from being the Premier of Mid West region, was the first Senate President of Nigeria, but had continued to be ignored in the honours list and immortalisation.

He told Vanguard that “we cannot afford to be denied the opportunity to participate in the National Conference neither do we want sit on the sidelines and watch proceeding from the National Conference where Nigerians have been given the opportunity by the Jonathan administration to deliberate on how they should live together in the Nigerian state.”


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