By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”NATIONAL planning and diversification into agriculture have been proposed as the only wayÂ to attain a better life for Itsekiri Nation of Delta State in line with vision 20:2020.
A former Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Mr. Bolatsi Dudu, stated this at a lecture, titled Better Life for Itsekiri Nation, delivered at the bi-annual conference and launching of N25 million multi-purpose hall appeal fund by EriegwaÂ Itsekiri Ladies Society held in Warri, weekend.
Dudu noted that the only way to a better Itsekiri nation is through national planning, as no ethnic nation can succeed when there is no planning, adding that if the Itsekiri nation must attain a better life, it must diversify into agriculture.
He observed that over- reliance on oil and gas has resulted in dwindling fortunes as agriculture was a sure bet to better independent life, noting that â€œthe more we depend on oil and gas, the poorer we become.â€
Dudu commended Mr. Ayiri Emami for creating a resort/tourist centre at Escravos and urged the Eriegwa Ladies to organize a seminar aimed at educating people on how to key into the local content policy specified in the Petroleum Industry Bill.
In her opening speech, Mrs. Uwala .E. Murphy-Akpieyi noted that the theme of the event â€œBetter Life for Itsekiri Nationâ€ provides an interesting subject for reflection.
He expressed the hope that the deliberation will be enriching, as its output would eventually contribute to a better life.
Earlier in his speech, Chairman of the event, Prince K.B. Omatseye, commended the Eriegwa Itsekiri Ladies for playing a vital role towards moving the Itsekiri nation forward and urged them not to relent in their good work.
The occasion, which witnessed huge turnout, culminated to donation with Chief Launcher, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi, giving N4 million, followed closely by Mr. Emami with N3 million and a promise to give further assistance when called upon.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving Itsekiri sons and daughters, including Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Mr. Ayiri Emami, Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor, Chief Mama Ugbogboebebe, Chief Francis Omatseye, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon-Arawore and Music maestro, Dede Mabiaku.