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Royal fathers meet Jonathan over FUPRE crisis

By Emma Amaize

WARRI- TRADITIONAL rulers and stakeholders in oil-producing commu-nities of Delta State are to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, tomorrow, on the problems confronting Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State.

At a meeting of Oil Mineral Producing Communities, OMPSTAFOR, Delta State, Tuesday, stakehol-ders expressed displea-sure at the state of affairs in the university which could not graduate its students because of non-accredita-tion of its courses, lack of infrastructure, inadequate teachers and internal crisis.

Former national secretary of Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON and national coordinator of TROMPCON, Prince Maikpobi Okareme, Ovie of Ughelli, Ovie of Emede, HRM Johnson Egbo Ewhun, Ovie of Uzere, HRM Udogiri, Odio-Ologbo of Oleh, HRM Ovrawhah Omogha I, Agadagba of Egbema, HRM Bini Pere III, Owhorode of Olomu, Ovie R. Ogoni Oghoro and Toruboboul Ebenewei of Ogulagha, HRM Cpt. Joseph Timiyan, are among the high-powered delegation.

Others are: Pere of Kabowei kingdom, HRM Major L. Erebulu (rtd), Itsekiri leader, Chief J. Popo, Bishop Diamond Emuobor, Mr. Oghenejakpo, Prince Monday Whiskey and Chief Patrick Ebimami.

Before the delegation left for the meeting, it was agreed that they will tell the President to appoint a former university Vice Chancellor from Niger Delta region as chairman of the Governing Council of FUPRE.

They are also expected to urge Jonathan to direct the Ministry of Niger Delta and Petroleum Development Trust Fund to execute infrastructural projects in the institution; among other suggestions to move the institution forward.



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