By Emma ARUBI
WARRI-THE elders and leaders of Ugborodo community in Warri South-West council area of Delta State, Sunday dethroned its community head (Eghare-Aja), Pa. Wellington Ojogor and installed Pa. Pender Nene as the new Eghare-Aja at the Ode- Ugborodo, their ancestral home.
Similarly, the people have appealed to the National Assembly to pay an official working visit to the erosion ravaged oil-rich Ugborodo community, major host to Chevron operations in West Africa to enable them see, first hand, the damages being wrecked on their communities by the vagaries of the Atlantic, saying that the House of Representatives Committee members that visited Ugborodo on Friday, November 11, 2011 did not step out of their boats to meet or see the people and the abandoned shoreline protection job to appreciate the enormity of their plight.
Ugborodo Community Trust Vice-Chairman, Mr. Isaac Botosan, who spoke to Sweetcrude on the installation of Pa. Pender Nene as the new Eghare-Aja, said the elders skillfully played them out of the installation scheme to forestal the leakage of information to the public, because the youths have sometime in September frustrated their plan.
He expressed regret that the former Eghare-Aja , Pa. Wellington Ojogor has for some time abandoned the community and ran to Warri while Pa. Pender has been performing his traditional duties.
Pa. Ojogor was alleged to have been whisked away from Ugborodo in a commando-like style by security men in company of some of his children on August 26 and has since not returned after over 90 days.
Pa. Wyne W. Agba who performed the traditional rites of installation in a brief ceremony according to Mr. Isaac Botosan, stated that Ugborodo customs and traditional duties as assigned to Pa. Ojogor was suffering and the situation needed to be urgently corrected especially as the year runs to an end, saying that the people have elected their head and so it shall be.
Pa. Wyne Agba therefore called on all Ugborodo indigenes, government agencies, security agencies, oil majors and servicing companies operating in Ugborodo land to accord Pa. Wyne Agba all the due privileges of the his new office.
Speaking to Sweetcrude on why the House of Representative team that visited Ugborodo did not come down to the community to meet the people, see and inspect the abandoned shore protection project in the community, the Member representing the Warri Federal Constituency in the team, Hon. Dan Reyenieju said there was no need for that as they had a very good view of the effects of sea erosion on Ugborodo land from their boats, saying that he was not out to play politics with the assignment.
He stated that he was determined to ensure that the shore protection project enters the 2012 budget by bringing the House members to see things for themselves.