The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Orhue I and Miss Gwendolyn Okutele, Most Beautiful Girl in Niger Delta Area, have said that education and youth development are vehicular tools to curb social ills.
They spoke during the beauty queen’s visit to the monarch.
Okutele said that vigorous campaign against cultism, the drive for peace in the Niger Delta area, and the care for the motherless babies, will be the hallmark of her campaign as the newly crowned Beauty Queen of the Niger Delta region.
The 400 level student of Business Administration at Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, added that in her new role as an ambassador of peace and change, she will try to be a model for Niger Delta youths.
The Okpe monarch advised parents to send their children to school, adding that if Miss Okutele, an Okpe girl, could emerge a beauty queen, their own children could do better.
The Orodje advised corporate organisations and well meaning people in Okpe Kingdom to support the Okpe-born beauty queen in ensuring she completes all the projects she has earmarked to undertake in the course of her reign.
… as Urhobo youths allege marginalisation
UGHELLI—NATIONAL President of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU (Youth Wing), Mr. Blessing Ovwata, has said that Urhobo was being marginalised in the scheme of things.
Ovwata spoke when he led Urhobo youths on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsdey Orubebe in Abuja.
He said that Urhoboland had been badly damaged due to oil exploration “yet there is no commensurate development or federal presence in the land.”
He said: “Despite Urhobo nation’s contribution to the socio-economic and political stability of Nigeria and Niger Delta region, we have not been accorded due recognition and empowerment economically, instead we are being alienated, explored and marginalised.
“I strongly request that you carry the teeming Urhobo youths along in the scheme of things. Remember us in your economic and empowerment programmes in the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs.
“I appeal to you to offer scholarship to our Urhobo youths, who are in school and the ones seeking employment should be employed.”
He commended Elder Orubebe for his development strides in the region, adding “Urhobo youths are solidly behind your dreams and aspirations of making Delta State a better place of living.”
Orubebe thanked the youths for the visit and promised that their demands would be looked into in due course.