A pan Ndokwa social-political pressure group, the Organisation for Ndokwa Unity, otherwise known as Ndokwa Unite has expressed appreciation for the visionary leadership of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, in his efforts at placing Ndokwa nation among the map of university communities in the world.
This is coming at the heels of a letter transmitting the bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Aboh, in Ndowa East area of Delta State, South-South Nigeria coming after alleged age-long marginalisation of the people of Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency since the creation of the Nigerian State.
In a February 3, 2022 dated statement issued at the end of a well-attended stakeholder and leaders’ meeting of the Ndokwa Unite held in Asaba the Delta State capital, signed by Onotu Henry Okechukwu, the group specifically noted that the DSP in his giant stride has drawn a map of national rebirth and sense of belonging for the people of the oil-rich Ndokwa land noting that it has never been this good since the pre-colonial Nigeria.
DSP Omo-Agege, according to the group has taken Senatorial representation to a new height that may be difficult to attain by anybody in foreseeable future, adding that it was weird for a Senator in “our clime” to deliver life-changing services to the people let alone outside his primary consciences.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the group noted, should endeavour to leave his foot strongly on the sand of time by assenting to the bill establishing FUATA without delay and at same time set it on motion by releasing funds for both the structural and academic development of the first Higher institution of learning in the history of Ndokwa land.
FUATA will be the greatest legacy of the current administration and dream come through for Ndokwa people the group said, adding that the bill if assented to, President Buhari, will be succeeding where past leaders failed the Ndosumili and Ukwuani speaking people described as the largest homogeneous entity in Delta North Senatorial District having suffered neglect and deprivations from government occasioned by poor representation by the political class.
Going down memory lane, Onotu Okechukwu recalled that: “a time was when the former President Olusegun Obasanjo-led Federal Government was to establish a Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Ndokwa land but for crises of confidence and rivalry among Ndokwa elites, the project was sabotaged and subsequently aborted by aggrieved personalities who felt they were not carried along in the process.”
Bemoaning the fate of Ndokwa people in the Nigerian federation, Onotu Okechukwu stated that the enormous wealth of oil and gas resources in Ndokwa land was not enough reason for governments across tiers to attend to the yearning of the people stating but with President Buhari there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel and he added will assuage the pains and ill feelings of the people of Ndokwa as he added that:
“Our commendation won’t be complete if the efforts of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, an APC chieftain, who is representing Delta North Senatorial District and Chairman, Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC. He has done exceedingly well for us without which the bill for the establishment of FUATA wouldn’t have seen the light of day. We acknowledge several challenges the proponents of the bill face by the forces of politics with bitterness who had attempted to once again sabotage the beautiful efforts of our transformational senators. Posterity shall kind to DSP Omo-Agege, Nwaoboshi and all well-meaning Ndokwa sons and daughters who have contributed on one way other to push the bill on the desk of the President for assent. We thank the 9th Senate for its steadfastness and efforts to re-write the ugly narratives of Ndokwa people,” the Umutu, Ukwani-born high Chief Okechukwu stated.