In few days from now, the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi will be one year in office. Having secured the mandate of the Ndokwa East people to represent their interest in the Delta State Hosue of Assembly, the Deputy Speaker, was home over the weekend, where he stunned every body with his demonstration of love for his people, empowering same with cash and cars to establish their prosperity.
The intent and purpose of the meeting cum constituency briefing was amongst other things to show his people his one year report card as Deputy Speaker, get feedbacks from them on his representation in the last one year, ascertain the people’s imminent challenge, define a solution for same and declare to the people a way forward.
That was the reason, the entire PDP family of Ndokwa East and Ndokwa East people in general gathered in their numbers to receive their son, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi at Ozomuku Primary School play ground, in Ashaka, on the 27th of May, 2016.
In his usual style of putting smiles on the faces of the people, when they gather to receive and meet with him; the people were full of expectations, after it was noised across the locality, that the Empowerment Master, will be splashing some millions on market women in the locality to boost small and medium scale enterprises.
Moment of Suspense for Everybody
As the women sang songs of joy and praise, and the youths chanting songs of solidarity in expectation of the arrival of the Otumba 1 of Africa, the highly expectant audience became more ‘confused’ when they saw cars of varying classes, ranging from Toyota Camry to Prado jeep being driven into the colorful arena without plate numbers, indicating that they are new cars and for the strategic positions the drivers packed the cars, the people were kept in suspense, of what the Empowerment Master was up to this time around.
Not left out in the ‘confusion’, of how unnumbered cars got into the arena and for what purpose they might have come, were immediate staff of the Deputy Speaker, who didn’t know what their boss was up to, because car empowerment was never in the agenda of the May 27th constituency briefing.
The Triumphant Welcome
Not too long, the Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi, was triumphantly welcomed into the arena like the biblical “triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem”.
Women and youths with various uniforms danced and sang to the glory of God as he danced and rejoiced also with the various groups that had positioned themselves in the entrance of the town to receive him in a dance into the arena. Acknowledging cheers from the mammoth crowd, he danced round the play ground, greeted traditional rulers, men and leaders seated in the high table and took his seat.
Without much ado, an opening prayer was said and the list of his achievements in last 11 months and some weeks was read to the amazement of the general public.
Reading the eleven point achievements of Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi in eleven months and some weeks, the master of ceremony ( MC), Chief Mike Nwabueze listed them as follows:
1. Five million Naira Empowerment for market women to boost small and medium scale enterprises.
2. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Ibrede primary school, Ibrede.
3. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Iselegu Primary School , Iselegu.
4. Direct employment of over 50 youths in the oil sector
5. Employment of over 20 men and women into the public service ( political appointment and other related engagements )
6. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Umueze Primary School, Ossissa.
7. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Niger Primary School, Asaba-Ase.
8. Trained and Empowered 25 youths in conjunction with AGIP, through skill acquisition with starter packs.
9. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Mixed Secondary School, Okpai-Oluchi.
10. Construction of 6 classroom blocks in Aboh Grammar School, Aboh.
11. Ten Million Naira, Scholarship Award to Anioma Students, through his foundation, The Friday Osanebi Foundation ( FOF ).
After this; reactions, questions, suggestions/opinions on issues affecting the people from the ten wards of the local government area were entertained.
Top on the issues raised, including applauds for the Deputy Speaker for his achievements in just eleven months and few weeks; the people in their various speeches prayed the Deputy Speaker to help consolidate on the existing peace the local government council and the local government has enjoyed ever since the council acting chairman took over the mantle of leadership, following the suspension of the local governmemnt council chairman.
They all begged the Deputy Speaker to ensure that the suspended council chairman – Mrs. Chukwura Nkechi, doesn’t return as chairman again.
Other issues raised were erosion challenges, especially in towns along River Niger, urgent need for integration into state road network by calling on the government, NDDC and other interventionist agencies to extend the existing access road to Aboh to Akarai, Umuolu, Onogbokor, Onyah and other communities around that region down to Asaba-Ase.
Then came the peak moment where every body was expecting to hear the Deputy Speaker address the people and let the cat out of the bag: who and who to be empowered and who will become a car owner from the meeting.
The Deputy Speaker who was decked in his party’s (PDP) attire, adorned with a big ‘resource control’ hat with PDP logos; took his turn to talk to the people, answer their questions and present the packages he came with to the constituents.
Osanebi thanked God for his faithfulness and mercies in the last 11 months and some weeks in office. He thanked the people for supporting his party and her candidates in the last general election, also reassured the people that all the party promises to them will be met.
Starting from the office of the Governor, Osanebi revealed that the governor has engaged a good number of Ndokwa sons and daughters working closely with him. He has already approved and awarded the widening and reconstruction of a 5Km access road to Beneku in Ward 4, many school projects and others.
He also thanked the people for their support thus far for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and revealed that there are many things in the pipeline, from Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, including roads and many other social amenities.
He further thanked the people for the support and love they have demonstrated for Hon. Ossai N Ossai and himself.
If You Love Me, Please Forgive Nkechi – Osanebi
Osanebi noted that the woes befalling the local government council was a challenging and unfortunate one, that every body has to come to reason.
He noted that he was overwhelmed with the love the local government leaders, women and youths have shown him. He further appealed to the people to forgive the chairman, Mrs. Nkechi, if truly they love him as they claim. Osanebi appealed to the gathering to forgive and stretched out their right hand of love and fellowship towards Nkechi to receive her back as their own child.
The gathering which was stunned with the Deputy Speaker’s appeals, was thrown into a sober and quiet mood. He added that whatever be the issue, the LGA as a family can resolve same amicably, noting that impeachment, was never the solution.
The Deputy Speaker, later called on leaders from the platform of the People’s Democratic Party to always empower their people, to hasten the prosperity of Deltans in all areas.
He said that he was poised at strengthening small and medium scale enterprises in line with Governor Okowa’s empowerment and prosperity philosophy.
He went further to reveal that the 30 women he would be giving cheques of N100,000 ( One hundred thousand Naira ) each to boost their businesses, were selected from the various political units in the local government area, by their various leaders and that he never knew them.
Women from Ward 2, that received the cheques include :
Florence Ada from Umuachi, nominated by Hon. Olise and Pat Adigwe; Mrs. Mabel from Ogbedigbo, nominated by Ukerui/Agada- leaders in the unit; Opone Cynthia of Okolori Umuachi was nominated by Monday Olie.
From Umuokpala ( unit 4) of Ward 2 was Chibogu Ngozi, who was nominated by Pat Chibogu. Osejim Evelyn of Iselugu Unit had the blessing of Henry/Obunodi for the empowerment. Abuoneku Chinelo from Iselegu was nominated by Chika Ossai, commissioner for special duties.
Others that received the N100, 000 cheque from the Deputy Speaker were: Ebele Akaba of Obikwele, was nominated by Dickson/Charity, Dickson/Ejenike nominated Mrs. Ejime Opia, as Ejenike Obiosa presented Gladys Odili ( Mrs), all from Obikwele while Mr. Onwubolu Benjamin ( Benbestic), SA Youth and Community Development to Governor Ifeanyi, Okowa.
Ward five (5) women include: Iyama Joy from unit 6, nominated by Mr. Akozo; Joy Dada Amaolune of unit 7 from Obi/Obi; Nkechi Uzor from Tony Uzor of unit 4, Helen Akpati from Unit 4 was nominated by Lungus. Odili Juliet Iduh was nominated by the councilor/George.
Ogheneovo Florence of Unit 12 was sent in by Jery Igbodo, the unit leader. Demaro of unit 11 nominated Rita Inonoje, Mary Enebeli of unit 5 was nominated by Ike/Oputa; Lucky Ejeke sent in Mgbonyebi Isioma of unit 14 as Madam Rose Olisa had the endorsement and blessings of Dr. Olise Imegwu for the empowerment for unit 6.
From Ward 7 came in Agboma Abirika of unit 1, who was nominated by Mrs Emiri. PDP chairman, Chief Ugo Asibelua nominated Abadi Ogeh of unit 2; Grace Onyenike of unit 3 was nominated by Queen Dunku; Florence Onuosa of unit 4 was nominated by chief Ifeanyi Onwukamike; as Ngozi Ogugwa of unit 5 was nominated by Johnson Ogbokor. Rebecca George of unit 6 was nominated by Azuka/Solomon; Mrs Omi Mariam was from Cynthia Oputa of unit 7. Neward Odons nominated Ifeanyi Maureen of unit 8; Ignatus Ekuah of unit 9 nominated Helen Nwabunwanne while Mr. Ifeanyi Oputa Nominated Egbe Oniovoghe of unit 10.
They were all charged to make judicious use of the monies and allow prosperity trickle to the grassroots and not to share or divide it with any body.
Osanebi later called on Ward leaders present at the occasion to further nominate one person each from their Ward, for balloting on who becomes owners of the cars he had presented to empower the people. At the end of the balloting two lucky constituents went home with 2006 Toyota Camry, while he personally presented another model of Toyota Camry to the Leader of the local government legislative arm.
Another lucky constituent from the magnanimity of the Deputy Speaker, was the new party chairman, Chief Ugo Asibelua, who went home with a Toyota Prado Jeep.
I thank God, Okowa for Choosing Osanebi – Iduh
Delta North Chairman of PDP, Chief Moses Iduh, in his reaction at the empowerment program said he has never seen it in this faction before and that he was surprised at the interaction during the peaceful and crisis free constituency meeting.
Hear him: “I am proud of you, and I want to thank God and Governor Okowa for making a right choice in Friday Osanebi”.
He continued: “One thing is to give position another thing is for the individual occupying the position to use it to affect the people positively”.
The chairman later said that APC has failed totally, and have put Nigerians in an untold hardship.
We pray Osanebi returns in 2019- Chief Obielum
Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Ndokwa East, in his own remark, said that the people of Ndokwa East is truly blessed with Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi, and he prayed he returns to the House of Assembly come 2019 to continue his good works. He also thanked all that has come from far and near to witness the occasion and later called on aggrieved members of the party to put behind them all issues relating to the last congress of the party and return to the fold, saying in any game, there are bound to be winners and losers.
He also revealed that empowerment programs for the people will continue.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi has renewed his commitment and desire to the child overall development and education.
The Deputy Speaker gave the assertion today, on the occasion of the 2016 children day celebration . He noted that the focus of every leader and government should be geared towards raising educationally, emotionally sound children, for the sake of the society tomorrow.
“the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why understanding and direct investment into young children is so important, so as to maximize their future well-being and the betterment of the society”. His statement read in part.
Note forgetting the overall importance of sound education in all of this, the Deputy added: “education is and always will be very important in building a strong foundation in any child’s life, this is especially true in terms of looking at our future generation. As leaders and government, we want our youth to be educated, to be up to date with current issues, and able to provide knowledge to the next generation”.
He maintained: ” education is a strong building block in building a stronger and healthier community”.
He further called on all well meaning Nigerians to invest more in the building of a stronger society through sound education.
Hear him: “as a community we must provide protection, security, knowledge, and most importantly good values. If we can help our children and youth to become positive and engaging members of society, this will only help in developing, not only a stronger and healthier community, but a safer one as well”
Talking of his investment on child education and development, he noted that his foundation, The Friday Osanebi Foundation, has taking it upon it self to fully cater for the education of 100 children/youths in various academic and educational levels all over delta state as he reaffirmed that he’s always ready to do more as God enables him.
Osanebi wished Delta and Nigerian Children a fulfilling and blissful experience.
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