…presents award of excellence to Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom
The umbrella body of Ijaw students, the National Union of Izon-Ibe Students (NUIS), Worldwide, is calling on the Federal Government to construct roads to link the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU) at Kurutie and Okerenkoko communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, to other cities so as help students gain quick access to it as well as to overcome transportation challenges.
The student body as led by its president, Victor Jumbo made this known in a chat with GbaramatuVoice after its courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in his palace at Oporoza town on Thursday May 17, 2018.
In his words, “I actually came to see His Royal Majesty and the Maritime University and to add our voices to the clamour that there should be roads connected to the Maritime University in Gbaramatu here.
“The challenge the Ijaw students are facing especially those situated in the riverine areas is that of lack of roads connectivity between the land and the communities making them to not come to school on time.
“Imagine me coming from Port Harcourt and I have to spend one hour thirty minutes on the water, which is not nice. We also want a conducive learning environment for the students,” he added.
The student body president also revealed that having heard of the rich cultural heritage of Gbaramatu Kingdom, the body has also decided to bring the Ezon Ibe culturalf day to be hosted in Gbaramatu Kingdom soon.
This he said is to give students the opportunity to visit Gbaramatu Kingdom that is now seen as the headquarters of the Ijaw Nation as well as to befamiliar with the rich cultural heritage of the Ijaws.
“The Ezon Ibe students worldwide intend to have a cultural day for the Ijaw students, that are gradually going into extinct.
“The cultural day is to enable Ijaw students all over Nigeria and worldwide to showcase our Ijaw culture with their own ideologies and style.”
Meanwhile, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, who warmly received the student body through the Ibe-Benimowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief (Engr) Kestin Pondi gave them assurance of the kingdom’s support and the go-ahead to carry out their cultural day.
His Royal Majesty thereafter prayed for success in their endeavours.
The highlight of the visit was the presentation of an Award of Excellence by the student body to His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, for his leadership traits of preaching peace and unity among the Ijaws in the Niger Delta region.
Members of the student body present during the visit are; Victor Jumbo, NUIS president; Apataimini Elizabeth, vice president; Inedi Oscar, Edisemi Aniyanghan, Dagogo Achese, Collins Tarasele and Vincent Douye, all members of the student body.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU) situated at Okerenkoko community with take-off site at Kurutie community, all in Gbaramatu Kingdom has commenced academic activities on April 1, 2018 with over 300 students.