New LOC appointed for Ijaw/Itsekiri peace football competition

–The newly inaugurated Committee would do better — Nwaomucha, Chairman LOC

By Loveth Ojogun

The National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade on August 15, 2019, inaugurated new executive body that would conduct a successful football match dubbed ‘peace cup’ this year.

The novelty football competition would be between the Ijaws and Itsekiris in Delta State. The Local Organizing Committee, LOC, was created for smooth running of this year’s edition of Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and Unity Cup Tournament  also known as Comrade MULADE Sheriff peace and unity cup between the Ijaws and Itsekiri’s.

Mulade, who initiated the competition in 2017, entered this year’s edition with new dimension by inaugurating new executive body in order to run a successful programme.

While giving his speech, Mulade said he was happy to see so much people present with interest in peace building and the promotion of peaceful co-existence amongst the ethnic groups in Delta State.

Members of the newly inaugurated Committee according to the source, the LOC committee consists of Chairman: Kenneth NWAOMUCHA, Deputy Chairman: Barr Val Ada Arenyeka, Secretary Chief Jeffrey Ojogun; while subcommittee consists of SECURITY COMMITTEE: Chiarman-Chief Boro Opudu and Secretary- Hon Emiko Etuwewe.

Others are CONTACT/ENGAGEMENT: Chairman, Michael Ikeogwu Secretary Hon Emma Adun; TECHNICAL COMMITTEE: Chairman, Coach Esu Godfrey and See  Lucky Sunday Sec; TRANSPORT/LOGISTIC: Chairman, Aboyewa Ikpotor Sec- Present Ipopo; WELFARE COMMITTEE: Chairman, Hon Bethus Ayetan, Sec. Miss Omotsone Loveth, members, Happiness Afuegbe, Omoboye Abosode, Seiyefa Aganbi.

MEDIA and PUBLICITY: Chairman, Comrade Azuka Chiemaka and Secretary- Alloyouis Okereke; OGBORODO CENTRE. Coordinator: Hon Paul Kirifede, Deputy Centre Coordinator, Akanbe Augustine, Sec Wisdom Pori. BENIKRUKRU CENTRE Coordinator: President Wilson Eje, Deputy Coordinator, Bright Tortor, Sec Charles Ogbodowa.

Mulade said the purpose for the meeting was to inaugurate the LOC for the 2nd edition of the tournament that would be hosted from November 16-30, 2019.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of this gathering is to inaugurate the LOC for the second edition of the tournament that will coordinate and run the Peace and Unity Cup Football tournament, initiated by CEPEJ, from the November 16-30, 2019,” he said.

He also stressed that CUP Tournament was initiated to promote peaceful coexistence and build bridges of unity amongst the diverse ethnic nationalities, as well as to discover football talents at the grassroots level in Warri and other parts of the state.

“Since the maiden edition of this tournament in 2017, more than 1,200 Ijaw and Itsekiri youths have been engaged,” he added.

According to the Chairman of the inaugurated body, Kenneth Nwaomucha, “for Mulade to put a lot of honourable members in the committee that have done it before, the newly inaugurated Committee would do better, adding that those who were scared would no longer be, after seeing the personalities in the meeting.

He also pleaded with Mulade to always have open door policy to receive them when they called upon because they would always fall back at him in areas they are confused since he has done it before now.