A meeting to plan how to organise the much-advertised Ikwerre Economic Summit held today Saturday, 8th day of August, 2020 in Port Harcourt. It started with an opening remark by the convener, Dr Paul Worwhor who used the opportunity to announce the formation of Ikwerre Federated Union, (IFU). He reminded the participants that Ikwerre Nation is bigger than Sweden, Norway, and even Togo.
Dr Worwhor outlined the Visions of the newly formed Ikwerre Federated Union as:
- To work with Ogbakor Ikwerre Worldwide as our leaders and fathers,
- To support their good visions by helping to implement all the necessary ones, etc.
Presenting his Lecture at the Summit, Engr Gideon Ejiowhor complained bitterly on how Ikwerre people are more aggressive when they are fighting their fellow Ikwerre brothers. He advised that it is time for us to defend our father land so that the labours of our past heroes will not be in vain.
The Ada Ikwerre, Lady Onyinyechi Wachukwu during her speech presentation admonished Ikwerre people to invest in Ikwerre land. She talked about Human Capital Development and also commended the President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Worldwide for giving an office to members of National Union of Ikwerre Students.
The title of the speech presented by Comrade Patrick Echenwo, the President, National Union of Ikwerre Students Wordwide, is The Role of Students in Microeconomic Development. He outlined some roles students plays in microeconomic development which include
- Getting a source of livelihood,
- Rendering Humanitarian Services,
- Promoting Peace,
- Giving positive ideas and support, etc.
The Publicity Secretary of Iwhuruohna Journalists Forum, Comrade Igwe Onyeche Wofurum used the medium to remind Ikwerre people about the Champion of Ikwerre Anti-imperialism Revolution. He said that Simeon Abraham popularly known as Boro who is from Egbeda town in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State was the first Ikwerre man to embark on the people’s cultural renaissance. According to him, Boro fought Igbo local imperialism hands down with his songs. He dared the Igbo occupants of Ikwerre land to go. He queried: “Ali ani oso motor, oso igwe, oso oro.”
Comrade Igwe went further to say that Boro was ideological in his music and can be best described as the champion of Ikwerre anti-imperialism. Comrade Igwe said that Late Simeon Boro Abraham gave our Ikwerre ethnic nationality a peculiar stand especially during the civil war and he was endeared to a lot of people because he was able to draw that distinction between Ikwerre and Isoma. He finally appealed that every April 10th (his date of death) should be declared as Boro day as a posthumous award for bravery.
The Secretary of Rivers State Chapter of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Elder Ike Wigodo thanked the organisers of the epoch-making occasion and charged Ikwerre people to work cooperatively to move Ikwerre Nation forward. He also promised to support the conveners of the Summit in anyway they want him to.
After several speeches, three Committees were set up to plan the Ikwerre Economic Summit coming up later this year which will feature Ikwerre dignitaries from all walks of life including members of Ogbakor Ikwerre, royal fathers and politicians. The Committees are Publicity, Mobilisation and Welfare/Logistics Committees. The meeting ended after a group photograph.
Igwe Onyeche Wofurum
Chairman, Welfare/Logistics Committee
Ikwerre Federated Union ( IFU).