Urhobo Historical Society
Welcome Address on the Occasion of the
15th Anniversary Celebrations of
Social Club of
Featuring Inaugural Awards and
Launching of Ngn100m Atamu
Education Endowment Fund
By Obaro Osah
Chairman, Chief Mike Omeru
Hon. Members of the National and Delta State Houses of Assembly
Father & Mother of the Day
Our Distinguished Patrons
Representative of the various Clubs and Associations
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
Members of ATAMU SOCAL CLUB
All other Protocols Observed
We thank God
making today possible and a reality in line with our evolving biennial
tradition of organizing a get together for the Urhobo people to extract
from within and reenergize for our future. This journey started in May
the prestigious Auditorium of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of
We are strongly
retain this approach by an all-encompassing understanding and
this theme within the context of the realities of present day
· The inaugural lecture series held in 2000
· The 10th anniversary celebration in 2001 that featured the Launching of the Dictionary of Urhobo Language.
· The renovation of Mariere Hall of Residence and erection of the Statue of Chief Jereton Mariere at the
It is therefore an opportunity and privilege, on behalf of our Patrons, Management and the entire members of the Atamu Family, to warmly welcome His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori and the Chairman of today’s occasion Chief Mike Omeru JP. Chief Mike Omeru is the Chairman of the construction giant -- Niger Construction Limited (Nigercat); We are most pleased to welcome this occasion’s erudite and distinguished guest lecturer, Professor Omafume Onoge. A sociologist, a strong and committed member of the U.P.U., an expert in social change analysis and dimensioning and a member of the Constitution Review Conference, Professor Onoge will deliver our anniversary lecture titled: “The role of Education in the Socio-Economic Development of the Urhobo People.”
Permit me also to welcome and congratulate Atamu Awardees. The award was conceived by the Club’s Management as a way of recognizing and showing appreciation to our deserving sons and daughters who have made it to the top in diverse life callings and have supported the Urhobo age-long and generational quest for integrity, discipline, innovation, commitment, succession-planning and communal support from a very broad perspective. It will also serve as a means of encouraging others to emulate these role models and to put in perspective the core value of History as a subject that records our day-to-day activity for future analysis.
Fifteen, the Club remains apolitical but
with a dream of having direct and positive impact on the Life of the
generation of our people. We also know from history that in 1935, on a
moved by Joseph Ikutegbe at a U.P.U meeting in
web-pages of the Internet and various
documented records available, we know of the evergreen and great
of the legend, a personage extraordinary, Chief Mukoro Mowoe. His
education, using Urhobo Progress Union
vehicle, made it possible for the establishment of
What then happened to the Scholarship Scheme? How do we rekindle this project? How else can we prepare our youths for the future? What are we doing to provide support to the challenges faced by parents in sending their children and wards to school? How do we redirect the energy of the teaming youths to the path that is relevant and strategic to our local and global economy? . What are we doing to take charge of our local economy -- agriculture, water, oil and gas?
“Atamu Education Endowment Fund” is designed to address these issues. The Endowment scheme will be professionally managed by an Independent Board of Trustees (IBT) with the objective of applying the returns there from the Fund in:
(i)Providing a perpetual source of Financial assistance for Tertiary Education, Sponsor studies in Urhobo.
(ii) Offering career counseling support and sponsoring programs and initiatives in specific Colleges and schools located within our geographical axis.
Boardroom guru, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, will chair the IBT which will be inaugurated today. The other members of the board are; Patrons O. J. A IDUDU & Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Chief (Dr) Mrs Cecilia Ibru, Ms Evelyn Oputu, Professor John O. Enaowho, David Akoro and Obaro Osah.
Atamu will kick-start the =N=100M Endowment Fund with a sum of =N=1,000,000.00 and hereby calls on you our worthy Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, Clubs and associations, the Business community and all well wishers to co-plant this seed that requires nothing short of adequate care and nurturing to germinate and grow to maturity. You have always done it and we know you will do that for us again. Let us re-enact the Urhobo commitment to communalism today. Nothing is too small.
At this juncture please permit me to put on record the pioneering role of our eminent quartet -- Messrs Isaac Evwierhurhoma, Godwin Onodjakeh, Friday Okwoka and Joseph Omovogho Erhirhie -- who founded this club in 1991.
I also want to thank our Patrons -- O.J.A Idudu, Professor G.G.Darah, Godwin Etakibuebu, O.C. Majoroh and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor -- as well as our past Presidents -- Isaac Evwierhurhoma, David Akoro, Friday Ebojoh, and Francis Okumagba -- for their immense and continuous contribution. May God continue to bless you all.
Let us not conclude without stating that Atamu’s effort is just one of the multiplicities of initiatives necessary to place Urhobo where she should be. Therefore, we urge other groups and even individuals here present today to pick up the challenge to float as many initiatives as possible to make Urhobo greatness a sure conclusion.
Once again, I welcome you all to this epoch-making event.
Long Live Urhobo Nation!
Long Live Atamu Social Club!
Mr. Obaro Osah
19th August 2006