GENERAL MEETING November 2 – 4, 2001 ROCKAWAY RIVER COUNTRY
CLUB DENVILLE, NEW
MEETING Held on November 4, 2001 10:45 a.m. - 12:25 p. m.
Prepared By Onoawarie
Edevbie Secretary, Urhobo
Andrew Edevbie, Anthony Ekeh,
Helen Ekeh, Peter Ekeh,Edirin
Erhiaganoma, Horald Erho, Beatrice Inikori,
Faith Inikori, JosephInikori,
Daniel Kalegha, Isaac Mowoe, Michael
Igho Natufe, John Ofurhie, Diesode Omenih, Duke and Grace Ophori, and
The general meeting
with Peter Ekeh presiding, along the
Suggestions for increasing membership and funds:
Dan Kaleghaqueried that not
is being done to remind members to pay their membership dues
Both Isaac Mowoe and Joseph Inikoro
added that some members, on their own, have called to find how much
need to pay and when they should. They advised members to assume some
and that members should notexpect
to be reminded of their role all the time.
called for improved ways for raising funds.
Joseph Inikori urged that the
and Management Committee to organize a membership drive to bring in
persons into the society.
Peter Ekeh briefed members that the
to work on the Conference Communiqué
has been set up with members drawn from Isaac Mowoe
(as Head), Andrew Edevbie and John Oyibororho. Isaacwill
prepare the draft and circulate to other members. Others outside the
should contact Isaac if they have suggestions they like to see included
in the communiqué.
Committee to ensure that all discussions including the various
are reflected in the communiqué.
John Ofurhie suggested that the
be published in order to bring its message to the masses at home. To
end, Peter Ekeh offered to contact
organs like the Urhobo Voice, and
like Urhobo National Assembly for help.
Joseph Inikori suggested that we
our contacts to include the Delta State Government, the various local
in the state and newspapers in efforts to get the message to the masses.
Michael Nabofa also advised that
of the communiqué should be distributed to the various Urhobo
Student Unions in Nigeria.
He pledged to help with the distribution.
called Urhobo Historical Society to
a campaign to bring the Idjerhe Fire
Disaster and its impact, to the attention of the world. He therefore
the Committee to let the world know the series of instances of abuses
against Urhobo people by the Nigerian
Both Duke Ophori and Dan Kalegha
offered to help review the communiqué when it is ready for
of Membership Dues and Other Sources of Funding, Revisited
suggested that UHS makes
efforts to secure tax exemption
for non-profit organizations to enable it solicit funds from
and other charitable organizations
appealed to members to
UHS activities by contributing generously whenever they can
called members’ attention
some of UHS immediate needs which include money to rent more space for
UHS web site, www.waado.org, and
type books in efforts to reproduce them for the web site.
offered to sponsor
one of the books earmarked for the web site and hasasked
the Secretary to assign a book to her.
donated $200.00 to help
UHS financial burden
asked members to help
the good work of UHS to prospective members and whenever possible to
the names of such individuals. The Secretary will follow up on the
by sending out formal invitation to the suggested persons to become
that the Secretary be also empowered to send letters to appeal to
organizations to help fund UHS activities.
also suggested that members can also ask others within UHS, whom they
can give additional assistance beyond membership dues.
Diesode Omenih would like UHS to
print and distribute brochures and
sheets about its activities. He also asked UHS to explore the
of charging users, fees for assessing certain information on www.waado.org.
Peter Ekeh however countered that
sites like waado, are not allowed or
to charge user fees.
2002 UHS Annual
Conference and General Meeting
Suggested sites for the conference
and meeting, as made from the floor,
include San Francisco, California, Buffalo, New
York and London, United
advised that the choice
should await making contacts to find out about possible help for
from known individuals in that country.
Amid concerns for the cost of
hosting especially with regards to
for attendees, Joseph Inikori suggested that it could be less expensive
to stay in houses instead of hotels.
concerns about the sitting of the conference and general meeting
in London, UK
and urged members to consider Buffalo, New
suggestions made during a meeting of the Editorial
and Management Committee to hold the annual conference and general
at Buffalo, New
this year, London, England
the following year and Warri, Nigeria,
preferably at Petroleum Training Institute in the third year.
remarked that the choice of a venue for the conference and general
should depend not only on the availability of local support but also on
the cost of traveling. While the choice of London, England may
attendance from Urhobo dignitaries
in Nigeria and Europe, and help to broaden membership, going to London
in one year and to Nigeria, the following year, could be a tremendous
on members who will be anxious to attend both of the conferences.
called for a poll of
to find out how many of them support the idea of hosting the conference
and general meeting in London, England.
suggested that further
about London, England
be deferred until the Editorial and Management Committee had a chance
investigate the choice and report back to the general membership.
Duke Ophori called for the
postponement of a London
conference until a later date and offered to host the 2002 UHS
and General Meeting in New York, New
Both Diesode Omenih and John
Oyibororho also promised to work towards
success of holding a New York City Conference.
reminded members that
is the year of political elections in Nigeria
and will probably not be an ideal time to hold conferences like that of
UHS in the country.
E. Other Matters Arising
complained about the law
between two US based Urhobo
the Urhobo Organization of North
America (TUNA) and Urhobo Progress
Union of North America (UPNA). He agonized over why the two groups
to use the court for settling their differences.
Pesident of TUNA,
UHS members on the development of the law suit, indicating willingness
of TUNA to withdraw and settle the matter out of court.
asked for clarification
of Isaac Mowoe’s suggestion of seeking
permission from Urhobo groups
those in Nigeria
before filing suits against corporate bodies like the oil companies.
indicating Isaac’s advice is restricted to only legal issues that
affect the overall interest of the Urhobo
The General Meeting ended with closing prayers
Michael Nabofa and was subsequently