Okowa’s SA Mobilises Youths To Protest Against Bosses’ Meeting In Asaba, Locked Out Of Meeting Venue By Security

Okowa's SA, Egbo (on yellow top) and his hired youths locked out of the meeting venue in Asaba.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Special Assistant on Youth and community development, Victor Egbo, alias Last Mugu and a grandpa youth president from Isoko extraction, Anthony Ogbalor, alias Dracular, on Thursday mobilised youths from different parts of Delta state to stage a mass protest against a parley meeting called by his boss to dialogue with the leadership of the Isoko National Youth Assembly, (INYA), over certain issues.

The protest which took place at the office complex of the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), in Asaba, the state capital, saw the former embattled president of Isoko National Youth Assembly, (INYA), Mr. Egbo, pulling the gate of the complex in a bid to force himself and other hired youths into the main complex.

Protesting strange faces youths hired by Okowa’s SA, Victor Egbo at the SSG office.

At this junction, our correspondent reliably learnt, the SSG, Festus Ovie Agas who was in his office presiding over the meeting between the state government and the incumbent President of the Isoko National Youth Assembly, Umuakpo Ovie and his executive came out furiously to warn the rampaging youths and their leader to leave the premises.

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The scenario which almost resulted to a bloody fracas, it was gathered, forced the mobile policemen attached to the SSG into shooting sporadically into the air to scare away the rampaging youths.

Egbo’s hired youths with placards protesting against Okowa’s meeting with leadership of INYA led by Umuakpo Ovie.

Our correspondent gathered that governor Okowa had invited to a meeting the Isoko National Youth Assembly, led by its president, Umuakpo Ovie following Monday’s protest against the governor and the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC), Askia Ogieh over what they called abandonment of the Isoko axis of the Ughelli-Asaba dualization project, non funding of DESOPADEC and corrupt related issues.

Okowa’s SA, Egbo (on yellow top) and his hired youths locked out of the meeting venue in Asaba.

Government house sources told our correspondent that following his tight schedules, the governor directed the SSG, to preside over the meeting billed for Thursday and as the meeting was going on, the governor’s Special Assistant, Victor Egbo, alias Last Mugu mobilised youths with strange faces from different parts of the state and stormed the SSG’s office complex, venue of the meeting with a protest to disrupt to the meeting called by his boss.

Grandpa youth president, Dracula locked out of the meeting venue as the SSG, Agas came out.

The INYA Monday protest witnessed the blockage of the busy Isoko-Kwale-Asaba expressway thereby causing a serious gridlock as travelers were subjected to severe pains and frustration.

The governor’s aide whose tenure elapsed as the president of the INYA some months ago is said to be enjoying the backing of the controversial Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC), Askia Ogieh as a result the embattled aide has vehemently refused to relinquish office.

Okowa’s aide, Egbo (Last Mugu) with his hired youths protesting outside the meeting venue.

Meanwhile giving reasons for the Monday mass protest, the youth body said in statement signed by its Director, Media and Strategy, Eniwake Orogun, and obtained by this medium noted that “Members of the Isoko National Youth Assembly led by Comr Umuakpo Ovie led over 2,000 Youths and women to a peaceful, well coordinate and generic protest along the ever busy Ozoro-Kwale-Asaba expressway to make known the stance of the Isoko youths on critical issues that affect us as a people.”

Explaining further INYA enumerated to among other reasons why the embarked on the protest to include, the abandoned Isoko axis of the dualization of the Ughelli-Isoko-Asaba project, Heritage energy operational services and companies without Isoko borders, non inclusion of Isoko youths in the 0Federal government amnesty, DESOPADEC social security fund among others.

Delta SSG, Agas, Okowa’s representative presiding over the parley meeting between the state government and leadership of the INYA led by its president, Umuakpo Ovie.

“Consequent upon the issues above, we have resolved to continue to fuel this agitation in a more vigorous and sustained manner. In the days ahead, we shall direct the protest to individuals, groups and companies who have resigned themselves to taking the Isoko youths for granted. Since the governor has decided to be political with the elders and royal Fathers of Isoko nation by not heeding to their resolve when they visited him in his office, we have also resolved not to tolerate anything that pertains to him in Isoko nation.

SSG, Agas addressing the meeting at the SSG’s conference room, Asaba.

“We shall come hard on all oil companies operating in Isoko land to force them to do the needful in terms of employment of our people or leave our land. Conclusively, we want to specially thank our Youths, the Isoko women who volunteered to join the protest without financial inducement. We must also thank the business women and other road users who joined the protest seeing that our agitation was germane and well intentioned.” the statement added.


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