NED NWOKO: PATRIOT, WARRIOR, LEGEND

Yesterday Tuesday 16th July, a sad day in the history of delta north, the date the Supreme Court gave it’s verdict on the long drawn delta north senatorial battle between my political father and benefactor Prince Ned Nwoko and Peter Nwaoboshi, finally it was settled in favor of Peter but only just!

The decision of the court drawn majorly from the simple technical fact of filling out of time, yes the victory of the star prince at the end of the primary election was never disputed , the court has given it’s verdict but the reactions that followed has made it clear that this wasn’t the will of the Supreme Almighty, and neither was it what the people of delta north had hoped for!

Like the patriot he is, Ned Nwoko wasn’t swayed by emotions, calmly he accepted the court judgement and asked his followers to move on, to him the development of his people means more, he may have lost the battle to represent them at the Senate, but he certainly hasn’t lost his will to bring development to the region.

Unlike other politicians, Ned Nwoko is a brand, a brand so big it encompasses and affects so many facets of the every day life of our people, truthfully Ned doesn’t need the Senate to grow his brand, the Senate needed Ned more, Ned only needed the Senate as an opportunity to serve his people , honestly speaking Ned didn’t lose the case, Delta North did!

The battle may have dragged on for months, still the Star Prince remains unshaken , with the forces he had to contend with from the very beginning of the senatorial race, it’s crystal clear that indeed Ned is a Warrior, for only a man filled with supernatural strength and abilities could have fought the way he fought, his opponent though victorious at the court, he is battle weary already, with the scars he took likely to stick for a lifetime!

With all Prince Ned Nwoko has done for delta northerners, with how well he proved eager to be of service to his people , there is no doubt his place in the history of delta north as a legend is sealed forever , from one generation to the next, tales of the legend of Prince Ned Munir Nwoko, the man who stood to be counted when others ran will be passed from fathers to sons and from mothers to daughters!

The senatorial race may have ended but delta northerners and Nigerians in general holds the Prince in the highest regards , to many he remains their Senator, and in him they believe the pathway to the future will be ushered!

Idi Presley Ifeanyichukwu, a writer, political strategist, analyst and motivational speaker writes from Ushie, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.

PROPOSED STARS UNIVERSITY TO PARTNER WITH FUPRE

The founder and Chancellor of the proposed STARS University (Sports, Technology, Arts and Research Science University), Idumuje Ugboko, Delta State. Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko, Saturday, 27th April, 2019, hinted that the university will partner with the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, FUPRE, to provide quality university education with requisite knowledge to drive development and economy of the country to accelerated level. The international legal luminary and senator elect for Delta north, dropped the hint while addressing the university community on the occasion of the award of honorary doctor of science degree to him by the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun. On this vexed national issue, the visionary Prince shared the opinion that academic and research collaborations are very valuable tool that not only accelerates the progress, economic growth and development of a country, but also enhances the quality of education offered by the institutions to the citizens of the country.


His words, “academic collaboration is beneficial to universities in learning new teaching tools, exchange of ideas, collaboration in research works and enthronement of a lasting sports culture within their various campuses and the country at large.” He further added, “all these add up, will increase the breadth and knowledge of students in learning different approaches to solving their individual problems and contributing their quoter towards meeting national challenges.


“This tool is being increasingly utilised with success in developed countries. Good examples where such partnerships are been implemented are the the Ivy League universities in the United States of America, the Oxbridge and the Golden Triangle universities in the United Kingdom, the C9 League universities in China, the Group of Eight universities in Australia, and the Imperial Universities in Japan. These universities have evolved strong culture through partnership in many areas which have helped to placed them top among the best universities in the world and also placed their countries at high pedestal in technological advancement, economic and sports development.” Prince Ned Nwoko, emphasized.


He went on to say, “under the prevailing conditions of paucity of funds in the Nigerian universities,  university authorities must have a well-planned partnership and collaborative approach in a manner that will enable them put available resources into maximum use.””Partnership and collaboration must be embraced, emphasised, encouraged and brought to a level where it can impact and improve the quality, resources and capabilities of Nigerian institutions to undertake research to find solutions to the numerous challenges facing the country.” He advised.


In conclusion, Prince Ned Nwoko said, “an academic culture that fosters partnerships and cooperation instead of individualism must be embraced to improve quality of education offers as well as accelerate progress and development of the country”.


The above quote, summarised the views of our visionary Prince on this burning national issue. That is why he is needed at the Senate, to give the Red Chamber sense of direction and initiate great ideas that will help the country out of her perennial socioeconomic predicaments.


By Iroroh Frank.