Former American President, John F Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
This has been one of the life philosophies of Prince Ned Nwoko who keeps giving back to the society.
Prince Ned met with the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adam, where he made his intention known to support the efforts of Nigerian Police Force in protecting lives and properties by providing CCTV cameras in Abuja. Prince Ned Nwoko was taken on a tour of the control room to have an overview of the effort of the police to respond to distress calls and timely intervention in curbing crimes in FCT. The inspector General of Police commended the philanthropic gesture of Prince Ned Nwoko to identify with the Police in providing tools to compliment government efforts in combating crime in Abuja.
The first phase of the project will include installation of CCTV cameras across 28 locations which would be monitored from the control room at the force headquarters.
Chairman of the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation Hon. Ned Nwoko and his wife, Regina Daniels, have reached out to orphaned children in Abuja as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues. They both visited three orphanages in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, where they donated foodstuff and cash. Items donated include bags of rice, garri, detergent, spaghetti, vegetable oil, noodles, beverages, napkins, toiletries among others.
The orphanages visited are Destined Children’s Orphanage in Kado, Heritage Home Orphanage in Gwarinpa and Hope for Survival Orphanage in Maitama Extension.
While the first two orphanages were promised a monthly subvention of N500,000 by Prince Ned Nwoko, the third orphanage was given N1million on the spot as a result of more number of kids in the facility totalling 69.
“The reality of the current lockdown is that many are going to bed hungry every night, but not these babies, not these kids. They will have something to eat tonight and beyond the lockdown,” Nwoko told journalists after donating the items.
It is also worthy to note that the Philanthropist, through his foundation, is currently embarking on a mission to eradicate malaria not just Nigeria but the entire continent of Africa.
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.
Prince Ned Nwoko donated millions to cater for the medical treatment of some physically challenged Anioma Indigenes who paid him a courtesy call at his Mount Ned Nwoko resort Idumuje-Ugboko.
In his brief address to the physically challenged Anioma indigenes whom he calls his friends, the Star Prince admonished them to use the funds judiciously in taking good medical care of themselves while stating that his phone line remains open to them whenever they need to talk with him as always.
Responding, one of the Anioma beneficiaries who pleaded anonymity appreciated the Star Prince for always responding to their needs whenever they called on him. According to the speaker, “if only we have two of your kind in Anioma land, Anioma would have witnessed more massive human capital development but it is our prayers that God will continue to protect and bless you more for being a father to the fatherless and to the needy.”
He also released another (59million Naira) as scholarship grant for Anioma and verifiable Delta state students, has remained on the news for his good gestures towards humanity.
Prince Ned Nwoko has done a lot for the Anioma people and we are happy to be associated with his brand always, this is not the first nor the last time that he has been assisting us. We pray God to always bless and enrich his circle”- Madam Isioma, an elderly woman who identified herself as a retired head teacher from Isele-Azagba pointed.
“I believe the choice of one’s faith is a personal matter. There is no compulsion in religion because it is an affair between the individual and God. I have no right whatsoever to dictate to my wives or my children the faith to follow. It is their personal choice to make. What is paramount in life is to do good to fellow human being, to help the needy and use what you have to make the society better.”
Former member of Federal House of Representative, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko has displayed uncommon act of patriotism as he undertakes to deploy his personal funds (100 MILLION NAIRA) to rehabilitate failed portions of the road linking South East and Abuja through Onicha Ugbo/Idumuje Ugboko and Ewohinmi in Edo State. Ned Nwoko said the agony faced by travellers from the eastern Nigeria to the northern part of the country, moved him to repair the road to alleviate the sufferings of those plying the road.
The road has become a vital short cut for travellers from the South East to the North, including Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja, but failed after heavy rain falls in recent months.
The single lane road originally constructed by Niger Delta Development Company (NNDC) had become a major transit for travellers from South East and the North thus increasing the economic activities for the towns along its path namely, Onicha Ugbo- Idumuje ugboko- Ewohinmi.
The failed sections of the road exposed commuters to travel delays and other untold hardships, including attacks by hoodlums operating on the Onicha-Ugbo- Idumuje Ugboko axis.
Prince Ned Nwoko said: “I am funding the repairs of the road in my private capacity, to lessen the impact of the suffering of travellers caused by the terrible condition of the road” “This is just a palliative effort, but I will continue even in my personal capacity, to push the Federal Government to urgently undertake a total reconstruction of the road”, he pledged.
The rehabilitation work is expected to be completed in six weeks. Many commuters have been stranded on other failed portions of other roads linking Abuja and the Southern part of the country, including the failed portion of Oke-Oka axis of Akangba-Owo road in Ondo State.
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.
It was a glorious night, Saturday 27th April, at the poolside of the Idumuje Ugboko exotic and palatial mansion of Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko as the charismatic Delta north senator elect treated his teaming supporters and the crème de la crème of the Nollywood industry to a grandiose dinner party.
The gala night was held to unwind the nerves of his supporters who accompanied him to FUPRE to receive the honorary Doctor of Science award conferred on him by the first Petroleum university in Africa.
The pride of Anioma nation, Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko, the foremost promoter of the tourism industry in Nigeria, also used the occasion to appreciate some notable Nollywood stars for their untiring efforts in promoting the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria.In a brief welcome address, the Dike Anioma and senator elect for Delta north, Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko said, “I want to appreciate all of you, specially my supporters for all your efforts in identifying with my vision for our people, the journey has not been easy, but the wish of the people shall prevail. Today, I am particularly grateful to you, our most esteem royal fathers for accompanying me to FUPRE to receive the award conferred on me by the university. Thank you very much.”
He further added, “the invaluable contributions of the Nollywood to the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria is well known, as a people we must think diversification, we must think how to grow the economy outside oil and tourism holds the key, we must develop the entertainment and tourism industry in Nigeria and create the enabling environment for tourists to visit our country,” he reminded the audience.In conclusion, he said, “I think we have a lot to do to develop tourism in our country and we must all work together to achieve desire result.I appreciate your presence here, thank you very much”.
Among the different groups who accompanied the Star Prince of Anioma to receive the awards were eminent Anioma royal fathers, hosts of Nollywood stars, women groups and the comrade community. At the dinner party, it was wine, dine and dance all night long and occasionally spiced up with jokes and dramatic acts by masters of the trade. The music was melodious. In the end, all who were there, left with a piece of the high taste of hospitality of the Anioma Prince of philanthropy.
Of course, this is not the first time the Prince of hospitality is staging such a grandiose dinner party at his compound. Recall that similar party was hosted Monday night of 11th February, 2018, for the victorious team Delta to the 5th National Youth Games, Uniilorin 2019 and the 19th National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018, where 20 of the athletes were awarded scholarships and a whooping sum of N20million given to the team by the generous Prince.
In the words of a visibly happy guest at the occasion, “look at what Ned is doing now, he is not even in government yet. I can’t imagine what he will do when the court finalised the senatorial case in his favour and finally restores his stolen mandate. “There is no doubt as to what he will do when he gets there, because as the saying goes “the people rejoice when the righteous are in power”. Anioma people will continue to rejoice when Prince Ned Nwoko is inaugurated as senator in the 9th Senate!
On the 27th of April, 2019, 20 first class graduates were awarded the sum of 1 million Naira by Prince Ned Nwoko at the Convocation ceremony of Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Delta State.
The above is one of the Prince’s many philanthropic works geared toward encouraging the Nigerian teeming youths to pursue excellence in the area of academics and in every other endeavour they choose to pursue.
On the 27th of April, 2019, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Delta State awarded Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko with a Honourary Doctorate Degree. Below is the acceptance speech given by Prince Ned Nwoko on behalf of the recipients at the convocation ceremony:
The Vice Chancellor, management , staff and students of FUPRE, fellow award recipients ,it is an amazing moment in this outstanding University. On behalf of my co – recipients , I stand on the front row of history to accept this prestigious honour .
This is a life – long privilege given the lofty essence of University. The idea of the University is not just the treasure of learning and knowledge. It confers the finest toga of human prestige, dignity and self assurance. To be recognized by the University is a badge of honour, seal of approval, power of confidence, acclamation of competence and celebration of social distinction. Coming from the Federal University of petroluem resources, the first of its kind in Africa’s most populous nation, one can only bask in amazing glory. On the realm of self introspection, this award holds so much fascination to me. First of all, let me say that I am enamoured with education.I love education. So deeply.
My attachment is not by coincidence. It is driven by studied orientation and exposure. In the prime of youth , I travelled to London , England to behold a whole new world that would change my destiny forever. I returned from Britain to my fatherland in 1999 with the best of Western education culminating in a fulfilling legal career. I am truly happy and humbled to be Learned . I was elected member House of Representatives Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency between 1999-2003.
I qualified and practiced law in the best Environment known to mankind in terms of a society entrenched in democracy and rule of law and order. Where everything seems to work so perfectly.
My most cherished passion has always been human capital development through education. My core value is education driven by service and integrity. For decades , I have provided educational succour to thousands of students in secondary and tertiary institutions, deploying my God -given resources to ensure scholarships and grants , targeting both the brilliant and the indigent students as well as the vulnerable ones in Delta and other parts of Nigeria.
The crowning glory of my love for educational attainment is the proposed Science, Technology, Arts and Sports University ( STARS UNIVERSITY , located in my home town of Idumuje Ugboko, near Asaba the Delta state capital.
The STARS UNIVERSITY expected to begin academic activities in the next few months has a unique place as the first sports University in sub Saharan Africa. It also comes with the full compliments of a conventional University as it is poised to offer regular academic programmes.
Education is the master key to self actualization. To the young graduands at this auspicious convocation ceremony, take a deep breath. My dream is for you to excel as you embrace the world with strength defined by character and learning. I have a word for you. Maximize your potentials, check your attitudes and believe in yourself.
Remember that attitude is everything in life. Relax and listen carefully to these inspirational insights of living by American educator ,Charles Rozell Swindoll “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…. a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”
The moral lesson here is that you must choose your attitudes wisely. As you graduate out of school you are most likely to face the world with all it’s vulgarities . Nigeria may not catch your fancy anymore because of her enormous social, economic and political challenges. But as you rue over the parlous state of affairs and ponder over a seemingly uncertain future look up yourself in the mirror and say – Yes I can overcome. Do good, act against evil. Say no to crime , violence and self immolation.
Embrace the future with a positive mental and physical attitude . Go and make a mark. With your good education ,you have the latitude to effect a positive change in the society and impact your lives,your families, your generation.
As you join me and fellow awardees to savour the moment of this glorious event, I wish everyone a bright, colourful and progressive future. Thank you all.