A two-day health awareness campaign and leadership seminar has ended in Ode-Ugborodo community, Warri South West local government area of Delta State with a call on the people to imbibe a culture of living a healthy life.
The Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Community Development, Dr Andrew Igban who made the call at the well attended events organized by a non governmental organization, “Eric Igban Foundation”, in collaboration with Ugborodo Graduates Association, said every health related issues must be of great concern to the people.
The health awareness campaign and leadership seminar were part of a week long activities of the Foundation in memory of a great youth leader in the community, Engr Eric Igban who died in the struggle for due attention, recognition and development of Ugborodo community.
Dr Igban, a younger brother to Eric and President of the Foundation, said the dream of the pragmatic youth leader for an egalitarian Ugborodo can never die, hence the sustained efforts on issues that promote socio-cultural, political and economic growth of the people which were his focus when he was alive.
He emphasized that the health awareness campaign was to encourage the people on healthy living, stressing that “Health is Wealth”, and commended the enthusiasm shown by the people all through the program.
The health awareness campaign which recorded massive turnout of people even from neighboring communities, featured free medical services, provided by a team of medical personnel gathered for the exercise, including consultations, diagnosis and treatments.
On the leadership seminar, the Executive Assistant to the Governor stated that the people must be given direction on the best way to achieve a greater Ugborodo, stressing that both the leaders and followers have their respective roles towards peace, process and development of the community.
Dr Igban maintained that poor leadership and follower-ship has been a bane in the society, noting that the challenge poses a huge set back in the development of communities across the state.
He said the Eric Igban Foundation has won many local and international awards in its efforts to change the narratives and would continue to create enabling environment for future generations.
Discussants at the seminar, including Mr Joseph Uwawah, Tuasor Omatseye, Laju Victor, Hon. Anino Ajamigboaghan, Tuoyo Ojogor and Tony Okotie, attributed underdevelopment in many societies to leadership failure and called for concerted efforts towards addressing the problem.
There was a talk on entrepreneurial skill where participants were encouraged to develop themselves to be self reliance with promise of needed support from Eric Igban Foundation.
Resource persons and participants at both events commended the Foundation for its commitments to raising standard of living in Ugborodo, describing the efforts as worthy of emulation.
Certificates of participation and appreciation were presented at the events, which also featured exchange of gifts and other awards.
In attendance at the auspicious occasion were several dignitaries, including the leader of the Legislative arm, Warri South West local government, Hon Gabriel Ojegbe, SSA to the Governor, Hon Eric Mene, Hon Tsola Wilkie, Franklin Igban, Christopher Igban, Geoffrey Uyebi among others.