Over the year’s corruption have taken over the very fabric of the society in Warri Kingdom. The Itsekiri people have been factionalised along personal or group interest. The wealth of the people plundered by a very few that were supposed to represent the people. Some of these corrupt individuals have form a kind of mafia they termed ‘The Twelve Disciples’.
The twelve disciples use the ‘Kpenje’ tactics to milk the nation and oppress those that dare to question them. For those of you that are not familiar with the Kpenje principle, this is a simple strategy where a very few privileged people hold on to office, share the common wealth of the Itsekiri people among themselves, hand out peanuts to their bandwagons who they use to terrorise those Itsekiri that are bold enough to question them. They also employ iPad boys to intimidate, attack and blackmail their opponents online and sing undue praise to a failed system.
The younger generation sees these Kpenje kingpin as leaders due to the level of stolen wealth they command, the big houses they dwell in and the fleet of big and latest cars in their coffers. Most of these young once have choose to work as servant to earn a leaving instead of pursuing their education. To them they do not see the essence of education as the nation have lost dignity in labour.
At a point when we taught that we have got to the end of the tunnel and there is no going back, The Late Ogiame Atuwatse II nominate an Itsekiri man for the position of DESOPADEC director in the state. For those of us that knows and have had previous dealings with Eng. Victor Oritsetimeyin Wood, we did breathe a fresh air of relief as we saw his appointment as a light in the end of the tunnel.
A poll conducted yesterday in The Itsekiri Chat Group and Other Sources shows that 91% of Itsekiri believe that Eng. Victor Oritsetimeyin Wood will always put Itsekiri interest before personal or political interest. A total of 110 respondent took part in the poll, there was a 0.3 percent margin of error.
When the DESOPADEC budget is approved, we pray that all those that have looked up to Eng. Wood as a source of change, will have more reason to rejoice and see a true change in the culture of things in the kingdom.
Who is Engr. Victor Oritsetimeyin Wood?
Engineer Victor Oritsetimeyin Wood was born in Warri to Mr Francis Wood of Orugbo(Warri South LGA)/Ugbege(Warri North LGA)/Ghana and Madam Amoma Jemide of Jakpa/Oboghoro/Daleoketa (Warri North LGA)/Ekurede/Omadino(Warri South LGA)/ Ugborodo (Warri SW LGA). He attended St Andrews Pri Sch(now Mowoe Pri Sch); St John’s Primary School (now Ikengbuwa Pri Sch) and Cavegina Pri Sch, all in Warri, from 1969 -1974, the famous and prestigious Hussey College Warri, from 1974 – 1979 and passed the WASCE with Division 1 distinction(he set a WAEC record at Hussey College). He then proceeded to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1979 to read Chemical Engineering and graduated in 1984 with a BSc first class honours degree.
He did his NYSC service with the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, Aba from August 1984 to July 1985. Upon completion of the NYSC service, he was employed by NASCO Household Products Ltd Jos, a soap and detergent manufacturing company in the NASCO group, (from Aug 1985 to Nov 1989) and rose to the post of Head Quality Control. At NASCO Household, through his efforts and direction as Head Quality Control, the Company was able to obtain Nigerian Standard Organization’s accreditation of its QA/QC systems and processes, and approval to display the “NIS” mark of quality on all its products for the first time in its history.
He left to Join Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) as a Wellsite Petroleum Engnr in Dec 1989. Since then he has progressed and held several positions in the Well (Drilling) Engineering, Supply and Logistics and Contracting and Procurement Departments of SPDC, among which are Wellsite Operations Engr. Warehouse Supply, Shipping Supervisor, Head Supply Business Strategy, Planning and Performance Improvement, Drilling Supervisor, Drilling Engineer, Head Corporate Well Engineering Contracting, Head Corporate Well Eng Supply Chain Management; Head Well Engineering Technology, Head Well Eng Operation Support(covering Community, Security, Environment and logistics support to all SPDC drilling operations), Head Well Engineering Technical Expertise, Head Technical Assurance, Business Adviser, among others. He has also worked for Shell International in the UK, US and China and attended several professional and management courses which have built him up as Drilling Engineer and Manager par excellence. He is a qualified Professional Drilling Engineer with broad and versatile oil and gas industry experience.
He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Society of Engineers and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was still working in Shell as a Corporate Business Adviser (Wells) in Lagos when he was called up in August 2015 by Ogiame for the Itsekiri Nation because of his passion to see the development of Itsekiri through practical works to serve as one of Itsekiri representative on the Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
He was subsequently sworn-in on the 28th of August, 2015 as the Executive Director Planning Research and Statistics a position he still occupies to date. He is a passionate philanthropist and a dedicated and committed Itsekiri Patriot that have champion and support Itsekiri causes with a rare passion. He is a recipient of several awards/recognition from reputable Itsekiri Organizations – 2007 NAIG(National Association of Itsekiri Graduates) Merit Award, 2007 NAIS Merit Award, 2007 NAIS Uniben Merit Award, 2007 NAIS Uniport Merit Award.
There is no doubt that education is light. If we want a better future for our self and the upcoming generation, we must create an environment where our people will see the important of education and also understand that there is dignity in labour. When we involve more people with qualities like that of Eng. Wood in running our communities and institutions, Warri kingdom in no time will once again become an enviable place for everyone.