The mouthpiece of Ika ethnic nationality, Onu Ika Nigeria, has presented cheques to victims of Osadebe Gas Plant explosion which occurred on January 22 this year. The event took place on Wednesday, June 2 at Onu Ika Secretariat in Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.
Speaking before the presentation of cheques to the fire victims, the Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr Daniel Usifoh announced that a total of twenty million, one hundred and ninety-one thousand and four hundred naira(#20,191, 400) was realized by his group for the victims through donations from both Ika and non Ika indigenes.
He noted that he was overwhelmed with joy with the level of cooperation and the show of love from the donors, stressing that he has not seen such commitment and love since in his life.
He disclosed that outside the properties that were destroyed in the fire incident, twenty-six persons were bodily affected. And that only six out of the twenty-six persons survived.
He added that out of the #20,191,400 amount that was realized from the donations, #13,700,000 was used in the treatment of the victims who were bodily affected and whose medical bills were high, declaring that the remaining amount was for eighteen identified victims whose properties were destroyed.
Usifoh, flanked by his Onu Ika members stated that the group is not an arm of government but, a humanitarian group whose major concern is for the growth and development of Ika land. He posited that the cheques were given to the victims according to the level of their damages.
He expressed gratitude to the donors for the selfless service to humanity and the society at large. He prayed God to bless them and members of their families.
He also thanked the Dr Samuel Idiaghe Committee set up by Onu Ika Nigeria with the mandate of working out modalities on how to effectively share the donated funds among the fire victims, for a job well done. He said that the tireless efforts of the committee members despite their busy schedules made the process a huge success.
Speaking further, Usifoh stated that members of Onu Ika will not be left out as their support for him and the Idiaghe committee members was great.
He commiserated with families who lost their loved ones in the fire incident even as he prayed for the quick recovery of the victims who are still undergoing medical treatments. While appreciating Ika people for the confidence reposed in them, he prayed that such a disaster will never happen again in Ika Land. He stated that copies of the Onu Ika Nigeria report will be circulated both in print and online media for all to see, particularly for those who rather than commend Onu Ika Nigeria for doing a good job are spreading rumors that the funds have been siphoned.
On his part, Dr Samuel Idiaghe expressed joy over the commitment of his committee members towards the task of coming up with a very good report, noting that he is very proud of them. He commended Onu Ika Nigeria for the implicit trust in him and members of his committee, assuring that he will not hesitate to accept any future offer to serve Ika nation.
Mr Monday Osadume and Mrs Theresa Okoh who spoke on behalf of the fire victims thanked Onu Ika Nigeria for the humanitarian work and wish them God’s continued guidance and blessings.
From left: Dr. Samuel Idiaghe, Daniel Usifoh, Chief Elder John Ehikwe & Chief Dr Onyekpeze