• As Urhobo students bid farewell to Comrade Oshare Christian
  • Hands over to Comrade Ememoh and Ofigho
  • Receives dual award for excellent service from NUUS and NUUS stakeholders
  • Thanks executives, stakeholders, sponsors and the community for successful administration
  • Recommended for National NUUS service by stakeholders

In the administration of Urhobo cultural affairs in the Niger Delta University from 2009 when it was constituted till date, the Urhobo leadership has faced huge financial lack issues, membership, administration, publicity and leadership commitment problems. From Onome (2010) to Agbuke Clever (2011), Michael (2012), Anugbe (2013), Omovwerha (2014), Onomine (2015), Onom Goma (2016/2017), the chapter leadership has never had it so good like the administration of Comr. Oshare Christian. Oshare took NUUS NDU Chapter to greater heights with better publicity outlook, financial gains, better bursary payments amongst other benefits.

In this exclusive interview however, we attempt to elicit vital information from Comrade Oshare on his administration, the challenges faced, how he surmounted them and his recommendations for the new administration.

Introduction

Okay, Comrade Oshare, well done for the job you have done so far. In fact, NUUS will be forever grateful for all you have done because right from the administration of Onome when NUUS activities were thoroughly established till date, your administration has been very significant, bringing to bear, policies that has made the Union to move upward. So please, before we give you any direct question, can you please come up with …, maybe introduce yourself to the house?

Oshare:

Comr. Oshare Christian (aka. Mr. Capacity)

Thank you very much. My name is Oshare Christian, the immediate past president of the National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS), NDU Chapter (2017/2018) and by God’s grace I just handed over to the administration of Comrade Andrew Ememoh.

Question:

What are your achievements that you can boast of as a former president of NUUS?

Oshare:

Well, it has not been easy all these while. It was a public knowledge that during my administration, Unionism was banned; hence, talking of achievements would not have been the right question at this time. Nevertheless, we were able to accomplish one or two things in the scheme of things. Despite the ban, we were able to hold our year one welcome party, we also started the Union t-shirt, aimed to sell NUUS to the world. During the DESOPADEC Bursary, we were able to move around to ensure that many of our students receive the Bursary. Recall that not many students have been receiving bursary during this time. However, because we held meetings, made incessant calls, deliberated on the issue, the payment became one of my stronghold as many Urhobo students received the 2018/2019 DESOPADEC Bursary. Again, we were also able to discuss the establishment of a secretariat for the union through stakeholders’ collaborations. As at now, all plans have been concluded and the secretariat is under construction and it is my hope that the Andrew Ememoh leadership will complete it. We were also able to review the NUUS constitution amongst others. Finally, we handed over N20,000 to the new administration. This was in spite of challenges of financial want.

Again, as a NUUS president, I was able to vibrate and represent the Urhobo people in the best possible way I can.

Question:

Is there anyone you wish to thank for your success so far?

Oshare:

Yes. There are a whole lot of persons. As a matter of fact, the contributions of these persons are so significant that without them, I would have failed woefully. In the ranks of my executives, I want to thank Comr. Victor my Vice President, Comr. Onos Ofigo (Secretary), Comr. Emmanuel (PRO), Comr. Ejiro Agaga (Treasurer), Comr. Andrew Ememoh (DOS), Comr. Joy (DOW), Comr. Obes (Provost), Comr. Oghenetega (ASG) and all my SAs for their commitment. It would not gotten here without your support. Oshare appreciates you all.

Within the teaching ranks in the Niger Delta University and beyond, I want to thank Dr. J. E. Maciver, for his fatherly, financial and moral support. He has always been there. I want to thank Prof. Ogaga Okuyade, Prof. Chris Akpotu, Dr. Kenneth Eni amongst others for their support all through. It is through that these are the stronghold of NUUS in the NDU.

I want to thank all stakeholders, persons like Comr. Michael Oghenenyoreme, for his role in finance, encouragement, decision making and brainstorming in clearing paths for the success of my administration. I thank King Daniel Ipogi (a NUUS brother from another mother) for his role play. In fact, he is a brother born in times of distress. I thank my national president, Hon. Comr. Dennis Oboje, UPU President, Snr. Comr. Loius Anidi and Ramson Onoyake for all their role play throughout my administration.

Special appreciation to the Hon. himself, Hon. Miebi Albert for his role in the affairs of the National Union of Urhobo progress. Never in the history of Unionism have we seen a man from a different culture support that of others. It is with utter dismay that I saw him support us massively. My Hon., may your days be long. When you call, be rest assured that the Urhobo house will respond.

Question:

Okay, that is a whole lot of persons there. But I also want to ask, in any administration, there are challenges and benefits. Before you became the president, what were you expecting?

Oshare:

Thank you very much sir. When I was contesting, I was aware that there are so many challenges in NUUS. And I also thought and sat down and I said ok, there is no fund in the Union, I have to consult, sit with stakeholders, we started looking out for activities right from then, planned visiting some leaders who will assist our union and by God’s grace, so far so good, we have been able to write series of letters. Although, some leaders did not respond, some attended to our letters and some funds were raised.

Question:

Alright, let me come up straight, can you come up with one or two challenge(s) your administration encountered?

Oshare:

One of the basic challenges is finance. But based on my pro-activeness, I was able to manage the situation. Although, I was also able to surmount the financial issues with my personal funds, many leaders and stakeholders aided us in meeting up with basic financial needs of NUUS.

Question:

Okay, then that finance was an issue, how did you surmount the challenges? Or did you just leave issues as they are? What did you do about it?

Oshare:

Thank you very much. If you are asking me that how did I go about it, the answer will not be very difficult to answer. It was first and foremost by the grace of God. We are not selling dues. We appealed to members to buy dues, but response rate was weak. I personally as the president, I called my excos and told them the issues on ground. In any union, finance is needed, and there was no money handed over to us to meet up. So, I personally donated some money together with my excos and we started piloting the affairs of the house. From there, we wrote to several comrades, the stakeholders community, Snr. Comrade Michael, Comrade Onos Goma and others who assisted us financially.

Question:

Okay, thank you very much. Now that you have handed over, what are the prospects ahead you see in NUUS?

Oshare:

Thank you very much. Now that I have handed over, by God’s grace, I was able to attain basic achievements. I believe that my successor, Comrade Andrew Ememoh will lead the house effectively, and also want the public and the NUUS body that I personally will assist the house in any way I can to see this house is well known and developed.

Question:

Do you think that the executives you handed over to will be able to mount the NUUS leadership position?

Oshare:

Yes, yes. Leadership is not a day’s job. You have to pass through series of administrative processes. Even before I was able to achieve my aims, I thought I could not make it. But I encouraged myself that I will make it, no matter what. I believe my successor, Comrade Andrew Ememoh will also do more than me if stakeholders supports him and is also determined to do more than what I did. So, I believe in him.

Question:

What about the executive configuration? Because in NUUS, if the executive is not strong enough, it is very likely that the house will face challenges and the president may fail. How do you see the composition of the executive?

Oshare:

Thank you very much for that question. This is one question I have been anticipating from you because there are a lot of executive challenges. For me, I saw it that even if it was only one executive that is ready to work, I will work with him. Many of my executive members tried. But others won’t even come to meetings, won’t brainstorm with us. But so far so good, I was able to manage the atmosphere within the executives and made things work out well.

Question:

Thank you sir. But one thing I have come to notice is that Urhobo parents, talking of parents at home from Ughelli to other Urhobo communities, they do not support Urhobo activities in school. Did you experience this type of challenge?

Oshare:

Yes, yes, yes. Of course I experienced this type of challenge. There was a time we tried to educate students about Urhobo activities in school. I saw an Urhobo girl with her parent and I tried to talk to her. The parent said “no o, I sent my child to the school to learn o”. But I do not think coming to a university should be restricted to learning. A student should be able to socialize and learn some of these things. It helps a lot. If the parents are not supporting us, there is no way the house can move forward. I am also appealing to the general public to assist the union to ensure that we grow. It is a homage to where you grew up from.

Question:

What is the appreciative level from the house so far have you received? Many union members would believe that the only executive function is to embezzle funds. Have you come across such persons? Or do you see the Urhobo house as appreciative house who appreciate your efforts?

Oshare:

Thank you very much. As regards the appreciation issue, the Urhobo students never even wanted me to hand over. They said based on my capacity and pro-activeness, I should continue. But I said that cannot be possible as my tenure is just one. And me too, I appreciate them for their kindness, encouragements and support.

Question:

Okay. Thank you very much for your time so far. So, what word do you have for the general public?

Oshare:

I just want to advise the Urhobo students to be diligent in what they are dong. Focus on their studies and be supportive to NUUS. Urhobo students should be involved in NUUS activities to build their capacities. It is from this struggle that most students learn speaking skills, learn the urhobo language more, especially those born outside Urhobo land and could not speak the language. Also, pray for life, pray for grace, be committed to your life plans and success will come.

Conclusion

Thank you very much comrade Oshare Christian. It has been wonderful having you. May God almighty bless and grant you long life, wisdom, grace, wealth and all your heart desires. NUUS, NDU Chapter loves you and as you go up to the National Level, we recommend your services in strong terms to them. Let them test you and understand what quality representation is.

NB: Comrade Oshare Christian is the President of the National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS) Niger Delta University Chapter (2017/2018). The stakeholders of NUUS, NDU Chapter hereby title him “The Ayangbahwagba I of Urhobo kingdom”.

 

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