• Cultism has never taken anyone anywhere
  • Where you are should not limit your progress
  • The Ijaws and the Urhobos have… become a bunch of broom


The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo have stated that he is overwhelmed with joy and “intoxicated” whenever he finds himself in the midst of young scholars. The Deputy Governor stated this while addressing the executives, stakeholders and members of the National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS), NDU Chapter who visited the Deputy Governor Tuesday 30th November, 2021 in his office in Government House.

Left to right: Patron, Michael Oghenenyoreme; Oniemo, Anita E.; Deputy Governor, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor and NUUS President, Onomirhoro Marvellous

Present in the meeting was the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, Commissioner for Education Hon. Gentle Imelah, Senior Special Assistants and other top government functionaries. Also present was the Ajuwe of the Urhobo students, Comr. Onomirhoro Marvellous, the Patron of NUUS (NDU Chapter), Comr. Michael Oghenenyoreme, former presidents, Comr. Christian Oshare and Comr. Andrew Ememoh, the Oniemo of the house, NUUS executives and members of the house.

Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor addressing NUUS, NDU Chapter

Senator Ehwrudjakpor who sounded like a pure fatherly figure with in-depth and sound knowledge of the fatherly role lavished almost 30 minutes admonishing the Urhobo students on the need to stay true to one’s identity. The Deputy Governor decried instances where students deny themselves of their identities whence they go out into foreign spaces. The Deputy governor also urged the students to stay away from cultism and social vices that will truncate their academics, get fully registered with their respective faculties and endeavour to come out with good grades.

While observing the national anthem

Lawrence hinted that cultism has never taken anyone anywhere, rather, it only add fear to your life all through as you find it hard to walk freely everywhere. The Senator was very emphatic on the issue of cultism and repeatedly appealed to the students to stay away from it, citing that many who may introduce students to cultism never introduce their brothers and children. He alluded to a pastor who is on a miraculous spree but none of his family members is in his congregation. If however, cultism is a good thing, anyone pushing you to be part of it would first introduce their families.

Patron, presenting kolanut

Where you are should not determine/limit your progress, provided you align with the dictates and laws of a place, you can always excel in whatever you do the Deputy Governor added.

NUUS president presenting address

Lawrence also emphasized that the Ijaws and the Urhobos have between the stretch of time become a bunch of broom by virtue of close relations and deeply interwoven affairs. Very few Bayelsans goes without a distant paternal or maternal affiliation to the Urhobos and so does many Urhobos have blood affiliation with the Ijaws.

Comr. Christian Oshare and a cross session of NUUS

Senator Lawrence expresses satisfaction with the National Union of Urhobo Students and pledge his support to the affairs of the house.

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Jessey Oyavwiri and a cross session of the NUUS

The president signing the attendance register

Oniemo Anita Ekwarieme Introducing herself

Full session of NUUS and government functionaries

Michael Oghenenyoreme and Andrew Ememoh

The president and Oniemo

Secretary of NUUS

Sen. Lawrence E. award display

Award presentation

A cross session of NUUS delegates