A socio-cultural association, the Ijaw Consultative Forum (ICF), has hailed the traditional ruler of Arogbo Ijaw Kingdom, Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State, Pere Doubra Egbunu, for bestowing the title of Beleu-Koriwei (pathfinder), the highest traditional honour on Chief Bibopere Ajube, a former Niger Delta Freedom Fighter.
ICF Coordinator, Suffy Uguoji said the group is pleased with the recognition of Ajube’s contribution towards the development of the Arogbo Ijaw community in particular and the western fringe of the Niger Delta in general. The coordinator said Ajube is a prominent stakeholder in the Ondo South Senatorial District and a beacon of hope for the Arogbo Ijaw community.
Uguoji said: “Ajube is a direct descendant of the Perebiyenmoh dynasty of Arogbo kingdom. As such, he has been interested in the preservation of the traditional institution. But, he remains neutral in politics because he is not a member of any political party.
“In business, he has a lot of investments in the community that is giving employment to many of our youths. His investments span several sectors including hospitality, security, real estate and education. He is now a security expert; he helps the community to ward off hoodlums associated with kidnapping/ piracy and other vices in the creeks.
“The amnesty programme of the Federal Government empowered him and, in turn, he is now empowering thousands of people in the Arogbo-Ijaw community and larger Nigerian society. Chief Ajube has turned Agadagba Obon, the traditional headquarters of the Arogbo Ijaw community, into a modern city because of the concentration of his investments there.
“The place will soon become a tourist destination that will attract people from all over the world. The town is totally on water, but all the township roads are now tarred and motorable.
He is the brain behind Coastline University, the first proposed private university in Ondo South senatorial district. It has received the approval of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC). When it becomes operational, it will turn around the economy of the community by creating employment opportunities.”
The ICF coordinator said there was a crisis of succession in the community when the last traditional ruler died. Ajube, he added, assisted in ending the 16-year interregnum, and this led to the installation of the present monarch, the Opukutu III.His Royal Majesty,Pere Zacchaueus Doubts Egbunu, the Agadagba Of Arogbo Kingdom.