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The History Of Ozoro City Delta State

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Ozoro was a well kwnow city in delta state due to the polytechnic that was located along kwale road in Ozoro.

This history of Ozoro Community was bring together through research.
Set back and enjoy the history of ozoro.

Ozoro is the headquarters of the Isoko North Local Government Area, one of the two administrative units in the Isoko region of Delta State , southern Nigeria.
Ozoro had been incorrectly spelt ” Usoro ” in some older maps of Nigeria.

Believe
The Oral Tradition passed on to the present generation talks proudly of the descent and origin of Ozoro from “Aka or Edo nUbini” as the Great Benin Kingdom is fondly referred to its people.

HISTORY
Ozoro is said to have been founded by Opute who migrated with his wife Ozoro in the 7th Century from the shores of Igodomigodo or ancient Benin Kingdom to Isokoland in the Niger Delta Region.

This was during the reign of Ogiso Orrorro, the 7th Ogiso (King) of Great Benin Kingdom (600 – 618AD).
The ancestor and founding father of Ozoro, Opute, was a great warrior. He and his wife Ozoro migrated from Ancient Benin. Opute’s decision to leave his birth placed was forced on him by circumstances. There was trouble at home which made him a persona non grata. Oral tradition has it that Opute and Ogwaran were sons of the same father but from different mothers. Their mothers had a quarrel in the market place that resulted in a fight. Opute’s younger brother Okpe shut an arrow during the fight which mistakenly blinded Ogwaran’s mother.

Opute scared of the wrath and anger of his brother Ogwaran, a giant with legendary strength.

Before Ogwaran could return, Opute fled Benin Kingdom with his wife Ozoro, Okpe his younger brother, and his brothers from the same mother, namely; Odume, Osumiri, Ozormo, Etimi, Iselegwu and Obodogwa.

Ogwaran’s medicine man known as Obogelowo gave a hot pursuit to Opute and his brothers. On getting to Ologbo River, Obogelowo stopped the pursuit and returned to the land of Benin, he could not cross the river for fear of losing his magical powers.

Opute is said to have left the shores of Benin armed with a plethora of magical powers for victory in warfare and success in life endeavours. His father gave him a magical staff (“Usu”), the seed of a possession tree, and the replication/artifacts of his own deity.

In Opute’s flight from Benin, his magical “Usu” was put to use by him to test for a favourable place of settlement. In every likely place of settlement, he performed the ritual of thrusting the “Usu” into the ground and pulling it out.

If he successfully pulled it out, such a place was regarded as not suitable for settlement. After so many suns and moons in his journey of destiny, after crossing so many rivers and streams, subduing both attacking beasts and men, and testing many other places which the “Usu” rejected, he finally arrived upland in the heart of the Niger Delta. Here, he thrusts his “Usu” into the ground at the exact location where Eri-Okpe Community deity is housed today.

At this fortuitous spot, he could not pull the Usu off the ground as was the case in previous “unwanted” locations. The powers that followed, led and backed him, had chosen and approved his divine settlement! He planted the possession tree at this place to possess the land and he built a shrine for the ancestral deity on the same spot. His younger brother Okpe later became known as Eri-Okpe after the name of its high priest Okpe. As at today, the age-long family that produces the deity’s high priest is known and called the Okpe family or “Olua-Okpe”.
Opute gave birth to five sons, who settled in Uruto, Erovie, Etevie, Urude and Uruamudhu, in order, who fanned out and settled in star-fashion from Ala which represents the geographical and administrative center of Ozoro, in a manner very reminiscent of the present ring road in Benin City

About Politics and Government
As the administrative center for the local government, it houses the council offices. Ozoro is made up of five communities: Uruto , Erovie, Etevie ,
Urude , U ruamudhu
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The traditional ruler and custodian of the people’s customs and traditions is the Ovie . The Ovie is influential in isoko land in matters relating to Ozoro.
He is also a member of the state council of traditional rulers, which also provides him an additional platform for influence on statewide matters.

Main Economy
The main economic activity is food crop farming accompanied by some hunting. And the staple food crops include cassava and yams.
Women form a large proportion of the farming population.
They also engage in trade of food crops for cash to meet other basic household needs. On market days, Ozoro women can be seen selling assorted wares in the town market.
Cassava is the source of most of the food consumed by the Ozoro people. Garri , starch meal ( Ozi ) and Egu are cassava derivatives.

Education
Ozoro has several primary, secondary and post-secondary schools. Secondary institutions in Ozoro include Notre Dame College, Saint Joseph Teachers College and Anglican Grammar School (formerly a girls-only school called “Anglican Girls Grammar School”). Post-secondary institutions include the
Delta State Polytechnic , Ozoro.

Religion Belief the predominant religion in Ozoro is Christianity, many natives still practice pagan worship. This is evident in the several ancestral shrines that can still be seen in Ozoro. A critical appraisal of the belief system of the average Ozoro indegene will reveal a combination of both Christian and pagan leanings.

We also learnt Ozoro Is one of the most biggest community in isoko land both in terms of seize and population.

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Man Commits Suicide In Sapele Over Wife’s Infidelity

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 A 48 years old father of six, Felix Edore, has taken his life in Sapele, Delta State, after finding out that his wife of over l6 years was cheating on him.
Sources said the cab driver who shuttle between Abraka – Eku and Sapele took his life when he opted to drink Sniper on Friday night and was rushed to a private clinic in the Amukpe area of Sapele, where the doctors battled to save his life until he gave up on Saturday morning.

Residents described him as an easy going man, who was passionate about his job and had just bought a second hand car that he was using to play his route.
A neighbor who identified herself as Mama Rita told Vanguard that “Edore decided to end it all when he suspected that his wife was indulging in extra-marital affairs.
“The deceased was married to the wife and they have six kids, the man was always complaining of his wife infidelity and most times they would quarrel over it, and he was always saying he would kill himself because of her infidelity so that day we never knew he had bought a sniper insecticide and before we knew what was happening, he drank the insecticide in his car and people who saw him raised alarm, that was how we found out and people rushed him to the hospital, only to give up on Saturday”
A neighbor, who beg not to disclose her name, recalled how Edore drank the Sniper that evening without drawing suspicion “He came home that evening and was as usual very lively, he brought his car and was complaining about the radiator or so, it was when he left and came back that we learnt he had drank Sniper, I think he must have taken the insecticide inside the car”
The incident was reported at the Okirighwre Police Station, while relatives were said to have assisted in burying Edore’s body in his village, Kpokpogiri, along Warri – Sapele road.

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Two Injured As Ambulance Conveying Corpse Causes Multiple Accident In Ughelli

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There was pandemonium last Saturday at the Ohoror junction axis of East-West road in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State when an ambulance carrying a corpse for burial, was involved in multiple accidents.

The ambulance with registration number, Delta AA 232 TDU, was said to have been heading to Owerri in Imo State from Ughelli with the corpse when the driver of the ambulance lost control according to an eye witness at the scene of the accident.
Two children who were by the roadside sustained injuries during the accident involving three other vehicles.
However, the driver of the ambulance narrowly escaped mob action from sympathizers at the scene of the accident who blamed him for the crash after he was alleged to have lost control and rammed into a building by the roadside.
It took the timely intervention of a police officer from the Ughelli Police Area Command who rushed to the scene of the accident to rescue the driver from being lynched after the angry mob that had gathered had already started beating him.
Confirming the incident, a police source from the Ughelli Police Area Command said: “From investigations carried out at the scene of the accident, it appears the driver of the ambulance lost control due to break failure and rammed into a building leading to an accident involving three other cars.
“The driver had to be rescued and taken to the police station to avoid a mob action on him while the children injured during the accident, were also taken to the hospital for treatment.”

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Schools In Urhobo Communities Where Students Sit On Bare Floor To Learn

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Isherhe Primary School and Adagwe Grammar School in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State are places where pupils and students sit on the bare floor to learn despite provisions by the state ministries of Basic Education and Higher Education.

Founded in 1980, Adagwe Grammar School, located in Eruemukohwarien, plays host to hundreds of students from Ekrokpe and Ekakpamre communities while Ishwrhe Primary School, founded in 1929, accommodates pupils from Oviri, Orho-Agbarho and a host of other communities.
While Eruemukohwarien also plays host to the Transcorp Power Station, Beta Glass Company, the OML30 and 34 and a tank farm, known as the Ughelli Pumping Station, UPS, owned by ND-Western/Shoreline/NPDC joint ventures, Agbarho is the traditional headquarters of Agbarho Kingdom.
Similar to the Success Adegor story of the Okotie-Ebor Primary School, Sapele, who protested after being sent away from school for non-payment of school fees, students of both schools are forced to learn in ridiculous environment while using their thighs as table as others sprawl on the floor for their daily lessons.
The current Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who was Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, had, while responding to an Instrgram post by a youth corps member in May 2019 on the poor state of Adagwe Grammar School, affirmed the efforts of the state government to transform the physical infrastructure in schools in the state with a promise that the challenges of the school will be looked into soonest.
However, a visit to the school by Sunday Vanguard proved that the promised transformation of physical infrastructures in schools in the state by the Delta government is yet to get to the school as things are going from bad to worse.
At Ishwrhe Primary School, the pupils, who seem elated by the visit, were seen on the bare ground owing to the non-availability of furniture while others, who seemed lucky, were seen kneeling on the ground while using a makeshift table without a chair as their writing pad.
Lamentation
Though the Headmaster and Principal of the schools refused to comment on the level of infrastructural decay in the schools, the students lambasted Delta State government for being insensitive to their plight, with one of them lamenting, “Government refused taking care of our school because we are in a rural community.”
Amrore Faith, a 12-year-old JSS 1 student of the school, said: “Delta State government is not trying at all. We need chairs in our school. Our ceilings are not good. We don’t have boards to write on. We don’t have chairs to sit down to learn; we are pleading with the government to bring chairs.”
Okeoghene Thompson, an SSS 2 student, said: “We receive our tutorials while standing or sitting by the windows.”
On his part, Senior Perfect of the school, Atumrigho Matthew, said: “Since we have no chairs in our classes. We have to move to the empty laboratory and call in teachers to teach. Students find it difficult to cope with their studies because right from SSS 1 till now, we have not been taught a single practical.
“I am appealing to the state government and the Commissioner for Education to please come to our help by providing us chairs and enabling learning environment.”
N2, 500 furniture levy
Speaking on efforts taken so far to draw the attention of government to the school, the Parent Teacher Association, PTA, Chairman of the school, Prince Felix Ogbobore, said: “We have written severally to the local and state governments all to no avail.
“There was a time when a PTA meeting was called at the instance of the immediate past Principal, Mrs. Onome Polokor, and, in that meeting, it was resolved that every parent should pay the sum of N2,500 in order to construct desks but the Principal refused, claiming that she needed to formally inform the state government first.
“After a while, she told parents that the state government had turned down the proposal of the N2, 500 levy, saying it was illegal to levy parents.
“She told us that government will do the needful by supplying desks to the school, but for the past five years, nothing has been done and we have not heard from government and that Principal has left the school now.
Govt. accuses communities
Contacted, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, while accusing the host communities of failing to maintain and manage furniture provided for learning in schools in Delta, warned them to use government properties properly.
He said: “Go to the schools and see how many chairs are being destroyed and ask what is destroying these chairs?
“But we have just given four awards for the supply of chairs again and we have done the needs’ assessment and already know how many schools that do not have.
“We have done our own manual of going round all the primary and secondary schools in the state to do the needs’ assessment and that is how we are going to intervene.
“So, we have awarded the contract for chairs for schools in the South, Central and North senatorial districts, then Warri and the state capital and any moment from now they will begin to come out and we embark on the needed intervention.”

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