The Oworo Institute, an intellectual and non-political group has
appointed Elder TOS Orugbami Mni, to serve as the Chairman of its
Board of Trustees.
Elder Orungbami’s appointment was ratified at the second Faculty
Meeting of the Institute held on the 12th January, 2020.
The Institute also confirmed the appointments of seven others as
members of its BOT.
Those confirmed are Chief Hammid Taju, DCB Solomon Ibrahim OON,
Chief Aiyedogbon Berida, Alhaji Oladejo Ehimony, Mrs Alice
Onimode, Chief Mrs Bose Naomi Musa, and Elder Ade Anlemi, while
the Olu of Oworo, Alhaji Mohammed Baiyerohin, will function as the
Grand Patron of the group.
The Executive Secretary of the Institute, Mr. Kolade Umoru, said the
appointments were made on the strength of age, wisdom, community
leadership, high moral values and public service experiences of the
Mr. Umoru also said the idea of the Institute was conceived to enhance
the struggle of the Oworo nation for economic and political space within
the context of Kogi State and Nigeria, given the people’s antecedents of
poor access to economic and political power blocs despite their
enormous natural and resilient Human Resources.
He added that members of the Oworo Institute are progressives and
vibrant Oworos at home and diaspora that were carefully selected to inform, collect, analyse and interpret events and developments of the
Oworo people for the purpose of advocating issues of development,
embarking on programmes that will create a forum for mutual exchange
of ideas, promotion of unity and progress of Oworoland and its heritage,
Other objectives according to him are to coordinate and liaise with
organisations for sustainable development in Oworoland, to educate and
raise awareness, to train people in order to improve their quality of life,
and to foster peace, unity, love and progress amongst communities in
Oworoland amongst other objectives.
The Executive Secretary said that the Faculty meeting of the group also
resolved that the agenda for the first quarter of 2020 shall be more of
advocacy about the Vision, Mission and Core values of the Institute and
that it has designed an event to be held soon to herald its coming into being.