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Oronto Douglas Made Me Most Documented President –Jonathan

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 1:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma (Yenagoa) and Chesa Chesa (Abuja)

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged youths in the country to emulate the worthy qualities of late Niger Delta environmental rights activist, Oronto Natei Douglas.

Speaking at a commendation service which was held for Douglas at the St.Peters Anglican Church, Ovom,Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Jonathan described him as a strong-willed foremost Ijaw youth leader who worked tirelessly until his death.

Douglas, who died at 48 on April 9, co-founded, among other civic groups, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) and was the architect of the formation of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) as well as the crafting of the famous Kaiama Declaration.

The environmental lawyer last served as the Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy to Jonathan.

In a brief tribute at the commendation service, the President remarked that the late Douglas had left a legacy of service for the younger ones to emulate, stressing that the measure of his hard work was unparralled.

Jonathan said that until his last day on earth, Douglas was still working to document all activities of the present administration, making him the most documented President ever in the country.

“Until his last moment, when I visited after he came back from his last medical trip abroad, he still wants to continue with his work.

“He was telling me his plans to document more works. Am sure because of Oronto, I am the most documented president in the country. I will greatly miss him’’, he said.

In his remark, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, extolled the selfless life Oronto lived and promised that the legacies he left behind would not be allowed to die, as he further pledged to establish a library in his memory.

Governor Seriaki who said the experience and vast contacts of Douglas Oronto will be greatly missed, called on well meaning Nigerians to rally round the Oronto family to ensure that they do not suffer.

The Governor therefore offered scholarship to Oronto’s two children up to university level as a token of appreciation of his life of service to the people of Bayelsa state.