Chief (Comrade) Sheriff Mulade is a man to emulate in all ramifications based on his development strides over the years. He is a man with great vision and a heart of gold. Because of his passion for both human and capital development, he established an NGO, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ which contributed in shaping his wealth of ideals and good will in providing the needed support and assistance to people of Delta State and beyond.
His support covers on Government, Kingdoms, Communities and individuals as well as on Education, scholarship, peace building and conflicts resolution in different aspect of life.
Take a glimpse of some of his support and assistance in general we have been following for years:
i] August 22 to September 1, 2008, CEPEJ, in partnership with the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), organized a capacity building workshop in the United States of America for selected youths and community leaders on non-violence approach to conflict resolution.
ii] In July 2nd and 3rd, 2009, CEPEJ organized a workshop in Warri and Ughelli Delta State, to sensitize and educate community youths on the environmental impacts and the dangers of pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering, as well as indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage channels.
iii] On February 26, 2010, CEPEJ convened a stakeholders’ conference in Warri Delta State on environmental safety in the Niger Delta Region.
iv] September 1 and 2, 2011, CEPEJ organized a national seminar on security tagged “Insecurity, a Threat to National Unity and Development: The Role of Stakeholders.” The seminar was held in Owerri the Imo State capital, with representatives of the Military, State Security Service, Police and other government agencies in attendance.
v] On the 12th of March, 2012, CEPEJ organized a seminar for practicing journalists on the role of the media in mitigating insecurity and environmental challenges in Nigeria. It was held at the NUJ Press Centre Warri, Delta State.
vi] On the 19th to 21st of September, 2012, CEPEJ organized a national summit and tours on the environment tagged “Lagos 2012” with a focus on “Reforming the Nigerian Environment.”
vii] In September 24th and 25th, 2013, CEPEJ organized a national seminar on flooding, coastal erosion and piracy in the Niger Delta Region, tagged “Bayelsa 2013.” The focus was on Eradicating Ecological Threats and Sea Piracy Challenges in Africa.”
viii] On the 8th of July, 2014, CEPEJ in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa-Ibom State Council organized a one-day enlightenment workshop on ethical media practice for journalists, at the NUJ Press Centre, Uyo the state capital.
ix] On the 6th and 7th of November, 2014, CEPEJ organized a peace and environment conference tagged “Ghana 2014” with a focus on the Challenges Confronting Oil & Gas Prospecting and Producing Countries in Africa, Nigeria as a Case Study. The conference took place at Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana. Stakeholders from Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries and the western world, attended the Accra conference.
x] In February 5, 2015, CEPEJ organized a one-day sensitization workshop for journalists covering the 2015 general elections in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, at the NUJ Press Centre, Benin City.
xi] On the 19th and 20th of November, 2015, CEPEJ organized an international peace and security conference tagged “Delta 2015” with a focus on ‘Peace and Security: A Panacea for Consolidating Democracy in West Africa. It took place at Nelrose Hotel, Asaba with stakeholders from Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia in attendance.
xii] In March 2016, CEPEJ inaugurated a community peace building network for Ekpan Community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. A capacity building programme on Early Warning Signals is currently on-going for members of the Peace-building Network.
xiii] On the 10th of November, 2016, CEPEJ organized an Africa Leadership and security Summit tagged “Abuja 2016” with a focus on Sustainable Democracy, Environment, Security and Development in Africa. It took place at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
xiv] In 2017, CEPEJ in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo state Council, Network on Good Governance, Partners for Peace and Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations, celebrated the International Day of Peace in Benin City, Edo state. It focused on Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
xv] On the 7th & 8th of November, 2017, CEPEJ organized its 8th annual Conference at University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, and tagged “EDO 2017. Its focus was on Security and Environment in the Niger Delta Region.
xvi] In its bid to enhance & encourage quality education in the riverine area of Delta State, with the primary aim of promoting Peaceful coexistence among Ijaw and Itsekiri’s in the area. Comrade Sheriff Mulade Initiated Peace & Unity Quiz and Essay Competitions among Secondary Schools in the riverine area of Warri South-West Constituency, Delta State. The Quiz and Essay Competitions were held at Kokodiagbene town hall on Thursday 23rd November, 2017.
xvii] On the 27th of February, 2018, CEPEJ organized a one-day enlightenment seminar at its Head Office in Ugolo-Okpe near Warri on the role of CSOs and the media in the promotion of sustainable environment in the Niger Delta Region. On the 1st of March, 2018, at the same venue, CEPEJ organized a one-day enlightenment seminar on the role of security agencies as development partners in the Niger Delta Region.
xviii] On June 5, 2017, CEPEJ in collaboration with Kokodiagbene Elders and Community Development Committee celebrated the World Environment Day tagged “Connecting the people to Nature, by carrying out public awareness campaign on clean environment and planting of coconut trees.
xix] From November 2017 to 2018, CEPEJ in collaboration with EGCDF organized a programme on Peacebuilding Process and Capacity building of Youth, Women and community leaders in 6 Flow-station Communities in Delta State. In the same period, CEPEJ organized a peace, Environment and Security Conference in Minna Niger State.
xx] From Nov. 2018 to Feb. 2019, CEPEJ in collaboration with Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta, PIND, organized a capacity building project for youths, women, security agents and men on peacebuilding and early warning signals at Gbokoda and Opuama Communities in Warri North LGA of Delta State.
xxi] In Feb and March 20019, CEPEJ carried out a school awareness campaign against cultism and other forms of violence in Primary and Secondary Schools in Uvwie and Okpe Council Areas of Delta State.
xxii] In July 2019, CEPEJ established a peace and environment club in selected communities and secondary schools in Bayelsa, Niger and Delta States. The club still functions till-date
xxiii] From Nov 2017 till-date, CEPEJ has been organizing educational Peace Building programmes in selected secondary schools in the three Warri LGAs. It has also been organizing sports competitions among the youths for peacebuilding in selected Ijaw and Itsekiri Communities of Delta state.
xxiv] On Sep 21, 2019, CEPEJ in collaboration with Search for Common Ground and Uvwie Improvement Development Union celebrated International Day of Peace in Uvwie LGA. Secondary School Students, Community Youths, Women Leaders and CSOs participated.
xxv] In April 2020, CEPEJ distributed palliatives to and sensitized community dwellers in Okpe, Warri and their environs on the dangers of Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to adhere to precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
xxvi] During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 CEPEJ under the directive of Chief Mulade, distributed palliatives and wash-hand/ sanitizers to various kingdoms and schools across Delta State, some Kingdoms that benefited are not limited to Itsekiri, Ogbe-Ijoh, Gbaramatu, Ewere, Okpe, etc and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
xxvii] Due to his magnanimity donated Boat to the Maritime University, Okerenkoko to ease transportation
xxviii] Under his directive CEPEJ rebrand and renovated sections of DBS Warri.
xxix] CEPEJ in 2020 built, furnished and donated the Delta State Intelligence Investigation Bureau (SIIB) Building to Area Command, Warri. The handover ceremony was in September 17th, 2020 and was witness by the Commissioner of Police CP Hafiz M. Inuwa and the Director General (DG) Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Abuja, Prof Bakut Tswah.
xxx] Support in resolving the Aladja –Ogbe-Ijoh crisis via Aladja/Ogbe-Ijoh Peace Vanguard.
xxxi] Chief Mulade Sheriff initiated the establishment of Kokodiagbene Secondary School with boarding facilities, which is the first boarding school in the Delta riverine area.
xxxii] He sponsored and supported several Bills in both the National and Delta State Assembly
The activities and development support by Chief (Comrade) Sheriff Mulade is endless, he is a blessing to Delta State, Niger-Delta and Nigeria in general we are proud of him
It is practically clear with all of these listed above and others not included on this article, it is shocking for any Government personnel or aid to speak negatively of a man of good will especially from Fred Oghenesibve Latimor Esq who has not contributed anything to his community. For Fred Oghenesibve Latimor Esq to speak ill of Chief Mulade because he appealed to Delta State Governor to include Marine Technology, Burutu, College of Education, Warri and Sinebe Grammar School, Bomadi to give a sense of belonging and equal right to Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities in the Delta State schools upgrade projects, is laughable.
It is observed that the request of Chief Mulade is not out of place because in earnest, the State does not have the requested field of academic learning suggested and appealed for by Chief Mulade.
It will be recalled that his request is for the Marine School of Technology, Burutu to be upgraded to University of Fisheries and Environmental Studies, Collage of Education, Warri to University of Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, Sinebe Teachers Training College, Bomadi to University of Youth Development while State School of Nursing Ufoama-Ughelli to University of Nursing and Midwifery, the upgrade of these institutions of learning will truly improve the educational prowess of the ethnic nationalities and the state in general. Therefore Mr Fred Latimor Esq should learn to emulate and encourage development rather than antagonizing for cheap political recognition by his principal.