Group moves to revamp Sapele, schedules reunion meet for September 

A non-political, socio-cultural group, the Sapele Memories and Development Foundation, has scheduled its maiden reunion meeting for September, in a move to revamp the vibrancy of the ancient town. 

Apart from those currently living in Sapele, Delta state, the group is also made up of hundreds of people who are indigenes of Sapele and many non-indigenes who have had any reason to have lived, permanently resided or worked in the coastal town. 

Chairman of the publicity sub-committee of the Foundation, Mr Godwin Dudu-Orumen in a press statement, Thursday, said “the planned weeklong activity is spiced with activities designed to awaken the zeal and zest of the people of the town to the need to rally for the rehabilitation and development of the town.”  

Dudu-Orumen said, “apart from sessions on the investment potentials of the town, sessions like boat regatta, games, ensemble of diverse cultural shows as well as talk shows are scheduled to feature as well as a social night of old school music as it was in the Sapele of yore.

“We are definitely going to stage a fruitful and successful week of activities to revamp the memories of all to the good old days of Sapele and the need to revamp the town to not just its old glory but to greater heights of progress, prosperity and economic development.”

Continuing, he asked: “We all recall what Sapele meant to the economy of the old Midwest and Bendel states. What happened to that envious status of the town? Where are the industries and related businesses that make Sapele tick many years ago? Why are the ever vibrant youths of Sapele of yore no longer identifying with the place?

“We have PHCN facilities in Sapele; yet there is never public power in Sapele. Why is this so? Just why is everybody that should help keeping quiet and preferring to live with the problems; thus causing more poverty in the land? These are issues among others that we intend to address beginning from our first reunion meeting come September.”