Glam & Essence
One of Delta State’s billionaire sons,Ned Nwoko,who is a Prince of Idumuje-Igboko has warmed himself into the hearts of his people on account of his selfless service to humanity and his desire to develop his community.
This is on the strength of his love for his people in Idumuje-Igboko.For this reason has he invested heavily in his hometown.
Presently he is building a sports university in Idumuje-Igboko, Delta State known as Stars University,designed to boost sports education in the state in particular,being one of the critical areas in the nation’s economic development. The Stars University ,which is the acronym for Sports Technology and Arts University will offer professional first degree certificate in sports-related fields.
Upon its completion,the multi-million dollar project will boast of a three-floor academic building, top-scale art library, medical centres, Olympic-size swimming pool, and standard pitches for football, hockey and baseball. The university will also have a five-star hotel.
Also being constructed is a golf course known as Ned Nwoko Golf Classic in Idumuje-Ugboko, Delta State.
Prince Ned Nwoko who represented Aniocha North-South and Oshimili North-South in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 did not stop there,as over a hundred university students are currently benefitting from his scholarship scheme. Last year alone, he spent over N600 million on scholarships for students in universities in Nigeria and abroad.
He equally spent N100 million to construct the four-kilometer Onicha Ugbo/Idumuje Ugboko road and spent over N30 million on medical bills for those afflicted with different ailments.
The British-trained lawyer who began his legal career as a prosecutor for the crown and qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales worked at Kumars Solicitors and Pascaldiers & Co Solicitors before establishing Ned Nwoko & Co Solicitors in London. He returned to Nigeria to continue with his career.
But all of these fears of his wasn’t achieved on a platter of gold,but more as a result of hard work, doggedness and perseverance.
Despite all if this fears ab humanitarian gestures,there seems to be a campaign of calumny being ochestrated against Ned Nwoko.Some people are perpetrating a story that he forcefully took over hectares of land belonging to peasant farmers in his community for his golf course project without adequately compensating them. According to Ned,” this is unfounded and a tissue of lies”. He added that he has the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of the said land and compensated all the farmers that had crops on the land,insisting that he was willing to compensate any other persons who have genuine claims.
According to him,
“The issue is not about the golf course, it is about some criminals who killed two people, injured over 100 defenseless people, and destroyed their homes and properties. They are currently facing various criminal charges in Federal High Court, Abuja after thorough investigations by the police and the human rights commission.”