Esan Akugbe For Good Leadership , a pan Esan socio- cultural and non partisan pressure outfit, was birthed by an idea conceived and hatched by Shaba Mien Mien.
Driven by a desire to bring Esans together under one umbrella; committed to expanding the frontiers of development in Esanland and powered by a passion for the general wellbeing of people of Esan extraction, Shaba Mien Mien reached out to a few like-minded colleagues and brought into being this group that is making giant strides in the annals of socio-cultural engagements.
Before this group came into existence, Shaba Mien Mien had released a ground breaking Esan music– called ” Esan Unity Anthem” It was an instant hit as it swept through the airwaves across the globe, thus becoming something of a redemption and unifying song for Esan people.
To make the group a truly pan Esan socio-cultural architecture, Shaba Mien stretched his hands to colleagues across continents– Europe, North America , Asia and down here in Nigeria to join him in the onerous task of forging a formidable bond for the greatness of Esanland.
Today, the group boasts of robust membership that cuts across all fields of human strivings.
The success of his Esan Unity Anthem was a precursor to the birthing of Esan Akugbe Group.
The philosophy underpinning the group is wrapped up in the following objectives
1. To bring good governance and good leadership to Esan land
2. To bring development to Esan land
3. To foster unity among Esan sons and daughters
4. To change the political narrative that will be of Esan people interest
5. To encourage Esan sons and daughters in the diaspora to invest in Esan land
6. To open up the Economic viability of Esan land to the world
7. To influence both state and Federal government to develop Esanland.
Since it was established in October 2021, the group has been profoundly effective in driving its aims and Objectives.
Here are some examples.
Concerned about the situation in Ambrose Alli University, the group set up a Mediation Committee to seek ways wherein peace and academic activities return to normalcy. The committee held conversations with all aggrieved parties– the Unions, Management and then the Ag Vice Chancellor. A report was produced and now being studied by concerned parties.
The Hausa market at Ujoelen junction, by the highway, that was blocking free flow of flood water also caught the attention of the group. This was promptly addressed.
And ahead of the 2023 general elections, Esan Akugbe For Good Leadership has engaged close to 98% of political aspirants and candidates wherein they were made to answer questions on what they can do for Esanland if elected.
This is the first of its kind.
Added to this is that there is projects verification Committee which is charged with ascertaining the veracity or otherwise of the claims made by public office holders/ lawmakers representating Edo Central.
The Group has also had cause to invite the Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, to speak on the situations in AAU and College of Education, Igueben
It is indeed refreshing that a group that took off in October 2021 is breaking new grounds in areas never before explored and attempted by other bodies.
The Forum will be formally inaugurated on September 24 2022 at the Esan West Local Government Council Hall at 11AM prompt
The event will also be used to give awards to prominent Esan persons who have made meaningful contributions to the development of Esanland.