Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

MEET THE PRESIDENT, IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL -IYC WORLDWIDE

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BARRISTER ERIC OMARE,

 

Eric Omare, Esq was born at Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State. After his primary and post primary education in Warri, Delta State, he had his legal training in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree as one of the best graduating students with Upper Division, Second Class from the Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria in 2004.

He then proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja where he completed his one year compulsory training and again came out with Upper Division, Second Class in the Bar Final examinations for his Barrister-at-Law (BL) qualification and called to the Nigerian Bar in November, 2006.

In January 2009, because of his urge for further knowledge and to prepare himself for future challenges he proceeded to the United Kingdom, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Law and Sustainable Development (Environmental Law) from the University of Aberdeen, one of the most prestigious universities in the UK with specialism in the environmental, oil & gas issues.

A man with an eye for the future, he is currently a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate.

Eric Omare has been in active legal practice since his call to bar and is currently the principal counsel in the law firm of E. K. Omare and company based in Warri, Delta State.

 

ERIC OMARE AND THE IJAW LIBERATION STRUGGLE

  • Eric Omare is a product of the Ijaw struggle for self -determination and resource control.

He has being in the Ijaw struggle since he was a teenager at the start of the Ijaw struggle against political oppression and suppression in Warri. Though, he was very young at that time, but was deeply involved especially in the area of preparing press statements on behalf of different Ijaw groups.

He has been a front line advocate and crusader for the neglected and criminally marginalized people of the Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaw race for the past two decades.

Eric Omare was known right from his university days as a true emblem of Ijaw student’s unionism and has since demonstrated that to the admiration of all.

Between 1999/2000, he was the National Secretary of the National Union of Ijaw Students (NUIS, National Secretariat).

After his tenure as the National Secretary, he offered himself as forerunner of both Ijaw Students of University of Benin and Ijaw students from other higher institutions across the country.

Hence, he was conferred with Award of Excellence in Student Unionism in recognition of his contribution to Izon Development by the National Union of Izon-Ebe Students (NUIS), Uniben Chapter in 2003.

Even while he was out of the shores of Nigeria, Eric Omare did not abandon the Niger Delta struggle.

In response to the military bombardment of Ijaw Communities in 2009, he founded the NIGER-DELTANS IN DIASPORA MOVEMENT (NDDM) to mobilised Niger-Deltans and Ijaws in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe to petition and protest against the acts of genocide against the defenceless and oppressed Ijaw people by the late President Yar’Adua led administration to the Secretary General, United Nations (UN), the British Prime Minister and President of America.

As spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide from March 2014 till March 2017 that he emerged as the 7th president elect of the Ijaw Youth Council, Eric Omare has built upon the work of his predecessors and permanently put IYC in the forefront of national discourse.

Simple goggle check on his name will lead you to more than three thousands statements, interviews and communiqués in defence of the Ijaw and Niger Delta interest.

His statements and interviews on behalf of the IYC are published and aired all over the world including the leading international media organizations such as BBC, Voice of America, Voice of Germany, Radio France International, Aljazeera, Reuters, Washington Times, etc.

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