To Miss Oghenerobo Eboe-Ogoro Stellino, a 100 Level student undergraduate of the Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, Faculty of Arts, University of Benin, UNIBEN, Edo state who is the star prize car winner of 2015 Delta Trade Expo with ticket number 028738, her life just began on the 25th of May when the key and papers of her car were handed over to her by the state Commissioner for Commerce, Dr Chris Ekiyor in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Eboe-Ogoro who is in her mid twenties, hails from Isoko in Delta state but resident in Benin City as a student who just entered the University before luck came her way after buying a N200 raffle ticket in Asaba during the 2015 Delta Trade Fair with its theme: “Delta Beyond Oil”, which had as its first winner a brand new car, second winner a refrigerator, the third a Plasma television and other consolation prizes won at the end of the fair.
She told Friday Magazine in an interview that she just out of her little pocket money given to her for the school pursuit purchased a ticket with two hundred naira only.
According to her, “Having forgotten the ticket I purchased earlier on, and back in campus pursuing my academic carrier, I was called last week by the organizers of Delta Trade Expo on my phone who told me that I won a brand new car. I was shocked and surprised at first because I never thought it was real until I came down to Asaba to see the person. It was then I found out for myself that I was really the winner of the brand new car.
“ I was excited and speechless at that point but all the same I want to thank the trade fair Consultant Charlesview, the state Ministry of Commerce and the Trade Expo for giving me this brand new gift”, she stressed.
Miss Oghenerobo appealed to all Deltans to come out en masse to buy their tickets during the next programme which will be holding on the 18th December this year, adding, “You never knew who will be the next winner of a brand new car.”
The second prize which is a deep freezer went to the second winner, Mrs. Isioma Omojegie with ticket number 002065 and the third prize, a Plasma television was presented to the third winner, Mr. Makoji Ameh Mustapha with ticket number 034001.
Presenting the star prizes, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Dr. Chris Ekiyor who organized the 2015 Delta Trade Expo described the Trade Expo as a big project which the Ministry of Commerce should sustain, saying that he has set a template for the ministry to progress from there. “And I believe very much that the ministry is very ready. I believe in a dream within this short period of my stay in this ministry and I think it is a plus for the ministry of this kind”, he added.
Dr. Ekiyor expressed happiness that the star prize winners got away with their prizes and that the ministry was able to do a very wonderful job during the trade fair. “We may not have achieved in the manner that it was planned. Initially, people did not really believe in the promo and the trade fair, but through the Public Private Partnership, PPP, we could achieve a lot.”
According to him, “I have added a new value to the value chain I met in this ministry. I want to encourage my successors in this ministry to key into this project. For the Consultant that drove Delta Expo, they have made the people happy. And because it is a process, we are able to plan for another one in the next six months and already there is another star prize to be won in December this year. The Consultant running this programme will keep it continuous because they have institutionalized it.”
On his part, the programme Consultant and Managing Director of Charlesview Technology Limited, Mr. Charles Omorda said the lotto has been designed to enable participants win some items at the grand finale, including other consolation prizes, explaining: “these prizes are tagged based on their level of performances in purchasing of the tickets.”
He explained that the company has been in partnership with the Delta State government, adding that the tickets for the next draw which will be in December were available for a continuous process.
It would be recalled that during the flag off of the trade expo, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan emphasized the need for strengthening of the nation’s production sector as part of deliberate effort to ensure sustainable growth in the nation’s small and medium enterprise and the agricultural sector.
The Governor, who spoke through the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Government House, Professor Hope Eghagha at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Delta Trade Expo, said his administration since 2007 has empowered over 111,312 entrepreneurs in the state, comprising of over 67,861 female and over 43,451 males.
According to him, “In underscoring the importance of agriculture in ensuring food security, economic development and job creation, particularly for the teeming youth population in the state, my administration has introduced the micro-credit programme and it has been the vision of the state government that more farmers in the state should continue to benefit from intervention programmes targeting at agricultural development.”
Dr Uduaghan urged Deltans to begin to look beyond the agitation for employment in the oil sector and pay greater attention on the viability of agriculture.

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