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Meet Declan Ogar-Genesis, Leading Yala Local Government Chairmanship Aspirant

Comrade Declan Ogar-Genesis
Born on the 15th of May into the families of Mr Idagu Ojeka Idagu of Ochubi Ugaga and late Mrs Lydia Irima Agor Ogbeche of Ayi-Ogbor,/  Ipuole, both in Ugaga, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. Idagu Declan Ogar, "Genesis" as fondly called by his peers and admirers is the number fourth child of his mother's womb that bore eight. Four males and four females.

Early Life

Declan Ogar-Genesis grew up basically a home boy. As a boy less than three years old, he started living with the father after his mother felt sick and was taken to a far place outside the state for treatment. A situation that led his father remarried to another woman causing Declan to continue life as a step-son to his father's new wife.

Education

Ogar Idagu started his formal education in Saint Peter's Primary School, Ugaga, Yala Local Government Area in 1986 and sat for his First School Leaving Certificate Examination in 1991. He proceeded to MaryKnoll College, Okuku, Yala LGA, to further his secondary education and passed out in 1998. Declan got his West African Secondary School Certificate (WASSC) at Campbell Secondary School, Lagos Island, Lagos State, in 2002.

He was enrolled into Alcom Technology Institute, Lagos Island, Lagos State, where he obtained certificate in Information Management and Microsoft office and design 2003. He proceeded to University of Calabar in 2004 where he obtained a bachelor of science degree (B.Sc. Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology.

Unlke some students who preffer plagiarising peopele's work, Declna conducted an independent reseach on "The Causes and Consequences of Urbanization in Nigeria, with Cross River State as he study area. Today, his work has been cited by over hundred scholars. He is currently developing the work to published.

Known for his insatiable avidity to continue to deveolop himself, Declan is currently on the verge of defending his Masters Thesis on a critical topic: "Community Policing and Blue-Collar Crime Control in Calabar Municipal Council Area of Cross River State, Nigeria". The essence of research is to solve problem and having developed passion for solving problems, Declan has always carefully selected research topics that will proffer solutions to some challenges confronting Cross River and Nigeria at large. Although, he is yet to defend his Thesis, but already there are proposals from all quarters to forward the work for publication in international journals.

In 2010 during his National Youth Service (NYSC) scheme where he served in Ijaloke Senior Grammar School, Emure, Ekiti, Declan won laurels and recognition as the best corp member in his set. Till date, the school management is still pressing that he returns as since he left they have failed to find a competent replacement to teach Literature; the subject he taught throughout his one year service.

To his credit, Declan Ogar has the following certificates:

***Certificate of completion on Peer Education Training (PET) course under HRH&AIDS & Prevention & Care Project through the NYSC.

***Certificate of participation in Seminar/Workshop on Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Leadership Training organized by Alpha Consulting Services, Agege,  Lagos.

*** Certificate of Completion on Entrepreneurship Development Programme organized by Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with South-South and Cross River State at Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Calabar.

***Certificate of Recognition issued by National Youth Service Corps HIV/AIDS & Polio Eradication Club, Ekiti State.

***Certificate of Participation awarded by Project 2011 Swift Count, powered by Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC)/Caritas Nigeria and Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN).

*** Certificate of Merit awarded by Project 2011 Swift Count as Election Observer powered by USAID, National Democratic Institute (NDI).

*** Certificate of Participation awarded by an international Youth Camp (Yowunpura Camp 2016), organized by the National Youth Service Council, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka, Asia.

***Certificate of Completion awarded by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Calabar having completed a six months course program on agricultural development.

 Experience & Skills

Declan Ogar-Genesis until his new appointment as Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Affairs by the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Senator Professor Ben Ayade in 2015, has been a personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

He was also a Member, 2015 General Elections PDP Media/Publicity Committee as well as Member, Governor's Media Team,

Managing Director, Genesis Photos International limited/Managing Director, De-Genesis Communications (Reg:CR9095).

Declan has served as an Internship Trainee with Nobel Organization for Solidarity and Development (NOSAD).

Security Guard with System Security Service Limited, Surulere, Lagos.

Class Room Teacher with Ijaloke Senior Grammar School, Emure - Ekiti. Branch Manager, MF-Kadwofe Venture Limited, Calabar.

Group Membership and Position Held.

Comrade Declan Ogar-Genesis - a real trail blazer is a prolific and motivational writer, a publisher, a social mobilizer, a human rights and socioeconomic development activist. Before he established his talk of the town heart touching media website called  "ParadiseVoice," Declan was reporting for Cross River Watch also an online media.

He has also served as Editor in chief, Socioscope, an editorial board of the department of Sociology, Unical.

A correspondent to Nigerian Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS) press board.

A correspondent to Eco Press, Malabor Unical.

A devoted member of the Nigerian Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ) Unical.

A correspondent of "Campus Lens", a publication of NUCJ, Unical.

Declan is the co-founder of Cross River State Coalition For Change [CRSCFC], a social organization that collaborated in restoring peace in Boki and ushered Cross River State into the "New Era" through its dogged postulations and systematic roles on social media and on ground.

He is also the Co-founder, Youth Connect International (YCI).

Founder of New Cross River State Progressive People's Forum (NCRSPPF).

Co-founder and currently the Secretary General of Ugaga Family Union (UFU).

Founder, Movement For Ugaga Supreme Transition Amongst Youths (MUSTAY).

Co-founder, Yala Youth Assembly (YYA). Co-founder, Ugaga PhoeYC).

He is a former  Sole Administration of National Association of Yala Local Government Students (NAYLOGS).

Ogar has also served as the Secretary General of Faculty of Social Science Student's Association (SOSSA), Unical.

Also, he has served as President of Catholic Sociology and Social Work Students, a member of NFCS, Unical.

He served as Secretary for Award and Students week planning committee under president Johnson Ipuole SUG led government.

He was once a Special Adviser  to SUG president, Unical. One time Secretary for NFCS Orientation Committee.

One time Secretary for Eleco, Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Students Association (NSASA), Unical.

He is a life Patron, National AssociationAssociate Students (NAUS).

South-South Coordinator, 18 - 50 Mandate Nigeria.

Associate Editor, Inter-Governmental Relations & Youth Affairs, a journal publication of Hope For New Nigeria Global Initiative.

Leader of Delegates, leading Nigerian delegation for the 2016 international Youth Camp in Sri Lanka, Asia and many more.

Religion

Declan Ogar-Genesis is a  devoted Christian and a staunch Catholic. Currently, he's the President of Our Lady Gate of Heaven Praesidium of Legion  of Mary's apostolate and an active member of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYON) AirPort Parish, Edim Otop. He was recently commissioned as an Ambassador for Peace by an international peace organization known as Universal Peace Federation.

Marital Status

Ambassador Declan Ogar-Genesis is not married but seriously engaged.

Awards & Social Life

Ambassador Declan Ogar-Genesis is a multiple award winner. He has over fifteen prestigious plagued awards and certificates of award of merit and recognition.

Declan love reading, writing, watching news and traveling.

He's a great mobilizer and a very honest fellow who hate deceit with passion.

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