Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Gov. Okowa To Ubulu-Uku People: Honour Your King As Young Monarch Gets Staff Of Office


“My dear people of Ubulu-Uku, God and your agreement have
bestowed on you, a new ruler. Despise not his youth, but offer
him all due difference. Let no man despise thy youth but be thou
an example of the believers, in words, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit and in faith”.

This was the charge given yesterday, by the Governor of Delta
State, Senator (Dr. ) Ifeanyi Okowa to the people of Ubulu-Uku as
he presented Staff of Office to the new young monarch, His Royal
Majesty, Agbogidi, Obi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze 1, Obi of Ubulu-
Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State.

Governor Okowa who was represented by his deputy, Barr.
Kingsley Otuaro, who commended the people for following and
respecting the time honoured process of succession to the
throne, appealed to them to accord the royal father the respect
and understanding needed to facilitate his duties as a dynamic
and resourceful people.

The governor appealed to the Obi of Ubulu-Uku to discharge his
responsibilities in a transparent manner by being fair and just to
all his subjects. “According to him; “ As the custodian of the
tradition of your people, it is important that you do not in words
or action, give cause to your subjects to doubt your ability to
uphold the sanctity of their customs. I sincerely appeal to you to
imbibe the democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation in all
your dealings with the people,” Okowa stated.

He used the occasion to call on sons and daughters of of Ubulu-
Uku to take advantage of the various policies and programmes of
the state government to improve on their production capacities,
noting that Ubulu-Uku is well known for its abundant agricultural
production and local textile industry.

The governor who thanked the people of Ubulu-Uku for their
continued support for the state government, commend them for
their various self- help efforts and assured that all legitimate
requests made will be channelled to the appropriate agencies of
government for necessary attention.

Earlier, in an addressed presented by the President-General,
Ubulu-Uku Development Council, Comrade (Sir) Jones Ofunne who
asserted that HRM, Obi Chukwu Akaeze 1 was traditionally
enthroned according to custom of the people on February 18,
2016, commended the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
for the various projects sited in Ubulu-Uku which includes,
building, rehabilitation and equipping of schools.

Comrade Ofunne, who also appreciated the governor for the
tarring of some link roads in the town, as well as equipping the
General Hospital and Area Customary Court, appealed for the
fencing of the king’s palace, as well as come to the aid of the
community in addressing the spate of criminality, cultism, strife
and hooliganism that has been foisted on the community by
some unscrupulous and disgruntled elements.

He appealed for a textile industry to be sited in Ubulu-Uku, noting
that the people are known for making traditional white woven
cloth (Akwa Ocha), according to him, a textile industry will
enhance massive production of this rare fabric for local and
international markets.

Comrade Ofunne who pledged the community’s support to the
state government at all times, asserted that the community has
repaired the collapsed electricity infrastructure in the town as well
as engaged the distribution company to supply energy to the
community. Also, the Chairman, Aniocha South Local Government
Area, Chief (Hon.) Isaac Anuwazia, in an address, assured that
the people of Ubulu-Uku are peace loving and are prepared to
support His Royal Majesty in the task of leading and directing the
affairs of Ubulu-Uku kingdom.

Chief Anuwazia, who also assured of the support of the Aniocha
South Traditional Rulers’ Council to the brand new Obi, used the
occasion to appeal to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to
ensuring 24 hours surveillance within the palace and around the
community for safety and protection of the people.

Further, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon.
Patrick Ukah, while fielding questions from newsmen, enjoined all
progressive and well meaning people of Ubulu-Uku to support the
young monarch in order to attract the needed development to the
area.

Hon. Ukah, expressed joy over the peaceful enthronement of the
young king, and assured that the peace that is gradually returning
to the community will be sustained through the reign and life time
of the new royal majesty. He appealed to all to put the past
behind and forge ahead with the king, saying that the Okowa led
administration is poised and determined to bring prosperity to the
door steps of all Deltans.

His Royal Majesty, Obi Chukwuka, Noah, Akaeze 1, Agbogidi, The
Obi of Ubulu-Uku kingdom in his response, pledged to ensure the
arrest, investigation and prosecution of those involved in the
kidnapping and murder of his late father, saying that they and their
sponsors will be brought to book.

~Collins Arinze reports..
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