The ancient community of Egbudu-Akah in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State was today, 19th March, 2018, agog as the inhabitants were overwhelmingly joyous as the Delta State Government confirmed the installation of His Royal Majesty Obi Paul Nzemeke Okolie 11 as the king of Egbudu-Akah through the presentation of staff of office.
Presenting the staff of authority and power to Obi Okolie 11, the Delta State Deputy Governor, His Excellency Barr. Kingsley Otuaro congratulated the monarch, adding that his kingship had been confirmed in line with the Delta State laws after due selection and installation by the king makers of Egbudu-Akah.
Otuaro averred that having listened to the numerous challenges of the community as enumerated in the Obi’s address, he would channel them to the appropriate government agencies for urgent intervention.
He however, warned that it would be in the best interest of Egbudu-Akah people to ensure that the affairs of the community run seamlessly, positing that government would not tolerate any illegal traditional stool in the community or any other part of the state.
In a similar tone, the second citizen urged the new traditional ruler to discharge all his responsibilities transparently and firmly as the father of all; further advising him to imbibe the virtue of peace and explore every Democratic avenue of dialogue in the interest of unity, progress and development of the community.
While proclaiming Obi Paul Nzemeke Okolie 11 as the rightful traditional ruler of Egbudu-Akah according to the documented evidences and processes of selection and installation, the Chairman of Aniocha South LGA, Hon. Isaac Anwuzia commended the State Government for doing the needful in line with the law by presenting the staff of office to Obi Paul Nzemeke Okolie.
Perhaps, Anwuzia had to inform the Deputy Governor of the deplorable nature of Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Uno, Ashama, Egbudu-Akah road which has remained inaccessible and source of concern to the people and government of the area.
The Council Chairman pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to make the road his pet project just like he has done in other places, maintaining that the ancient Egbudu-Akah community has been cut off from the rest of Aniocha South LGA.
Earlier in a joy laden emotion, the royal family had presented an address through Prince Lucky Obi-Okolie, who appreciated the Delta State Government for recognizing Obi Paul Nzemeke Okolie as the 12th Obi of Egbudu-Akah Kingdom.
The message read that he was crowned on the 19th of November, 2016, in line with the tradition and native laws of Egbudu-Akah, before the kingship tussle which left them devastated before the day (today).
Going forward, the address enumerated other daunting challenges being faced by the community to include lack of tarred road, dilapidated state of the community’s only secondary school, under-staffed teachers, lack of basic learning tools in schools and the economic devastation arising from the crisis which led to the burning of 12 royal houses, three others within the community including the Mountain of Fire Church premises.
Though the presentation of staff of office ceremony was low keyed, it witnessed an open expression of joy and excitement from the indigenes.
Further endorsement of the Obi Paul Nzemeke Okolie’s kingship came from the traditional rulers who were led by the Delta State Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council and Obi of Owa Kingdom, HRM Obi Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor.
Other royal fathers present were Obi of Ubulu-Uno, Obi of Nsukwa, Obi of Ejeme Aniogor, Obi of Ejeme Unor, Obi of Ashama. Other chiefs and political leaders of note in Aniocha South and beyond were equally present.