Commercial shops in Okere-Urhobo Warri Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State were Tuesday shutdown as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa presented Staff of Office to the newly crowned King of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Sir Emmanuel Ono Okumagba (JP), Okumgba The Second.
Our Correspondent who monitored the activities reports that buying and selling were difficult due to fear of being harassed by community youths who were overwhelmed by the joy of a new king for the kingdom.
Commercial tricycle operators were allowed to go about their transportation businesses but with tight security and heavy gridlocks.
In an address presented at the Palace of the Orosuen, Governor Okowa commended the people of Okere-Urhobo Warri Kingdom for the selection and crowning of the monarch in line with the laws of Delta State.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro said, “It is statutory for the State Government to present staff of office to a traditional ruler after due installation and enthronement by his people. This event is in compliance with the statute. This should be appreciated by the Chiefs, elders, and good people of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom.”
While noting that the state government does not meddle with the selection of traditional rulers, Governor Okowa said, “Any community that wants a king must follow due process which includes selection by the people.”
The governor, however, warned that the state government will not tolerate illegal traditional stools in any part of the state.
According to the governor, “Every traditional ruler must be recognized and formally endorsed by the State Government like we are witnessing.
“I heartily felicitate with the people of Okere Kingdom for passing through all the hurdles in the selection of their king. What Government and indeed all well-meaning Deltans expect from the people of Okere Kingdom at this time, is to rally round His Riyal Majesty to ease the task of discharging his duties.
“I have no doubts that the Orosuen stool has great significance for the people of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom and as such, you will do everything possible to promote the intercity of the stool by according His Royal Majesty the honour he truly deserves. I urge you, therefore, to give him the fullest supports. ”
Governor Okowa also urged the monarch to discharge his responsibilities honestly and transparently in a fair and just manner.
“You’re the father of all your subjects. As the custodian of the tradition of your people, it is important that you do not in words or action, give any cause for your subjects to doubt your ability to uphold the sanctity of the custom of your people. I sincerely implore you to imbibe the Democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation to achieve peace under your reign.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has urged the people of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom to live in peaceful coexistence with their neighbours.
He thanked the people of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom for the kind “sentiments” and confirmation of supports for the state government.
The State Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro who gave the advice on behalf of the governor said, “I have listened to your requests, particularly the demand for the rehabilitation of the roads around Okumagba Layout.
“I assure you that I will channel your requests to the appropriate agencies of government for the necessary attention.
“There are no doubts that Okere-Urhobo Kingdom is a commercial centre. I, therefore, call on the sons and daughters of the Kingdom yo take advantage of the various government programmes and policies of the State Government to improve and add value to their various businesses.”