In a significant development, the Delta State Government, headed by Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has given the approval for the presentation of the Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty Omoefe Ozenikpe I, who was coronated over a year ago as the Okpara-Uku of Orogun Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area, following an Eleventh Meeting of the Delta State Executive Council held at Government House, Asaba on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
When the President General of the kingdom, Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara broke the news about this significant development on Friday, October 27, 2023, jubilation erupted in the entire Orogun kingdom, prompting an outpour of goodwill messages to the Okpara-Uku and gratitude to the Delta State governor.
Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara, while breaking the news to all sons and daughters of the kingdom, congratulated the revered monarch and thanked the Delta State governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori for the kind gesture shown towards the kingdom.
In his words, “Congratulations to HRM Omoefe Ozenikpe I, who has been bestowed the title of Okpara Uku of Orogun Kingdom. Our heartfelt congratulations extend to the great Orogun Kingdom. We express our profound gratitude to the Governor, his Executive Council, and all the dedicated individuals behind the scenes who have contributed to this remarkable achievement”,
In the same vein, the Omo Okpara-Uku of Orogun, Chief Emmanuel Rex Omoefe who had earlier been concerned about the delay in the presentation of the Staff of Office to the Okpara-Uku, which has gone to Exco thrice and was rejected due to perceived political undercurrents, thanked the governor of Delta State Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori for finally putting a smile on the face of the Okpara-Uku and the good people of Orogun Kingdom.
He equally thanked the Ovie of Ughelli, His Royal Majesty, Wilson Ojakovo Oghoghovwe Oharisi III, and other Royal Majesties of the Oghwoghwa extraction for their fatherly support and guidance, the President General of Orogun Kingdom, Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara who has been a uniting force and pillar of support, and other gladiators, too numerous to mention who contributed in one way or the other.
According to the release, the appointment of His Royal Majesty Omoefe Ozenikpe I as the Okpara-Uku of Orogun Kingdom is effective from 5th August 2022, the date on which he was traditionally installed. His monthly stipends will be disbursed after the official presentation of the Staff of Office.
Additionally, the State Executive Council has authorized the publication of this appointment in the State Gazette, further solidifying the significance of this appointment.
This decision underscores the commitment of the Delta State government to preserving and upholding the rich cultural heritage of the State.
The presentation of the Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty Omoefe Ozenikpe I is a remarkable occasion that will be eagerly anticipated by the people of Orogun Kingdom and the entire Ughelli North Local Government Area.
The Office of the Deputy Governor, Asaba, will soon receive the State Executive Council Conclusion act to formalize this appointment.
This news has generated excitement and anticipation within the kingdom as they eagerly await the official presentation of the Staff of Office to their Okpara-Uku who ascended the throne of his forbearers over a year ago, eliciting an outpour of goodwill messages from Orogun sons and daughters from all walks of life.
Some of the reactions as captured by Oghwoghwa Reporters as the time of going to press include:
Ms. Patience Awero: “Wow! To God Be The Glory!”
Hon. Aghogho Ononibe: “Thanks to God”
Chief Theodore Efemuai “Breaking News!!!Congratulations”
Chief Barr. Thompson Opone: “Good news!”
Sir Felix Osawota: “Congratulations to HRM and all Orogun sons and daughters”
Sir Ochuko Wanogho: “Congrats”
Sir Chief Solomon Awero: “Congratulations. Okparuku! Okparuku!!, Okparuku!!! Wo su tooooo”
Pastor Kanabar Ovie Duke: “We give God all the glory for this wonderful news”
Chief Innocent Edewor: “We thank God for His love,”
Mr. Walete Idoghor: “Congratulations to our Distinguished Okparuku.”
Mr. Daniel Egerega: “Congratulations to the Okparauku of Orogun Kingdom. May your days be long. Wo suto.”
Chief Peter Edevwie: “On behalf of my family, I Chief Peter O Edevwie. The Onou 1 of Ogwa Sub Clan in Orogun Kingdom. Congratulate. The Okpara – Uku of Orogun Kingdom on his appointment as the King of Orogun Kingdom. I wish you long reign to throne. Again congratulation to The President General of Orogun Kingdom Olorogun Barrister Benson Ndakara. For his landmark achievement.”
Mr. Stephen Okotie: “Thank God for this good news. And also thank God for everyone that make this possible. Long live the Okpara Uku of Orogun. Long live our able PG and long live Orogun kingdom.”
Mr. Thompson Okpogoro: “Congratulations to the Okpara- Uku of Orogun kingdom….and also congratulations to we the pple of Orogun kingdom…..Thank God”
Engr. Stephen Umukoro: “Thanks to the Gov for this great appointment. We are happy”
Mr. Oghotomuaghan Ogheneruemu Jeetendra: “I congratulate the Okpara uku on behalf of all the good people of lmodje subclan .Congratulations our King.More years of reign..”
Mr. Augustine Akpede: “Congratulations”
Mr. Jerry Nwosa: “Congratulations to all sons and daughters of Orogun kingdom. To God be the glory.”
Mr. Adugbo M.: “Congratulations your Royal Majesty”
This development is seen as a significant step in the continued promotion of the cultural and traditional values of Delta State, and it serves as a testament to the state’s commitment to recognizing and honoring the leadership of its traditional rulers.