Okpara-Uku of Orogun Urges Hon. Ovbije to Address Orogun Community Needs

*** “Sheriff Oborevwori’s M.O.R.E. agenda is tailored towards bringing holistic development to all Deltans”, says Adode

*** “Use your position to advance the fortunes of Orogun Kingdom,” Ndakara urges Ovbije

In a recent visit to the palace, the Okpara-Uku of Orogun, HRM Omoefe Ozenikpe I, passionately called upon Chief Sylvester Ovbije, the DESOPADEC Commissioner representing Ughelli North, Ethiope East, and Urhobos in Patani LGA, to prioritize the pressing needs of the community. The revered royal father emphasized the importance of addressing these concerns during the courtesy visit on Sunday, June 11th, 2023.

Hon. Sylvester Oniemo Ovbije, DESOPADEC Commissioner

The Okpara-Uku of Orogun, known for his influential leadership, expressed his deep concern for the development and well-being of his people. With a sense of urgency, he highlighted the essential areas that require immediate attention. His plea aimed to bring positive change and progress to the community.

In his words, the royal father said, “Congratulations on your appointment as a Commissioner in DESOPADEC by RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori. I commend you for this thoughtful courtesy call. May I also use this opportunity to send Chief Benson Ndakara’s warm regards to you. He said that I should tell you to use your elevated position to advance the fortunes of the kingdom. No doubt, you have been elevated to an enviable position. It’s not by your doing; it is by the pure grace of God. Please, sir, it doesn’t matter the political divide you belong to. At this moment, you are the RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori we are seeing in Orogun today.

Chief Emmanuel Omoefe, Omo Okpara-Uku of Orogun with Sylvester Oniemo Ovbije

“The burden of the kingdom in this government is on your small shoulders. Your privacy ceases when you accepted that offer to serve on the Board of DESOPADEC. We thank RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori for once again putting Orogun on the map. The duty you owe to this position and to your principal is when you open your doors wide open for people to access you. Please, sir, serve Orogun because you are counted by your deeds at the end of the day. Let it be that somebody is going to bed, and he will say, ‘God bless Oniemo for putting food on my table.’

“The needs of Orogun weigh heavily upon us. As a devoted son of this kingdom, I implore you to consider the Orogun Kingdom Development Plan, formulated during the 2021 Orogun Conference hosted by our amiable President General, Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara, in which you actively participated. I am particularly concerned about the following priorities: the Staff of Office for the Okpara-Uku, which has gone to Exco thrice and was rejected due to politics; the restoration of the Orogun Palace; the timely completion of the Ebor-Obodeti Road because it is easier to get to Abraka via Obodeti-Ebor-Aragba than through Abbi; the construction of the Orogun Ring Road and Orogun-Emevor Road; and the modernization and upgrade of the Orogun Civic Centre into a Skill Development Centre for our children and youths who are regrettably not in school, among other crucial initiatives.

Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara, President General of Orogun

“Just as we can point at what Chief A.K. Osawota did, just as we can point at what Chief P.O.C., your brother, did, make your boss, the governor of Delta State, a proud man by what you will also do,” the Okpara-Uku further advised.

In a related development, the Okpara-Uku announced that some notable sons of the kingdom would be conferred with chieftaincy titles on the 26th of June, 2023 and that he is extending the offer to Hon. Ovbije and some members of his entourage if he deems it fit to accept the offer. In his own words, “You can’t be a Commissioner in DESOPADEC and not be a Chief in Orogun.”

In response, Hon. Sylvester Ovbije assured the Okpara-Uku of his dedication to addressing the demands of the esteemed royal father. Recognizing the significance of the community’s needs, Hon. Ovbije pledged to take decisive action and ensure that their concerns are thoroughly examined. In his words, “This position is for youths. We must do something that people can point to. My speech will not be long. I only came to take prayers. I will come back again to tell Orogun what I want to do.”

In the same vein, the Ughelli North Council Chairman, Hon. Coach Godwin Adode, while felicitating with Hon. Ovbije through the Secretary of the Council, Mr. Igogono Okiemute Goddey, said, “We pray to God to give him the wisdom to pilot the onerous task of bringing development to his mandate areas. I also urge all Deltans to support RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori because his M.O.R.E. agenda is tailored towards bringing holistic development to all Deltans.”

Omo Okpara-Uku of orogun with Mr. Igogono Okiemute Goddey, Secretary, Ughelli North Council

Meanwhile, Amb. Dr. Favour Omotejohwo Obakoro, while speaking to Oghwoghwa Reporters on the significance of the DESOPADEC Commissioner’s visit and the offer of the Chieftaincy title, stated that “Hon. Ovbije’s visit to the palace signifies a vital step in fostering a strong bond between the government and the traditional institution. By engaging in productive dialogue, both parties aim to work collaboratively toward the betterment of the community. In the same vein, I consider it an honor and privilege for the privilege of the offer of Chieftaincy. However, there is time for everything. I have a lot of work to do for my people, especially the Staff of Office for our king. Let me deliver on the Staff of Office, then I will tell the king to fix a date for my Chieftaincy Title.”

Amb. Dr. Favour Omotejohwo Obakoro

As the Okpara-Uku of Orogun continues to advocate for his people, the hopes and aspirations of the community remain firmly focused on the fulfillment of their pressing needs. With the commitment of Chief Sylvester Ovbije to address these concerns, there is optimism for positive change and a brighter future for Orogun and its residents.

Members of Ukere Dance Troupe of Orogun

Part of Hon. Ovbije’s entourage includes the Secretary of Ughelli North Council, Mr. Goddey Igonono, Councillor, Orogun Ward 1, Hon., Hon. Ochuko Ejemare (aka Wahehe) Hon. Aghogho Ononibe, Hon. Theophilus Orogunfere, Mr. Achalla, Kayoma, Amb. Dr. Favour Omotejohwo Obakoro, Mr. Omuvie, Dr. Simon Ohwo, Mr. John Obakoro, Chief William Alele, Chief Julius Ekure, Mr. Ezekiel Akpore, Mr. John Odin, Goddey, Sly ladies, Monday Eruteya, Ese Ogidi, the Ukere Dance Troupe, and others.

Hon. Sylvester Oniemo Ovbije and his entourage dancing out of the palace of the Okpara-Uku of Orogun

It is hoped that this collaborative effort between the Okpara-Uku of Orogun and Hon. Sylvester Oniemo Ovbije, the DESOPADEC Commissioner, holds the potential to create a lasting impact and uplift the lives of the people in this vibrant community.

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