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Jubilation as Okowa presents staff of office to HRM Emmanuel Wariwini Arikawei as monarch

Delta state deputy governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro presents staff of office on behalf of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to HRM Emmanuel Wariwini Arikawei as monarch of Obetebe kingdom

By Cletus Opukeme, Burutu

Jubilation as Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has formally presented staff of office to  His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Wariwini Arikawei as the traditional ruler, the Ebenanaowei of Obotebe kingdom in Burutu LGA of Delta state.

1. From left HRM (Barr.) Anthony U. Ogbogo Ibuka 1, The Ovie of Ozoro kingdom,( middle) Parampunt ruler Seinbiri kingdom, HRM Majesty Charles Ayemi-Botu and paramount ruler Akugbene Mien kingdom, HRM Pere SP Luke JP, Kalanama 111

Governor Okowa  who was represented by his deputy governor, His excellency Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro has advised the new king to use his office to maintain the existing peace in the kingdom to attract development by working with other monarchs as well as chiefs/subjects in his kingdom to move the kingdom forward.

 High Chief Tunde Smooth, The Bulowei Traditional prime minster of Obotebe kingdom and HRM Emmanuel Wariwini Arikawei the traditional ruler of Obotebe kingdom

He assured Obotete kingdom of state government support at all times as he promised to sand-fill  Obotebe community, a project he revealed had been already captured in the 2019 Niger Delta development commission (NDDC) budget .

HRM Pere Samuel Evah, Operemor kingdom, HRM Anthony U Ogbogo Ibuka 1, The Ovie of Ozoro kingdom and (Barr. SP Erebulou Aduo111, Pere of Kabowei kingdom, patani

The promised to carry out other developmental needs of Obotete community as well as other Ijaw communities before the second tenure runs out.




From (Right) HRM Capt. Joseph Timyan, paramout ruler of Ogulagha kingdom, HRM Bosu Dio JP, paramount ruler Ayamabulou 1, Ebenanawei of Idiwini kingdom and other unidentified traditional ruler at the ceremony

A welcome address signed by the Bolou-owei (traditional prime minister) of Obotebe kingdom,  Chief Tunde Smooth and Chief Monday Akoubodo, Ag, Secretary Obotebe traditional council of chiefs  on behalf of the king had expressed their profound appreciation for the state government and other members of the Delta state traditional council to join them to celebrate the formal presentation of staff of office to the new monarch.

Clergymen at the ceremony

The kingdom stressed that Okowa/Otuaro led administration has been beneficial to the Obotebe kingdom as well as the entire Ijaw kingdom. They also eulogized the leadership qualities of the newly decorated monarch by the state governor with a staff of office as one who would lead the kingdom forward.

For Chief Tunde Smooth and Chief Imonina Victor Egukawhore (aka Welles) they described him as  a great mogul and good business partner in the marine industry for decades with good track record that would bring his expertise to develop the kingdom.

The deputy governor of Delta state, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro reading his address on behalf of the state governor at the staff office presentation ceremony

They however, urged the government not to relent in providing more social amenities for the well being and benefit of the kingdom to change the lives of the community.

High Chief Tunde Smooth conferring with other Chief in Obotebe kingdom at the ceremony

In their separate addresses, Chairman Burutu LGA Hon.  Chief Dr. Julius Takeme, immediate past commissioner in Delta state, Hon.Godknows Angele, Chief Smooth Tunde and Chief Imonina Victor Egukawhore  aka  Weles, both thanked the Delta state government, other royal fathers and other dignitaries for their support in making the presentation of staff of office  ceremony a success.

Some high Chiefs from various Ijaw kingdoms at the ceremony

The occasion attracted other traditional rulers in Delta state and politicians who graced the occasion.





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