……Call For Preservation
By: Magnus Emuji / Chukwudi Asoya
The Asagba of Okpanam,Obi Adimabuah Ozili (JP) and the Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Land Security and Waterways, Hon.(Engr) Chibueze Aniemeke have described traditional title holders as key stakeholders in the preservation of the cultural heritage and traditions of any Society.
Obi Ozili and Hon.(Engr) Aniemeke, who stated this in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State during the chieftacy title (ogbueshiship) ceremony of Ogbueshi Patrick Okonkwo popularly known as Pato described him as a vibrant Community leader whom they noted had continued to impact positively on the society by contributing immensely especially for the growth and development of Okpanam through his competence , integrity and fortrightness at all times.
The Governor’s aide and the traditional ruler said that with the celebrant joining the league of Ogbueshis in the community, there would be more strength and cohesion in the association through his abundant weath of experience.
Hon.(Engr) Aniemeke, particularly lauded Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for his administration’s developmental projects, programmes and people oriented policies such as the YAGEP and STEP programmes of the Job creation in the state aimed at making the youths, self reliant either as employee or employer of labour.
In their separate remarks, some children of the celebrant including a member of the Delta State Security and Waterways, Hon. Ezuche Barry Okonkwo, Comrade Ashimedua Okonkwo who is the Chairman of the Obodogwugwu Youths, Mr. Harrison Okonkwo ,the celebrant sisters, Mrs. Mary Ndih and Mrs. Gladys Morka as well as his wife, Mrs. Juliana Okonkwo said that the celebration was a turning point in their lives and wished him God’s guidance and protection at all times and wisdom to excel in his leadership position.
While describing their father as uncommon disciplinarian, courageous and outspoken personality that had time without number, stood against injustice in the society and had ceaselessly championed for the course of the progress of Okpanam Community,Hon. Ezuche Okonkwo recalled that the essence of the governor establishing the Waterways was to guide against illegal mining of oil in the Waterways as well as to checkmate crimes in the state.
For their part, the Chaiman of Ogbeozoma Youths, Comrade Smart Ifesindi and Comrade Oge Nwani prayed God to guide the celebrant in order for him to continue to contribute to the uplitfment of Okpanam and the society in general.
Speaking in an interview, Ogbueshi Patrick Okonkwo appreciated elders, youths and everybody in the community for finding him to to be an Ogbueshi, saying that he would the recognition would sour him to contribute more to Okpanam Community and the society at large, just as he pledged to always operate open door policy and offer the people irrespective of their status, a sense of belonging in the scheme of things.
Ogbueshi Okonkwo stated that the significance of the ceremony was that he had belonged to decision makers in the status of an elder in the community and advised youths to always respect their elders so as to receive their blessings as well shun acts inimical to the development of the society.