•Says Peace is a panacea for sustainable development
•As Okerenkoko raises issue of Nigerian Maritime University
The paramount ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba have charged subjects in his kingdom to discourage any act of litigation among itself.
The Pere of Gbaramatu gave the charge yesterday while visiting communities in his kingdom as part of the 9 days royal tour, stressing that such litigations would do the kingdom no good.
The Royal father also place order on the ban of establishing any brothel in the Kingdom, alleging that such ban is part of his efforts in curbing criminality and social vices.
The paramount ruler also preaches peace, according to him, peace is the only internationally acceptable guarantee for sustainable development, he particularly lauded the various communities in the kingdom for their peaceful disposition so far even in the midst of obvious provocations from several quarters.
The Agadagba of Gbaramatu kingdom have also advised members of his kingdom to always abide by the traditions of the kingdom.
Some of the communities visited yesterday includes Egwa Community and Okerenkoko, the community hosting the permanent site of the Nigerian Maritime University.
Meanwhile, the people of Okerenkoko community have also speaking among various issues, demanded for the intervention of his Royal Majesty for the speedy rejuvenation of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.
The community spoke through its Chairman, Chief James Tangbowei also raises other issues like the abandoned cottage hospital and road project.
The address read in part : “It gladdens our heart to welcome you, our revered monarch, HRM Oboro-Gbaraun 11, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom to Okerenkoko community on this maiden historic visit to various towns and communities.
“We need your quick intervention for the speedy kick-off of the Nigerian Maritime University of this year academic activities.
“The only road project linking Okerenkoko-Pepperama-
“The Okerenkoko cottage hospital which was built by NDDC, operated by DESOPADEC and abandoned after the invasion of the community and later was funded by Tompolo For for some years and was also abandoned after his travail with the Federal Government” Chief Tangbowei stated.
In a similar manner, the Chairman of Egwa community, Mr. Guwor Emomotimi speaking on behalf of the settlement berates multinational oil companies for the acute negligence meted out on the community despite playing host to the Egwa 1 flow station in the Kingdom.
Mr. Guwor also advocated for the inclusion of the community in the Gbaramatu royal palace, explaining that the community have completely lost touch from the traditional institution due to the demise of its only Chief, late Chief Peter Lawei.
The address read in part : “Egwa community founded in the 14th century by our famous and industrious progenitor Kere from Oporoza town is very hospitable and peace loving community.
“Though we are blessed with huge deposit of crude oil and host to EGWA 1 flowstation, we have not much to show for it. This is as a result of the neglect by successive oil companies.
“Egwa community is also an epicenter of rich cultural heritage in Gbaramatu kingdom, prominent among our festival is the ‘Egwa Bou’ which is used to be an annual event that brings all sons and daughters of the community together. But urban drift has dealt a strong blow to this festival. We know your coming will usher in a new dawn.
“Our Royal Majesty, may I at this point draw your attention to the fact that presently Egwa has no community Chief/representative in the traditional council after the demise of our only representative, late Chief Peter Lawei of blessed memory. Hence, we are not represented in the palace. Aketekpe, we know you will look in our direction.
“Agadagba, the road to success is a tortuous one especially now that Gbaramatu kingdom is the torch bearer for the entire Ijaws and Niger Delta by direction.” Mr. Emomotimi asserted.
However, a source have hinted Gbaramatu Voice that Oboro Gbaraun II, will continue his 9 days tour today with the visiting of Kunukunu-ama, Kurutie and Peper-ama communities in the kingdom.