Nigeria, November 17, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) –
HRM Nduka Ozegbe has been adopted as the Okpala-Uku of Utagba-Uno, Ndokwa West local government area of Delta State.
The Okpala-Uku was adopted on Saturday, November 2015 when he was presented to the world at a colourful ceremony witnessed by eminent personalities from the community and other ethnic nationalities in the country.
Adoption of Okpala-Uku Ozegbe was done at the conclusion of rites of passage of his predecessor, HRM late Okpala-Uku Ajieh Ogwezi who joined his ancestors on July 10, 2015.
According to a statement signed by Chairman, Utagba-Uno Progress Forum (UPF), Okwa James Izah, his vice, Okwa Stephen Ebinum, Secretary, Mr John Uwadia, coordinators, Barr. Chidi Egwuenu, Prof. Andrew Ojie and Chief M. Kelikume, “on the 18th of October, 2015, all the nine Okpala-Ukus in the seven quarters, their Oduas and Nde Okwa together with all the Onotu-Ukus of the seven quarters and other Utagba-Uno citizens were invited by Utagba-Uno Progress Forum for the purpose of determining the successor Okpala-Uku clanhead of Utagba-Uno and it was resolved by process of age grade ascertainment that Okpala-Uku Nduka Ozegbe of Umuseti quarters is the present Okpala-Uku, the Clanhead of Utagba-Uno on the basis of gerontocracy.”
Okwa Ebinum at the occasion observed that the people of Utagba-Uno are very peaceful and lauded the traditional way of choosing the Okpala-Uku which was without discord as the other Okpala-Ukus were aware of who the oldest person is.
While disclosed that the formal installation ceremony of the new Okpala-Uku would take place on a later date, Okwa Ebinum used the occasion to call on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to assist the community by tarring their roads to enable them get their farm produce to the city, stating, “we are mainly farmers in Utagba-Uno, we need good roads to take our products to the cities, we also, need other government presence and we are appealing to the Governor to assist us.”
Also Barr. Egwuenu at the occasion thanked the people for believing in their age-long tradition and called on them to remain united and support the new Okpala-Uku and come out emmasse during his formal installation ceremony.
Different traditional dancers performed at the ceremony.
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