BY Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI—History was made, yesterday, at Ellu Kingdom, in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, when a new king was crowned after 67 years of being without a king, when Delta State Government presented a staff of office to the new monarch.
The new king, HRM, Othuke Murphy Urugbezi, Ogwara I, the Ovie of Ellu Kingdom, was presented the staff of office by Delta State Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama, on behalf of the governor.
Utuama, in his speech, appealed to the new monarch to carry out his duties transparently and judiciously.
The deputy governor commended the process leading to the coronation and presentation of staff of office to the monarch, just as he advised the monarch not to do anything that would make his subjects doubt his ability to uphold the sanctity of their tradition.
He urged the people of Ellu Kingdom, in particular, and Deltans in general, to take advantage of the state’s micro- credit programme, saying taking advantage of such programme would help improve the domestic capacity of the people.
He said: “I urge you all to key into the policy of Delta Beyond Oil, which means we must key into agriculture, industries and other areas apart from oil. I want to use this opportunity to urge all sons and daughters of Ellu Kingdom to take advantage of the various programmes of government, particularly the Delta micro-credit programme, to improve on your domestic capacity.
“I have no doubt that the institution is very significant to Ellu people and that is why they have all been working hard to make this day become a reality and it has indeed come to reality.”
Your Royal Majesty, I appeal to you to discharge all your responsibilities in transparent manner by being open-minded and just to all. You are the father of all your subjects, so you should be fair to all.”