The acting bursar of the Rivers State University (RSU), Mr. Ebere James Orji has been conferred with the chieftaincy title, Eze Ikoro 1 of Uvuahu (King of the Youth of Uvuahu) by the paramount ruler of Uvuahu, HRH Eze Jonah Sunday Wobodo.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the conferment over the weekend at Ibaa in Emohua Local Government Area, Ebere said he was elated to be recognized and conferred with a chieftaincy title during his life time.
According to him, “I feel so happy and so elated to be recognized and conferred with a chieftaincy title of Eze Ikoro 1 of Uvuahu by our paramount ruler, Eze Jonah Wobodo.
“Our monarch as part of his two year anniversary and the celebration of his recognition by the state government, decided to recognize and confer chieftaincy titles on some eminent Nigerians and fortunately. I was one of them”.
Ebere explained that though he was among the youngest people to be conferred with a chieftaincy title by Eze Wobodo, one of the main reasons for his conferment was his contribution to Uvuahu clan as well as his assistance to many young people seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
“At Uvuahu clan, I have contributed immensely towards the growth and development of the area, such as the sinking of boreholes in several communities in the clan. Besides, I have ensured that over 200 young people within Uvuahu clan and outside, gained admission into tertiary institutions across the country,” Mr. Ebere stated.
On expectation on his conferment, Mr. Ebere said promotion of peace will be paramount.
“My colleagues and I who have been conferred and recognized with these chieftaincy titles will make sure there is relative peace and stability at Uvuahu clan. Therefore, I am also appealing to my colleagues to ensure that we come together so that there will be peace and stability at Uvuahu clan,” Orji asserted.
Also speaking at the event, an associate professor, Dr. Christian Ugochukwu Mbata who was conferred with Eze Ugochiyegaru I, said his recognition would not disrupt his academic contributions to knowledge in society.
“In spite of my elevation or recognition as a chief, I will remain a disciplined medical laboratory scientist. My position now as a chief is a simple one,” Dr. Mbata assured.
He expressed regret over the level of underdevelopment and cultism in Uvuahu clan, adding that something will be done to attract development to the area.
“With the recognition of some people and me into the Uvuahu council of chiefs and elders, cultism will be a thing of the past. We will ensure that drug and crimes will no longer be associated with our youths and young people.
“I also want to promise you that we will use our positions to attract development to the entire Uvuahu clan,” Dr. Mbata promised.
He charged Uvuahu youths to go to school and to acquire relevant skills and trades.
“On this occasion, I want to charge the youths of Uvuahu clan to go to school or get education while those already in school should take their studies seriously because education is the hub or weapon to change society, “ Dr. Mbata emphasized.
Another son of Uvuahu clan who was also recognized and conferred with the title of Eze Chi Nyegarim I of Uvuahu, Sir (Dr.) Chief Harvey Major Iheanyi said that with the honour, he and his newly conferred colleagues would do more to ensure that the entire Uvuahu clan returns to its peaceful nature.
“With this honour done us, we will ensure that Uvuahu comes back to us peacefully. Let there be peace at Uvuahu clan.”
Sir Dr. Iheanyi described HRH Eze Jonah Sunday Wobodo as a good human being.
“The new monarch of Uvuahu, HRH Eze Sunday Jonah Wobodo is a very good human being. For him to have worked closely with our late Eze Ohaka means Eze Wobodo is prepared and ready to serve as the monarch of Uvuahu clan. Therefore, I pray that Eze Wobodo will rule well,” Sir Dr. Iheanyi prayed.
He stated that since Uvuahu clan used to be the food basket of Rivers State they would do their best to ensure that they return her to that state.
He also urged the youth of Uvuahu clan and Ikwerre ethnic nationality to embrace peace and acquire knowledge and skills.
Chairman of the recognition and conferment committee Chief Chinedu Tasie Nwabueze, charged all the new chiefs to work in the best interest of Uvuahu clan as he stressed the need for peace and stability as well as the growth and development of the clan.
Eminent Nigerians were conferred with chieftaincy titles including Chief Grant Offor of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC who, is also an illustrious son of Omagwu town in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
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