Ghana Frontline 2024 Presidential Candidate under the platform of All People’s Congress (APC), Dr. Hassan Ayariga, and his wife, Anitta were among prominent dignitaries that graced the 2nd coronation anniversary celebration of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III at the Olu Palace, Warri, Delta State.
The roll call of dignitaries include Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, represented by his deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, Dr. Sunny Ofehe, Netherlands based former Delta State governorship candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP),and environmental rights activist who led a high-powered delegations including Mr. Dirk Bos (The Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Ernst Franzek (Germany), Mr. Niels Ducaat (The Netherlands), Mr. Jacobus Van Wissen (The Netherlands), Dr. & Mrs. Hassan Ayariga, All People’s Congress (APC) Ghana Presidential Candidate, Dr. Newton Jibunoh (CEO Nelson Mandela Park), Mr. Tola Osunkiyesi ( MD Nelson Mandela Park), Mr. Joe Ogbodu (Delegation, Head Media), Dr. Tega Ekpamaku (CEO Collective Power The Netherlands) to the event.
Others present were the United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator, Matthias Schmale, who also led a team for the UN office, Abuja, delegations from the UK, Canada and Uganda among others.
Speaking at the well attended event, Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, said that Delta State can become an investment destination of the world with every Deltans making commitment to the policy thrust of the state government.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, called on all Deltans to be committed to making the state an destination for investors.
He said, “It gives me great pleasure, indeed, a great honour to be here to celebrate a King who is a great image maker, a great marketer of Warri Kingdom nay Delta State to the world.
“Your Majesty, we are aware of your success stories in breaking new grounds in bilateral relationships with countries, this is highly commendable as it is in line with our administration’s commitment to making Delta State the investment destination of the world.
“It is remarkable that within your two years on the exalted throne of your forefathers that the Federal Government, has also, recognized your achievements and conferred on you, the prestigious award of the Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR.
“As you mark this great anniversary, may God continue to grant you the means to ensure good, purposeful leadership and may your people, our people continue to support you to ensure that your good intentions yield desired results.
“Your Majesty, it is the right thing to do for those we lead to respect us as it is Biblical for them to do so.
“The book of Romans chapter 13 verse one made it clear that, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”
“It is on this note that I wish to assure you, Your Majesty that as a government, we shall continue to support our traditional rulers because we are aware of the roles that you play in ensuring peaceful Kingdoms; if your kingdoms are peaceful, our state will be peaceful and our programmes will be delivered successfully to the benefits of all Deltans and humanity.
“Your Majesty, it is on this note that once again, I on behalf of the government and the good people of Delta State, say, congratulations and happy coronation anniversary”.
In his speech, the reverred king, called on sons and daughters of Iwere Nation to join hands in building Warri Kingdom.
He said it is by far the easier to destroy, tear and pull down than to build, but “we as Iwere people must build our communities, our land and our children.
“To get good things we must work hard and as your king, we are ready to work hard for Iwere people.
“This is therefore an open invitation to all Itsekiri sons and daughters home and in diaspora to build Iwere land and take it to greater heights.
“As your king, we lead by example, we have completed our house in Warri, we will renovate the palace in Warri and reconstruct the palace in Ode-Itsekiri.
“We will also build the rural areas as well as build our capacity of our people and develop infrastructure,” he said.
The traditional ruler said that, in addition to conferment of chieftaincy titles to outstanding individuals in the kingdom, exceptional excellence in various fields of work will be celebrated in the palace.
“The palace will be open to receive anyone who has excelled in various fields and will be made pioneers in that area.”
The Monarch, celebrated an Iwere son, Master Eworitsewami Norbert who scored 9As in WAEC and 344 in JAMB.
The Olu of Warri disclosed that the Iwere Master plan was in progress and one of the vital components of the Master Plan is the Petroleum Industry Act PIA, which will be used to develop oil producing areas as well as link the area that do not have oil.
“Under our watch, we will not encourage taking resources from one place to another but all Iwere land must be linked together, we must be our brothers keeper.
“We have authorized a transparent process to manage PIA, we will be coming to your communities to engage you on how we can get the best for Iwere land,” he said.
The Ugbajo Itsekiri, United Kingdom was part of the Iwere descendants who payed traditional obeisance to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III in his palace.