The Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his men, Hon. Barr. Fred Mbombo Igwe, Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Oji N. Ngofa, Executive chairman of Eleme local government area and Hon. Marcus Nle-Eji, former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, were on Saturday, June 2, 2012, crowned and given various chieftaincy titles by the people of Aleto in Eleme LGA.
Amaechi who was represented by one of the chiefs of Obuikor W. the Eleme community, Chief Bebe Okpabi, was given the Nyime Nten (Good/caring father) 1 of Aleto, Hon. Ngofa was given E-era I (The light)1 of Aleto.
Hon. Barr. Fred Mbombo Igwe is Abachu Owi (Son of the Soil) 1, while Hon. Marcus Nle-Eji is Nyime-Ekoo (Best Friend) 1 of Aleto.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion advised the awardees to regard the honour done to them as appreciation of good work and that they should not relent in doing good as some who after being awarded, take it as having arrived.
Speaking to the press, the paramount ruler of Aleto, HRH Chief (Dr.) Philip Osaro Obele (JP), Oneh-eh Nchia IX, said the Aleto people decided to honour Chibuike Amaechi for his good gestures to Aleto.
He has it that the governor did not leave Aleto behind in his developmental approach, both in human and infrastructural development.
According to Obele who is also the secretary, Eleme Council of Chiefs and Elders, the former commissioner of Culture and Tourism is a good friend of Aleto who used his office to help Aleto, and that and the people of Aleto are happy with the governor for making it possible for chief Ngofa to continue the chairmanship of the LGA for second tenure.
He went on to say that the governor so loved Aleto people that he appointed a son of the soil as commissioner for sports in this dispensation.
He advised youths to conduct themselves with honestly, emulate elders, adding that those they honoured got theirs by obedience, respect to elders and good character.
Chief Ngofa in his acceptance speech appreciated the people of Aleto for the honour done to them, explained that works going on in their community would be completed, adding that work on light in their community would soon finish and they would enjoy regular light.
In the same vein, Comrade Prince N. Okereke who is the youth security president, congratulated the awardees, adding that they should not relent in doing good, knowing that eyes are watching them.
Okereke told the press that the peace in Eleme is no magic but rather because the people sought peace and watch one another, refusing to allow invaders using them as channels to formulate chaos in the area.
He called on president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to use the constitutional powers within his reach to trace the Boko Haram members who are causing security breaches in the country to their root and bring them out for discipline accordingly.
He pointed out that the Boko Haram carried out breakdown of the law because they felt the president of the nation is from the place they don’t like, and that if the president was a northerner, they would not have done what they are doing. ###
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