Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike has officially presented the certificate of recognition and staff of office His Majesty, Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi, Eze Igbu Akoh II, and traditional ruler of Akoh Kingdom in Ahoada East Local Government Area.
Speaking at the ceremony performed at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike, urged the king to use his position to foster peace and harmony in his domain.
Governor Wike explained that the certificate of recognition was signed on the 26th of October, 2020, but its formal presentation was delayed due to some issues that have now been resolved.
“This certificate was signed on the 26th of October, 2020, but because of some exigencies we were not able to present it, and since that time have been able to reconcile a lot of things.
And so, we deemed it necessary and proper today to officially present the certificate and staff of office to you, even though you were recognized on 26th of October, 2020.”
The Rivers State governor advised the king to resist the temptation of using his exalted office to foment crisis in his kingdom as that will negate the intent of his recognition as a first-class traditional ruler by the State government.
“This certificate is not for you to go and foment trouble. This certificate is not for you to cause crisis. It is for you to bring peace, and harmony and have a good relationship with the government of the State.
You are the representative of the government, who will liaise with the government as far as traditional issues are concerned.”
Governor Wike warned that the State government ll does not hesitate to withdraw the certificate from the king because he violates the fundamental principles of the code of conduct that relates to the cognition of traditional rulers.
He urged the king to comport himself as a first-class traditional ruler and ensure government projects are executed in his domain without hindrance.
“We have done a lot for Ekpeye, so we expect nothing but cooperation with government, peace, and unity.
When jobs are going on in your kingdom, we expect you to rally around the youths and women, and leaders of that area so that government can provide the necessary amenities that your people require.”
The ceremony was witnessed by the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeye land, Sir Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, and other prominent sons and daughters of Ekpeye kingdom.