The State Government during the presentation of the Staff of Office to the newly installed Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Okumagba the Second, noted that Government does not meddle with the selection of traditional rulers.
The Governor warned that the State Government will not tolerate illegal traditional stools in any part of the State, said every traditional ruler must be recognized and formerly endorsed by the State Government.
Adding that any community that wants a king must follow due process which includes selection by its people.
Dignitaries from all parts of Delta State to appraised the choice of Emmanuel Okumagba as the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Okumagba the Second, describing him as a square peg in a square hole.
Describing, as well deserved, dignitaries and other guests at the ceremony expressed satisfaction that the peaceful nature of the Okere Urhobo Monarch has helped to entrench peace across the Kingdom.
Those who spoke, including the Chairman of Warri South Local Government, Dr Michael Tidi, Chairman of Delta State Library Board, Chief Israel Abido, Chief Francis Obule, Chief Bright Okumagba and some clergymen at the event, wished the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom fruitful years on the throne of his ancestors.
They said Okere-Urhobo Kingdom was strategically located and urged its indigenes to build good relationship with their neighbours.
While noting that the presentation of Staff of Office to the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom was historic, they stated that the recognition of the Kingdom by the Delta State Government has added much more value.
The State Government urged the people of Okere Urhobo Kingdom to rally round their new monarch, in order to ease the task of discharging his duties.
Governor Okowa enjoined the Monarch to see his elevation as a call to contribute his quota to the development of Okere Urhobo Kingdom.
He also urged the new Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom to bring his virtues and wealth of experience in public and private life to bear in handling the responsibility bestowed on him by his people and continue to contribute to the peace process of the kingdom, in Warri South Local Government Area and the State in general.
Governor Okowa while calling on the people of Okere Urhobo Kingdom to live in peace and robust brotherhood with their neighbours, said their requests, particularly the demand for the rehabilitation of the roads around Okumagba Layout will be channeled to the appropriate agencies of government for necessary attention.
While congratulating Okumagba the Second on his appointment and recognition as the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Governor Okowa urged him to reciprocate the kind gesture of the people by promoting their interest and projecting their culture to the world.
For his part, the Usiavwe of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Omovie, commended the Delta State Government for the presentation of staff of office to the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Okumagba the Second, noting that his reign would bring lasting peace to the kingdom.
Dignitaries, including Royal fathers from different parts of the state, were in attendance.