The annual Unyeada Day celebration to mark the landmark judgment that declared HRH King (Dr.) Israel Uzamaden Otuo (IX) JP as the rightful king of Unyeada after a 74 year trial (1927-2001) has held in the area amidst pomp and pageantry.
The grand finale of the series of events held on 29th June at the Otuo Royal Grand Square after the king led a procession there by 2 pm followed by dignitaries who included: Queen Angelina Otuo, the chairman Unyeada Divisional Council of Chiefs- Chief Frank L. Igaulom, his deputy- High Chief Erasmus T. Mbira, Chief E. N Elleh, the women leader-Madam Egwung Igana, Even. H. O Esuku, Hon. Isaiah Gogo- Ogute, Hon. Emilia Gilbert Nte, the CDC executives, etc amidst singing and dancing by the people.
In his exhortation to the people, Ven Esuku spoke on the topic: “Beware of yourself” in which he admonished all and sundry to mind the way they talk and not sell the community to outsiders. He urged all to repent of their evil ways as there is a payday for every of our deeds or misdeeds.
In his address, King Otuo thanked God for preserving their lives to see another celebration and for preserving the kingdom while the tussle lasted in court. He urged all to be involved in the development of the area and prayed God to continue to give them wisdom to carry this out. He also went on to change the community’s slogan to reflect the current and global aspiration of the people and condemned cultism and other vices in the area while thanking Governor Nyesom Wike for heeding their call and giving Unyeada a Police Headquarter. He, however, asked him to also award the contract for the link road of Asarama to Unyeada and Oka Ama and Isiodum Roads.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to five deserving indigenes of the area. These are: Hon. Sam Sam Etetegwung, Hon. Emilia Gilbert Nte, Hon. Isaiah Gogo-Ogute, Sir Cyrus Nkagu and Monday Levi for their positive impact in the area.
In his response on behalf of the recipients, Hon. Etetegwung thanked God, the king and the people and promised they will not relent in doing good.
Chief Igaulom praised the visionary leadership of King Otuo and asked the government to promote his stool to a First Class one. His deputy, Chief Mbira, spoke in similar vein while urging the people to be united and be their brothers’ keeper in a speech he titled “Ubuntu”.
The women leader, Madam Igana, asked for more Police personnel to be drafted to the Unyeada headquarter and for skill acquisition to be initiated for the women and youths. She also asked for a General Hospital or Cottage Hospital to prevent avoidable death as well as potable water.
Hon. Emilia Nte closed the occasion after praying for peace and unity among the people so there can be development.
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