How we’ve have lost our value -Delta monarch
A Monarch, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom in Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso Abe 1, JP. OON has lamented the derogation of Uvwie communal value system and norms due to corruption.
He also noted that they have lost their value system which include respect for elders and constituted authorities, love for one another and hard work.
The traditional ruler who recently led his chiefs and others on 10km walk for sustenance of peace in his community, made this known at the weekend at the grand finale of activities to mark his 15th year coronation anniversary.
Uvwie monarch stated that, “the political class must be aware that the traditional institution is to complement them in a mutual or bio-synthetic relationship. We both need each other. We are not in rivalry or competitive position. The peace and progress or Uvwie Kingdom depends on very cordial good relationship of traditional institution and the political class”
While addressing the participants, HRM Sideso spoke on the interlude in Uvwie Kingdom before his ascension and his five-point agenda which he said he had successfully executed. They included building a permanent palace, educating the teeming youths through provision of scholarships, restructuring of the traditional administrative system, preservation of acceptable traditional practices and culture, restoration of peace throughout Uvwie Kingdom and building of peace throughout the kingdom as well as a sense of unity, belonging and integration among the people and neighbours in particular.
According to the Delta monarch “as at 2022/2023 academic session, we have a total of 1,500 beneficiaries in the scholarship scheme and disburse an average of N4.76m every academic session to beneficiaries. Apart from the yearly scholarship award, we also intervene in assisting indigenes in special professional areas. We have successfully trained a female pilot in her type-rating course abroad and is currently flying with a private airline in the country. We are in search of young Uvwie graduates in surveying profession that we can assist to acquire more degrees and professional qualification”.
While hailing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for supporting the Education and Scholarship scheme with donation of N5m yearly for the past five years, the monarch implored the incoming government to continue to fund the scheme.
Sideso who pointed out that regarding the expanded population, the emergence of new settlements and the opening up of more lands to socio-economic activities, clamoured for increase of the four administrative units to nine with the approval of the state government.
The current administrative units are, Alegbor, Ogbe, Ekpan, Ugbomro, Erovie, Ugboroke, Ovwori, Oriokpor and Ohorhe.
He regretted the denigration of Uvwie communal value system and norms due corrupt practice stating, “we have lost our value system which include communication, respect for elders and constituted authorities, love for one another and hard work”. He urged a return to the past and restoration of Uvwie past glory. “We must shun disobedience, lack of respect and remain humble always, the values for which Uvwie people were known”, he said
Dignitaries at the event were Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who was represented by his chief of Staff, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, the state governor-elect, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, several government and traditional rulers from across the country.
The two-week anniversary ceremony began with a visit to the various quarters, a quiz competition for primary and secondary school pupils, a peace and health walk and colloquium on “Uvwie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
There were also tributes and cultural day on Saturday while the celebration was rounded up with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.