Okpara’s Father Installed ‘Okarorho’ of Eku

BY MARYJANE OGEAH
LONGEVITY as one of the utmost requests of man from God, when attained, gives cause for thanksgiving. So was the case with Chief Joseph. O. Okpara (JP), father of Hon. Kenneth Okpara, Delta commissioner for Finance, as he was recently installed the Okarorho (oldest man) of Eku kingdom (Ogisi).
The installation ceremony which had eminent sons and daughters of Urhobo nation as well as dignitaries from all walks of life, in attendance, took place at the newly built Eku town hall which was equally dedicated same day, to the gratitude of Hon. Kenneth Okpara, the architect of such development.
While thanking guests for honouring the invitation, Hon. Kenneth Okpara, said that it was a double ceremony of his father’s installation and dedication of the Eku town hall. He said his father had three wishes he wanted fulfilled in his life time: the construction of the Eku bridge which links the kingdom to the Edo community and their neighbouring Oghara kingdom, the building of the town hall and his installation as the Okarorho of Eku, noting that now that these three wishes of his father had come to fruition, he is as happy and fulfilled as the rest of his siblings.
Hon. Okpara, who was bestowed the ‘Urhurukpe’ (light of Eku) award at the occasion, commended Governor Uduaghan who he said would have been in attendance, but for other pressing activities, adding that the Governor’s show of affection in appointing him as commissioner had made it possible for Eku kingdom to experience whatever development that is coming to them. He therefore, advised the people to continue to support the Government in power and support all PDP candidates, saying that it is only when they support who they know that there would be much possibility of appointing sons and daughters of Eku into political positions.
Also at the occasion, was the PDP senatorial candidate, Chief Ighoyota Amori, who said that God has used Hon. Okpara to do the wonderful work of erecting the town hall and the bridge which he said costs millions of naira. “What ever you see here is the time of Eku to enjoy, as God has produced a leader for you in the person of Kenneth Okpara, just like the biblical Moses who led the people of Israel. We need more Ken Okpara in this community. If he was not in Government, all these development would not have gotten here. I think this is the best community hall you can see around. I am part of those giving him this support to continue his good work,” said Chief Amori.
The presiding Bishop of Harvest Power Church of Eku, Bishop David O. Onuoha, while dedicating the town hall, advised communal relationship amongst the people of Eku, saying that one tree cannot make a forest.
Also in attendance were, PDP Delta State House of Assembly candidate, Olorogun (Barr.) Arthur Akpowowo, Chief Benard Edewor and other notable personalities