• Urges Robert Onome, others to protect Okpe interests
By Adenike Sanda
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Sunday extolled the virtues of the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Orhue 1, saying in ten years, the Okpe monarch served the kingdom with unerring grace, dignity and decency.In a congratulatory message to His Royal Majesty, Igbuya said Orodje’s personality and contributions had changed the world’s perception of Okpe kingdom and the people.
“His Royal Majesty’s ten years reign is not only eventful but beneficial to the kingdom and humanity. The peace, progress and prosperity can be attributed to his wise and benevolent leadership” the speaker said.
He commended His Royal Majesty for demonstrating exemplary leadership, living above board and for serving as a source of strength and inspiration for many within and outside the kingdom.
The Rt. Hon Speaker also commended the Okpe monarch for playing significant roles in the promotion of harmony, socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among diverse peoples.
“On behalf of myself, family and the good people of Sapele Local Government Area, I congratulate His Royal Majesty on the occasion of the 10th coronation anniversary. I also wish His Royal Majesty, members of the traditional council and all the good people of Okpe Kingdom continued good health, long life and God’s protection”.
Ending the message, the speaker “Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem and warmest congratulations to you and the people of Okpe Kingdom on this grand occasion”
In the same vein, the Rt. Hon Speaker on Sunday congratulated Chief Robert Onome on his election as the President General, Okpe Union.
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your emergence as the President General of Okpe Union. Your election is a testimony of the recognition of your immense abilities and contributions to the union and the kingdom”
Using the anniversary to embrace other causes close to his heart, Igbuya encouraged Chief Onome and other elected officials to project the Okpe people to the nation and the world at large.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that this position places on your shoulder tremendous responsibilities. It is however my hope that you will use your wealth of experience and leadership qualities to protect the interests of the Okpe nation”
“I wish you God’s help in yet another phase of your continuing service to Okpe kingdom” he added.
There is no impeachment threat against Delta Speaker, says Chief Press Secretary
There is no impeachment moves against the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, says Chief Press Secretary.
A statement from the office of the speaker not only distanced the members of the assembly from the impeachment rumour but described the members as highly responsible and patriotic individuals who are more concerned with the peaceful co-existence and development of the state than heating up the polity, as it is being insinuated by a section of the media.
The statement signed by Henry Ebireri also came hard on some journalists in the state, urging them not to turn the state into a battle field but to engage themselves in constructive and productive journalism.
He urged them to stop cheapening the profession by publishing unworthy news items and using unprintable words in their publications.
“The Rt. Hon Speaker did not exchange blow with any staff”
The Chief Press Secretary accused some media practitioners of working with some detractors to cause disaffection and disunity within the state.
“The Delta State House of Assembly is not a home for blackmailers, opportunists and hooligans”
He described the allegation of inexperience, corruption, high handedness and inability to lead the house as “unimaginable, unthinkable and cheap propaganda by enemies of the state.
Ebireri said some media practitioners and their sponsors were executing a plan to discredit the speaker.
He fired shot at those saying Igbuya is bringing the house into disrepute and ridicule, describing the view as an irresponsible vendetta.
The chief press secretary also accused some journalists of resorting to cheap blackmail and blatant lies in the agitation of the assembly workers.
He praised Igbuya for his dynamic leadership, outstanding contribution and commitment to the development of the state.
He commended him for stamping his unique leadership style in the management of the assembly and the steps that are essential to the future of the house.
“His life is a flowing tribute of excellence. His leadership style has earned him the gratitude and admiration of many while his conviction and willingness to speak out with a clear voice make him the best House of Assembly Speaker in the history of Delta State” he said.
“The Rt. Hon Speaker has helped to reshape legislative duties in the state. His outstanding leadership is appreciated by Deltans from all walks of life”
He assured the good people of Delta State that Igbuya would not be distracted in his assigned role of developing the state and working for the prosperity agenda of the Okowa administration.
“Chief Monday Igbuya has never acted against the interests of the members and the state. He will continue to play his role in the development of the non-oil sector, creation of wealth, reduction of youth unemployment, rapid infrastructural development and inclusive economic growth” Ebireri said.
He advised Mister Speaker to disregard the antics of blackmailers.
“Igbuya, a legislator so committed to the ideal of a better society and to the welfare of the down trodden, stands very tall in Nigeria as a man of great moral rectitude” he added.