In its 5th edition, the Opobo Marathon event proved to have gathered momentum last Thursday.
The sports event billed to draw runners across the South-East Senatorial District went beyond that as many athletes from different parts of the country participated.
Organisers of the programme, a non- governmental group that promotes Opobo culture and tourism, The Opobo Connect, told The Tide Metro that the marathon remains a veritable tool in attracting people to the ancient island known for its beautiful culture and dances.
Coordinator of Opobo Connect, Iyowuna Cookey, said this year’s event was a success considering the sponsors that gave support, including individuals who threw their weight to ensure that it was smooth.
“During the previous editions we had a slow run, but this seems to have added more colour”, Cookey enthused.
Most of the additions were side entertainment and prize money for winners. It was increased to N1million this year.
Also, the mileage was increased to 17 kilometers as against 15km of last year.
The Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council and Amayanabo of Opobo Kingdom, HRM Dandeson Jaja, flagged off the event as he later braced the tape at the end point in main Opobo Town close to the St Paul’s Anglican field at the waterfront.
King Jaja V said the marathon promised to be tourist magnet and at the same time a health booster.
He called on companies and individuals to support the event, assuring that in the years to come it will grow to become one of those in London and France.
The royal father said Opobo, aside its culture, was also building other avenues of revenue to strengthen its economic base.
On his part, former Vice President of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), South-South, Sodi Peterside, who presided over proceedings at the marathon, acknowledged that it was a success.
Peterside added that he was elated that the marathon was building momentum and was hopeful that next year’s event would be better.
Ogbogolo Kingdom Excited Over Stool Elevation ……Assures Total Peace
His Royal Highness James Rowland, Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo Kingdom in Ahoada West Local Government Area, has hailed Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the elevation of Obenemaibe stool.
Hon. Rowland described the elevation of Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo kingdom by Chief Wike as one of the best things that could happen to his people.
Hon. Rowland, occupant of the stool, made the assertion in swift reaction to the governor’s pronouncement.
The Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo kingdom said he lacked words to appreciate Governor Wike for his love, passion and development of his people
He revealed by this singular gesture Governor Wike has proved he is God’s gift to Rivers State and the people of Ogbogolo kingdom will go any length to reciprocate.
According to him, “Today is the best happiest day for us. It is the best day so far because our dear governor and in-law has surprised us with the elevation of Ogbogolo stool.
“I’m most overwhelmed because it happened during my reign.
“What the governor has done is a big lesson that patience is good .
Our people were patient enough and their patience has finally paid off.
“Many thanks to our dear governor. We assure him of our total support during the elections”, he said.
He stressed that peace and unity of the kingdom would remain his watchword.
Hon. Rowland noted that no meaningful development can thrive in environment where there is no peace hence all hands will be on deck to ensure peace of the kingdom.
While commending the governor for the flag-off of Obodhi-Ozochi communities’ roads which will bring development to the rural areas, he expressed joy over the governor’s developmental strides in the state, urging him not to relent as the people of Ogbogolo will give him maximum support.
Amadabo Palace Lights Up Finima Town
The landscape and cultural atmosphere of Finima got lighted up yesterday as Amadabo palace in the ancient community was unveiled.
A jubilant atmosphere engulfed the NLNG host community in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State with indigenes and visitors taking a peek at the massive building on Thursday.
The architectural masterpiece houses the Amadabo of Finima.
Tide Metro learnt that the various strata of Finima society are excited to represent themselves at the event yesterday at Sonia Suu in Zone 4, Finima.
The new palace of the Amadabo of Finima. The palace, which sits on 4 plot of land, was described by an urban development enthusiast, who preferred anonymity, as a “quintessential edifice and an architectural marvel”, which celebrates the centuries old enterprise of the Ibani nay Ijaw people of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
A former Public Relations Officer of the Buoye Omuso Brown Major House (BOBH) Asawo, Idatonye Lambert told The Tide Metro over the phone on Wednesday that “the palace has 250 seated capacity palace halls, executive chamber, four bedroom quarters for the Amadabo, secretariat, security control room and watchtower”.
Idatonye Lambert Brown said, “I’m inviting all and sundry to Finima Community today to share in our joy as we unveil our Amadabo’s palace for this and coming generations to behold the awesome beauty of our dear community, the ancient Finima Community.”
The Tide Metro investigations revealed that peace pervades the length and breadth of the community as residents go about their normal activities uninterrupted by anyone, a situation bolstered by the presence of security personnel drawn the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Finima Division as well as other sister security agencies.
New Iriebe Yam Zone Gets New CTC
The Iriebe Yam Zone in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area now has a new caretaker to pilot its affairs.
Mallam Msugh Kukwa-led caretaker committee was inaugurated earlier this week and has sued for peace among members of the market association.
While speaking with newsmen in his office shortly after assuming office, Kukwa urged all factions to sheathe their swords.
Recall that two factions in the market were claiming leadership after the expiration of Alhaji Mohammadu Gembe-led exco.
Kuwka said members need to embrace peace in all forms to move the market forward and sustain development in the state.
He said everyone will be carried along for equity, peace and social harmony in the market, while appealing for total support and collaboration of members.
The new caretaker chairman further commended the timely intervention of the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies.
Kukwa noted that the fatherly role played by Iriebe traditional institution, led by Eze Jeremiah Worenwu, cannot be over emphasised.
He noted that the market had been peaceful since it was established many years ago, where different tribes in Nigeria and beyond transacted their businesses and assisted in building the economic base of the state.
The Chairman of the Iriebe Yam Zone assured the traders that he would work in synergy with all bodies to achieve success
Kukwa hinted on his readiness to hand over to new leadership after election must have been conducted, describing Iriebe as a peaceful community that always protected the interest of strangers
He said marketers and business communities were happy with the way the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike had transformed and piloted the state.
He assured the governor that Iriebe yam traders will continue to support him.
Some of the traders, who spoke said the new chairman has all it takes to deliver and protect their interest.
They said the new chairman will bring his wealth of experience to bear, pledging to give him necessary support to excel and consolidate on the successes recorded by Alhaji Mohammadu-led executive.
By: Kevin Nengia
Politics4 days ago
Ikonne: Conduct Fresh Primary In 14 Days Or Forget Election, INEC Tells Abia PDP
News4 days ago
God Won’t Let Those Plotting To Deal With Me Win Presidency -Wike
Niger Delta2 days ago
Calabar Residents Lament Epileptic Power Supply, Fuel Scarcity
News2 days ago
FG Backs US Visa Ban On Election Riggers
Business4 days ago
NARTO Warns Members Against Fuel Diversion
Niger Delta4 days ago
UNICEF Wants End To Violence Against Women, Children In Bayelsa
Nation2 days ago
Lecturers Hail TETFund’s Development Role In Education
Business2 days ago
Contributory Pension Assets Rise To N14.9trn