Barth Ndubuwah,Port Harcourt
Leaders and people of Elelenwo Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State Saturday conferred on the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, the traditional title of”Eze Omekweli kimbom of Elelenwo”.
LiterarilyLiterarilyy translated as “A King that develops the land of Elelenwo”.
Speaking during the Community Reception for the Governor,Nyeweli of Elelenwo, Eze Sunny Weli Chukwu declared September 14 every year as Elelenwo Day in comomoration of Governor Wike’s developmental agenda to the area .
He said: “Henceforth, September 14 will be celebrated as Elelenwo Day. Each time we celebrate this day, we shall remember Governor Wike for turning around the fortunes of this community ”
Spokesman of Elelenwo Community, Chief Collins Amadi said that the people of Elelenwo community resolved to honour Governor Wike because of his commitment to the development of the area.
He said the Rumuokwurusi-Elelenwo-Akpajo Road was a nightmare, which destroyed the economy of the community and led to the closure of businesses. He said by building a dual Carriageway in the area, Governor Wike has revived the Elelenwo Community and empowered the people.
Responding, the Rivers State Governor, expressed happiness that the people of Elelenwo community have always supported him all through his political career.
“Elelenwo people have always supported my political growth. They have always taken steps to ensure that we make the desired progress. Elelenwo community has great children who are good and committed people”, he said.
He explained that he agreed to accept the chieftaincy as a mark of respect to leaders and people of the area, who stand firm to defend his political progress.
He said: “I don’t usually accept chieftaincy titles, but I had to accept that of Elelenwo because of their consistent support “.
In recognition of the support of the Elelenwo community, Governor Wike upgraded the stool of Nyeweli Elelenwo to a second class status.
Governor Wike also granted the request of the community for the construction of a major police station inside the Rivers State Television(RSTV)Compound.
The Governor reiterated that he will continue to work for the rapid growth of Rivers State. He said his commitment to the development of Rivers State is his only reward to the people for the continued support.