The Paramount Ruler of Obotebe Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM, King Emmanuel Warewini Arikawei, aka King Etopo has pledged his monthly entitlements as a King for the building of a befitting Palace and development of Obotebe Kingdom.
King Etopo flanked by his counterpart in Ogbolubiri, HRM, Pere Johnbull Polokowei made the pledge in Obotebe Town, headquarters of Obotebe Kingdom during the conferment of Chieftaincy titles on some sons and daughters of the Kingdom.
He said his ascension to the throne of Obotebe Kingdom is not for the pecuniary benefits, entitlements and euphoria of the office, but to raise the Obotebe Kingdom to one of the fastest growing community in the area of development, using his wealth of experience and connections.
The Monarch said Obotebe Kingdom must be given it’s pride of place, stressing that the epidemic nature of annual flooding of the community has now became endemic.
“Heavy duty machines for dredging and excavation shall arrive Obotebe town to commence dredging and link the community with neighboring communities in order to give place face-lift and fast track development as well as ease the pains that comes with annual flooding”. King Arikawei said.
The traditional ruler commended Government’s efforts to curb the menace of annual flooding and its attendance challenges, urging all hands to be on deck as Government can’t do it all.
King Etopo while conferring the chieftaincy titles to the beneficiaries, warned against misconducts and vices capable of bringing the Kingdom to a disrepute and charged all to be a worthy ambassadors and peacemakers from the Kingdom with pride.
“My reign as King shall be a bonus and not otherwise. I shall always and above all promote and encourage activities that will place the kingdom on the paths of progress, peace and unity. My salary as king, I will not touched but shall be used in addition with other contributions Use to build a Royal palace for the King. it is for the Obotebe people”. He said.
Those that were conferred chieftaincy title were amongst whom, Princess Beauty Perekeme, Barr. Bekere Fuludu, Mr. Samuel Eneghan and Mr. Orlando Ayebide and Mr. Johnson Sebiribo.