The members of the Upata Traditional Rulers Council in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State have on Saturday renamed the stool of Eze Igbu Upata to Nye Udu Igbu Upata.
According to a statement released by Comrade Oyagiri Monday, Special Assistant on Media, the decision was in consonance with Ekpeye language, culture and tradition.
The meeting which was attended by members of the Upata Traditional Council, leadership of Uzugbani Upata, members of the Upata Advisory Council, Women leaders and strategic partners including Bishop Clement Nathan Ekpeye, Professor Victor Akujuru, Sir Nnamdi Okpu, Sir Samuel Egbe, Dr. Nkasiobi Oguzor, Elder Chukuneke Esukpa among others, lauded the achievements of HRM, Nye Udu Upata III, Nye Udu Felix Enene Otuwarikpo, for promoting unity among the people.
The idea whereby Eze Nwe Ula changed to Nye Udu Ula; the sub clan heads (District Heads) remained Nye Udu Ede Upata, Nye Udu Akpana Upata, Nye Udu Owu Upata and Nye Udu Ugboko Upata respectively is to indegenize and reflects our valued Ekpeye heritage.
High points of the meeting included the adoption of the Upata Burial Bye-law, renaming of the apex socio-cultural organisation of the Upata people from Upata National Assembly to Uzugbani Upata and, its Executive members shall serve four years and renewable for another term. The peoples’ Constitution was also presented and adopted.
The meeting also considered one year mourning period upon the death of Nye Udu Igbu Upata. In future, a new Nye Udu Igbu Upata is expected to emerge and coronated six months after his death to avoid vacuum and unnecessary distraction to the functions of the throne.
In his address, the monarch highlighted the need for a well-founded synergy between the people and the traditional institution for effective governance.
He further said that to rise above ethnicity, religion and sentiments, the traditional leadership was the only institution that Nigerians can look up to for solution to the deteriorating security situation in the country.