Bayelsa,Rivers state border community, Mbiama in the Ahoada West council area of Rivers state now has a new Paramount ruler.
This is coming as the commercial border community Monday coronated His Royal Highness,Otovie Smith Sylvanus as their new monarch.
HRH Sylvanus having been coronated is the eleventh Okilomakie (paramount ruler) of the community described as the commercial nerve centre of the fast urbanising Rivers local government area.
Speaking with Newsmen,chairman of the occasion and Managing Director and CEO of the duo of Chrisnime global services Ltd and Inimex energy Ltd, respectively, Mr Inime Karibo harped on the need for support for the new Paramount ruler towards the sustenance of peace and harmony.
He restated that the monarch was a young,vibrant leader who was tested and trusted,noting that there were indications that the community was headed for better days.
Installing the monarch,the Okilomu-Ibe (iii) of Engenni kingdom,HRM (King) Moore Ubuo,represented by the Secretary, Engenni kingdom council of Traditional rulers and chiefs,HRH Amo Ididi charged the people of Mbiama community to accord the needed respect and honour to the Paramount ruler.
He reiterated that the Engenni council of chiefs was willing to work with all Traditional rulers within the kingdom for the rapid socio-economic development of their communities,saying,Mbiama holds special significance amongst communities of the kingdom and Rivers state.
In the same vein,the Okobaro of Urhobo (Traditional ruler) of Urhobo in Bayelsa state, HRM (King) Joshua Aweyu, speaking a guest shortly after the coronation has described the installation of the Mbiama royal father as a ‘square peg,put in a square hole’.
According to the Urhobo monarch,the Mbiama monarch who is a friend of his, has the required capacity to reign over his people as king,noting that the Urhobo community in Bayelsa and those living and doing business in the community were ready to work for the development of the community.
Meanwhile, the newly installed Mbiama monarch has again warned criminal elements to steer clear from the community as according to him, his reign would not condone any form of crime and criminality.
The royal father mentioned that just immediately after his emergence as traditional ruler-elect he swung into action,saying the Mbiama community under his leadership has become even safer,as he has made it uncomfortable for hoodlums.
Earlier,in his welcome address,chairman of the coronation planning committee and Chairman, community Development committee, CDC,Mbiama,Engr.Moore Sokari said the community following the vacuum created by the demise of their erstwhile paramount ruler a few years ago necessitated the election and subsequent installation of the new monarch.
Sokari described the new monarch as one who has served the community in many capacities, noting since he became the monarch-elect there have significant progress in the scheme of things in the community.
Paramount ruler of Mbiama acknowledging cheers from the crowed.