Olu of Warri: Seven chiefs confirmed as revalidation exercise continues

The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III, on Saturday, formally confirmed seven additional traditional chiefs in Itsekiriland as the chieftaincy revalidation exercise he directed recently continued.

The carnival-like exercise, which followed an earlier public notice by the monarch dissolving the Council and other committees in the Kingdom, took place at Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiris in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Those who had their chieftaincies revalidated at the ceremony on Saturday include Chief Isaac Jemide (Otsodin); Chief Sunday Rone (Obazuaye); Chief P. D. Yalaju (Kenekuniraro); Chief Francis Omatseye (Edigbe); Chief Oma Eyewuoma (Aboludero); Chief Mark Erumi (Chaplin) and Chief Richmond McGray (Oritseboluwo).

All the chiefs pledged their moral and financial support for the socioeconomic agenda of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III to transform the Warri Kingdom without further delay.

One of them, Chief Richmond McGray, the Oritseboluwo of the Warri Kingdom, acknowledged the desirability of the revalidation/confirmation exercise noting that “it affords the king to know his inherited chiefs and familiarize himself with them in actualizing his progressive agenda”.

He enjoined well-meaning Itsekiris, home and abroad, to partner with the monarch through the establishment of cottage industries to absolve the teeming unemployed graduates, thus supporting in actualizing the monarch’s noble goal of mobilizing empowerment for women and youths in the kingdom.

The PUNCH gathered that the chieftaincy revalidation/confirmation exercise, which has been scheduled in batches, would continue on Monday. PUNCH

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