A delegation of leaders of Idu-Obosiukwu Community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA), recently paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Commissioner of Urban Development and Physical Planning, Prince Isaac Umejuru, JP at his office in Port Harcourt to celebrate the recent appointment.
Under the auspices of Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF) of Idu-Obosiukwu Community, the group, led on the visit by its Chairman, Sir (Engr) Clement Umejuru, conveyed their heartfelt congratulations to the Commissioner on his new role and pledged unflinching support for his endeavors in public service.
The CCF Chairman, a Knight of St. Stephen (KSS), expressed profound delight in the Commissioner’s appointment, emphasizing the commitment of Idu-Obosiukwu Community to collaborating closely with the government in uplifting their welfare.
He told the Commissioner that his appointment is a testament to his dedication and competence, assuring him of full support as he embarks on this noble service to the state.
“While we consider this appointment as well deserved, having served your party, PDP effectively, our appreciation very well goes to our indefatigable Governor, Sir Siminialayi Fubara for finding you worthy to serve.
“For us as a group and leaders, it’s on record and a mark of history that you are the first to be appointed to this height of public service. Congratulations sir”, Sir Umejuru declared, eliciting applause from the gathering.
In their separate but brief speeches, Ochioha of Idu-Obosiukwu Community, Chief George Nwakoma, on behalf of the community expressed delight over Prince Umejuru’s elevation. In his words, “Your service has always been an inspiration, and we trust you’ll continue to uplift our people in your new role.”
Similarly, a prominent leader in the community, Chief Rotechi Nwokidu while speaking, added: “Our beloved brother, your appointment is a testament to your dedication. We stand by you in unity, ready to collaborate for the progress of our community”.
Responding, the Commissioner, a son of Idu-Obosiukwu Community, acknowledged the delegation while conveying his gratitude for their visit.
He said he was deeply honoured by the community’s gesture, and called for closer collaboration for lasting peace and tranquility in the community.
While assuring of his commitment to addressing their needs and aspirations, the Commissioner promised to join them to celebrate the yuletide and further engage in mutual mind-rubbing and brainstorming.
Among other dignitaries present at the occasion were the Executive Council of CCF, Idu-Obosiukwu Youths President, Comrade Ehuike C., Chief Ifeanyi Orukwowu, Chief Gift Nwokidu and host of others, including youths and women who held a session and prayed for the Commissioner.
A significant highlight emerged as the Commissioner was adorned with a traditional attire. This symbolic dressing held profound cultural significance as the community leaders presented Prince Umejuru with a ceremonial cap, a vibrant wrapper, and a distinguished walking stick.
The cap, signifying protection, was placed on the Commissioner’s head, symbolizing the community’s commitment to safeguarding and supporting him in his new role.
The wrapper, representing an assurance that one would never go naked, was draped around Prince Umejuru, signifying the community’s pledge to ensure his needs are always met.
Lastly, the walking stick, emblematic of constant support, was handed to the Commissioner, symbolizing the community’s unwavering commitment to stand by him through thick and thin.
This symbolic moment marked the pinnacle of the visit, encapsulating the depth of the community’s support and their profound cultural traditions.