The Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, and political leaders in the state saluted the new Obol Lopon of Ugep, His Royal Majesty, Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng and the entire people of Ugep as they prepare for the coronation of the Obol Lopon. The coronation comes up on June 26th 2015, at the Umor Otutu Palace, Ugep.
The coronation according to our source will attract dignitaries from all works of life across the country and abroad. The coronation is going to be a formal public presentation ceremony of the new monarch, who was duly selected on April 10th, 2015, following the demise of the former monarch, His Royal Majesty, Obol Ubi Ujong Inah.
In his goodwill message signed the Governor Ayade and addressed to His Royal Majesty, Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng, the Governor pointed out that his choice by the people of Ugep is as a result of the faith they have in him. “Your elevation to the coveted traditional stool of Obol Lopon is no doubt a manifestation of the great love your people have for you and their unstained faith in your capacity to superintend over them” Ayade called on the new traditional ruler to be fair and equitable to all in the discharge of his duties and ensure the maintenance of peace and harmony in his domain and among his neighbors, as according to him, “only an atmosphere of devoid of communal strife’s and hostility can guarantee real growth and development”.
He wished him a peaceful reign. Also in his felicitations, the former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, implored the new Obol Lopon to be fair to all and prayed God to grant him the wisdom for a peaceful and prosperous reign. He said, “given your background as a fearless, loyal and dedicated soldier with several years of meritorious service to Nigeria,…I have no doubt in my mind that you will provide effective leadership to your people as custodian of the culture, custom, tradition and values of the ancient Umor Otutu Kingdom”.