The traditional ruler of Igbodo Kingdom in Ika North East LGA of Delta State, HRM Obi (Barr.) Ikechukwu Nkeobikwu Osedume 1, has during a brief visit to the corporate office of Ika Weekly Newspaper on Thursday July 5, 2018, commended the publisher of Ika Weekly Newspaper, Mr. Steve Ekiri Mekiriuwa Ashien, for the vision of establishing the media outfit that is geared towards bringing information to the door steps of members of the rural communities in the eleven clans of Ika land. He appreciated the commitment of the publisher and members of Ika Weekly team for their comprehensive reportage in the past eleven years that has really helped in bridging the information gap of current happenings and events to people of Ika nation.
The royal father while urging the media crew to always work as one in achieving the set goals charged all to be creative and committed to the growth of the outfit. He called on the general public to always patronize the newspaper in order to support and encourage the paper to gain wider acceptance.
Speaking further, he advised the media crew to abide by the principle of true and objective journalism, which he noted should be the hallmark of the newspaper.
While assessing the administration of His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in the past three years, the Igbodo monarch gave the state helm’s man one hundred percent, saying that, he has done a lot having exceeded the people’s expectations, “ Indeed the governor has done so much, we are thankful to God for the laudable feat recorded”. He congratulated governor Okowa on his 59th birthday anniversary and prayed that he will continue to enjoy good health, and for the grace and wisdom of God to continually rest upon him.
Speaking on the second term ambition of His Excellency, Obi Osedume maintained that the idea of coming back for the continuity of good governance in the state is in the right direction. He enjoined the masses to give the governor their massive support, stressing that the situation in the state has improved tremendously, and expressed optimism that it would be better if he comes back saying that Governor Okowa has started on a very good note and, “I strongly believe that during his second tenure, he will perfect what is already on ground”.
In the same vein, the revered Igbodo monarch stated that just as the governor will be going back for a second tenure because of his laudable achievements, so he is also supporting the choice of Hon. (Barr.) Victor Nwokolo, for a third tenure as member, Ika Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives Abuja, assuring that the lawmaker will not disappoint members of his constituents but will continue to do what he knows best, which is bringing development from the federal level to his constituency.
The Igbodo monarch urged Ika indigenes not to be scared but to be committed in the visions and aspirations of His Excellency, Governor Okowa and Hon. Nwokolo, which is prosperity for all Deltans and the people of Ika Federal Constituency. He encouraged all to shun any form of distraction, and be focused to support them in achieving their ambitions.