The ultra modern Upata Central Palace (Udhor Nye Udu Upata) was successfully commissioned on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Edeoha town, the administrative headquarters of the Upata people.
The historic event was meant to entrench institutionalized traditional system because, “when a traditional ruler reigns from his personal house, it’s a misnomer,” the Nye-ishi Ele Upata Lowetu li Nye Udu Upata III of Upata Kingdom, HRM, Felix Enene Otuwarikpo stressed during the commissioning ceremony.
The palace project which gulped millions of Naira, came with its challenges and setbacks but the motivation to rewrite history within the traditional institution propelled the completion of the project. Now, “history is made,” an elated Nye Udu Upata retorted.
The commitment to keep the peace was strongly echoed while the Monarch urged the youths to continue to maintain the peace to enable investors come into Upataland.
King Otuwarikpo thanked all for their contributions to the actualization of his vision and specially lauded the security agencies and members of the central planning committee for a job well done.
The monarch also thanked Governor Nyesom Wike for providing the needed leadership but appealed to him to approve the recognition of the Nye-Udu Ede, Nye-Udu Akpana, Nye-Udu Own, Nye-Udu Ugbokor and Nye-Udu Ikegah as government recognized second class traditional rulers.
The Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Barr. Vincent Nemieboka described HM, King Otuwarikpo as an exceptional King that always put his kingdom at the front burner of development programmes and commended him for seeking the growth and good of his people.
The commissioning signposts good days ahead and a fulfilment of promises of rapid development the Monarch made during his coronation on September 16, 2017.