BY NSAN NDOMA-NEJI, CÀLABAR
The royal fathers of Itekpa Community in Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State has honoured Senator Steven Adi Odey, with chieftaincy title of “IMAA 1” of Itekpa (Salt of the Earth) on Senator Stephen Adi Odey, for his numerous contributions towards the development and growth of the community.
The community leaders stated that the only way to reciprocate Odey’s kind gesture is to confer him with a Chieftaincy Title of Imaa one, of Itekpa, to encourage him do more in terms of contribution of his quota in community development.
Clan Head of Itekpa Community, who spoke on behalf of the community, His Royal Highness (HRH), Ogamode Odey Ipuole, stated that conferring Odey with a Chieftaincy Title was the only way to reciprocate the kind gesture which Odey had shown to the community.
In his remarks, President of Itekpa Development Association, Patrick, stated that the honour done to Odey, was not new but an honour usually conferred to any son and daughter of the land who had done well in terms of carrying thier Kinsmen along particularly when need be.
“When you do uncommon things, uncommon favours accompanies you.”
Continuing, the association’s President who lauded Senator Odey making himself available for the honour and joining the council of chiefs in the area,said, “Your appointment as Commissioner came at a right time as planned by God.
“Your track record and faithful service to God and humanity paved way for the àppointment, saying you are now the “Oma Oluonyeloja 1which means same as “Salt of the earth”.
While lauding the council of chiefs for the honour done him for the conferment of the chieftaincy title, and honour done him, Senator Odey Promised not to betray the confidence reposed in, and Promised to be a good ambassador of the community wherever he finds himself.
In his vote of thanks, a community leader, Mr Gabriel Oboh, who enumerated infrastructural challenges faced by the community asked Senator Odey, a former senator who represented Cross River North Senatorial district at the Senate, now a state Commissioner for Education, convey thier message to the state chief executive so that succour can visit the community.