…as Dein of Agbor commissions mega water borehole project
By Marvin Enyosa
A renowned legal luminary and illustrious son of Agbor kingdom, Barr. Paul Alimele-Morgans, has been crowned as the “Hero” of Owuwu community in Oza-Nogogo, Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The honour was bestowed on the unassuming gentleman following his effort in seeing to an end the aged water crisis of his father’s land, Owuwu village.
The water project which was described by many as massive and a welcome development, has six giant water storage tanks with taps connected to the door steps of every houses in Owuwu village.
The commissioning of the mega project tagged “Project Rehoboth” powered by Dazzlyn Sickles Initiative, on August 29, 2020 by His Royal Majesty, the Dein of Agbor kingdom, Dr. Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I, witnessed witnessed a carnival of sort as the entire community trooped out to celebrate their breakthrough.
The revered Agbor king was ably represented at the occasion by high powered delegation of his palace Chiefs amongst who are Chief Edison Elema, the Elema of Oki village of Agbor, Chief Oghonim Akaraka Nkem, the Dein-Suo ajeen of Agbor kingdom, Chief Sunday Solomon Ibude, the Mebuzor-some Dein of Agbor kingdom and Chief (Mrs.) Theodore Ebeye, the Dein-won Ikpoho Agbor of Agbor kingdom.
Also in attendance were the executive chairman of Ika South Local Government Council, Hon. Barr. Victor Okoh, who was also represented by the Supervisory Councilor for Health, Comr. Lucky Omorogie, the Council’s deputy Chairman, Hon. (Mrs) Patience Agboma, Hon. Mrs Caroline Agbi, title holders of Owuwu and Oza-Nogogo community, Oza Students forum and array of clergymen from within and outside Agbor, who in their separate remarks expressed gratitude to Barr. Paul Alimele-Morgans.
Chief Oghonim Akaraka Nkem while speaking on behalf of the delegation of the palace Chiefs led by Chief Edison Elema, conveyed the goodwill message of the revered king of Agbor kingdom.
He showered encomium on the donor of the water project, Barr and Barr (Mrs) Paul Alimele-Morgans, observing that the king recognizes his effort and was proud of him.
He described Barr. Alimele as a pace setter who has generously done what too many persons in Agbor could not do, adding that the king specially rejoiced with Owuwu community which according to him, is an integral part of the ancient city of Agbor.
He said, “Alimele family is not the richest family from this community but as a matter of fact, they have shown high level of patrotism.
“In a short time, the king will receive you and your entourage from Owuwu and possibly the entire Oza-Nogogo community to his palace which door is widely opened for all son’s and daughters of Agbor kingdom.”
While appreciating all that have graced the occasion, the king urged other well to do indigenes to emulate the gesture of Barr. Alimele.
In an address presented by Owuwu community read by Pastor J. Ojemudia, they expressed great pleasure over the unique event, saying that the community lacked words to deeply express the joy in their hearts for the gesture.
Nevertheless, the community named Barr. Alimele as the Hero of Owuwu community and in the same vein appealed to other sons and daughters at home and in diaspora to contribute to the development of Owuwu.
The community used the medium to appreciate the Odionwere of Owuwu, Sir J. O. Okunbor (JP) for his steadfastness and purposeful leadership. They also thanked the elders, youths and members of the water committee for their contributions to the actualisation of the project. They prayed God’s blessings on all.
On his part, Barr. Paul Alimele-Morgans narrated his ordeal with community water challanges over 40 years ago, clearing that God was the major provider of the water project been commissioned as he (Paul Alimele) was only an instrument for the project.
“I do not deserve the accolades for this water project named Project Rehoboth but God who has made it available through my organization, Dazzlyn Sickles Initiative. I only came as a messanger,” he said.
While assuring that more development will come, Barr. Alimele declared that Owuwu community is now free of water crisis and thereby urged the community youths to protect the project.
He thanked the Agbor monarch amongst other guests that graced the occasion. He prayed God to grant all journey mercies to their various homes.
Climax of the occasion was the formal cutting of tap by Chief Edison Elema, for the king, and the unavailing of the water project by the philanthropist, Barr. Paul Alimele-Morgans.