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Bayelsa Community Gov. Dickson Over Chieftaincy Status Upgrade



Head Chiefs and Indigenes of Odioma Kingdom in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have commended the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson over the upgrading and recognition of status of clans and traditional heads in the state.

According to the Five head chiefs of the Igoniware Palace of Olodioma Kingdom of Brass, though the community was filled with prayers and expectations over the change in status, the decision by the Governor Seriake Dickson administration to upgrade the Igoni stool known as Ammanayabo of Odioama Kingdom to a First Class status, is a prayer answered.

The Olodioama Community leadership, through the Igoni Palace Secetary, Chief B. S. Okolo-Samuel,in a commendation letter yesterday to Governor Seriake Dickson, stated that the decision and announcement on the First Class status of the kingdom, is a prayer answered and a blessing to the present administration in the state.

According to the letter dated February 7th and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, stated “indeed, this is another major stride by the State Governor, that practically demostrates your deep knowledge of the history, culture and tradition of the people of Bayelsa State. In the past, the Odioama kingdom was shortchanged in the chieftancy classification exercise because we did not have anybody in Government to speak for us. ”

“We sincerely thank Governor Dickson for recognising the important role Odioama kingdom and it’s ancient traditional stool play in the cultural, historic and Democratic history of the State. ”

It would recalled that the Bayelsa State Government statement signed by the Secretary to Government, Pastor (Barr) Kemela Okara said, the creation, recognition and upgrade of the kingdoms/clans into First Class status were done after a painstaking examination of the culture and history of clans in the state, with a view to addressing cases of inequity, imbalances and marginalization of some clans and kingdoms in the past.

The Bayelsa Government stated that before the creation of the above First Class Stools, the Government identified the original clans across the state and ascertained those clans, which were not recognised because they didn’t have prominent people in the corridors of power.

According to the statement, it was against this background that, the Government believes this latest exercise of creating First Class Chiefs will address the perceived imbalance in the traditional institution of Bayelsa State and further protect the sanctity of the institution.
In carrying out the exercise, the Governor said his government did not dismember any existing First Class Chieftaincy Stool and did not also split any.

He, however, advised those, who have more inputs on the history of clans and kingdoms in the state to forward same to the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Development.