By Eseoghene Emuke
Following the declaration of 48-hour state-wide curfew, the Delta State Government have shifted the presentation of Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, King Obukowho Monday Whiskey, Udurhie 1 to Monday October 26th, 2020.
The state government had earlier billed Friday October 23rd for the ceremony.
It was, however, shifted when Governor Okowa imposed the state-wide curfew following the violence that greeted the once peaceful #EndSARS protests.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online, however, learnt on Saturday that the government have rescheduled the presentation of Staff of Office to the monarch for Monday.
Sources within the state government and Idjerhe traditional chiefs confirmed the new date to our correspondent on Saturday.
It was further learnt that the state governor, Senator Okowa, may personally present the Staff of Office to the traditional ruler.
The event is billed to hold at Idjerhe Grammar School in Jesse, the traditional headquarters of Idjerhe kingdom, by 10am prompt
The presentation will hold on Friday October 23, 2020, at Jesse, the traditional headquarters of Idjerhe Kingdom.
Also expected to attend the royal ceremony are; the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori and a host of other dignitaries including traditional rulers from within and across the state.
The Delta State Government had earlier approved the selection and appointment of Udurhie 1 as Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom.
The new Idjerhe monarch until his enthronement was a senior journalist and former South-South Editor of the National Daily Newspaper.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online had reported that Idjerhe kingmakers had selected and installed Udurhie 1 as the new traditional ruler of one the kingdoms in Urhoboland.
His selection came after months of traditional processes between contenders for the revered Idjerhe stool.
Udurhie 1 emerged almost two years after His Royal Majesty, Edward Igho Otadaferua, Erhiekevwe 1, joined his ancestors in 2018.
The new traditional ruler, who had his first and second degrees in Mass Communication, is a current PhD student at the Delta State University, Abraka.
Idjerhe Kingdom is the second largest Urhobo kingdom with over forty communities and rich in crude oil production.
The new Idjerhe king is reputable and fearless journalist with over three decades of active journalism practice where he rose through the rank to become South-South Regional Editor of National Daily Newspaper.
He was the first Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the pioneer executive chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) between 2007 and 2010.