By Darlington Okpebholo
According to political history, the kingdom and the people of Uromi came into political and international limelight in 1953, March 31st to be precise, when as a young man in his 30s, Chief Anthony Eromosele Enaholo moved a motion for the independence of Nigeria, during his days as member of the Federal House of Representatives. He later became a Federal Minister of Information between 1967 and 1974, it is important to note however that he influence so many essential amenities to the Kingdom of Uromi, including water and light. This , according to the people of Uromi, brought so much joy and happiness to them, so much so that then King of Uromi honoured him with the chieftaincy title of the ADOLOR of Uromi, (The Repairer of Uromi) the title he held until he died in December, 2010.
That position has been reserved until this time that the Kingdom of Uromi, through the able leadership of our dynamic and pragmatic ruler, HRM Anslem Eidenojie II, the Ojuromi of Uromi, found another resourceful, reliable and committed son of Uromi to be so honored as the Adolo of Uromi.
First, it was the people of Agai in Nupe Emirate in Niger State that honoured him with the indigenous title of the “Builder” on the 20th of March, 2015. Five days later, it was the government and people of Bayelsa state that gave him the Golden Plag as a symbol of love and honorary Citizenship of the Ijaw Nation. It was presented to him by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson. Also not forgetting the Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia, USA awarded him in June, 2015, for his excellent service to humanity.
Beginning from today, When you address the immediate past Minister of works after now, address him as Chief Dr Arc Mike Oziegbe Onolememen CON. He has been found worthy of stepping into the shoes left behind by Chief Dr Anthony Eromosele Enaholo for Connecting communities and villages within Uromi and some other parts of Esanland with good road networks, Dualizing the Uromi town road and lighting up the town with streets light that are on between 6.pm and 6.am daily.
Worthy of mention also is the meritorious service he gave to the nation at different times and capacities between 2006 and 2015. He was with the PTF, Minister of State for Defense and of course the Minister of Works where he shone like a million shooting stars. His performance at the Ministry of Works is still being commended till today even by the current government that is formed by a different political party. . For the people of Uromi, who live or visit Uromi regularly, this is an honour well deserved. It is a round peg in a round hole our dear father of Blessed memory, Chief Dr Anthony Enaholo must be turning in his grave with joy today. Please join me and the good people of the Kingdom of Uromi to celebrate and congratulate a worthy son of the soil, the New ADOLOR of Uromi Kingdom, Chief Arc Mike Oziegbe Onolememen Ph.D, FNIA FNIM CON.