By Morrison Hable
UZEBBA – The Okumagbe of Iuleha, HRH Timothy Ayo Bare II has called on Nigerians to continue to uphold indigenous rich cultural heritage in order not to allow foreign culture to over run indigenous culture.
HRH Ayo Bare made the call on the occasion of the celebration of Iuleha cultural Day celebration at the Okumagbe Palace, Uzebba Owan West Local Government Area, Edo State.
Describing culture a unifying factor that must be strictly protected by both the traditional rulers and the government, the Royal Highness used the occasion to call on the government to harness the rich culture of the land for tourist attraction which could serve as a veritable revenue source to government.
On the conferment of Chieftaincy title on indigene and non indigenes in the area, the Okumagbe said titles are not just given to anybody but to those who have contributed to the development of Iuleha, pointing out that it is also done in consultation with the Chiefs in the area.
Receiving the member representing Owan Federal Constituency, Hon Pally Iriase to the occasion, the Okumagbe thanked him for the provision of electricity transformers to some communities in the areas.
Responding, Hon. Iriase commended the Okumagbe for always having the interest of the people at heart and for the celebration of the annual Iuleha cultural day.
Iriase promised to continue to support the cultural day celebration, while reassuring the people that he will not relent in his effort to adequately represent the people at the federal House of representative and as well provide the necessary social amenities for the benefit of the people.
The high point of the cultural day celebration was the conferment of chieftaincy title on some eminent citizens of the state, including the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Lucky James, the APC senatorial women leader Madam Angelina Aigbokhai and Dr, Kolawole Iuleha.