The son of late His Royal Majesty, Eze S. N. A. Uzor, the Nze Obi of Egbema Kingdom, Prince Francis Uzor and the royal family reportedly hosted eight (8) traditional Rulers of Egbema Kingdom in a closed door meeting today, Friday September 8, 2017, years after the death of the king who played active role in the struggle for the creation of Imo State and served before his death as Chairman Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
The closed-door meeting which had in attendance, the reigning Traditional Rulers from Egbema Kingdom in both Imo and Rivers States was at the auspices of the Managing Director and Chief executive of Orange Room Group, Prince Francis Uzor. Though no reason was given for such a high class meeting between the traditional ruler of Rivers and Imo States. It could be recalled that Late HRH Eze Uzor while alive saw the urgent need to improve the lives of young people in our society , especially those from the oil producing communities of Nigeria
In the past, Nzeobi was ruling the entire Egbema but the balkanization of Egbema into two different States (Imo and Rivers States) is another constraint to infrastructural and economic development of Egbema Community.
Making a case for the re-unification of Egbema into one State, the Nzeobi of Egbema, HRM, Eze S. N. A. Uzor (Late) at the 1975 Justice Irikefe panel on the creation of new States and boundaries adjustment stressed that, “it was suicidal as well as criminal to split the inseparable and indivisible Egbema just to satisfy the whims and caprices of politicians.”
The backwardness of Egbema kingdom is an aftermath of this divide. While tangible indices of development exist in Egbema Rivers, that of their kith and kin in Imo state are sordid. On many occasions, Egbema in Imo State - a bona fide member of the lower Niger Delta have been excluded from beneficial schemes given to the Niger Delta region.
During the passage of the NDDC bill in 2000, Egbema in Imo State almost lost its inclusion in the NDDC bill, but for painstaking and cost involving efforts of prominent politicians and power moguls of Egbema extract. Worthy of mentioning is the legislative dexterity and tenacity of Hon. Tony Okere Eze, the Oguta-breed Senator Arthur Nzeribe, and Late HRH Eze Uzor who were at the forefronts.
IfeanyiCy Njoku reports