Upata Kingdom is Ready for Investment- Monarch
The king of Upata Kingdom in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers, His Royal Majesty, King, Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo, has called on prospective investors to visit his domain as it is now conducive for investment.
The Monarch, who was giving his scorecard on his third coronation anniversary, noted that all impediments to investments have been removed to allow investment to thrive in the land.
According to the Regent of the Ekpeye kingdom, his people have decided to give land free of charge to people who are willing to do business in the kingdom.
He said ” the Upata people have decided that no investor will pay for land. If you are an investor willing to invest in Upata Kingdom , we will give you land . We don’t sell land to investors.
” Upata Kingdom is investment friendly. It is peaceful and ready for investment.”
The Nye Udu Upata, who stated that the kingdom would provide 24 hours security to businesses, said that the kingdom has the highest deposit of gas in the country and is ready to welcome investors.
In terms of security, the king said, within the period he ascended the throne, he was able to convince 343 cultists to renounce cultism,the result was the prevailing peace being experienced in the kingdom.
“When we discovered that militants and cultists were regrouping sometime in 2018, we approached Governor Nyesom Wike to give approval for negotiation. We criss- crossed many forests in Ekpeye Land, Abua/Odual, ONELGA and other places to negotiate.
The result was, on the 25th of June 2019, 343 cultists surrendered and were made to take the traditional oath. Today, Ekpeye remains the most peaceful ethnic nation in the state and nation” he stated.
To ensure adequate security, the Monarch said he has written the Rivers State governor to allow Upata Kingdom to establish Ekpeye Vigilante Service, which when realized would be in charge of the internal security of the kingdom.
Another achievement of his reign , he said, was the Upata marriage amendment bye-law which has reduced marriage expenses of daughters of the kingdom from millions of naira to #177,000.
The Nye Udu Upata, stated, ” I felt it was exploitative and irrational. We are not selling our daughters, so the Upata marriage amendment bye-law was passed into law, which reduces marriage to #177,000.”
The result of the reduction,he added, was the many marriages recorded within a short period.
Commenting on human capacity development, the royal father stated that 57 students have been awarded full scholarship under the” Upata Goes to School Initiative”, while many others have been trained under the “One Youth, One Skill” policy.
Other achievements, According to him include, the ongoing building of a befitting palace which is near completion, resolution of chieftaincy disputes in the land, amongst others.
The Ekpeye king declared that all the transformation recorded under his reign was in fulfilment of the promises he made to the people when he decided to contest for the stool.
He continued, ” we are convinced that the drastic reforms we are carrying out in the traditional institution will position Ekpeye Land for greatness”
He warned detractors to desist from fomenting trouble in the land, saying ” anybody who stands on the way of progress will be taken out, because Ekpeye Land is bigger than an individual.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of apartments to some hard working staff of the Monarch