Parents in Okpanam have been told to restrain their children from belonging to cults
because of the evil associated with cultism.
The traditional ruler, HRM Dr. Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu made the call in his palace on Sunday, 25\08\2018 while speaking as part of activities to flag off the kingdom’s 2019 annual new yam festival with the Ikanze ceremony.
He warned that the result of cultism is always not palatable, and announced that the ban on the activities of Ipempe masquerade is still in place. He stressed that any person or group of persons who violate the rules of the kingdom will be handed over to the appropriate authorities.
As part of the ceremony, the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, feted the people of Obodogwugwu Quarters in a well attended event.
He called on the people of the kingdom to strive to preserve the cultural values of the kingdom and ensure that the prevailing peace in the community is sustained.
Chief Ukah urged the people to continue to support the programmes of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the state and assured that the governor is determined to ensure that developmental projects get to all parts of the state.
The Diokpa-Isi of the kingdom, Obi Bernard Nwakpoizu Ndih, called on all true sons and daughters of the community to participate in the historic ceremonies and display maturity throughout the duration of the festival.
This year’s festival will be rounded up on Sunday, September 15, 2019 with the Igochi Ndi Mkpalo.