Uzere agog as monarch bags NANTMP award of honour
By Omamuzo Efidhere
Uzere community in Isoko South Local Government Area was agog on Sunday 30 March 2014 as HRM Henry Ukenukpepia Etuwede III, was made a patron and presented with an award of honour of quality leadership in traditional medicine by the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP).
In his address, chairman of Delta State Chapter of NANTMP, Chief Dr. Philip Onyekpe, noted that HRM Odhebe Odhiwu was selected and honoured out of more than a thousand traditional rulers in the State as a result of doing a good job in respect of protecting the interest of traditional medicine in Delta State.
Describing the monarch he said “HRM is a man of high reputation who has revived ancient customs and tradition in Uzere kingdom since his ascension. He has distinguished himself as a dynamic, positive leader. His open door policy coupled with his humble, down to earth leadership traits are other striking factors for honouring him with the award.”
He used the opportunity to appeal to the State Government to support traditional medicine so that by the year 2020 traditional medicine will be exposed more than it is now. According to him traditional medicine was what “our fore fathers used to heal themselves as there were no hospitals then.” He also charged the public not to see traditional medicine as devilish work saying “God created roots and herbs to heal the nation and our body.”
While receiving the award, HRM Henry Ukenukpepia Etuwede III stated that “in the past six months I have received several awards that I did not lobby or pay for. I hereby dedicate this award to the good people of Uzere kingdom for their unflinching love and support.”
Speaking on behalf of the community the President General of Uzere Kingdom, Chief Owhe Emiaso in his address said “I want to thank the association for the wisdom to so choose HRM Odhebe Odhiwu to be one of their patrons. The community is solidly behind him and so we expect that all that will come up from your end will be the things that will be befitting to us as a community.
“I know that the traditional medicine practitioners for over a time now have been working hard to improve on the quality delivery of their services and also do everything possible to encourage the government to do the needful because in this country, traditional medicine has been there before the orthodox medicine. And as they continue to advance, they must be encouraged, to that extent we assure you of our support.” he said.
Members of the association present at the occasion include Chief Dr. Sir A.O Odis, (Vice Chairman), ,Dr. James Udukeregbe, (General Secretary), Dr. Peter Igwubo ( Assistant Secretary), Chief Dr. A.U.E Nwosa ( P.R.O), Dr. Alex Ofulue ( Provost), Dr. Nelson Ichiakpona ( Auditor), Lady Faith Ochis (Women Leader), Dr. PataniOnyibotha (Financial Secretary), Chief Dr. Victor Uguru (Isoko South Local Government Area Chairman), and Chief Dr. O.F.N Oletu , JP( Herbal Inspector) .