King Amachree’s burial: Chieftaincy commissioner commends CWC

The Rivers state commissioner for chieftaincy affairs, Hon. Charles Amadi has commended the central working committee on its detailed and satisfactory preparations for the transition of his serene Majesty, King Prof. that Princewill, jp, CON, Amachree xi, Amanyanabo of Kalabari kingdom.

Speaking at the inauguration of the budget screening and monitoring committee by the chairman and co-chairman of the CWC at the Hotel Presidential in Port-Harcourt on Monday, the commissioner who was well pleased with presentations by some members of the sub-committees, said he is convinced that all hands are on deck to ensure the peaceful transition of the king.

Hon. Amadi who represented Gov. Sim Fubara, also promised government assistance whenever the need arises.

Earlier in his speech, the chairman, Prince Tonye Princewill who is incidentally the only biological child of the departed king, briefed the CWC on the success made thus far and things to be done. He expressed some disquiet that despite the moratorium given, some committees were yet to make their presentations – insisting that the CWC will no longer wait.

Also reiterating the chairman’s position, the co-chairman of the committee, Chief Dr. David Briggs, among other things – advised committee members against seeing the committees as gravy trains but rather should be seen as a call to selfless service.

The meeting started at about 2 p.m. with the chairman of the media and publicity sub-committee introducing the agenda for the day, while the opening prayer was led by the secretary of the CWC, prof. Victor Omuaru.

The highlights of the meeting were the inauguration of the budget screening committee, the review of the draft programme of activities, and the monitoring committee.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the prince in the company of Opunabo Inko-tariah visited the Amanyanabo of Bakana, another direct descendant of the Amachree stool. There, the Amanyanabo promised the duo of the full participation of the Bakana people in the burial of “our father and king.” He thanked Prince Tonye for the visit.

Others at the meeting were a former member of the House of Representatives, arc. Eniye Braide and a former local govt chairman, Hon. Levy Braide.