The Itekpa Community in Yala Local Government Area confers “IMAA 1” title on Senator Stephen Odey Ph D, Cross River State Commissioner for Education.
His Royal Highness, Ogamode Odey Ipuole, Clan Head of Itekpa with his Traditional Rulers Council and the entire community welcomed Senator Odey to their community, in celebration of his uncommon developmental strides and unbiased disposition.
In a welcome address by the President, Itekpa Development Association, Ambassador Patrick Adayi Odey, on behalf of the Itekpa Community, specially welcomed the Commissioner and his entourage saying:
“When you do uncommon things, uncommon favours accompanies you.”
Continuing, the President of ICODA further congratulated the Commissioner saying:
“your appointment came at a right time as planned by God, because of your track record and faithful service to God and humanity.” Ambassador Patrick, then presented Senator Odey to the Itekpa Traditional Rulers Council, wherein the title of IMAA 1, was conferred on the Commissioner. (“IMAA 1” is translated in Yala language: “Oma Oluonyeloja 1; in English language, it is translated: “the Sweet salt of the earth).
Senator Odey, Imaa 1 of Itekpa, thanked the Traditional Rulers Council and the good people of Itekpa for their love, solidarity and the great honour bestowed on him. The Commissioner finally assured the good people of Itekpa that he won’t disappoint them, he concluded by wishing them a happy and prosperous new year-2024.
Mr Gabriel Oboh, an indigene of Itekpa gave the vote of thanks and stated some of the challenges affecting the Itekpa community but promised to forward it in hard copy to the Commissioner soonest.