As part of its efforts to alleviate the plight of the vulnerable in the society, the Edo Indigenes Association Worldwide (EIM) has continued with its food and essential items distribution across Edo State.
The organisation in its last assignment, visited Igarra, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo North Senatorial Zone, where hundreds of people benefited from the gesture.
Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) which is operational nomenclature of the group, said its acting as a result of the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the people of Edo State.
His Royal Highness, Emmanuel Zaki (JP), who is the Otaru of Igarra, while welcoming members of the group, thanked them, and prayed to God to bless them “we welcome you to Akoko Edo. When your representative came to inform us that you were coming, we said we will be available to receive you. Akoko Edo is one of the largest and oldest local governments in the whole country. For you deeming it fit to come here we thank you. We also note that your association is not a political one, but an NGO. Your coming to this part of the state to share palliatives is most appreciated”.
In his address, President of EPIA, Bishop Omogiade E Edokpolo explained that the association is trying its best to contribute to the lives of people in the wake of the pandemic. He stated that EPIA is focused only on the progress and prosperity of all Edo indigenes at home and abroad.
“Our organisation has come to bridge the gap between of all the indigenes for what I see here is the Indigenous role in the traditional ruler. EPIA/EIM does not have two eyes, they only have one eye, and that eye is Edo Indigenous people. We have in realised that the problem that we have as Indigenes Worldwide is the spirit of disunity.
This organisation has come to bridge that gap.
High point of the event was the conferment of a Chieftaincy title of Edokpolo as the Akwozazi of Igarra. ‘Akwozazi’, which means ‘man of Unity’ was conferred by His Royal Highness, Oba Adeche Saki and 12 other Kings in Akoko Edo in the area.
The new Akwozazi expressed gratitude for the honour, which he said was made possible by the united spirit of Edo indigenes across the globe, from Europe to North America, Canada, Asia and the Far East, as well as Africa.
The association also called on Edo indigenes to register into its membership by visiting its website @www.edoindigenes.org in order to enjoy the benefits of membership.