How Kula Emerge From Fishing Port To Developing Kingdom
The Amanyanabo of Kula Kingdom, King, Sir Dr. Kroma Amabibi Eleki (JP), Sara XIV, has revealed how the community referred to as a big fishing pond, emerged from it’s over 28years crises, to become the fastest developing kingdom in the Niger Delta.
Speaking at the launch of his autobiography, Destined to Rule in Port Harcourt, King Eleki who spent over seven years in exile during the over 25 years tussle for the Amanyanabo stool, said the struggle adversely affected the kingdom and induced hatred and stagnation of developments in the area.
The king stated that the bold steps he took on ascending the throne has brought spectacular changes and catapulted the kingdom to enviable urban community.
He catalogued the achievements and development in the kingdom to include; return of relative peace and unity as youths who caused mayhem and crises in the country have now united and embraced peace, the construction of two internal motorable roads namely the King Sara roads and Elekiye-Amabibi road.
According to the Amanyanabo, several houses were demolished and their owners resettled in modern three bedroom bungalows sponsored and constructed by oil giant Chevron Nigeria Limited in conjunction with the ministry of the Niger Delta.
As part of his development plan for the kingdom, a Donald Trump Boulevard is under construction, comprising an eight-lane carriage way starting from the Atlantic shore to the community waterside to link the 86.5km expressway from Kula to Degema, courtesy of Belema oil producing limited.
Belema Oil, he added, has also provided 1.5m litres capacity industrial water project, fabricated and constructed by engineers from South Africa.
Through the efforts of the Niger Delta support programme, a world class water project is being constructed and nearing completion.
The king also listed the recent movement of the Headquarters of Belama Oil to Kula, asserting that massive bush dealing has already began, while structural constructive are ongoing at the location, Atlantic island, in the community.
He added that preparation for the location of the Belema Oil Terminal approved by the Federal Government to be sited in Kula is at advanced stage.
The Amayanabo also listed the massive dredging and sand filling on going at the Robert Kiri, where the Belema Oil Refinery would be sited; explaining that enumeration and cost implication for resettlement of occupants of the area has been worked out.
The kingdom, according to the Amayanabo has also benefitted from what he termed unprecedented scholarship awards from primary to post graduate studies to indigenes of the community in addition to massive employment of over 500 youths of the community in surveillance contracts and other areas.
On the power problems in Kula, the monarch stated that four giant generators of 1,250kva has been procured for the community by Belema Oil Limited for which land have been allocated by the kingdom to build the power house and staff quarters.
King Eleki told the gathering that since he ascended the throne, a yearly praise and thanksgiving has been held in Kula on every December 30, to appreciate God for protection and provision to the community.
HRH, King Sir, Dr, Kroma Amabibi Eleki (JP) was installed the Amayanabo of Kula Kingdom on January 31, 1982, was admitted into the Kalabari Council of chiefs in February 5, 2007, spent over 25years in legal tussles in over 23 court suits over the throne many of which ended up at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.