Okowa Calls For Partnership Among Traditional Rulers For Development

By Kenneth Orusi, Asaba

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called for partnership among traditional rulers to engender peace, unity, and infrastructural development in the state.

Governor Okowa who stated this when he received the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I on a Thank –You Visit in Asaba said that traditional rulers need to co-operate and partner among themselves to generate love and peace among our people and create enabling environment for development to thrive.

‘’I appreciate this visit, the array of traditional rulers from our state who were at your coronation was a show of love for your person, your kingdom and the peace that exist in the state, we need to build on it as it will be very good for the development of our state. The more we build partnership among our traditional rulers the more we generate love and peace among our people ‘’ he said adding ‘’ Delta is largely peaceful, it is my hope that we have a more peaceful Warri and environs and distrust will be a thing of the past.’’

Senator Okowa charged the Olu of Warri to continue to uphold the present peaceful environment to ensure that work continues at the Delta Gas City Ogidigben, explaining that the benefits of the project to the state and the communities far outweighs any individual or material gain.

‘’We need to ensure that we keep the peace for the benefits of the communities of the Delta Gas City Ogidigben as that is the only way the Federal Government and the contractors will continue to work with us, we must always think of the future benefits of this project for our community and for our children’s children.’’ The governor said.

He commended the Olu of Warri and his entourage for the visit and thanked him for extending his hands of fellowship to traditional rulers in neighbouring kingdoms, describing it as a good omen for the state.

Earlier, The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, said they were in Government House to thank Governor Okowa for his support to the Warri Kingdom during their time of mourning and the coronation.

While declaring his support for the Okowa’s administration developmental strides, Ogiame Ikenwoli I called for unity and love among Deltans promising‘’ l want to be a bridge builder amongst our people and our neighbours.”

Meanwhile, the Delta State traditional council has condemned in strong term the brutal murder of the Monarch of Ubulu-uku Kingdom in the state Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue by kidnapers.

In a three point communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meeting in Asaba, the traditional rulers challenged the Delta State Government to put necessary security measures in place in order to track down perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Late Obi Ofulue was kidnapped on January 5th along Obior/Igbodo road close to his domain by gunmen but his corpse was recovered by the police last week Thursday January 21st in the forest around Umunede also in the state.

The communiqué which was signed by the acting chairman of the council HRM Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor, Obi of Owa kingdom also called on the government to put necessary machinery in motion to guarantee the security of traditional rulers in the state.

They made it clear that a situation where criminal elements harass monarchs in the state was unacceptable to them.

They also appealed to their subjects at home and in diaspora to collaborate with government in terms of providing adequate security for the traditional institutions.

The meeting was attended by high ranking traditional rulers including the Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, Major General Felix Mujekparoum, Pere of Akugbene Mein, Kalanama 8th, Ovie of Uvwie Emmanuel Abbey I, the Ovie of Agbon and his Ughelli counterpart and host of others.