Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. (Dcn) Kingsley Otuaro has called on Traditional rulers in the state to embrace justice and fairness as the key principles of their leadership, even as he charged them to take advantage of the developmental windows of opportunity provided by the state government to attract more dividends of democracy for their people.
Barr. Otuaro gave this charge, when he performed the official presentation of the Staff of office to the newly crowned Monarch, Obi Nwaolise Okwuka 1 of Issele-Mkpitime, on Friday, 22nd April, 2016, at the Enuofu Primary School Ground, Issele-Mkpitime, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Otuaro, who commended the people of Issele-Mkpitime for the peaceful and rancour free manner with which the selection process and coronation rites of the new Monarch was handled, further noted that the existence of peace was one of the sure ways to attract development to any community and while calling on the newly crowned Obi of Issele-Mkpitime to maintain and consolidate on the impressive peaceful co-existence and harmony amongst the people, enjoined the people to also support their traditional ruler in order to make his reign more rewarding and fulfilling for the community.
The Delta State Deputy Governor then assured the people of Issele-Mkpitime that the SMART agenda of the Okowa administration was on course to bring prosperity to all Deltans, especially in the area of infrastructure and job creation, even as he urged them to take advantage of the welfare packages of the state government initiatives which have already been rolled out in areas such as Job creation, as well as Small and Medium scale sectors.
Earlier, in their welcome address, the people of Issele-Mkpitime, had through a speech presented by the Chairman of the Coronation/Staff of Office Presentation committee for Issele-Mkpitime Community, Chief Mike Mgbanwa, read on his behalf by the Secretary-General, Issele-Mkpitime Federal Union Mr Achomuba Chukwudi, highlighted some of their needs, including good roads, potable water and Health care facilities, and while congratulating Governor Okowa over his emergence as the Governor of Delta State and also pledging their support to the Okowa administration, pleaded with the state government to come to their aid in addressing these needs as soon as possible.
Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government Area, Hon. Chuks Oseme, while congratulating the newly crowned Monarch, hailed the Okpalla traditional system which had produced the rightful occupant to the Issele-Mkpitime Stoll, without controversy and litigation.
Hon. Oseme, who pledged the continued support of the Local Government administration to all the communities in the Local Government area, assured them that his administration would seek more avenues to bring greater development to Aniocha North in addition to the recent landmark restoration of electricity to some of the communities, even as he sought the corporation of all Aniocha North indigenes to join hands together to move the Council to greater heights.
Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi, member representing Aniocha North in the Delta State House of Assembly, in an interview, appreciated the state government for expeditiously executing the function of the presentation of the staff of office to the traditional ruler, adding that they recognized that Issele-Mkpitime had always stood for PDP and its leadership.
He also commended the new Obi for his disposition towards ruling in accordance with lay down traditional and customary truth, fairness and justice, stating that together with the progressives in Issele-Mkpitime, development and democratic dividends will surely come to the community.
Also in an interview, one of the sons of the newly crowned Monarch, Engr. Fidel Onwodi, noted that the successful and peaceful coronation of Obi Nwlise Okwuka 1, was a reflection of the peace and unity that had always existed amongst the Issele-Mkipitime people, adding that the emergence of the new Monarch would further enhance and consolidate that peace and harmony as Obi Nwolise Okwuka 1, was a God Fearing man, who loved his people.
Engr. Onwodi further stressed that as one of the sons of Issele Mkpitime, who was connected with government, he would leverage on his connections with the Okowa administration to attract quality dividends of democracy to the community, even as he enjoined the youths to always support the new Monarch and participate in community activities, adding that the reign of Obi Nwolise Okwuka 1, would be hallmarked with peace, justice, fairness and equity to one and all.
Speaking in his post-coronation remarks, the newly crowned Monarch, Obi Nwolise Okwuka 1, promised that he would lead his people with the fear of God, consolidate of the peace and harmony which already exists in the community and while pledging to employ the principles of fairness, justice and the spirit of togetherness in leading the people of Issele-Mkpitime.
Obi Nwaolise Okwuka 1, who noted that he needed God’s guidance and direction to make decisions that would benefit his people, equally highlighted his desires to attract considerable infrastructural development within his community, especially in the areas of good connecting roads network, electricity, potable water, modern school structures and personnel to redefine education in the town.
The newly crowned Obi then thanked his people for all their support during the selection process that led to his successful installation and coronation and prayed for peace and good things to happen during his reign as the Obi, assuring them that he would do everything within his powers to leave a legacy of progress, prosperity and development as the hallmarks of his reign as Obi of Issele-Mkpitime.
Highlight of the occasion was the official presentation of the staff of office to Obi Nwolise Okwka1 of Issele-Mkipitime, by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. (Dcn) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, in a colorful ceremony witnessed by the Chairman of Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Committee and Obi of Ezi, HRH Obi Mohanye 1 and members of traditional rulers Committee including the Obi of Idumuje Unor, HRH Obi Charles Chukwuweike Anyasi III and the Obi of Onicha-Ugbo, HRH Agbogidi Chukwumalieze 1, amongst others.