Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has appealed to traditional rulers in the State to support efforts of government in combating societal ills especially kidnapping, armed rubbery, banditry and other anti social behaviors.
The Governor who gave this charge when he presented the staff of office to His Royal Majesty, Onu Paul Odirile Opili, the Onu of Ebu, Omukorjodu ll, congratulated the Onu on his ascension to the stool of his ancestors in Oshimili North Local Government Area and while expressing confidence that, though he “Now has very big shoes to wear, he will be meticulous in every action he takes on the throne, noted that as a traditional ruler, His Royal Majesty will be creative, in confronting all challenges facing his people.
Govenor Okowa, who was represented by his Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, did the presentation of staff of office to the Onu of Ebu, Omukorjodu ll, at Ubueni primary school field Ebu, Delta State, and added that, “this administration is committed to building a state that will compete favorably with others in terms of socio-economic development, this is in line with this administration’s SMART AGENDA. Government has taken cognizance of the proximity of Asaba axis to his neighbouring commercial centres. we have come up with a development plan that enhances the socio-economic activities of the state capital”.
He revealed further that government has overhauled the infrastructural landscape of the state and as well committed enormous resources in the provision of roads, mass housing, economic and marketing outlets in their quest to enhance socio-economic activities of the people as they are constructing township roads and building drainage within the state capital, because of the influx of not only indigenes of the state but people from across Nigeria.
Governor Okowa then enjoined traditional rulers to use their good offices to promote peace and rapid social and economic development in their various domains, even as he felicitated with indigenes of the kingdom because their desire to have a monarch has come to reality, and appealed that the people should embrace and cooperate with the monarch to make his reign a memorable one for the kingdom and its indigenes.
The historic event was spiced by exciting traditional dances including the famous Ebu wonder cultural performance, and was attended by top politicians and members of the Delta State executive including Barr. Moses Iduh, Delta North PDP Chairman, Princess Pat Ajuduah of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Delta state Commissuoner for Information, as well as notable and prominent Ebu sons and daughters at home and abroad amongst whom were Ogbuefi Nduka Ukwubuiwe from the diaspora and Mrs Shimite Bello, the Executive Secretary of Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, DSMEDA, who herself is a proud indigene of Ebu kingdom.