Oji River council to wear new look
Traditional rulers in Oji River Local Government, Enugu State, yesterday, vowed to work with the Save Oji River Initiative (SORI) to ensure the implementation of a master plan that would guide physical development, improve functionality and enhance public health in the council area.
Chairman of Oji River Traditional Rulers Council, High Highness Igwe Godwin Madu who gave the assurance during an advocacy visit of members of the organisation to the monarchs, said the traditional institution in the area welcomed the group’s objectives and would not relent in partnering them for the survival of the river.
He insisted that development had eluded the area due to the activities of politicians and stakeholders, whom he said were only interested in their pockets.
SORI, a Citizen’s Advocacy group had raised concerns over dilapidation in public infrastructure in the area, occasioned by lack of accountability and transparency.
The group had asked the monarchs to speak up on issue of open governance, particularly as it affects budgeting, accountability and transparency.
SORI Convener, Mr. Kingsley Okah, at the meeting said the council should improve on its duties, especially as it concerned primary healthcare and education services in the local government.
SORI Steering committee Chairman, Mr. Celestine Ilo urged the federal, state and local government institutions in the locality to be responsible to the people’s legitimate interests, rather than settling political posers through the backdoor.