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Okowa underscores peace as monarchs honour him

By Monday Osayande, Asaba
22 December 2021   |   4:03 am
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has stressed the need for peace in the state.

[FILES] Okowa

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has stressed the need for peace in the state.

He spoke as Council of Traditional Rulers, yesterday, honoured him with an award in recognition of his contributions to the welfare of the monarchs.

The award was presented to him during a one-day Delta State Traditional Rulers Stakeholders and Institutions Conference, organised by the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Matters at the Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat in Asaba.

Declaring the conference open, Okowa, represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Festus Ovie Agas, said peace building, which is in the agenda of his administration, should be viewed from a community perspective, where traditional rulers are empowered to maintain peace in their domains, adding that his administration would continue to empower local structures to prevent, mitigate and mediate conflict situations.

The governor described the theme of the conference, “Building Prosperous and Peaceful Kingdoms in Delta State” as appropriate, given the rise in social ills, especially kidnapping, armed robbery and extortion of contractors, and urged them to use their positions to discourage criminal activities within their domains, take a principled stand against criminal elements and instill cultural and moral values in their subjects.

Special Adviser to the governor on Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Andy Asawota, said royal fathers are not only custodians of customs and traditions, but critical components of government that serve as bridge between government and citizens at the grassroots.

Asawota said everyone belong to one community or the other, irrespective of social or party affiliations, and that once there is peace in various kingdoms, there would be peace in the state.

The Chairman of the traditional rulers council and Obi of Owa, Efeizomor the II, commended the state government for organising the conference to tackle issues affecting traditional institutions in the state.

MEANWHILE, no fewer than 6,000 unemployed youths have been trained and established in vocational and agricultural enterprises through the job and wealth creation bureau in Delta State.

Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh, disclosed this yesterday in Asaba during the Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) for 246 STEP beneficiaries of 2020/2021 Cycle.

At the training, the job creation officer charged the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) beneficiaries to harness their potential to become successful entrepreneurs.

Eboh pointed out that the training was organised to expose the beneficiaries to business management and entrepreneurship skills in order to help them succeed in their enterprises.