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We will not tolerate illegal traditional stool, says Okowa

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Delta State government has said that it will not tolerate any illegal traditional stool in any part of the state without a due process, which includes selection by its people.

The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, gave the warning yesterday during the official presentation of staff of office to His Royal Majesty, Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo II, the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Council of Delta State.

Okowa, who was represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, said that the presentation of staff of office to the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom was in compliance with the statute.

According to him, “Government will not dabble into the selection of traditional rulers. It is statutory for the state government to present staff of office to a traditional ruler after due installation and enthronement by his people.

The governor, while congratulating the new monarch, charged him to be meticulous in using divine wisdom in handling the affairs of the kingdom and also to be creative in leading the kingdom to greater heights to enable him sustain the achievements of his predecessors, saying: “To discharge all your responsibilities in transparent manner by being fair and just. You are the father of all your subjects; so, you should be fair to all and sundry. I sincerely appeal to you to imbibe the democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation in all your dealings with the people.”

He further said that government would continue to support traditional institutions through the provision of conducive environment for their leadership to thrive, while noting that this will galvanise traditional rulers to moblise their subjects to support government policies and programmes.

Besides, Okowa, who implored the people of Ogwashi-Uku for maximum support to their royal father to enable him create opportunities for socio-economic activities to thrive for the benefit of the kingdom, urged them to support the efforts of his administration by contributing their quota in the sustenance of peace, unity and harmonious co-existence in the state.

However, Chairman of Aniocha South Local Council, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, who noted that traditional institution is key to the peaceful administration of communities and ease of governance, assured that the Aniocha South traditional rulers committee and the people are ready to support the new Obi.

Earlier in his address, the new monarch said he would work expeditiously during his reign to promote education, agriculture, cottage industries, infrastructure, as well as culture and unity in the kingdom.

According to him, “all efforts would be directed at mending fences in the kingdom, and all parties, irrespective of their differences in terms of ideology, background and current affiliations, would be heard and their petitions fairly dealt with”

He assured the people that he would not let them down, but would earn their trust through a systematic process of inclusion, engagement and implementation.


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