Delta monarchs task Okowa on joint committee meeting with council chairmen
Traditional Rulers in Delta State have appealed to the State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to urgently convene a joint meeting of Local Government chairmen and the State Council of Traditional Rulers to deliberate on issues of public importance to Deltans.
In a five-point communique issued on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the end of the quarterly meeting of the State Council of Traditional Rulers in Asaba, the monarchs said such a platform would enable stakeholders to interface on topical national issues, as security, permanent voters card, National identity card and environmental sanitation.
The chairman of the council, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor, who read the communique called for a one month extension of the registration and collection of permanent voters card registration (PVC) to enable more eligible Nigerians register. He noted that the suspension of the exercise on August 17 being proposed by INEC might lead to the disenfranchisement of voters during the 2019 General Elections.
“The voters card is key to the conduct of free, credible and transparent elections, and we want to say that the participation of a large percentage of the voting population in the electoral process will confer a measure of legitimacy and credibility to the process”, they said.
The Royal fathers appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for good administration, which has translated to peaceful co-existence and harmony among Deltans and called on the people to continue to tread the part of peace in all undertaking.
The monarchs remarked that while peace, development and stability were prevailing in the state, the same could not be said of other states, adding that the bond of peace and unity should be advanced in every situation in the interest of the overall transformation of the state.
They commended Governor Okowa for the successful completion of the thirty thousand capacity Stephen Keshi International Stadium in Asaba. They also lauded the state government for the successful hosting of 52 African countries currently participating in the senior athletes competition in the state, describing the hosting as a great honour and pride to the nation.
“If not for anything else, the tournament will boost the economy of the state and promote the enviable achievements of the Okowa administration to the African continent and the International community at large.”
The monarchs stressed the need for government to galvanize youths in the state to engage more in sporting activities, as a way of diverting their attention from crime and other unproductive ventures. The Royal fathers described sports a potent weapon for the promotion of internal and external peace and economic development in any society.