Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged community stakeholders particularly traditional institutions to engage in peace building in their areas for development to thrive.
Speaking over the weekend in Orerokpe, Okpe Local Government Area, during the grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of His Royal Majesty Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom, Senator Okowa said that only a peaceful environment would bring development and investment to our society.
Governor Okowa emphasized that the traditional institutions should partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development can thrive.
“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. I particularly thank His Royal Majesty the Orodje of Okpe for his commitment not only in ensuring peace in Okpe Kingdom but in extending same to the state by his fatherly advice. Today the Okpe kingdom has been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this has secured oil activities in this axis”, he said.
He appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism as this has impacted negatively on communities and the state and has hampered meaningful development in the various oil producing areas.
“Deltans have suffered enough because of pipeline vandalism; we should give peace a chance, as this ugly trend has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa said, adding “I must thank the Okpe people because they have supported their Royal father to maintain the peace and security of the oil facilities in this area”.
He congratulated the Orodje of Okpe on his anniversary celebration and assured the Okpe people of more infrastructural projects.
Earlier, HRM, Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom, thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his show of solidarity, stating that he has demonstrated high moral standards and respect for the traditional institutions in the State.
He commended him for his Youth Empowerment Programmes which have turned youths in his kingdom to entrepreneurs and wealth creators.
The ceremony attracted dignitaries from across the country including traditional rulers, Delta State deputy governors, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Delta State House of Assembly members led by the speaker, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, former Military Administrator, Walter Feghabor, top government officials and religious leaders , and other top stakeholders of the kingdom.