DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said traditional rulers play pivotal roles in bridging the gap between the government and the people.
Speaking at the inauguration of the reconstituted Delta State Traditional Rulers Council in Asaba, Governor Okowa stated, “the traditional institution still remains relevant as a cohesive force for promoting peace, understanding, unity and development in our society.”
“I am aware that your role as traditional leaders at the grassroots dates back to the pre-colonial era and today’s occasion presents a unique opportunity to set in motion, the machinery to have a formal body through which government and royal fathers will be cross-fertilizing ideas on mutual interests of various areas for the good and well-being of both the state and its people,” the governor added.
He noted that the traditional rulers can assist government in checking anti-cultural values like banditry, kidnapping, disrespect for elders, cheating, and many other vices rampant among the youths.
Governor Okowa reiterated that as an institution closest to the people, traditional rulers should instil in their subjects “invaluable moral standards that are well known thereby giving rise to a more culturally and socially balanced society.”
He also, called on the traditional rulers to cultivate the habit of mutual love among the people and avoid any action that could lead to communal crisis, noting that the Traditional Rulers’ Council could also, mediate when communal crisis occurs.
While congratulating the Obi of Owa, HRM Obi (Dr.) Emmanuel Efeizomor II for emerging as the chairman of the Council, the governor stated that the Orodje of Okpe, HRM Major General Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) is the 1st Vice Chairman, HRM Pere Stanley Luke Kalanama VIII, the Pere of Akugbene-Mien is the 2nd Vice Chairman and Alfred Origho would serve as the Secretary to the Council.
Responding on behalf of the 58-member Traditional Rulers Council that has membership across the three senatorial districts of the state, Obi Efeizomor II thanked Governor Okowa for reconstituting the Council despite the economic situation of the country.
“This is about the hardest time in the history of this country, we recognise the cardinal principles of your (Governor Okowa) administration and I will assure you that the royal fathers will give you peace, our subjects will give you peace,” the Obi said.