The Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has emphasized the importance of security in the domains of traditional rulers. This call was made on Friday during the ceremony where the Staff of Office was presented to His Royal Majesty, Simpson Sapele Obruche, Obruche 11, the Odion R’ode of Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, expressed the commitment of his administration to respect and value traditional rulers. He encouraged them to collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies and local government councils to ensure peace prevails in their areas.
According to him; “The traditional institution remains a priceless legacy in any African society for which there is yet no credible substitute, as a rallying point for the people.”
The governor emphasized the need for traditional rulers to enhance the sacredness of their position by guiding their people towards greater prosperity. He encouraged them to practice transparency and uphold the values of justice, fair play, and equity in all their interactions with the community.
During the event, Hon. Esemeteye Benjamin, Chairman of the Central Planning Committee representing the Uwheru Traditional Council, expressed gratitude to Governor Oborevwori for bestowing the Staff of Office upon their traditional ruler. He highlighted the challenges faced by the kingdom due to the encroachment of uninvited herdsmen, who have unlawfully occupied their farmlands and prevented the local people from engaging in agricultural activities. He further noted that the presence of these armed herdsmen, equipped with AK-47s, has resulted in the loss of lives within the community.
Hon. Adode Godwin, Chairman of the Ughelli North Local Government Area, called upon the youth to maintain peace in the kingdom while redirecting their energy towards positive endeavors. He expressed deep concern about the recurrent attacks by herdsmen in the area, deeming the situation intolerable and appealing for swift government intervention.
Furthermore, Adode commended Governor Oborevwori for appointing Comrade Festus Ahon, a native of the local government area, as his Chief Press Secretary.