By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State Government has charged traditional rulers across the country to give priority attention to matters of security in their domains.
Deputy governor of the state, Prof. Amos Utuama, who gave the charge while presenting staff of office to the Odio-Ologbo of Irri kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state, HRH Oviese Eba Ojenuwe II, said traditional rulers should work with law enforcement agencies and local government councils to ensure peace in their domains at all times.
Utuama told the people of Irri not to tarnish the banners of honour that the founders of this great community have hoisted.
â€œI passionately implore both the elders and youths of Irri to work as a team to give the Odio-Ologbo your unflinching support and loyalty.
â€œBy so doing, you would have laid a legacy of true affection, harmony and profound love for all your present and future generation,.â€ he charged.
He, however, advised the monarch to establish a sound foundation for love and peaceful co-existence in the kingdom.
While urging him to consult widely before taking decisions affecting his subjects and to always be fair, upright and objective, the deputy governor said the disposition of the king should inspire confidence as a leader who is committed to fair play, justice and the welfare of his people.
Utuama promised that all the requests of the kingdom would be passed on to the appropriate government agencies for necessary action.
Earlier in his address, the President General, Irri Federal Union (IFU), Mr. P.E. Onyeke, decried the poor state of power supply to the kingdom and noted that Orie, Utue, and Ikpide- Irri have been in darkness for years.
He also said the Ikpide-Irri communityÂ which, according to him, is located on the bank of the River Niger, has problem of potable water and solicited for the assistance of government in the provision of potable water so asÂ to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
The president-general called on the state government to build some classroom blocks at Ikpide-Irri primary school, lamenting that the primary school buildings were on the verge of collapse.
According to him, â€œpupils of the primary school are now learning under the trees; but when there is rain, the school automatically closes down.
â€œThe buildings in Ivrogbo-Irri Grammar School are dilapidated. The ceilings which are falling off, are now serving as the roofs of the buildings.â€