By Emma Amaize
ACTING Governor of Delta State, Prince Sam Obi, has reversed the recent unilateral disbandment of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Udu Local Government Area of the state by the chairman, Dr. Henry Sakpra, who had been embroiled in a running battle with royal fathers in the area.
He has meanwhile, summoned Sakpra and the royal fathers to Asaba, for a meeting over the row.
“I order that the status quo should remain in the Council of Traditional Rulers in Udu council because the chairman’s action has procedural lapses,” the Acting Governor said.
Prince Obi overturned the chairman’s dissolution, when he visited the Ovie of the Udu Kingdom, Awuhorhu I, and ordered that the status quo ante should remain. He described the chairman’s action as an embarrassment and a fundamental administrative error.
Prince Obi said the state government needs peace in every local government area and urged council chairmen not to take actions that could create tension and chaos in the state.
He wondered how the chairman could solely take such a decision without recourse to the Ministry of Local Government in Asaba.
He said traditional rulers should be respected and treated with dignity and urged council chairmen not to toy with the traditional institution, explaining that the state government and the traditional institution were partners in progress.