By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Members of Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers have asked communities in the state to rise up to the challenge of protecting government property and facilities located in their areas.
The call is contained in a six-point communiqué issued at the end of the Traditional Rulers Council meeting in Asaba.
The Chairman of the council and Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, who read the communiqué, condemned the incessant destruction of water pipelines, theft of generating sets and vandalism of critical government infrastructure across communities in the state.
The traditional rulers said the willful destruction of public infrastructure by vandals would henceforth attract severe sanctions, saying that such damaged facilities would not be replaced by government.
The royal fathers adopted a new set of etiquette designed to regulate the conduct of members.
The primary objective of the new code of conduct, which took effect from November 30, 2017, is to ensure that traditional rulers in Delta State conduct themselves with the highest degree of decorum and dignity befitting of their status as traditional rulers of their different kingdoms.
The council urged members to abide by the details of the code in the collective interest of the traditional institution insisting that they should remain apolitical as the January 6, 2018 local government election approaches in order not to belittle themselves before politicians and ridicule the revered traditional institution.
The Traditional Rulers appealed to politicians to play the game according to the rule noting that they should refrain from unguarded utterances and hate speeches capable of inciting one party against another for selfish political motives.
The Royal Fathers appreciated the efforts of the State Government at streamlining the activities of community based Youth Associations in the state, saying that youths should be encouraged to engage in productive ventures.
They also emphasized the need for youths to shun criminal tendencies and avoid being used as agents of extortion pointing out that the regularization of Youth Association had reduced the incidence of multiple youth groups in communities in the state.
Earlier in a presentation the President-General of the Delta State Community Youth Associations Ifeanyi Eboigbe solicited the support of Traditional Rulers in promoting a healthy relationship among youths in the state.