….Decries pipeline vandalism
….As Orodje of Okpe celebrates 10th Year Anniversary
By Festus Ahon
ASABA-GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has told community stakeholders particularly traditional rulers to engage in peace building in their areas so as to promote development in all parts of the state.
Speaking at the weekend in Orerokpe, Okpe Local Government Area during the Grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of HRM Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom, Okowa held that only a peaceful environment could attract development and investment to the society.
Urging the traditional institutions to partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development would thrive, he appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism.
He decried that pipeline vandalisation was impacting negatively on communities and the state, lamenting that it has hampered meaningful development in the various oil bearing areas.
He said; “I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities, I particularly thank His Royal Majesty the Orodje of Okpe for his commitment not only in ensuring peace in Okpe Kingdom but extended same to the state by his fatherly advice. Today the Okpe kingdom have been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this have secured oil activities in this axis.
” Deltans have suffered enough of pipeline vandalism, we should give peace a chance, it has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa said, adding “I must thank the Okpe people because they have supported their Royal father to maintain the peace and secured the oil facilities in this area”.
He congratulate the Orodje of Okpe on his anniversary celebration, assuring Okpe people of more infrastructural projects.
Earlier, HRM, Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom, thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his show of solidarity, stating that he has demonstrated high morale standard and respect for the Traditional institutions in the State.
He commended him for his youth Empowerment programmes which have turned youths in his kingdom to entrepreneurs and wealth creators.
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