The Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has tasked traditional rulers to uphold the fear of God and place the interest of the people above all other consideration.
Oborevwori made the call on Thursday during the official presentation of the Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Omoefe Ozonikpe 1, the Okpala Uku of Orogun Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, FCA, congratulated the king and the people of Orogun for the peace and smooth ascension process.
According to Oborevwori, “I warmly congratulate His Royal Majesty for the smooth ascension to the royal stool of your ancestors.
“I also felicitate with the people of Orogun kingdom for their cooperation, understanding and contributions which helped to make today’s event the success it has become.
“Please ensure that in everything you do and in every decision you take, the interest of your people and above all, the fear of God is placed above all other consideration.
“I appeal to you to encourage free flow of communication, dialogue and consultation with all segment of your kingdom; I also urge you to be transparent while upholding at all times the virtues of justice, fair play and equity in all your dealings with your subjects.”
The governor further urged traditional ruler to ensure peaceful reign in the kingdoms, saying that any threat to peace should be reported to security agencies for peace to reign at all times in the kingdoms, just as he urged the people to accord the King the needed respect and the honour that he truly deserved.
He said, “You should ensure that peace reigns supreme in your kingdom; any threat to peace should be reported to security agencies and the local government council.
‘I urge you to encourage youths in this kingdom to get involved in productive and sustainable development activities while according all constituted authorities the respect they truly deserved.”
The governor commended the people for their support and promised that their request on developmental need would be considered with the desired attention.
He appealed to them to be patient with the present administration, saying that the welfare of the people was dear to his heart.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Area, Chief Godwin Adode said that the people of Orogun Kingdom and the entire Ughelli North were ready to work hand in hand to support of the MORE agenda of the Oborevwori administration.
He described Orogun people as peace loving, who followed due process in the selection of the Okpala-Uku.
The President General of Orogun Kingdom, Chief Barr. Benson Ndakara in his speech said the people were pleased with the recognition given to the kingdom through the presentation of Staff of Office to their king.
He said Orogun kingdom was among the kingdoms that contributes to the nation”s purse through oil production.