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Acting Gov Reverses Dissolution of Traditional Council.

The Sun
29/11/2010

The Acting Governor of Delta State, Prince Sam Obi, has reversed dissolution of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Udu Local Government Area, announced recently by the chairman of the council, Dr. Henry Sakpra.

Obi announced cancellation of the dissolution when he visited the Ovie of the Udu kingdom, Awuhorhu 1, and ordered that the status quo should remain. He described the chairman's action as an embarrassment and a fundamental administrative error, stating that the state government needed peace in every local government area. He urged council chairmen not to take action that could create tension and chaos in the state.

The acting governor wondered how the chairman could solely take such a decision without recourse to the Ministry of Local Government.

He, therefore, invited the council boss and some of the traditional rulers to Asaba for a meeting on the issue, adding "I order that the status quo should remain in the Council of Traditional Rulers in Udu local government area because the chairman's action has procedural lapses." Obi said royal fathers should be revered and treated with dignity and urged council chairmen not to toy with the traditional institution.

He explained that the state government and royal fathers were partners in progress even as he said they were central to the success of the peace and security as well as the infrastructural development programmes of the government. Emphasising the need for local government chairmen to seek the cooperation of traditional rulers, the acting governor said the timing was wrong.

Obi commended the Ovie for embracing development and commended him for the land donated to the state government, stressing that with that, more development would come to Udu Local Government Area.

The Ovie said the dissolution shocked him, saying that the chairman did not confide in him over the dissolution and expressed appreciation to the acting governor for his intervention and promised to continue to support and cooperate with the state government.

He also thanked the state government for siting the tourism industry in his kingdom while enthusing that the industry would bring economic prosperity to the clan.

Keywords:
Ovie of Udu kingdom, Awuhorhu 1, Henry Sakpra

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