Isoko Traditional Rulers carpet Okowa over bad roads

By Kelvin Ohoror

The Isoko South Traditional Rulers Council has carpeted Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa over the sorry state of Isoko section of the Ughelli-Asaba Highway and the Yanga Junction-Irri Road which the Governor had promised to give speedy attention to when he met with them some years ago in Asaba.

According to the Traditional Rulers who were responding to an appeal for support from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Cultural/Traditional Contact Committee who visited them at their secretariat in Oleh, the Chairman of the Isoko South Traditional Rulers Council, the Odio-Ologbo of Oleh, HRM William Ovrawha Omogha (I) said the Governor had assured them that the Isoko section of the Ughelli-Asaba dualization that has been abandoned was going to receive urgent attention. He expressed regret that, years after that promise was made, the governor had shown little or no commitment to his promise.

Isoko Traditional Rulers

Ovrawha said that, “To make matters worse, the very bad portions in Owhe, Emevor, Ozoro and Oleh-roundabout have remained death traps and nightmares to road users especially during this yuletide season when the volume of traffic has increased.”

In addition, the royal fathers bemoaned the inability of the Governor to live up to his promise on the abandoned strategic Yanga Junction in Irri Road which is also in very bad shape, coupled with the recent flood that rendered the road almost impassable.

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Another contentious issue raised by the Traditional Rulers was the nonchalant attitude of several elected or appointed Isoko sons in government who have continued to ignore the developmental challenges of the Isoko people whom they represent.

Similarly, the Traditional Council also frowned at the conduct of the Isoko South Council Chairman, Hon. Victor Asasa whom they said is hardly on seat to take charge of the affairs of the Local Government Area. They observed that “since the existence of the Council, no Chairman has displayed a such lacklustre attitude to duty” as being exhibited by the current chairman.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the PDP delegation, High Chief Iduh Amadhe appealed to the Royal fathers to support the PDP candidates in the coming election as the party is not just the dominant party in the state and region, but also primed to take over government at the federal level since the ruling APC has wreaked so much havoc in all the sectors of the Nation.

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

Chief Iduh Amadhe who was accompanied on the visit by Chiefs Patrick Egbuwoku, Awheme Emonena and Mike Usige stated that “Royal fathers as custodian of our tradition and culture are in a vantage position with far-reaching impact at the grass root and so cannot be ignored or taken for granted”.

Ten Traditional Rulers attended the meeting including those of Oleh, Emede, Enhwe, Erohwa, Igbide, Uzere, Irri, Okpolo-Enhwe, Umeh, Olomoro and Aviara.

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