By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
For the first time since the establishment of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), the 24 kingdoms in the Urhobo ethnic nationality would be given purposeful representation and people oriented projects.
This is even as the members representing Sapele, Ethiope West and Okpe local government areas, Hon. Joyce Overah, Chief Vincent Oyibode, member representing Udu, Ughelli South and Urhobos in Warri South, and Hon. Kent Okiemute, member representing Ethiope East, Ughelli North, and the Urhobos in Patani on the Board of DESOPADEC, stormed the palaces of traditional rulers in the largest ethnic nationality in the state with the message of hope.
The delegation which was led by Hon. Overah, was overwhelmingly received by His Royal Majesty (HRM), Ovie Richard Layeguen, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom on behalf of the kings in the Urhoboland.
Speaking, the member representing Sapele, Ethoipe West and Okpe Local Government Area on the Board of DESOPADEC, Overah, said members of the Board were on a familiarization tour of the kingdoms, to formally introduce themselves to all the kings in Urhoboland.
Overah disclosed that as part of their constituencies projects to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, they have come to consult with the members of the HOSTCOM communities and present their budgets to the people they are representing.
Olorogun Vincent Oyibode on his part said that their visitation to the traditional rulers was a directive from the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, to strengthen the relationship between members of the House of Assembly and the people of the oil bearing communities.
Responding on behalf of the other custodians of the law, HRM Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom thanked the members of the Board for taking out their time to see the kings in Urhoboland and bringing them into the picture.
He prayed for their peaceful and successful tenure, saying that he believes that they would do better than their predecessors.
Traditional rulers who were present at the occasion includes Ovie of Ughelli HRM Oharisi lll (JP), Ovie of Oghara, His Majesty King Noble Eshemitan, His Majesty Michael G. Omeru (JP) Ukoro 1, Okobaro of Utu Jeremi, Ovie of Abraka/Umiaghwa, Okparebe, Arhavwarhen and a host of others.