The 15 traditional rulers in Oke-Ovoro in Aboh Mbaise local government, Imo State recently had a meeting with one of their prominent sons and the Imo State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Iheukwumere Alaribe at the palace of the traditional ruler of Amasa Autonomous Community, Eze Michael Njoku for far-reaching discussions.
The commissioner told the royal fathers that though they are said to be apolitical, that the success and failure of government projects, programmes and politics start with the traditional rulers of each community.
Pointing out that influential traditional rulers attract government’s attention to their communities, Barr. Alaribe urged them to serve their people well in order to move their communities forward and to make names for themselves as the custodians of the people’s culture and tradition.
Stressing the importance of unity among the traditional rulers and people of Oke-Ovoro, he submitted that government invests in atmosphere of peace.
He lamented, “our problem is that Oke-Ovoro does not have one agenda, they don’t speak with one voice on projects that will benefit all irrespective of political party”.
The commissioner disclosed that he has been appointed the co-ordinator to complete all the roads captured in Aboh Mbaise in Phase 1, assuring that Oke-Ovoro will be captured in the next phase as he assured that government would complete the construction of Imo State University campus in Aboh-Mbaise.
Barr. Alaribe praised the traditional rulers for utilizing well the money sent by government for each autonomous community for renovation of schools, palm-to-palm programme and Christmas as well as their support for him and the government.
“Thank you for saving my face by utilizing well the money given to you by the government”, he said.
In his remarks, the chairman of the traditional rulers in Oke-Ovoro, Eze G.N. Unaegbu described the people of Oke-Ovoro as peaceful and asked the commissioner to be their ambassador, pledging their support to him and government.
Some of the traditional rulers who contributed decried what they termed the marginalization of Oke-Ovoro, the deplorable state of roads in the area and called for unity among the political class in Aboh Mbaise.