Asaba Monarch proposes grassroots development commission in politics
By Nosa Akenzua
The Asagba of Asaba, HRM Chike Edozien on Tuesday proposed grassroots development commission in politics, creation of joint commission of traditional rulers in collaboration with Local Government Executives for sustainable development.
Obi Edozien who spoke to Journalists in his palace in Asaba said that the proposed commission will serve as a platform where grassroots concerns would be discussed and workable solutions fashioned out by relevant stakeholders for peaceful coexistence, especially at the local government areas., adding that” Owing to the fractured rapport between the traditional institution and previous local government administration, there was need for the relationship to be mended for sustainable development”
The monarch who regretted that over the years relationship between the traditional rulers and local government administration had not been too encouraging, stressed the need for sustainable partnership with the state government and the traditional rulers with a view to ensuring proper developments in a well thought out plans
He said “Our desires as traditional rulers are to see development growing in our domain through grassroots concerns and among others, but in a situation whereby development hangs in the air, it becomes a serious concern of lack of partnership with the traditional rulers as custodian of Communities” . He however called on political Office holders to ensure the dividends of democracy are delivered to the people at the grassroots. Obi Edozien who commended the state government’s giant stride in developments, urged the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa not to relent in his massive developmental efforts, adding that” We have seen Asaba and its environs, in fact the entire state developed by Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, this is what democracy is all about and not myopic process”
On insecurity, the Asaba Monarch lamented the insecurity situation in the country, saying that those behind the continued nefarious activities of killings, robbery and kidnapping, shall someday be brought to book, adding that” We as traditional rulers are not in any way happy with the way things are going and by the special grace of God those behind the nefarious activities shall soon be exposed