His Royal Majesty, Obi Pastor Solomon Chukwuka I, the Obi of Ute-Okpu Kingdom has charged the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi A. Okowa to reciprocate the kind gesture of Ute Kingdom on his re-election bid, by coming to help tar the road that leads to his Royal palace in Ute-Okpu community in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Speaking at his palace on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, the monarch said residents of Ute kingdom played a good role to bring Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi A. Okowa back as the Executive Governor of Delta State for a second tenure, yet the community still suffers neglects in terms of road construction and other infrastructural developments.
According to him, “I am passionately appealing to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to come to our aid and rehabilitate our road. Members of my kingdom and myself worked relentlessly to ensure that the Governor was re-elected to complete his second tenure in office and I expected him to reciprocate our goodwill during his re-election bid at which Ute-Okpu was adjudged the first of all the communities in Ika North East that voted for Governor Okowa, yet we lack good roads. I will say without hesitation that Ute has not had enough from Governor Okowa’s Government,” he said.
Continuing, the Royal Father pointed out that it is very unfortunate and shameful that Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as the Governor of Delta State, a son of the soil, cannot ply the major roads in Ute-Okpu as a result of their deplorable state. He stressed that he is expecting the Governor to give back to his community 100% of what they gave him during his re-election.
His Royal Majesty went on to mention some internal roads in the community which he said he would love the Governor to help rehabilitate. They include Ute-Enugu Road, and Umunede-Obiaruku Road. The monarch also appealed to the Federal Government to help look into the Agbor-Warri Road, saying it is because of the deplorable state of the Federal roads, that his palace road has been turned into a route for trailers and other heavy duty vehicles, thereby causing great damage to the road.
Also speaking, Mr. Ewere C. Awulor, a political Scientist and International Relation Expert and younger brother to the Obi, said he always feels bad whenever he remembers how members of Ute-Okpu community defiled the rain and sun to ensure that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was re-elected, but the Governor has failed to give them good roads. He stressed that if nothing is done before January 2021 to rehabilitate the Palace Road, it will become impassable, and the monarch may not be able to enter his palace.
Another resident who spoke to our reporter, Mr. Wilson Memeh, said it is very unfortunate that the people of Ute kingdom were highly commended for giving PDP the highest number of votes during the election, yet there is no good road to their Obi’s palace and to the town.
Continuing, Mr. Memeh stated that he is one of the coordinators of PDP in Ute-Okpu, who according to him has not benefited anything from the party. He emphasised that most of his friends who decamped from PDP to APC have benefited from APC leaders, and have been making mockery of him. He also lamented that youths in Ute jobless, as he appealed to the Governor to try as much as he can to empower Ute youths, so that when elections come again, they will be happy to work for PDP.
Also speaking, Mr. Obiyan Onyekweri who is also a coordinator of PDP in Ibiegwa Quarters, Ute-Okpu appealed passionately with Senator Okowa to come to their aid. He noted that most of the roads in Ute-Okpu have been damaged and need to be rehabilitated, particularly the one that leads to their Obi’s palace.
Mrs. Felicia, a business woman trading along the palace road, in an interview with our correspondent, appealed to Delta State Government to come to their aid by tarring their roads and empowering the people of Ute kingdom. She asserted that ever since 2019 when the palace road became very bad, business no longer moving as before.