Barr. Otuaro made the condemnation at Asaba on Friday, May 13th, 2016, when he played host to a delegation of the National Council of Chiefs from Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area of the State, led by High Chief Gbenewei Clark on courtesy call.
He noted that what is happening concerning pipeline vandalism and attacks on oil installations in the Region is unacceptable by the State Government. Adding that the State Government will partner with all willing groups and persons and use all security apparatus to fight these ills militating against the attainment of economic development in the country.
The Deputy Governor disclosed that the State Government has set up institutional frameworks to drive the State forward. He charged youths in the State to shelve any act of criminality and take advantage of the ongoing numerous empowerment and job creation programs of the State Government.
Reaffirming the lots of available empowerment programmes being provided by the State Government, Barr. Otuaro advised youths in the State to leverage on them to empower themselves instead of engaging in criminal acts.
He said he appreciated the leaders of Gbaramatu Kingdom’s efforts and willingness to partner with government at all levels to bring to an immediate end the nefarious act of bombing oil installations in the Niger Delta Region.
While thanking the delegations from Gbaramatu Kingdom for the warmly solidarity courtesy call on him, the Deputy Governor appealed to them to make available to security agencies of government any information that could lead to tracking of the criminal and undesirable elements perpetrating the evil acts in their midst.
Earlier, the Acting Secretary of the National Council of Chiefs from Gbaramatu Kingdom, High Chief Godspower Gbenekama, who spoke on behalf of the visitors, said the state of pipeline vandalism in the region is appalling and the kingdom condemned it with utmost disgust ion.
High Chief Godspower called for the need for government at all levels to join forces together and partner with communities in the area to put an end to it. Adding that Gbaramatu Kingdom is ready and willing to partner with security agencies of the Government to fight these ills.
On fishing out the ugly persons from their communities, the Acting Secretary of Gbaramatu Kingdom Council of Chiefs said their visit was a visit of solidarity with the government and on how to fathom out a plan to sanitize and sensitize their people. He added that series of meetings with community leaders, having interface with them to make sure that criminal elements or the perpetrators does not come in to perpetrate their evil acts or hide in their midst are being held.
The visitors used their opportunity to congratulate and commend the Deputy Governor for his present position and the good work he is doing with it. They thank and appreciated the Almighty God that for the first time in history, their son is the number 2 Man in the State.
Reported by Abel Johngold Orheruata