By Mr. Ijeh Henry
Director General of the State Orientation Bureau, Eugene Azuka Uzum, Esq, made the above assertion during an advocacy visit against vandalism on public infrastructure to His Royal Majesty (HRM) Mathew Ediri Egbi (JP) Owahwa II, the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom.
The DG who was represented by the State Director, of Orientation Mrs. Stella Macaulay further reiterated that the aim of the visit was to share ideas and proffer community-based solutions to create positive mind-set behaviour among members to appreciate that public facilities in the community are directly their own and should be safeguarded, individually and collectively with due diligence.
Barr. Uzum equally stated that parental guidance is a ‘sine qua non’ in raising children and youths that would be useful to the community and the larger society, saying that ‘train a child the way he should go, and he will not depart from it’.
Responding, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Mathew Ediri Egbi (JP) Owahwa II, the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom thanked His Excellency, Sen. Dr. ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for the creation of the State Orientation Bureau, describing the Bureau as a game changer in mind-set re-engineering in entrenching sustainable development.
His Royal Majesty opined that his community has a comparative advantage over other communities in low crime rate, as members of his community understand the benefit of public infrastructure, as well as, sanctions that would be meted out on any defaulter caught, while stressing that sound parenting play major role for the growth of any community.
He appealed to the Governor to employ those with the right credentials to replace retired staff in the state public service and the need to replace retired worker’s/security officers to assist the community with arresting the situation to the barest minimum.
During the interactive session among the palace chiefs and other stakeholders in the meeting, meaningful contributions towards taking ownership of projects and further advocacy at the community level were reached.