The Director-General (DG) of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Eugene Azuka Uzum Esq, has for the umpteenth time decried the wanton vandalization of public amenities in the state.
Uzum stated this at Nsukwa and Ubulu Unor in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state in continuation of the sensitisation exercise by the Bureau against vandalisation of public infrastructure in the state.
Uzum, who spoke through the Director of Orientation in the Bureau, Mrs Stella Macaulay, emphasised that the state government was worried at the rising spate of destruction of amenities put in place for the general wellbeing of the people, adding that it had become necessary to call on the people to take ownership and protect such amenities from being vandalised by some unpatriotic elements in the various communities of the state.
According to the DG, “public infrastructure are for the people. Government gave them to the people for proper use, and so there is the need for their ownership and protection in order to serve their purposes.”
He charged the affluent in the various communities in the state to assist the effort of the state government in the maintenance of some of the public infrastructure sited in their localities to serve the people for longer time.
Uzum also tasked parents on proper upbringing of their children, saying ” let’s go back to proper parenting also; parents, teach your children the right morals and values,” just as he implored the clergy to take more responsibility in passing the message that would attract youths to embrace the right moral rectitude.
Responding, His Royal Highness, Kenneth Ezeamaka 1 (JP), The Obi of Nsukwa Kingdom, thanked the state governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, for the creation of the Bureau and also commended the Bureau for its advocacy against the menace across the state.
The Royal Father said that he was happy about the ongoing advocacy against vandalisation of public infrastructure because of its timeliness, adding that he had been preaching against the unwholesome development in his community.
He recalled the recent vandalization of the police station in the community where three policemen lost their lives and its effect on the community and promised to continue the advocacy on protection of public infrastructure through the engagement of the various stakeholders in his kingdom.
Also speaking at his palace, the Obi of Ubulu Unor Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Agbogidi Henry Kikachukwu PhD, (JP) commended the Bureau for the advocacy.
The Royal Father opined that his community had a comparative advantage over other communities on the issue of vandalisation of public infrastructure because of the mechanism put in place to secure such vital public amenities in the community.
He maintained that the need to contribute their own quota towards complementing the effort of the state government was necessary since they knew that the state government could not alone do everything for the people.
The President General (PG) of Ubulu Unor, Chief Austin Ugbeche, also gave account of how the community has embarked on self-help projects which includes the electricity, water supply and a police station ready to be Commissioned soon. He disclosed that, in a recent development, some non-indigenes resident in the community were caught vandalizing the electric poles. He gave assurance of the community continuous effort towards protection of public properties