Traditional Rulers in the state have been appeal upon to discharge their responsibilities in an honest manner, through being fair and just, even handed in all their actions and becoming a father to all their subjects. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State made the appeal while presenting Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Obi Nwaolise Okwuka 1, Obi of Issele-Mkpitime, Aniocha-North Local Area, Delta State.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, congratulated the people of Issele-Mkpitime as their royal father ascends the throne and also commended them for following the due process of succession to the throne.

He charge the royal father to be responsible to his subjects. According to him; "As the custodian of the norms and tradition of your people, it is important that you do jot in words or action, make them doubt your ability to uphold the sanctity of their custom. I appeal to you to imbibe the democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation in all your dealing with the people." The governor stated.

The Governor advised the Issele-Mkpitime people to accord their royal father the honour and deference due him, urging them to rally round him to make his task light and to show love, respect and understanding in all their interactions. While nothing that Issele-Mkpitime community is well known for its abundant agricultural production, the governor advised people to form cooperative societies as well as take advantage of the various programmes of the state government to improve on their production capacity in order to increase and add value to their harvest.

He thanked the people for their kind sentiment and confirmation of support for the state government and assured them that their request placed before the state government will be channeled to the appropriate agencies of government for necessary attention. Earlier, in an addressed read on behalf of the Isse-Mkpitime community, the Vice President, Issele-Mkpitime Federal Union (IMFU), Mr. Pius O.J. Chikwuzoh, noted that there was no rancor, no squabbles nor litigation that saw the emergence of Obi Nwaolise Okwuka 1 to the throne because the highest man alive receives the right of succession.

Mr. Chiwuzoh, who expressed appreciation to the state government for approving the enthronement of the Obi of Issele-Mkpitime appealed to the governor for the provision of portable water and staff for the schools and two health centres in the community. He also appeal that the Issele-Uku-Issele-Mkpitime-Onicha-Olona road be given a palliative touch, saying that some portions of the road are fast approaching failed state.

Mr. Chiwuzoh, who called on the state government for the need of a polic post to add force to the efforts of the community vigilante men, also appeal for the consideration by government for the appointment of sons and daughters of Issele-Mkpitime into political offices in the state.

Also the Chairman, Aniocha, North Local Government Council, Hon. Chuks Oseme, who noted that traditional rulers are the true custodians of the appropriate values and norms of their communities, appeal to the Royal Majesty to uphold the principles of peace, justice and fair play in the discharge of his responsibilities towards his subjects. Hon. Oseme, asserted that due to the vintage position traditional rulers occupy, it is the expectation of government that traditional institutions in the state are partners in progress in its quest for all round development amidst peace and security in their domain.

Highpoint of the occasion was cultural dance by the Issele-Mkpitime community and presentation of Staff of office to His Royal Majesty, Obi Nwaolise 1, Obi of Issele-Mkpitime, by the state governor who was ably represented by his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro.