The Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has commended the people of Illah community for their various self-help projects embarked upon over the years. Governor Okowa made the commendation yesterday while presenting Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Obi Christopher Akazue Gbemudu 11, the Ogbelani of Illah Kingdom, in Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, noted that Illah community is well known for its abundant production of rice and other crops, including fish. Governor Okowa use the opportunity to call on sons and daughters of Illah community to take advantage of the various programmes of government particularly the Delta State Production and Processing support programme to improve on their production capacities.

While congratulating His Royal Majesty, Obi Gbemudu 11 on his appointment and recognition as the Ogbelani of Illah Kingdom, Governor Okowa appealed to him to discharge his responsibilities in a transparent manner by being fair and just to all his subjects.

His words: "As custodian of the tradition of your people, it is important that you do not in words or action, give cause to your subjects to doubt your ability to uphold the sanctity of their traditional norms. I sincerely appeal to you to imbibe the democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation in all your dealings with everyone that needs your attention" the governor stated. Governor Okowa urged the people to strive to promote the integrity of the stool by according His Royal Majesty the respect and honour he truly deserve assuring that all their request will be channeled to the various agencies of government for necessary attention.

Earlier in an address, the President General of Illah Development Union of Nigeria (IDUN), Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, pledged and expressed the willingness of Illah community to work harmoniously with the Government of Delta State.