DG, DSCTDA And Members of the Agency Pay Courtesy Call On The Asagba Of Asaba.

Members of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) led by the Director General of the Agency, Hon. Evang. (Mrs.) Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor today paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Asaba, HRM, Obi, (Prof.) Chike Edozien the Asagba of Asaba.

The DG and members of the agency were received by the very enlightened traditional ruler in company of his Chiefs in his cool, hospitable and magnificent palace. The Asagba who turned 95 a few weeks ago was adorned in the traditional white attire and a red cap that has royalty written all over it. The nonagenarian was calm, homely and hospitable as were his Chiefs among whom is a member of the governing board of DSCTDA, Ogbueshi Eluaka Adizue.

Chief Adizue stood, greeted the Asagba in the traditional manner before introducing the guests. He then went on to highlight some projects accomplished by the DG, DSCTDA, during her time as the member Representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency. The board member mentioned the following as some of the projects attracted to Asaba by Hon. Mrakpor.

1. Construction of Cottage Hospital with Staff Quarters and Mortuary at Bonsac, New Asaba.
2. Reconstruction/beautification of FMC Asaba.
3. Setting up of skills acquisition centre at Osadennis Mixed Secondary School, Asaba.
4. Installation of Mini Grid for steady electricity at Ogwa-Ukwu Ahaba.
5. Installation of 500kva transformers at some locations in Asaba.
6. Installation of solar powered streets lights at the Asagba's palace.
7. Portable water projects with solar powered electricity.
8. Recommendation of twenty three (23) Asaba indigenes for appointment in different government positions in the present administration.

Also speaking, Ogbueshi Patrick Ndili added that Hon. Mrakpor who is the DG, DSCTDA performed creditably in the previous offices she has held.

She has done well and there is no gainsaying it.

The guests took turns to greet the monarch and introduce themselves. That part of the visit was followed by the breaking of kolanut to welcome the visitors who would later present their own kolanut to the King as custom demands.

Subsequently, the microphone was handed to the DG who began by thanking the traditional ruler for his warm welcome and for his role in ensuring the political stability of Delta State.

She noted two key areas that must be addressed to ensure accelerated growth in the state Capital Territory.

Firstly, our people are yet to fully understand that Asaba is no longer the Village it was many years ago but the Capital of an oil rich City. We have to loosen up a little and embrace the challenges that accompany developmental agendas. The 'Ogbe Mentality' should be dropped.

Secondly, there is challenge of managing people. Most times, the interests of an investor will not be the same with the host communities and this has to be properly managed. In the course of doing this job of trying to build a befitting Capital Territory, we might step on toes. This is why we have come to seek your counsel and fatherly support

Responding to her, the traditional ruler began by pointing out that the DG is a Citizen of Asaba.
The Asagba reminded his guests that he first made the pronouncement during the 2015 campaign period when the former Reps member visited his palace.

We have offered you citizenship of Asaba. You are now a native of Asaba. If not for the fact that you are here on official visit, you would have been sitting by my Right.

The Obi further advised the State Government to be forward looking by naming the State Capital Territory as Asaba Capital Territory despite the fact that there are other communities in the Capital Territory.

The Capital Territory should be called by its name which is Asaba. I know we may be worried about what other communities in the Capital Territory will say but the Government has to be forward looking. In less than 50yrs from now, other communities within the Capital Territory will have become part of the state capital, Asaba.
Government should work in tandem with the communities and the traditional institutions as it has not come to govern a virgin land.

He concluded by making some recommendations that will help to address the challenge of street trading in the Capital Territory. The DG gave a vote of thanks and pleaded with the Obi to continue to welcome members of the Agency as they will continue to visit him from time to time in the course of their job.

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