By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Traditional Rulers in Delta State have protested what they called the continued destruction of state and rural roads in the state by the alleged heavy duty trucks and trailers owned by Dangote Group of Companies.
They have therefore called on the company to as a matter of urgency, embark on maintenance of such roads in the interest of the continued cordiality between the company and the people of the state.
Arising from a crucial meeting of the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers in Asaba, its Chairman and Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Efizomor (II), decried the damage of roads in Delta State by the fleet of vehicles owned by the company in the course of its business operations in the state.
In a five point communiqué, the traditional rulers emphasized what they called: “the need for Dangote Group of Companies to review the operations of its vehicles on State and Rural Roads in view of the massive damages they cause on such roads without corresponding benefits as per maintenance.
“We are not happy over the continued damage of our roads by Dangote vehicles.”
The royal fathers called on management of the company to extend its corporate social responsibility CRS to Delta State which had been impacted by the business operations of the company.
They contended that the good intentions of government in constructing roads were being thwarted by the activities of the group.
On the issue of security, the royal fathers called for increased vigilance by the people saying that every citizen of the state should not only be security conscious but pass useful information to the police on criminal activities in the area.
They also appealed to the people to keep the peace during political campaigns saying that politicians should take a cue from the famous quote of former President Good Luck Jonathan that “his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigeria.”
The traditional rulers described the recent visit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to Delta State during which he commissioned three star projects including the Stephen Keshi Stadium as an endorsement of the Governor for a second term and urged the people to keep faith with the Okowa administration.