The traditional ruler of Umiaghwa-Abraka Kingdom in Ethiope Council, Delta State, HRM Ochuko Ararile, has appealed to the state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to make a policy that would ensure all towns, cities, and kingdoms across the state are planned before leaving office in 2023.
Ararile, a retired Air Vice Marshall, spoke at a press conference to commemorate his 10th coronation anniversary, in his palace in Abraka.
According to the king, the state will look less like a slump if government fails to put structures, and necessary tools for planning well organized modern towns, cities and kingdoms in the state.
He said: “In Delta State, apart from Asaba, there is no other city, town, village s that is planned. They are all slump. Then, I informed government that it is necessary for the kingdoms to be planned, to set out commercial, industrial and residential areas to avoid building houses in the wrong place.
“But, right now the response I got was disappointing. As I speak, no planning, hence people buy land and put up structures anywhere, they can even bury their love ones there, fence it up and walk away. That is because no planning, and no planning no meaningful development,” he lamented.