HIS Royal Majesty, Obi of Owa kingdom, Emmanuel Efeizomor II yesterday emerged the Chairman of the reconstituted Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa while performing the inauguration, declared that traditional rulers play pivotal roles in bridging the gap between the government and the people. Speaking at the inauguration of the reconstituted Delta State Traditional Rulers Council in Asaba, Senator Okowa stated, “The traditional institution still remains relevant as a cohesive force for promoting peace, understanding, unity and development in our society.” “I am aware that your role as traditional leaders at the grassroots dates back to pre-colonial era and today’s occasion presents a unique opportunity to set in motion, the machinery to have a formal body through which government and royal fathers will be cross-fertilising ideas on various areas mutual interests for the good and well-being of both the state and its people,” the governor added. He noted that the traditional rulers could assist government in checking anti-cultural values like banditry, kidnapping, disrespect for elders, cheating, among others. Governor Okowa reiterated that as an institution closest to the people, traditional rulers should instil in their subjects “invaluable moral standards that are well known, thereby giving rise to a more culturally and socially balanced society.” He also, called on the traditional rulers to cultivate the habit of mutual love among the people and avoid any action that could lead to communal crisis, noting that the traditional rulers’ council could also, mediate when communal crisis occurs. While congratulating the Obi of Owa, HRM Obi (Dr.) Emmanuel Efeizomor II for emerging as the Chairman of the Council, the governor stated that the Orodje of Okpe, HRM Major General Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) is the 1st Vice Chairman, HRM Pere Stanley Luke Kalanama VIII, the Pere of Akugbene-Mien is the 2nd Vice Chairman and Alfred Origho will serve as the Secretary to the Council. Responding on behalf of the 58-member Traditional Rulers Council that has membership across the three senatorial districts of the state, Obi Efeizomor II thanked Governor Okowa for reconstituting the Council despite the economic situation of the country.