As part of efforts to curb crime in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, the Council Chairman, Hon. Oghenedoro Owoso, has embarked on a visitation tour to kings and the Council of Elders and Chiefs in Mosogar and Oghara kingdoms.

During the visit on Friday, Owoso noted that it had become necessary that he met the people to dialogue on the ways to achieving a peaceful and a conducive environment for development in the area.

He said for the locality to benefit from the MORE agenda of Governor Sheriff Oberevwori Administration, the people must create a conducive atmosphere for peace.

He urged the elders and chiefs of both kingdoms to encourage their children and the youths to desist from the use of hard drugs, which according to him contributed to the increase in crime rate.

” I came to solicit with you, our fathers, to help talk to our children and youths to stop the taking hard drugs because the drugs cause destruction.

“Drug abuse has also contributed to the increase in crime.

” Our youths are very intelligent people. Most of the time, I have interacted with some of them. I found out that they are very intelligent people who could help in building a healthy society, but the intake of these drugs could make them act the opposite, making them to involve in crime, causing unrest in the society.” he stated.

Enumerating some of the projects his administration embarked on within his two years in office, he solicited for the support of the people to enable him do more.

He urged the people to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the drains and the major waterways, saying his administration had provided dump sites for the three kingdoms that made up the local government.

The Ovie of Oghara kingdom, HRM Noble Eshemita, thanked the chairman for the visit, saying the visit would reawaken their relationship with the local government council.

Ovie of Mosogar kingdom, HRM Sunday Okpurhe was also happy with the visit, promising to work with the chairman to bring sanity to the area for development to thrive.

Also at the Ogharefe Oguedion, the unugbrogodo of Ogharefe, Chief Stephen Egbivwie, noted crime rate in the area had been worrisome to them as custodians of the land.

He said the use of hard drugs had escalated crime in the area, urging the council chairman to encourage the police to fight the malaise in the area.