By Our Reporters
The attention of the Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has been drawn to some critical areas in the state that need urgent government attention for an effective and strong socio-economic base of the state.
In a congratulatory letter to the governor over his victory at the polls in March 2019, and his subsequent inauguration for a second term, the Delta Online Publishers Forum, DOPF, signed by its Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli, congratulated the governor for a well deserved victory, and for holding the state as one indivisible entity before and after the elections.
DOPF said: “We recall that toward the buildup to the general election, there was a lot of electoral campaign tension and fear that the elections may trigger a political upheaval in the state, but rather, it went peaceful and culminated in your resounding victory which brought an unexpected joy, and harmony as persons from all political divides acknowledged the peaceful conduct of the election.”
The forum, noted the achievement of the government in its first tenure, and stressed the need to consolidate on the success to make the state stronger, after the second term by 2023.
The publishers added: “In your first tenure as governor, your focus was visibly seen in your drive to connect the major cities with the hinterlands, through massive road construction, security of lives and properties, the encouragement of youths through entrepreneurship development, healthcare delivery, uplifting of the technical education system in the state, secondary education and much more to the admiration of many in and outside the state.”
DOPF stated that as it’s known that government is a continuous process, the governor should focus and complete some of the projects that are ongoing, continue to work on the security architecture of the state to end criminality of any form, strong synergy between the state and local governments to quickly eradicate heaps of dirt from our streets, and to ensure that the government employment programme of entrepreneurship training for youths in the state are devoid of party politics, but for the benefit of all Deltans.
DOPF continued: “The early completion and linking of the storm drainage projects in Asaba, the state capital and the full commencement of the same storm drainage project in Warri/Effurun are very important.
“The completion of the various major road projects linking the State Capital and other towns/cities in the state; notably the Asaba/Kwale/Ughelli roads; the Effurun roundabout to Enerhen junction, as well as the commencement of major drainages in other towns and cities in the state.
“We also call on the Delta State government to liaise with the Local Government Councils and various departments to enforce cleanliness of the state, as our state has become very dirty.”
They also called on the governor to pursue a more robust and effective security strategy to address the abominable atrocities of suspected herdsmen, kidnappers and other criminal/ritualistic activities that have escalated unprovoked killings and maiming in the state.
While they acknowledged that the Okowa-led government is the first to start a proper development plan for the state in terms of infrastructure and human capital development, they urged him to involve the youths in entrepreneurship development programmes in a manner that does not have political party affiliation as a criteria to determine the beneficiaries.