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 the effective and strong socio-economic base of the state.
In a congratulatory letter to the governor for 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, the forum congratulated the governor for a well deserved victory, and for holding the state as one indivisible entity before and after the elections.
The DOPF recalled that toward the buildup to the general election, there was a lot of electoral campaign tension and fear that the elections may trigger political upheaval in the state, but rather it went peaceful and culminated in the governor’s resounding victory for the second term, which brought an unexpected joy, and harmony as persons from all political divides, acknowledged the peaceful conduct of the election.
It noted that the achievement of the government in the first tenure, and stressed the need to consolidate on the successes so as to make the state stronger, after the second term by 2013.
“In your first tenure as the 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 the 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,” the DOPF stated.
The Online forum of journalist in publishing business urged the governor to 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 hips of dirt from our streets, and to ensure that the government’s employment programme of Entrepreneurship training for youths in the state are devoid of partisan party politics but for the benefit of all Deltans.
DOPF directed the governor’s attention to some areas that need his critical focus: “The early completion and linking of the storm drainage projects in Asaba, the State Capital. The full commencement of the same storm drainage project in Warri/Effurun;
“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 Junctions, as well as the commencement of major drainages in other towns and cities in the state.
“To liaise with the Local Government Council Areas, and various departments to enforce cleanliness of the state, as our state had become very dirty.
“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 we acknowledge that your government is the first to start a proper development plan for the state, in terms of infrastructure and human capital development, we will appreciate that your efforts to involve the youths in entrepreneurship development will cut across youths in the state in a manner that removes the sentiment and consideration of political party affiliation,” the Forum stressed.