Okowa approves portfolios for commissioners; Augoye resumes

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Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the assigning of portfolios to the newly appointed commissioners into the State Executive Council.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie said that Chief James Augoye as Commissioner Ministry of Works; Chief Patrick Ukah, as Commissioner, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education; Mrs Flora Alatan as Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development and Hon. Chika Ossai, as Commissioner, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Others are Rt. Hon. Basil Ganagana, Ministry of Energy; Mr Peter Mrakpor, Ministry of Justice; Chief Festus Ochonogor, Ministry of Housing and Prof. Patrick Muoboghare as Commissioner, Ministry of Higher Education.

The statement further said that the portfolios of the Special Advisers as announced by the governor during their swearing-in has Senator Emmanuel Agwariawodo, as Special Adviser in Housing Development and Urban Renewal; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Okoro in Rural and Community Development; Hon. Efe Ofoburuku on Legislative Matters; Dr Kingsley Emu as Chief Economic Adviser and Prof. Sylvester Monye as Senior Policy Adviser.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, has charged the staff of the ministry to brace up for serious work in the second tenure of Governor Okowa administration.
Resuming work in his office at exactly 8.50am today, Friday, 5/7/2019 he stated this when he was welcomed to the office by the Permanent Secretary, Directors and staff of the ministry in Asaba.
“The Ministry of Works is the window through which the governor showcases his work to the people of the state, saying, “The vision of Governor Okowa is to make the state Stronger and he expects more from the ministry, he said.
The commissioner who thanked Governor Okowa for reappointing him as the Commissioner for Works said, “The governor wants the urban and rural areas connected and it is through the ministry of works that he does achieve the purpose.”
He called on the staff to be ready to work harder and support him in this second tenure, saying that they may be called up to work even at the weekend.
Chief Augoye said that in this second tenure there is going to be more regular and close supervision of projects to ensure that contractors keep to specifications and time line, saying that the governor is going to be judged by what the ministry has done.
The commissioner who revealed that in the first tenure of Governor Okowa, the ministry set for itself a target of constructing 2000km of roads but was able to do 1174km, stated that there is going to be a serious work because this is transition tenure.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Edafioghor had pledged the support of the staff to the commissioner to enable him function better in his second tenure as commissioner for Works.
Mr Edafioghor revealed that since the commissioner handed over on the 24th of May 2019, not much had happened but that the DBS/Government House Water Sewer has been connected to the river and the governor could now sleep with his eyes closed without bordering about flood in that end.
In their separated interview, the Director, Highways, Mr Joshua Ebube and the Director Urban and Rural Roads, North, Dr (Mrs) Juliet Eboloje stated that the commissioner should consolidate on what he had done before to achieve more in this second tenure and also to continue in the training and retraining programmes for engineers which he introduced in his first tenure to refresh engineers of fresh ideals in the engineering field.

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