By Norbert Chiazor
Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has a tendency for happy energy.His easy gait is not a passing fancy.Even a casual observer can never fail to notice his unpretentious ordinariness.
An admirable human element the former Speaker of Delta state House of Assembly has taken to his new gubernatorial post.Whether seated in his office or outside as governor,he exudes a cordial countenance that signals friendship and empathy.
Going by his cheerful beginning,there is a welcoming tide in the affairs of Delta.He talks and thinks with much optimism.He walks and works with affectionate pursuit of his promise to Deltans – M.O.R.E agenda.
The first exciting step he took,three days after his swearing-in as governor,was the inspection of Sector ‘A’ and Sector ‘C’ of the Ughelli-Asaba road dualisation project.A perceptive leader who understands that government is a continuous engagement.
Oborevwori’s prompt attention to the strategic road linking parts of the three senatorial districts in the state is wise.The completion of the road,so dear to Deltans would certainly ramp up socio economic activities in the state.
While the people earnestly await the construction of the 42.5km sector A, spanning Emevor and the Sector C ,criss -crossing Ogwashi – Uku,the governor’s assurance to provide adequate funding denotes his seriousness.
In another swift tour of duty,Governor Oborevwori stormed Ughelli weeks later directing immediate relocation of all traders and businessmen along East/West road by Otovwodo junction.The aim -to bring sanity to the busy road.Successive governments had counselled the traders to leave the walkways but they stayed adamant,until recently.
Heading to Warri,the commercial hub of Delta,the governor inspected on-going storm water projects and encountered residents of 1st Marine gate who lamented lack of electricity since two years.Two weeks later,he delivered a brand new transformer for public power supply to the people.This kept the Warri community agog as they expressed gratitude for being sensitive to their plight.
Nonetheless,in his avowal to make Warri and other parts of the state shine,the governor ordered the demolition of all buildings erected along waterways in the State.He noted with disapproval that there is no place in the world where people are allowed to build on waterways,urging the Ministries of Housing,Works and Lands to identify and pull down all such buildings to make way for free flow of water.
At the Warri City Stadium,Oborevwori said he was not satisfied with the work being done by the contractor and promised standard rehabilitation and quality delivery that would elicit joy and general satisfaction.This is a big deal for sports-loving Deltans.
The wave of enthusiasm moved to the famous Petroleum Training Institute PTI junction in neighbouring Effurun as the governor maintained his stride.A reconstruction project has just been initiated to boost transportation experience, ease gridlock and beautify the road.
Passionate to make Asaba the capital city more attractive,the fifth civilian governor of Delta has rolled up his sleeves to effect more transformation in Nigeria’s fastest developing state headquarters.
Projects inspected in the metropolis included the State High Court complex, Phases I and II of the Flood Control Measures on Madonna College Road, Okpanam and Drainages at Koka through Agbalusia-Ngele Street to Federal Technical College Asaba.
If Oborevwori has been active in infrastructure intervention,his responsiveness in human capital development is gracious.Days back,he approved the payment of promotion arrears worth five billion naira to workers in Delta state.Coming under Nigeria ‘s harshest economic climate since the Covid-19 lockdown,the initiative is thankfully humane.
The arrears would be redeemed in three tranches,starting from this August to October 2023.A weighty windfall, it is sequel to a demand by civil servants and a pledge by Oborevwori during the state Governorship election.Politicians are notorious for deceptive campaign promises.Credibility obviously matters to Oborevwori.A governor ruling in measured steps.
His iconic predecessor,Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa no doubt left Delta to a firm yet friendly hand.Man proposes.God promotes.
Oborevwori- so far, so fair.