Mogekwu Advocates Sustenance Of ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ Initiative

RT. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, the Bishop of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Asaba Diocese, has called for the sustenance of the “Delta Beyond Oil’’ policy of the present administration in Delta State.
Mogekwu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba yesterday.
He said that it had become imperative to ensure more commitment to the economic policy, initiated by the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration in view of the sliding global price of oil.
“It is necessary to emphasise that the next administration in this state should sustain and pursue the economic blue print with more vigour’’, he said.
The bishop said that all that was required to grow the economy of the state with or without oil revenue had been encapsulated in the programme.
Mogekwu commended the present administration for its vision to fashion out the “Delta beyond Oil’’ policy.
“The fall in global oil price has actually vindicated the governor’s “Delta beyond oil’’ vision, suggesting that something must be done to have a future that does not depend on oil.
“Oil is a depleting substance which will finish someday and the governor has sensitised the people to this fact.
“Many other state governments are now borrowing a leaf from him and we should be happier for it.
“So, I commend Uduaghan and pray that the person who will take over from him will continue with it to ensure that the economy of the state becomes more buoyant’’, he said.
He further commended the administration for its achievements in the education, health and transport sectors as well as in road infrastructure and human capital development.
He noted that the state government had pursued and sustained its peace and security agenda and poverty alleviation programme through the micro credit scheme.