Uduaghan, Okowa Set For May 29

By FIDELIS EGUGBO
IN life, whatever that has a beginning must have an end. In twenty-six days time, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State will hand over the baton of leadership to his successor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.
Naturally, after eight years of leadership, the handover ceremony must be done properly and this Governor Uduaghan has initiated by inaugurating a 22-man committee to map out programmes for such an epoch-making event. Inaugurating the committee last Thursday at Government House, Asaba, Dr. Uduaghan disclosed that he was working in tandem with his successor, which will ensure that transition process will be peaceful, devoid of rancour and that Deltans will continue to reap the benefits of a peaceful state bearing in mind that peace is sine-qua-non to progress and development. He emphatically said, Senator Okowa has nominees in the 22-man committee which he christened, ‘end-of-tenure cum hand over committee.’
There is no doubt that with the setting up of the committee which has a tested administrator, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay (Secretary to the Delta State Government) as Chairman, nothing short of the expectations of Deltans would be achieved.
Dr Uduaghan at that occasion, said, “I welcome you to this occasion to inaugurate the committee that will plan and execute end of tenure activities of my administration and coming in of a new one on May 29. This committee was put up with consultation with the Governor-elect, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who has nominees too as members of this committee.
The committee is not a close affair, you have the opportunity to co-opt anybody that will help you carry out your activities and I want to strongly appeal to stakeholders, Ministries, Departments and other government agencies to cooperate with the committee to enable it succeed.”
He stated that the committee has three terms of reference which includes, liaising with the committees that have been set up by Senator Okowa for a successful handover process, map out and execute end of tenure activities and organize the May 29 inauguration ceremony and luncheon.
Obviously, the committee would not leave out thanksgiving service as part of the end of tenure activities as Governor Uduaghan is reputed for giving thanks to God and in all honesty, despite the turbulence experienced in the early days of his administration, God guided his administration to make remarkable and indelible achievements in the governance of Delta State.
One cannot also lose sight of the fact that Senator Okowa had also inaugurated three committees for a seamless transition. The committees which includes, Technical Committee on Programme Development/Governance, Committee on Hand Over and the Committee on Night of Praise, which collectively has ninety eight members, were inaugurated last Tuesday at a ceremony at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
Okowa at the occasion said, “The transition from one administration to another is often a defining moment in any democracy, the work can sometimes be burdensome but not overwhelming. It can be challenging but gratifying when it results in a seamless transition and the development of a blueprint that ensures the incoming government starts on a sure and strong footing.”
He emphasized, “members of these committees to be inaugurated today have been selected based on certain criteria, it does not mean they work harder than others, membership of the committees does not translate to appointment into the state Executive Council, appointment will not be based on the work of the committee or on the recommendation of members of the committees.”
Certainly, Delta State will witness a flurry of activities ahead of the May 29 hand over date and as individuals or groups, we should key-in into the programmes and work towards another successful transition from one democratic government to another.