Okowa Resumes Duty

By FIDELIS EGUGBO
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, resumed office yesterday with a prayer session at the Government House Chapel, Asaba.
Governor Okowa, who was accompanied by his wife, Dame Edith Okowa, Deputy Governor, Barr Kingsley Otuaro and political aides and associates, joined in the devotional session by staff of the Directorate of Government House.
Speaking at the brief service, Senator Okowa urged Deltans to continually pray for the success of the policies and programmes of their leaders, stressing that prayer is the key to success.
“Christians, especially Deltans, have a burden to pray every day for the success of the state, Delta State will go places by the grace of God. I want to assure you all that I will always join this devotional service every morning throughout my tenure”, the governor said.
He called for the support and understanding of Deltans for the success of his administration.
In his exhortation, the Chaplain of the Chapel, Rev. Ben Golley urged Dletans to shun negative criticisms, excessive and unnecessary praises, stressing that they need to pray for their leaders and support them for the growth of the state.
Senator Okowa later inspected a guard of Honour mounted by the Nigeria Police and was taken round the various offices and halls in Government House by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Benson Oburoh.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has received the report of the transition committee, assuring that his administration would empower Deltans.
The governor received the report from the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire yesterday at the Government House. Asaba.
Chairmen of sub-committees and their secretaries were in attendance during the presentation ceremony.
Governor Okowa observed that the report of the committee will provide a guide towards quick achievement of his Five-point agenda for Deltans, which include, strategic wealth creation initiatives and provision of jobs for all; meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political/social stability; agricultural reforms and industrialisation; relevant health and education policies; transformed environment through massive urban renewal (S.M.A.R.T).
While reiterating that “we have set out to build a more united and prosperous Delta State”, Senator Okowa thanked members of the transition committee for their commitment towards providing a road-map for his administration, disclosing that one of the surest ways of empowering the people will be through job opportunities.
He noted that the civil service is saturated but assured that Deltans would be trained and empowered to be entrepreneurs.
“Deltlans should be patient with us and be committed to the development of our state, we are committed to good governance and we will work hard to deliver on our electoral promises”, Governor Okowa said.
He pledged to partner with Deltans and “people who will come to work in Delta State for the development of our state”.
Earlier, Prof. Oyovbaire stated, “although our findings highlight a rather disturbing outlook in the revenues and financial assets of the state, we believe that, if properly considered, approved and implemented, our recommendations would certainly provide valuable bases and platforms for recovery and subsequent enhancement of revenue and resource profiles of the state’s economy and good governance”.

“We are convinced, Your Excellencies, about your credible political will, focus, grasp and dedication to navigate the murky waters of Delta State worrisome governance profile, society and political economy and to deliver on your political mandate and electoral promises”, he said, disclosing that the report of the committee was in four volumes: “main report, report of the hand-over sub-committee, report of the various technical sub-committee and returns from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)”.