Delta Assembly Approves Appointment Of 15 Special Advisers

BY LUCKY OYIBO
As part of strategies by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to actualise the state’s agenda of prosperity for all Deltans, the Delta State House of Assembly has approved the governor’s request to appoint 15 Special Advisers, one Senior Political Adviser and one Political Adviser to assist him in driving the administration.
This was sequel to the letter which the governor forwarded to the State House of Assembly yesterday and read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya.
The statement states inter alia: “I once again bring warm greetings to the Honourable Speaker and Honourable members of the Delta State House of Assembly.
“In line with the provisions of Section 19, Sub-sections 1-3, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended), I wish to inform the Honourable House that as part of strategies by my administration to actualise our agenda of prosperity for all Deltans, I intend to appoint the following to assist me in driving the administration”.
“Therefore, in consonance with Sub-section 2 of the aforementioned Section, I wish to solicit the consideration and approval of the Honourable House, by way of resolution, for the appointment of persons into the aforementioned positions”.
Meanwhile, the House, yesterday, screened and confirmed Mr. Abel Esievo as Auditor-General (Local Government) in Delta State.
Almost five items as listed on the Order Paper including: Declaration of Thanksgiving Day in Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Creation of Delta State Bill, 2014; Delta State Education Marshall Bill, 2014; Delta State Education One-Stop Investment Centre Bill; Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Bill, 2015 and Public Procurement Commission (Amendment) Bill were differed to sine die (indefinitely).
Meanwhie, the House has passed two executive bills including the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board Bill, 2015 and Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency and the Governing Board Bill, 2015.
The House, presided over by Speaker, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, has fixed today as valedictory session for members of the House, enjoining all to be in attendance in the plenary terminating the closure of the Fifth Assembly and inviting the general public to observe the valedictory session of the day.
The two executive bills were among the first executive bills sent to the House by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday as parts of the measures to kick-start his administration on a good footing.
The Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board Bill, 2015 seeks to stimulate and encourage pre-vocational and general technical education in schools not only as a basis for creating early technological awareness.
It is also aimed at providing suitable orientation for further education and training in technological and direct practical skills for earning a living.
The bill is aimed at inculcating in the people of Delta State the attitude of respect for, and appreciation of the role of technical and vocational education in the society.
On the other hand, the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency and the Governing Board Bill, 2015 is aimed at fast tracking development in the state capital, Asaba, in line with the Federal Capital Development Agency Bill.
The intending agency seeks to concentrate on the development of Asaba to be in tandem with other state capitals in Nigeria and by implementing the Asaba Master Plan.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Monday Igbuya who opened separate debates on the two bills, through a motion moved by him and seconded by Rt. Hon. Martin Okonta, said there was the urgent need to revive the state’s technical colleges to meet up with the current realities of vocational education world over through the passage of the bill.
He said the intended technical agency (board) and colleges will bred new crop of youths vocational education that would work in the already existing institutions in the state by giving bearing to the “SMART” agenda of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration of prosperity for all Deltans.
On the other hand, Igbuya noted that the passage of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency and the Governing Board Bill, 2015 will fast track the development of the state capital, Asaba and give force of law to the implementation of the existing Asaba Master Plan.
Lawmakers, who spoke in support of the two motions including: Basil Ganagana, Martin Okonta, Sam Obi, Tim Owhefere, Efe Ofobruku, Samuel Mariere and Oboro Preyor, said the presentations of both bills are germane to the rapid development of the state.
The lawmakers, who spoke in their separate remarks, said the establishment of the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board tend to cure the spate of unemployment in the state by engaging the youths on vocational education to be self-reliant and as well create employment for others.
They said the implementation of the existing Asaba Master Plan would give the state aesthetic beauty alongside other states capital in the country.
The House unanimously passed the bill through third reading.