DSCTDA Bill Won’t Invalidate Govt House Annex, Warri

Against the insinuations that the promulgation of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Bill (DSCTDA), which has been approved by the State House of Assembly is designed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration to jettison the Government House Annex in Warri, the State Government has said the Bill is meant to address the peculiar infrastructural and environmental challenges of the state Capital Territory without prejudice to the functions of the Government House Annex in Warri or the status of Warri as the commercial nerve centre of Delta State.
In a statement, signed by the Manager, Communications, Government House, Asaba, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has therefore, implored all Deltans to ignore the rumours which appear to be a calculated attempt by political rumourmongers to spread falsehood, engage in cheap blackmail, and cause disaffection in the state.
The statement said the functions of Delta State Capital Territory Development Authority clearly spelt out in the Bill establishing it, adding that, among other things, the Agency is to formulate policies and guidelines for the development of the State Capital Territory; conceive, plan, and implement, in accordance with the set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of the State Capital Territory.
In addition, the Agency is expected to prepare Master plans and schemes designed to promote the physical development of the State Capital Territory, as well as tackle ecological and environmental problems.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the statement said the policy initiative is neither strange nor new as it is consistent with attempts by Governments all over the world to create strategic intervention agencies and or bodies to tackle urgent economic/developmental requirements.
The statement said, for instance, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) was established by law to undertake the infrastructural development of the Federal Capital Territory which is concerned with the administration and management of the Territory.
The Governor reassured Deltans that the Government House Annex in Warri will continue to function as it had always been under previous administrations, adding that the mandate he received is a pan – Delta on, and as such he remains irrevocably committed to the development of every part of the state.