How Democracy Dividends Can Reach The Masses,

By FIDELIS EGUGBO
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called for synergy between the political office holders and the masses to attain a progressive and democratic society.
The Governor made the call yesterday during the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Festus Ochonogor as the Senior Special Political Adviser and Chief Omimi Esquire as the Political Adviser to Delta State Government.
According to Senator Okowa, when there is good linkage between the governed and those in positions of authority, democratic dividends will get to the people and there will be peace and orderliness in the society.
“It is expected that our people are yearning for partnership with government after the elections, because of the paraphernalia of office, it is difficult for our people to link with the various arms of government, it is important for there to be linkage so that our people will have full dividends of democracy”, he said, asserting, “everybody must have good sense of belonging in the democratic government”.
He described the appointments as well deserved, stating, “these positions are very key to the survival of this administration and positions that will serve as a linkage with the political class and the masses. I worked with both of them over a period of time. I gave them difficult tasks during the campaign and both of them worked as a team to give the desired results.”
“It is necessary for us to have a proper union with our different communities because only in that partnership that we can maintain peace and order, we need to utilise the various focus groups to develop our people”, the Governor said, “adding, “if you deepen this linkage, we can link them with the micro-credit agency of the state government, we want a situation whereby the beneficiaries will be well identified and known among us.”
Governor Okowa used the occasion to disclose that there were plans for the implementation of the health insurance policy for Deltans which he said, “will touch the lives of families, make them healthier both in terms of economy and good health”.
While congratulating the appointees, the Governor urged them to always know that they represent the whole of Delta State, conceding that it was impossible for his administration to appoint all those who worked for his emergence as Governor into political offices and the appointees should ensure that they link up with all stakeholders for them to have benefits of governance.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Chief Ochonogor assured the Governor of their commitment to sustain and consolidate on the political goodwill in the state and make the state
more homogeneous.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said proper policing of the country will boost the confidence of foreign investors to do business in Nigeria.
Speaking when the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr Musa Daura paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba yesterday, Senator Okowa stated that a lot of foreign investors were interested in doing business in Nigeria, especially, Delta State following the successful elections held in the country, but, observed that they desire a conducive and peaceful environment.
“Today, because we all worked with each other in partnership, we have come out from the elections as a very peaceful nation, we must thank the Police for ensuring peace during the elections, the more peace we keep in our state, the more peace we see in our country, the more investment we are going to see nationally and we will be able to provide employment for our teeming youths”, the Governor said.
In a related development, Governor Okowa has appointed Prince Victor Efeizomor, Delta State Correspondent with ThisDay Newspaper as Press Secretary (PS).
Prince Efeizomor, a professional journalist and former Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Asaba, would work closely with the Communications Manager, Mr. Jackson Ekwugum as the governor’s Press Secretary (Print).
Efeizomor holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Benin and HND in Mass Communication from Federal Polytechnic , Oko, Anambra State.
Also appointed was Ameachi Udemba as Media Assistant (Broadcast), a former correspondent of Channels Television while Mr. Jonathan Onwuka, who reports for Ika-Weekly Newspapers and Anioma Watch, was appointed as Press Secretary (Community Newspapers).
Prince Efeizomor, son of the Obi of Owa Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel Efeizomor II, and homestead of the governor in Ika North East Local Government Area is married with Children.