One Month In Office: Group Rates Okowa High

AFTER spending a month in office, a non-governmental organisation, Network for Good Governance (N4GG) has rated the performance of Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa very high.
In a statement, the Global Coordinator of N4GG in United States of America, Engr. Mike Egi said his organisation which has been monitoring events in Delta state was impressed with the initiation Okowa had put in place to create the desired change and development the people of Delta have been yearning for.
He recalled that in keeping with the promise made minutes after his inauguration as governor of Delta State, Okowa forwarded two bills to the State House of Assembly for necessary legislative actions.
“The bills include a bill for a law to establish ‘’Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency’’ and a bill for a law to establish ‘’ Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board’’. The bills have passed first readings on the floor of the house,” he affirmed.
According to him, the Bill on Technical and Vocational Education is geared towards fulfilling the governor’s campaign promise to “empower our people with the requisite knowledge and entrepreneurial skills for business, trade, and commerce.”
Egi disclosed that when elected governors in some states were still groping about on what to do, Okowa has set-up plans to give strength to the Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission, DESOPADEC, law by restructuring the board and management in line with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), model through an amendment.
He said Okowa’s move to amend the laws of DESOPADEC is a good one, hence, it would make the Agency more effective and productive in delivering on its mandate mostly as the financial situation of the country has made it necessary for prudent and judicious utilisation of resources.
Egi pointed out that within the same month, Okowa has rolled out six entrepreneurship schemes with an assurance that 6,000 direct jobs would be created in the next six months through the schemes.
“The entrepreneurial schemes are Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP); Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP), Tractorisation; Extension of Loans and Development of Agro-industries,” he said, adding that by the time the scheme is fully executed, unemployment problem would be reduced in Delta State
Egi also applauded the urgency at which the Governor passed the names of twelve commissioner nominees to Delta State House for approval.
He advised Deltan to be patient with the governor, adding that despite the present financial predicament of the state, there is hope for improvement with the way and manner he is going about governance.