WITH HENRIETTA OYAKHILOME
WITH the maiden State Executive Council meeting held last Tuesday, there is no doubt that the wheel of the Governor; Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa’s second term governance has gradually begun
to grind towards effective administration
of the state. The governor’s swearing in ceremony may have ushered in the new administration but the weeks immediately following witnessed the appointment and swearing in major key players in the business
of governance beginning with that of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Chiedu Ebie, Senior Political Adviser, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon and Chief of Staff, Hon. David Edebvie and the constitution of membership of the state EXCO with the swearing in of commissioners
(25 in number), though in two batches, that of Special Advisers and board members,
whose roles complement each other for a smooth running of the state for the next four years.
Specifically, at the swearing in ceremony to herald his new administration, the governor unveiled the policy direction of his second term administration, which he revealed is focused on building a Stronger Delta with the three pillars of Prosperity, Peace and Progress, fired by his passionate desire to sustain his developmental strides for the overall development of all parts of the state in the foreseeable future.
Governor Okowa spoke soothing words of promise, which as the Ekwueme that he is, Deltans are assured that he will keep to. He expressed in the concluding part of his speech on that day thus; “It behoves us to explore the limitless possibilities that abound in our state and harness them for the greater good of all. In the same token, we must exigently sheathe all political/ethnic cleavages, avoid stereotypes, shun prejudices, sustain and strengthen the institutions
that enable peaceful co-existence in order to build a state united in our diversity. These values constitute the cornerstone for building a Stronger Delta with the three pillars of Prosperity, Peace and Progress.”
In between Governor Okowa’s re-election on March 9 this year and his inauguration on May 29, events of the weeks following up until now have offered him the opportunity to unfold to Deltans what new plans he has for them and what developments and projects to expect from his administration in this second term.
Some of these as revealed during the visit of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to commission projects at Ogulagha, Issele-Azagba and other parts of the state recently include continuing the bridge in Ayakromo. Another is the ongoing Kwale Industrial Park project, which Governor Okowa has assured
prospective investors of quick return on investment and that his administration is committed to the effective operation of the park, adding that there are four gas fields around the park while the biggest gas pipeline
in the country, OB 3 passed through the centre of the park. The unique attributes of the Kwale Industrial Park are such that will attract investors and over 75, 000 jobs will be created when it becomes operational, a way forward in closing the unemployment gap for the state’s citizens.