Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured he will not reduce the tempo of developing the state until the end of his second tenure in office in 2023, which he noted was in line with his administration’s ‘Stronger Delta’ agenda.
Okowa gave the assurance yesterday at a Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Asaba, the state capital, as part of the activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state.
The governor expressed the desire to resist all forms of distraction from the ongoing flurry of political activities in the country towards the 2023 general election, advising members of his team and all well-meaning Deltans to support him in that regard.
According to him, “I don’t intend to slow down the current tempo of development in the state, because we are committed to the ‘Stroger Delta’ agenda. Also, I won’t allow election matters to slow me down until the very end of this administration.”
The governor also noted that the interactive session by stakeholders in the state was designed as an avenue for the people of the state to reflect on the last 30 years, share experiences and chart a course for the future, just as he expressed delight over the optimism that trailed the creation of Delta State in 1991 owing to certain political differences at that time, which he said had since given way to a more united people despite the ethnic and cultural diversity among the people.
Nevertheless, Okowa expressed contentment that the initial depressing wave of skepticism had since faded away and given rise to deep faith in the oneness of the state.
Okowa said: “Thirty years ago, Delta State was born and, given the prevailing political atmosphere at that time, its birth was understandably greeted with cautious optimism.
“Indeed, not a few were skeptical about the future of the new state given its ethnic plurality and the initial feelings of disappointment among those who felt shortchanged in the process.
“But after 30 years of existence, it is gratifying to note that the skepticism has given way to belief; despair has been replaced by confidence, and suspicion has succumbed to understanding and acceptance.
“I can boldly say that Deltans have come to live as one big, happy family, and the state has continued to forge ahead in all indices of human, physical and economic development.
“My appreciation also goes to elected politicians and political appointees who have served the state at various times. Your ideas, policies, programmes and contributions have helped to raise the profile of the state to what it is now-a pacesetter in the Nigerian federation.” (This Day)