The People’s Movement, a group of Deltans concerned with the rapid development of the state, has expressed confidence in the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration. It also described Uduaghan as the most responsible and accountable governor in the history of the state.
In a statement issued Monday and made available to Blank NEWS Online, at the end of its Executive Committee meeting in Lagos by its Director of Communications, Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, the group commended the governor for repositioning the state, particularly in the areas of rural and urban infrastructural development, economic resurgence, human resource development, administrative reforms, social integration and public order.
The governor, the group argued, not only provided governance with a human face in the last five years, but through a deliberate policy of re-engineering, re-focusing and re-invigorating of the act of governance and promise delivery; re- established and rekindled the interest of right thinking Deltans at home and abroad in government and governance.
Uduaghan, the group emphasized, believes that government money should be spent on projects that benefit the people.
“In his first term, markets and bridges were built. Roads were tarred. Boreholes were sunk. Schools and hospitals were rehabilitated. Electricity was extended to the rural areas. Today, he is encouraging small and large scale industries, constructing bridges in the rural areas, ensuring effective air, land and water transportation, providing free maternal health services and scholarship to Deltans, cooperating with the churches, mosques and governmental organizations and multi-lateral agencies, rehabilitating primary and post primary institutions as well as public hospitals and other health institutions, paying teachers as and when due, reducing poverty through micro-credit programme , allocating fifty per cent of the 13 per cent derivation to the oil bearing communities through Delta State Oil Minerals Development Commission (DESOPADEC), developing many towns and cities, contributing greatly to sports development, beautifying the towns, creating jobs and eliminating poverty .”
Recalling the confidence in Governor Uduaghan by the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, President Goodluck Jonathan and the World Bank, the group appealed to mischievous Deltans to be diplomatic and ingenious in their approach and tactics. It also advised those using their funds for media war to deploy their resources in more positive directions.
“This is time to embrace peace and fraternity. This is the time to work for the progress of the state. Those with abiding interest in the welfare and future of the state should support the governor to reduce the various types of burden of the people through poverty alleviation schemes and shifting of resources to the rural areas.
It also advised Deltans at home to be vigilant and not be swayed by incorrigible opportunists, unprincipled exploiters, swindlers, social parasites, looters, political jobbers and fraudulent human rights activists whose stock in trade is to fan the embers of sentiment, discord and hooliganism.
Equally, the group urged Deltans, particularly, workers, students, artisans, socio-cultural organizations, chiefs, bureaucrats, politicians, youths, market men and women to ignore stories and statements that smear the integrity of the governor and his good works.
“We need to work for the success of this administration irrespective of our tribal, religious, or political idiosyncrasies. We should not forget that a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
The group also announced the hosting of town hall meetings in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Owerri, all the local government areas in Delta State, Ghana, South Africa, Britain, France and America.
“Those attending will have the opportunity to offer their personal perspectives on the way forward for our dear state” the statement added.