July 04, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) –
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption in the management of government business.
While swearing in the first set of twelve new Commissioners and five Special Advisers on Friday, July 3, 2015, Governor Okowa who reminded the commissioners and special advisers that it is no longer business as usual in the management of government activities charged them to join him in the fight against corruption so as to retain the implicit confidence and trust the people repose on them.
“Corruption starves the state of valuable resources that could be used for infrastructural development, improve our educational systems, boost our healthcare system and take care of the poor and needy, even worse is that anywhere it is allowed to fester the cost of doing business becomes prohibitive. I want to seek the support and partnership of all public office holders to lead the fight against corruption in their respective offices, that is the only way to retain the trust and confidence the people have bestowed upon us.”
Okowa also charged all political appointees in his administration to shun ethnic politics and sectionalism and regard the entire state as their constituency, while stressing that they must be fair to all Deltans.
“I want to make it crystal clear that this administration has zero tolerance for sectionalism and nepotism. Given the pan-Delta mandate that brought us here we cannot afford to do any less. The horrible thing about ethnic politics is that it appeals to our worst instincts and fuels our greatest fears, adding ‘’as commissioners and special advisers, always remember that you have been appointed to serve the entire state, treat and give every citizen equal opportunity and the chance to realise his or her potentials and benefit from our programmes. People are looking up to see in you the qualities of fairness, equity and justice that are the articles of faith of this administration.”
Senator Okowa who congratulated the commissioners and special advisers on their appointment urged them to key into the SMART agenda of his administration especially the job creation programmes stressing that ‘’it is incumbent on you to make the attainment of these lofty goals in the SMART agenda your watchword, they must be the focal point around which all your decisions and actions will revolve’’.
Barr. Mrs. Mary Iyasere who responded on behalf of the newly sworn in commissioners and special advisers thanked Governor Okowa for the appointment and assured him of their readiness to join him in ensuring prosperity for all Deltans.
The newly sworn in Commissioners are Barr. Mrs Mary Iyasere (Commerce and Industry), Hon. John Nani (Environment), Dr. Kingsley Emu (Economic Planning), Chief James Augoye (Works), Mr. Vincent Uduaghan (Transport), Mr. Newworld Safugha (Energy), and Mr. Joseph Ogeh (Housing). Others are Mr. Fidelis Tilije (Water Resources Development), Rev. Mrs. Omashola Williams (Women Affairs), Mr. Austin Chikezie (Agriculture and Natural Resources), Hon. Joyce Overah (Science and Technology) and Mr. Chiedu Ebie (Basic and Secondary Education).
The special advisers are Bro. Emmanuel Ogidi (Rural Development and Peace Building), Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo (Infrastructure and Housing Development), Rt. Hon. Martins Okonta (Land Resources and Legislative Matters), Hon. Pascal Adigwe (National Assembly Matters and Inter-governmental Liaison) and Comrade Mike Okeme (Labour Relations).
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