By Eseoghene Emuke
The Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on his victory during the 2019 general elections and his subsequent inauguration for a second term in office.
DOPF while congratulating the governor, called on him to address the persistent flood situation in Warri/Effuru and its environs with storm drainage project to ameliorate the flooding problem in the area.
The forum also informed Governor Okowa of some critical areas where his administration urgently deserved his attention so as to leave behind lasting legacies and improved socio-economic development for the people of the state.
In a congratulatory letter signed by DOPF Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli noted that the governor did well in his first term spreading infrastructural development to all parts of the state as well as keeping the existing peace in the state before and during the 2019 elections.
The statement read, “We recalled that toward the buildup to the general election, there was a lot of electoral campaign tension and fear that the elections may trigger political upheaval in the state, but rather it went peaceful and culminated with your resounding victory which brought an unexpected joy, and harmony as persons from all political divides, acknowledged the peaceful conduct of the election.”
“In your first tenure as the governor, your focus was visibly seen in your drive to connect the major cities with the hinterlands, through massive road construction, security of lives and properties, the encouragement of the Youths through Entrepreneurship Development, Healthcare Delivery, Uplifting of the Technical Education System in the state, secondary Education and much more to the admiration of many in and outside the state.”
DOPF urged the governor to remain focus and complete ongoing projects across the state to enable him meaningfully impact on the lives of Deltans who overwhelming supported his second term bid.
The forum also appealed to Governor Okowa to work on the security architecture of the state to put to an end the spate of criminality arising from herdsmen and farmers’ clash in some part of the state.
On the flood situation in Warri/Effurun area, the DOPF maintained that, “The early completion and linking of the storm drainage projects in Asaba, the State Capital. The full commencement of the same storm drainage project in Warri/Effurun”
“The completion of the various major road projects linking the State Capital and other towns/cities in the state, notably the Asaba/Kwale/Ughelli roads; the Effurun roundabout, to Enerhen Junctions, as well as the commencement of major drainages in other towns and cities in the state.
“A more robust and effective security strategy to address the abominable atrocities of suspected herdsmen, kidnappers and other criminal/ritualistic activities that have escalated unprovoked killings and maiming in the state.”
“While we acknowledge that your government is the first to start a proper development plan for the state, in terms of infrastructure and human capital development, we will appreciate that your efforts to involve the youths in entrepreneurship development will cut across youths in the state in a manner that removes the sentiment and consideration of political party affiliation.”
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