Many people have spoken different things about incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the incoming governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, speaker of the Delta state house of assembly. Okowa’s administration has brought some landmark legacy projects to Delta. Away from people’s criticism, Okowa has touched people’s lives and made many Deltans self-reliant across the 25 local government areas of the state.
Almost in every city and town in Delta, Okowa has a project to his credit. From Delta North to Central and to South, Okowa has projects, either roads, people he has empowered, schools, hospitals or water. One of such is in each of the communities in the state. So, Okowa has done well for the state. His administration is one of the best if not the best among the three governors that have ruled the state.
Looking through Asaba, Okowa has legacy projects which will last beyond the present government. The incoming government of Sheriff Oborevwori will only need to build on what Okowa has done in Asaba and the people of Asaba will be happy to have a good man like Oborevwori to have taken over from Okowa.
In Asaba, one of the biggest challenges that have made life unbearable for the residents was the flood that on a yearly basis wreaked havoc in the city. From Jesus Saves to Agric Road to DLA, Okpanam Road, and many roads in Okpanam town were part of the problematic roads in the city of Asaba and its suburbs. But Okowa’s administration brought succor to the people. He constructed strong drainage system that channeled the flood water directly to river Niger. As soon as rain falls, the water is drained directly into the Niger.
For the past two years, the city of Asaba has not experienced flood in such a dimension. Now roads in Asaba such as Jesus Saves, Agric road, DLA road, and many others are no more flooded when rain falls. The roads are no more broken, making it impossible for people to pass through. People living in areas prone to flooding are now living as if they are in upland areas of Asaba. This is the beautiful job of Okowa.
Again, civil servants in Asaba have every cause to say Okowa has done well. Over the years, civil servants have been working in rented apartments spread across the city landscape. Now they do their work in comfortable work environments. The ultra-modern state secretariat built by Okowa has made government work more interesting for civil servants in the state capital. The secretariat carries all civil servants of all ministries linked together in a beautiful ambience.
Nobody will say Okowa has not done well seeing all the beautiful things in Asaba and other cities in the state. Another issue worth mentioning is the roads project across the state. Almost every community, both rural and urban, has a touch of good roads constructed by the governor. Asaba city is now one of the beautiful cities in Nigeria arising from the road network constructed by the governor.
This is why the incoming governor, Oborevwori’s MORE agenda, is a welcome development. By the MORE agenda, Oborevwori is envisioning initiating more programmes that will add to what Okowa has done for the people of Delta state. Oborevwori is poised to building on the development initiative of the governor. He is set to build more schools, more roads, more hospitals, more low cost houses, and is ready to break even in many other areas Okowa could not enter as the day of his leaving office draws closer.
Oborevwori’s MORE agenda is also aimed at creating opportunity for more entrepreneurs. There are more than 100,000 youths Okowa has empowered in different ways across the state. Oborevwori is poised to empower more by creating more business people and entrepreneurs in Delta. Also, there are some villages that Okowa could not reach in his eight-year reign as governor, Oborevwori will enter those communities and build roads and make them accessible to all Deltans.
So, the MORE agenda of Oborevwori is a welcome development and it has much to offer the people of Delta state. Though some have interpreted it in different ways, many of such people are uninformed. They do not know the dream of Oborevwori. While some may know, they are, however, bent on running down good programmes for political gains. Deltans should not fall for this cheap blackmail.