Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has said that former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was eminently qualified to address the issues of the Niger Delta and proffer solutions to the Niger Delta question.
Okowa said his predecessor contributed immensely to the peace being enjoyed in the region as he worked tirelessly during his administration to build and sustain peace in the oil rich region.
Governor Okowa spoke on Thursday during the 2021 convention of the Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) held in Asaba the Delta state capital. At the convention, Uduaghan delivered the convention lecture with the theme “Niger Delta: Building a new face for the region.”
Represented by his chief of staff, Ovie Agas, the governor said all the nine governors in the Niger Delta have policies and programmes aimed at changing lives of people in the region.
Okowa said all the governors that have taken turns to govern the state have invested in the lives of the people of the state, adding that the state has invested much in the security of lives and property.
While saying that security is the responsibility of all, he said the state has a lot of programmes tailored towards the betterment the residents and diverting their minds from criminal tendencies.
The governor said the issues raised by the former governor during the delivery of his lectures on ‘Niger Delta: Building a new face for the region” will be applied to raise the living standard of Deltans.
While the governor agreed that the purpose of government is for the welfare, protection and security of lives and property, he noted that government cannot provide all the needs of the citizens.
He advocated for skills acquisition for youths as a way of diverting their minds from crime since there is scarcity of jobs in the country.
The governor who congratulated members of Delta Online Publishers Forum for the engagement on the Niger Delta development, he commended the former governor for doing justice to the lecture on Niger Delta: Building a new face for the region