Okowa promises to build a stronger Delta, seeks sustained peace
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro took oath of office yesterday in an event witnessed by a huge crowd at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba,
In his address after the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, administered the oath on them, Okowa stated that he would use his second term in office to build a stronger state, since it was a renewed vote of confidence on him.
“The oath of service I just took is more than an official function or constitutional requirement, it is a covenant between us, a covenant to build a stronger Delta in which we can freely and confidently pursue our dreams and happiness in a safe and secure environment.
“We shall remain mindful of the fact that whatever we do without laying a good foundation for our youths would be ‘building blocks on quick sand, parents, guardians, teachers and community leaders must rise up to their duties,” he said.
Besides, he declared that his administration would establish 19 more technical colleges to make it one for each local government area and a fully functional vocational centre in each of the 25 local government areas of the state.
Okowa, who spoke on the past, present and future of his administration, said his renewed mandate was a massive vote of confidence for the work he has done in the last four years.
He pointed out that the entrepreneurship training programmes of STEP and YAGEP would be escalated and identified gaps corrected, to make them more robust and cost-efficient.
“The target is to double the number of graduate trainees and most importantly, strengthen the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring to ensure that the enterprise support packages are put to good use for lasting success,” he added.
The governor, who also assured of developments in the agricultural, health and infrastructure sectors of the state, among others, however, solicited for sustained peace without which no meaningful development could thrive.
Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, in his congratulatory message, urged all Delta people to support Okowa, saying the governor will leave the state better than he met it.