How Governor Oborevwori can make promised special attention to Warri achievable
By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board
It is by all standards a heartening news that Governor of Delta State, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori on Monday, May 29, 2023, pledged to build on the legacy of the outgone Governor of the State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa adding that he will also give special attention to Warri, the commercial hub of Delta to advance the economy of the state
Oborevwori who stated this in his inaugural speech to the people of Delta State shortly after he was sworn in at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, declared that the day “marks the beginning not only of a new administration, but of an era that will advance Delta State to greater heights in people-centered policies, human capital development, and infrastructure renewal”, noting that he will encourage private sector growth, improve on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises as well as continue with the various Social Welfare Investment Programmes.
Without doubt, there is a reason that qualifies as a right step taken in the right direction and most importantly a very good way to kick start a new administration.
In GbaramatuVoice assessment, Warri, the state commercial hub was in the last eight years of Governor Okowa’s administration not only relegated to the background in the developmental scheme of the state but abandoned to its fate.
Under the now out gone Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration, Warri became a shadow of itself. Even as the Newspaper congratulates Mr. Governor on his new position, it also needs to be said that for the administration to achieve the proposed re-modeling of Warri, there are vital steps that urgently needs to be taken as it is obvious that the Governor cannot achieve it alone.
Very fundamental, the governor must look for creative ways of getting all the local Government Councils that make up Warri city perform their constitutional responsibilities.
As a news organization resident within the city, GbaramatuVoice can attest that the impacts of these local councils are not in any way(s) felt by the people.
It is not in any way out of place if these local government councils mobilize personnel for road/street sweeping, clearing of drainages among other environmental sanitation activities expected of a viable Local Council in Nigeria.
Secondly, Warri/Uvwie & Environs Special Area Development Agency and Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), urgently needs to be restructured for effective quality service delivery.
Specifically, while the GbaramatuVoice editorial board plans in the nearest future to throw more light on the ills and indolence that have existed and still exists within these agencies that were created to midwife rapid development of the city, it is necessary in the interim, to underline that both agencies under Governor Okowa existed only in frames.
The newspaper, therefore, calls on Chief Oborevwori-led Delta state Government to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects notably roads, bridges, schools, and other physical infrastructure.
It will equally be rewarding as promised, if the existing entrepreneurship development programmes are sustained and expanded to the riverine communities to encourage the creation of more small-scale businesses and employment.
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