How Okowa squandered N2.8 trillion federal allocation, 13% derivation – Omo-Agege
By Emmanuel Adigwe
The Deputy Senate President and Delta APC Governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has accused the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of squandering N2.8 trillion in Federal Allocation and 13% Derivation in the last seven years, with nothing to show for it.
GbaramatuVoice writes that this is not the first time the lawmaker is calling out the Delta State governor for financial recklessness.
Senator Omo-Agege lampooned Governor Okowa again in Otor-Owhe, Delta State, on Wednesday after he visited traditional rulers in Isoko land to inform them of his governorship aspiration. He also promised to complete the Ughelli/Asaba Road when elected governor.
The event took place at the palace of Odiologbo Okpuzo Romanus Inana, at Otor-Owhe Kingdom, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, was graced by royal fathers from the 19 Isoko clans including the Odio-Ologbo of Oleh Kingdom and Chairman, Isoko Traditional Council of Traditional Rulers, Anthony Ovrawah, Omogha I, amongst others.
He said: “In the last seven and half years, this state has received close to N2.8 trillion by way of Federal Allocation and Derivation from the Federal Government. There is nothing on ground that is commensurate with what has been received. I am determined if given the opportunity to change this narrative. We are determined to create the enabling environment for jobs and empowerment.
“I know the pains of the Isoko people. The only major road that connects the Isoko nation to Ughelli and Asaba is in a deplorable condition. It’s a road that has been under construction right from the time of Governor Ibori, through the time of Governor Uduaghan and now to Okowa and the road is still not completed. And we know that roads of about the same kilometres are being constructed within the space of one year by Julius Berger in Akwa Ibom State.
“If you ask them, they give you an excuse that it is a federal road. I am here to commit to Your Majesties that when I become governor, I will use the resources of Delta State Government to complete it. And thereafter apply to Federal Government to give us refund. If they give us refund, we are happy. If they don’t, it is still okay. After all the road is being used by people from Delta State.”
Senator Omo-Agege also lamented on the neglect of the Isoko people as he described them as the goose that lays the golden egg.
He was accompanied by his running mate and Deputy Chairman of the APC campaign organisation, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi; the state party chairman, and Co-Chairman of the campaign organisation, Elder Omeni Sobotie; Director General and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsdey Orubebe; Deputy DG and Chief of Staff to the DSP, Dr Otive Igbuzor; Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Olorogun Ima Niboro; APC Leader, Chief Lucky Isigie, Chief Lucky Okperi, Dr. Chris Oghenechowen, Director Logistics, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, and other members of the campaign council.
Speaking on behalf of the royal fathers, the Odiologbo of Otor-Owhe Kingdom, Okpuzo Inana, lamented concerning the deplorable state of roads in Isoko land.
“You talked about the state of the road from Ughelli to Ozoro and Kwale. That is the summary of the dividends of democracy the Isoko people are enjoying.
“The Isoko people will give you the required support. We will continue to pray for you very fervently. We watch you at the National Assembly. I believe nobody will deny the fact that you are representing your constituency well”, he said.