Memo to the incoming Governor of Delta state
By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board
With few months to the all important 2023 general elections in the country, GbaramatuVoice owes it as a duty to spread out expectations of Deltans before all the governorship aspirants in the state irrespective of party divides/inclinations.
To further highlight the wisdom behind the present commentary, it is important to state again, that Delta as a state, has in the past years suffered leadership failures in the hands of selfish, visionless, ill-equipped and sectarian personalities that led the state at different points in time. Therefore, the people, who are the real victims of these persistent leadership failures, will no longer entertain a governorship with a leisurely approach to governance and development.
Hence, they expect as governor someone with development mindset and laced with thematic plan anchored on a tripod of democratized infrastructural provision, human capital development and accountability.
Come 2023, Deltans will not appreciate a ‘nationalistic governor’ who sees governance as charity service that should be rendered and walk away without follow up procedures. The people will not forget that lack of capacity to see projects through has been the greatest albatross of governance in the state.
Rather, in the coming days, Deltans hope to see as their governor a patriotic personality that will view himself as a stakeholder who is in government with sole intention to provide service and benefit in goodwill and friendship. They need a humble and well-informed Deltan that will view leadership from positive reciprocation and ‘win-win’ prism.
Come 2023, Deltans need as governor someone who recognizes that, bringing a radical improvement or achieving sustainable development will not be possible if he (the Governor) presents himself as all-knowing, more generous, more selfless, more honest or kind, more intelligent, good looking or well-briefed than other Deltans.
They need both responsible and responsive public administrator.
Also in the GbaramatuVoice opinion, the state calls for a governor that will guard against the euphoria inspired by victory or the corrupting tendency of the additional power derived from the electoral victory. We need someone who will not contemplate being less accountable and but answerable to the people as well as lead at all time.
Looking at the degree of infrastructural deterioration in the state, there will be zero tolerance for a Diaspora governor who leads from Asokoro, Abuja and the United States of America (USA), as we are presently witnessing.
Our next Governor must love his neighbour and keep his neighbourhood. He must not demonstrate such love from a distance. He must be at home to attend to the needs of Deltans.
He/she must view corruption as an act that destroys and breaks that trust which is absolutely essential for the delicate alchemy at the heart of representative democracy.
If you fit into the above qualities, we encourage you to push on with your electioneering. But if after self introspection, self interrogation and examination of conscience and capacity, you discover that you are lacking in majority of these attributes, GbaramatuVoice pleads on behalf of entire Deltans that you step down and save the state another round of complaint and fruitless four years.
Never again must such failures occur in Delta state!
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