Despite Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s desire for a private sector driven Delta state economy, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu has said the governor does not need any consultation with this sector before creating the enabling environment for investors to come to the state
Mr. Aniagwu who responded to questions during a frontline programme, an interactive session with executives and members, Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) in Asaba, the Delta state capital said most of the challenges facing the Okowa administration were inherited from previous administration and state government was addressing them.
He said when Gov. Okowa assumed office, the revenue coming to the state government dwindled due to activities of militants. And in what seemed to be indirect indictment of the previous administration, Mr. Aniagwu said they left behind several uncompleted projects while those completed were not paid for.
“When we came on board we said we will take care of roads in all the local government areas of the state. Before we came on board, the Ughelli-Asaba contractor was not paid. The Okpanam road, the N3.5billion flyover projects in Asaba and Effurun was not paid before we came on board.
“We have done a number of roads. We have linked local governments to each other by roads. Maryam Babangidda Way, at the end of its completion, will be like Summit Road. In all honesty, we do not want to play politics with projects. This is why we say we need time to consolidate on what we are doing.”
When asked on the allegation that only members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are being empowered by the state government, Aniagwu denied saying the people the state government engages in the job creation scheme are not politics.
He said the process involves going to the internet and filling the form which anybody could fill, arguing that “we do not use politics to select the people. That process is not politicized,” adding that the chief job creation officer, Professor Eric Eboh, is not a politician.
He said the agricultural programme, skills acquisition programmes and health schemes have nothing to do with politics, noting: “So our empowerment scheme is not one sided, not only PDP members are engaged.”
The Governor Okowa’s media manager, who was grilled by the online media gurus, spoke on several projects embarked upon by the state government which are part of the promises made by the state governor during the inception of the government on May 29, 2015.
He said election is like an individual wanting to gain admission into the university, stating that Governor Okowa has passed all the tests for promotion to second term in the 2019 general elections.
He said the governor deserved the second term having scored excellence in all the examinations before him, saying the governor has been able to prove his programmes right and they have impacted positively on the lives of the people of the state.
Aniagwu said: “He brought out reforms in various sectors and he has completed them creditably well. Have created jobs, yes, we have created jobs. We have created platforms to make people create and get jobs. We have directly 6000 people in our job creation scheme. We are not doing it for political reasons.
“We have taken development to the creeks and the people are happy and willing to support the government. A number of youths have gone into agriculture. In a few weeks from now, we are going to launch Delta rice.
“We have built a number of schools. We took advantage of the UBEC grant, we have paid our counterpart funds and renewed our primary schools across the state. The storm drainage is part of our efforts to make the state capital take a new look.
“Our roads are connecting to the rural communities. At the end of this administration, we are going to surpass the expectation of the people of Delta state. We have passed our examinations and garnered good grades for admission to second term. We are quite confident that the people of Delta state will vote for us. We are even looking at 5/5 in the vote for Governor Okowa.”