Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa is an extra-ordinary leader, a team leader, workaholic and a God-sent leader for Delta state at this time, the Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah has said
Chief Ukah who spoke during an interactive session with Delta Online Publishers’ Forum in Asaba described Gov. Okowa as very pleasant fellow, who knows what to do at every time, a goal getter and have friends everywhere because he believed in the unity of the state.
He thanked Gov. Okowa for the opportunity to serve the State and confessed that he had learnt a lot from the Governor. He recalled that they came into office, funding was a challenge, but with due diligence and focused commitment to deliver good governance, the administration had been able to stabilize and turn around the fortunes of the state for the better.
Chief Ukah said besides the poor working conditions of staff in the Ministry when he assumed office, there was limited provision for training for the staff, which compelled him to take their condition to Governor Okowa, who then approved weigh – in allowance for information personnel.
Chief Ukah equally disclosed that with training and registration of about 100 Staff of the Ministry for the Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations (NIPR), availability of WIFI at the Ministry for media practitioners to access, as well as provision of palm-top systems and other working devices for staff, the capacity of workers have improved greatly in the last four years.
The Commissioner noted that the training exposed many information officers to public relations, advertising and marketing for them to know that they were image makers of the State Government.
He stated that the State Broadcasting Service (DBS) was not transmitting well when this government assumed office so they connected it to StarTimes cable provider, adding that the State Government also provided four cameras for the two DBS Stations in addition to the State Governor’s approval for relevant equipment to make the broadcasting stations digitally compliant.
Chief Ukah disclosed the State Government’s plan for the broadcasting house to go on five channels television which would promote the government and major languages in the State as well as plans to provide one Outside Broadcasting Van (OBVan) for the State.
He disclosed that his only regret as Commissioner for Information was not being able to commission the State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State council.
Chief Ukah said the NUJ Secretariat could be used to add value to the facelift of Asaba, and hoped for its immediate completion since parties involved in the legal tussle of the landed property had resolved to settle out of court.
In assessing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief Patrick Ukah said that there was need to critically look at the concrete things that Governor Okowa had done across the state, citing the feat of constructing solid roads in the riverine areas, an achievement he said, had never been attempted previously, adding that the Governor was God sent to salvage the state.
The Delta State Information Commissioner, who was quick to debunk allegations that he was lobbying to be retained in the incoming Delta State cabinet, stressed that Governor Ifeanyi is an astute and very focused leader and administrator, who knows exactly what he wants and who he is convinced has the requisite capacity and acumen to deliver on any given responsibility, so it would be a total waste of time for anybody to try to lobby him for position.
While commending DOPF for the FRONTLINE programme, he said the online publishing constituency needs to be regulated through formidable associations. He pledged to continue to partner with Online Publishers in the future