Okowa charges political appointees on wealth creation
Okowa gave the charge in Asaba while swearing in 13 commissioners and three special advisers.
The new appointees who took office include Barr. Peter Mrakpor (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice); Dr Nicholas Azinge (Commissioner for Health); Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy (Commissioner for Culture and Tourism); Hon. Henry Sakpra (Commissioner for Special Duties, Governor’s Office); Mofe Pirah (Commissioner for Oil and Gas]; Hon. Bright Edejeghro (Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs) and Hon. Asupa Forteta (Commissioner for Youth Development).
Others are Chief Dan Okenyi (Commissioner for Lands and Survey); Hon. Chika Ossai (Commissioner for Special Duties); Oghenekaro Ilolo (Commissioner for Urban Renewal); Olorogun David Edevbie (Commissioner for Finance); Engr. Jude Sinebe (Commissioner for Higher Education) and Patrick Ukah (Commissioner for Information).
The special advisers are Hon. John Ozegbe (Investment); Rt. Hon. Sam Obi (Inter Government Affairs and Special Duties) and Hon. Bosin Ebikeme (Petroleum Matters).
Okowa said: “As governor, my priority is to grow the economy of this state and ensure that every person has a chance to pursue his or her dreams of success and achieve their full measure of happiness,” adding that “by accepting to serve as a Commissioner or Special Adviser in this government, you have accepted this responsibility.”
“The situation we find ourselves calls for drive, innovation, prudence and above all, ingenuity and resourcefulness in managing our assets and in our internal revenue generation process, because, we are confronted with serious economic challenge and it is incumbent on us all, especially, the political appointees, to rise up to the challenge with courage, determination and selfless service,” the governor stated.
Okowa added: “I implore you and indeed, all Deltans, to muster the can-do-spirit and problem-solving mentality that our people are known for as Commissioners and Special Advisers. I enjoin you to treat the business of government as a business; every ministry, department and agency of government under this administration is expected to be cost-conscious in its operations and be alive to its revenue-generating potential because in the face of dwindling receipts from the Federation Account, we cannot afford to do any less,” he stressed.
While charging the appointees to shun sectionalism, nepotism and be diligent, honest, accountable and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people through their actions, Okowa noted that “as a government, we are committed to creating the enabling environment for micro, small, and medium scale enterprises to thrive and flourish because, they are the heartbeat of any economy and I am confident that with deep thinking, creativity, fiscal discipline and cooperation of all and sundry, we can put the current challenges behind us and lay a solid foundation of prosperity for this generation of Deltans and those coming after us.”