Okowa justifies town hall meeting, commissions roads

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

With a pledge to visit all the 25 local councils, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, resumed the series of town hall meetings after a six months break.

Okowa justified the series of meetings saying that he has gained so much by directly interacting with the people after visiting 17 local councils.

According to him, the town hall meetings are avenue for the people to freely assess his administration and contribute to the governance of the state, adding that the break was to concentrate on the council polls, which held in January.

The town hall session, which climaxed the earlier commissioning and inspection of projects in the two local government councils saw the governor pledging to commence new projects in the two local councils.

At Obiaruku, Ukwani local council, Okowa said the revamped technical colleges now boost of increase number of enrolment of students.

He said: “The technical schools are centres for our youth to acquire skills that will make them self employed.”

According to the governor, “technical education is important to our children, in technical schools, they are not only taught to acquire skills, but, also, conventional subjects they learn in secondary schools.”

It is our hope that the students will acquire the needed skills for them to establish on their own and we will, convert more secondary schools to technical schools.”

The governor disclosed that his administration pays a lot of attention to the employment of youths through different skill and wealth creation programmes, noting that the World Bank has recognised efforts of his administration to take the youths out of the streets by making them job and wealth creators.

On the issues of severe attacks by herdsmen, Okowa condoled with victims of herdsmen activities, disclosing that the Federal Government had set up a committee to proffer solutions to the challenges.

He reassured that degradation of farmlands as a result of oil exploration activities have made it such that there is no land for Cattle Colony in the state.

The Governor urged the people to embrace the health insurance scheme stating that more than 60 hospitals and 100 health centres have been accredited for the programme.

He emphasised that the health insurance scheme was very important, as it will ensure that people who do not have cash at hand will access medical facilities when they are ill.

Deputy Governor of Delta State, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro and political office holders accompanied the governor on the visit.

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