Town Hall Meetings, Inspection, Commissioning Of To Projects Resume

The third phase of the Town Hall meetings, inspection and commissioning of projects by the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will resume on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman of the organising committee of the event, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the Governor and his entourage will visit Ethiope East and Ukwuani Local Government Councils on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the entourage will pay a courtesy call on the Ovie Of Agbon Kingdom by 10.30am. Immediately after this, the Governor will commission the completed rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Ekreravwe/Orhoakpor/Isiokolo Road and also commission the newly constructed Otoro Primary School, Orhoakpor.

Thereafter, the Governor will inspect the construction of Okurekpo/Okunoh-Okpara/Okoruah/Omumane/Samagidi Road, followed by the commissioning of Abraka Township Roads, phase 1.

The programme for the day for Ethiope East will be rounded up with the inspection of the construction of Senate/Administrative building of Delta State University, Abraka.

Same day, the Governor and his entourage will pay courtesy call on the Ezhie of Ezionum before commissioning the Amai Ezionum Abbi Road, phase 11 from Ezionum to Abbi, and also commission the Umutu Skill Acquisition Centre built by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

On Wednesday, Senator Okowa will hold Town Hall meetings with persons drawn from different groups in the two local government areas at Ovie of Agbon Hall, Isiokolo, and Iyemere Civic Centre, Obiaruku, by 10am and 1pm respectively.

During the meetings, the Governor will give his score card and allow people to react and ask questions.

Senator Okowa and his entourage will be in Ughelli North and Bomadi Local Government Areas next week.

Economic Advancement Of Deltans Is Our Priority – Okowa

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said, construction of intra-city and inter-communal roads would enhance the socio-economic life of the people.

Addressing the people of Ndokwa West Local Government Area in a Town Hall meeting held at Kwale, Governor Okowa said, his urban renewal programme has made it such that a lot of intra-city roads are being constructed.

According to him, “we have noticed that there is a lot to do to renew our cities and towns, a lot of roads are calling for attention, while we have done a lot in that direction, we have earmarked the internal roads in Ndemili for construction, we will also look at the Ndemili/Utagba-Uno Road, construction work is on at Ezionum/Abbi road; with time, the Kwale/Ashaka Road will be dualised, we will continue to work for our people.”

“I thank the people of Ndokwa West for their peaceful approach to issues, we are aware of the oil companies operating in your area, we encourage you to remain peaceful because, without peace, no project will be executed,” he said, adding, “with the phase II of the IPP project, there will be constant electricity in Ndokwa West and industries will grow.”

The Governor commended the people of Ndokwa West for following closely with the programmes of his administration, assuring that the Ministry of Health will look at how to make the Cottage Hospital at Ndemili and Ugiliamai functional.

Earlier in an address, the President-General of Ndokwa Neku Union (NNU), Chief Johnson Opone listed the achievements of Governor Okowa’s administration and called on the Governor to properly equip the Kwale Central Hospital, Ndemili and Ugiliamai Cottage Hospitals as they are vital to meet the health need of the people at the grassroots.

He listed several roads that should be constructed by the government in the area, saying the less than 5 kilometer Ugiliamai/Ossissa road which links Ndokwa West and East Local Government Areas, the Utagba-Uno/Ogume/Igbe/Obodeti Road, and a host of others.

Chairman of the local government council, Hon. Chris Osakwe had in an address of welcome, said, Governor Okowa’s administration has done a lot in the area of Road construction, construction of blocks of classrooms, empowering the people with different skills and carried out other developmental projects in the area, assuring that the people of the local government will remain grateful to the Governor.

Okowa’s Visit To Ndokwa West, Patani Now Friday, Saturday 

The Town Hall meetings, inspection and commissioning of projects by the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Ndokwa West and Patani Local Government Areas earlier scheduled to hold on October 24 and  October 25 will now take place on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017.

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman  for the organising committee of the event, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the Governor and his entourage will pay courtesy visits to the palaces of the Oduosa of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom and the Pere of Tabowei Kingdom, inspect ongoing projects as well as commission completed ones on the first day of the visit.

On the second day, the Governor will hold Town Hall meetings with persons drawn from different groups in the areas. During the meetings, he will give his score card and allow people to react and ask questions.

The statement regrets any inconveniences the shift in date would have caused.

The Governor and his entourage visited Udu and Okpe Local Government Areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Town Hall Meetings, Inspection, Commissioning Of Projects To Resume On Tuesday

The second phase of the Town Hall meetings and inspection and commissioning of projects by the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will begin on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman of the organising committee of the event, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the Governor and his entourage will be in Udu and Okpe Local Government Areas on October 17 and 18, while it will be the turn of Ndokwa West and Patani Local Government Areas on October 24 and 25.

The statement explained that the Governor will pay courtesy visits on some traditional rulers in the areas on the first day of the visits, inspect ongoing projects as well as commission completed ones.

On the second day, the Governor will hold Town Hall meetings with persons drawn from different groups in the state. During the meetings, he will give his scorecard and allow people to react and ask questions.

It will be recalled that eleven Local Government Areas were visited during the first phase of the activity. There are Isoko North, Isoko South, Sapele, Ethiope West, Aniocha North, Aniocha South, Oshimili South,  Oshimili North, Ika South,  Ughelli South and Uwvie.

Okowa Urges Rice Farmers To Boost Production

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged rice farmers to increase their production to meet with the needs of Nigerians.

The Governor made the call at Akwukwu-Igbo during a town hall meeting with people of Oshimili North local government area of Delta State.

According to the Governor, there are indications that the Federal Government will ban the importation of rice and rice farmers should boost their production to meet with the needs of the people and also, benefit from likely incentives from the Federal Government when such happens.

Governor Okowa who particularly commended the people of Illah for their commitment towards the production of rice, asserted, “we are taking the growing of rice very serious because, the Federal Government may ban the importation of rice and existing farmers will benefit from Federal Government’s assistance.”

“We are also, encouraging our farmers to benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Programme which will not only provide funds for farmers but, will ensure that their products get to the market,” the Governor said, and expressed regret that most farmers in the state were yet to access the funds due to improper documentation.

Senator Okowa who was accompanied to the town hall meeting by his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and other top government functionaries reeled out the achievements of his administration within the last two years despite the economic crunch ravaging the country.

According to the Governor, apart from the massive road construction going on in all the local government areas of the state, success stories have been witnessed in the empowerment programmes embarked on by his administration.

“By God’s grace, we will do a lot more as we are doing our best to provide the needed infrastructure in different parts of the state; the town hall meeting is for you (Deltans) to speak freely because, this is an opportunity to contribute to governance.”

Chairman of Oshimili North local government area, Hon. Louis Ndukwe had in an address thanked Governor Okowa for the projects executed in the state, especially in Oshimili North local government area.

Traditional rulers, representatives of different communities, groups and individuals attended the town hall meeting.

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Anniversary Celebration: Why Okowa Adopted Town Hall Meeting Approach -Ukah

THE Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, yesterday illuminated the choice of town hall option as preferred choice of communication module for the Okowa administration to reach the citizenry as it marks its second anniversary in office.

He said the module would simultaneously enable the government reach the grassroots with an accurate account of its stellar performance over the past two years and have a proximate accurate feel of the citizenry at close geographic quarters.

Ukah said that the information and ideas to be ferreted from the close feel of the citizenry at the town hall meetings, would provide the critical benchmark for drawing up the policies and development programmes that would signpost the development activities of the government, going forward.

Ukah made the explanation in a brief media chat with The Pointer by telephone.

Inter alia, he said that, after two years of impressive performance on the benchmark of cost-efficient service delivery, the state governor, Senator (Dr.)Ifeanyi Okowa, felt that the time had come to interact and interface with the people, from across all divides at close quarters.

That, he added, was the reason for the adoption of the town hall meeting module of communication.

According to him, after the two years of impressive outing, the government needed to pass across the accurate message of its performance to the grassroots people, including traditional rulers, students, traders, market women, road transport workers, farmers, business men, community development unions and their leaders and politicians, including those in other political parties.

Ukah added that the choice of the town hall meeting showed the confidence of the administration, based on its performance in the last two years, stressing that the ideas, information and suggestions made to the government at the meetings would guide it in the choice of projects and services to concentrate on as it moves to consolidate its gains in the remaining two years of its current term.He urged stakeholders to punctually attend the meetings, as it would enable them to have direct, unhindered access, at close quarters to top government officials and to ask questions on the various issues that concern them and have prompt honest answers to them on the spot.