The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon Patrick Ukah has lauded the multifaceted-SMART-developmental strides of the state government while calling for support for the Okowa-led administration.
Hon Patrick gave this commendation during his lecture on “An Overview of the SMART Agenda of His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa” at the One Day’s Summit organized by the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Special Duties, Hon. Humphrey Uzuakpundu with the theme: Building “A Recession-Free” Delta State held in Obiaruku.
In his elaborate yet encapsulated lecture, Hon Patrick outlined a summary of the implemented projects, policies and progammes under the Okowa’s SMART-government.
He stated that Governor Okowa is delivering on his campaign promises “prosperity for all Deltans” in spite of the harsh economic realities besieging almost every state in Nigeria.
He enumerated some of the achievements of the state government to include strategic wealth creation projects and massive job provision for all Deltans via; Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP) amongst other programmes.
Also, he noted that the state government is doing everything within its power to ensure that there is sustained peace in every part of the state.
He however added that the menace of the Hausa/Fulani herdsmen requires federal might and as such the state government has urged the Federal Government to introduce policies that will contain the excesses of the herdsmen in Delta State and every other state in the country.
On agriculture, the State’s Spokesman said that about 200,000 hectares of arable land is currently being cultivated with up to 500,000 hectares yet to be cultivated.
Meanwhile, Hon Patrick debunked the malicious rumours making round that the state government have cancelled the Free-maternal healthcare.
He noted that what is on ground is a free-improved healthcare services (Delta State Contributory Healthcare Scheme) for children zero and five years of age which is to be followed by the physically challenged and those above 65 years in no time.
According to Hon Patrick, the free maternal programme for all pregnant women is still ongoing and will continue indefinitely.
The Okowa-led administration has extended the free medical programme to primary healthcare centers across the state to make it readily accessible to those in rural communities, he added.
Earlier in his address, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Hon Humphrey Uzuakpundu expressed his unreserved appreciation to Governor Okowa for the rare privilege to serve in his prosperity government and for the opportunity to contribute his quota to the growth and already glowing scorecard of this administration.
He noted that the summit was aimed at impacting the necessary wisdom and knowledge on how to judiciously manage resources during this period of recession.
He also thanked the resource persons and all those that came for the summit.
In the separate lectures, the resource persons amongst other things stated that for Delta State and Nigeria to be free from recession that certain conditions must be on ground.
According to them, Nigeria is not a failed state or a failing state but rather a captured state being constantly pulled apart by religious, political, economic, tribal and ethnic forces; to make meaningful progress therefore, they proposed that the youths should be groomed for leadership; those in power should provide purposeful leadership and good governance; proactively engage in building and sustaining peaceful coexistence; engage the electorate by bridging the communication gap; and by recognizing that the state belongs to all and that the resources should be equitably shared by all.
They also added that, for Nigeria to relatively live comfortably in this recession period that a mentality of emergency is needed luxurious partying should be avoided; time should be used judiciously; when empowered stay empowered and empower others; and the electorate should be well educated on the programmes of the government.
On his part, the chairman of the day, Dr Chukukwuemeka Ojieh in his closing remarks enjoined the participants to use the knowledge they have gotten from the summit to better themselves, their families and the state.
He also thanked the Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for his impactful administration and prayed God to grant him more wisdom to govern the state.