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End poverty, Okowa urges political candidates



End poverty, Okowa urges political candidates

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged political appointees to be custodians of ideas that will end poverty and social vices in the country.

The governor said so on Tuesday during the inauguration of eight newly appointed special advisers at Government House in Asaba.

He noted that times were difficult for Nigerians and now was not the time for them to be lazy in their duties.

Okowa urged policy appointees to pledge to work harder to revive the economy and create opportunities for the younger generation.

He denounced the high rate of youth unemployment which, he said, made many people help each other, leading to current social vices in the country.

The governor said his administration has created jobs through various empowerment programs, which have had a huge impact on many people, with its great multiplier effect.

“The records available indicate that we have so far trained and funded over 100,000 people to become successful entrepreneurs.

“Yet our cities and communities continue to be teeming with many young people who have yet to find help, while some, sadly, have chosen the path of infamy by adopting underhand methods of personal success that are now a danger to the rest of us.

“The signs are ominous and we can’t afford to play our ostrich or even fool ourselves into thinking everything is fine. All is not well, ” he said.

Okowa urged leaders to work with the awareness that leadership is service.

“At the service of people for whom we hold our positions with confidence. Thus, it is incumbent on the appointees to devise means and methods to fulfill their appeals and responsibilities.

“Leaders and politicians, at all levels, should be custodians of ideas that will offer solutions to the problems of unemployment, poverty, antisocial vices, suspicion and mistrust that breed inter-ethnic strife in our communities. “, did he declare.

The governor underlined the urgent need for a reorientation of mentalities among the population.

While commending those named, Okowa urged them to consider it their duty to connect with their communities and engage in regular advocacy that will reshape young people and put them on the right track.

“Where there is a will, there must be a way.

“This administration believes that the stability, peaceful coexistence and prosperity of the state depend on the ability to lead an inclusive government, led by competent, capable and strong men and women.

“Therefore, the new Special Advisors are additional key resources in our governance team, meticulously assembled to be the architects and builders of a stronger Delta.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr Johnson Erijo, thanked God for the opportunity given to them to serve the state.

He expressed his gratitude to the governor for finding them worthy of the appointment, while also pledging to work and support the People’s Service program of the Okowa-led administration.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the new special advisers are: MM. Ignatius Ziakegha, Matthew Tsekiri, Chukwudi Dafe, Martins Okonta, Dan Yingi, Ernest Ogwuezzy, Johnson Erijo and Edward Ekpoko.

NAN also reports that the appointment brings the number of special advisers in government to 16, following the devolution of the state’s Executive Council on May 18. (NOPE)

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