From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Ovie Agas, has said that the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) led administration was doing its best to enhance quality of lives in the state and will not relent in that regard.
Speaking at the second phase of empowerment programme put together by elected and appointed political office holders in Ughelli North Local Government Area and inauguration of PDP Grassroots Mobilization Executive for Ughelli Ward 6, 2 yesterday, the SSG assured Deltans of the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to developing all sectors of the state’s economy.
He stated that despite the recession, Delta State had witnessed tremendous growth under the PDP, emphasizing that all that was required was the unflinching support of the people, particularly in the area of peace and security, as no meaningful development could thrive in an atmosphere of crisis and commended his other elected and appointed political office holders in Ughelli North for putting resources together to empower faithful constituents, noting that the cash presentation was to assist the 100 beneficiaries grow their small and medium scale businesses.
The members representing Ughelli North 1 and 2 in the Delta State House of Assembly, Samuel Mariere and Eric Oharisi, said Nigerians had learnt a bitter lesson and now know that there was no alternative to PDP.
Meanwhile, the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Steve Oru and a former Commissioner for Lands and Surveys in the state, Fred Majemite, said that the empowerment exercise will go round all the 11 wards in Ughelli North Local Government Area, disclosing that in each of the wards, 100 persons were being empowered as a way of appreciating the support of the people for the PDP.
Oru and Chief Majemite charged the people of Ughelli North and Deltans to continue to promote good governance, which the PDP stands for, stressing that Governor Okowa’s visionary leadership had brought peace and infrastructural growth in the state.
In another development, in line with the avowed determination of the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration to stamp out corrupt practices in the state’s tertiary institutions, the Honourable Solomon Funkekeme led Governing Council of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, yesterday suspended a staff of the institution.
At its emergency meeting, the governing council, after due consideration of issues, before it, decided, among other things, that I.M Okoro be placed on three months suspension with half salary, with immediate effect for alleged acts of gross misconduct that bordered on rudeness, disrespect to constituted authority, falsehood, misinformation, breach of channel of communication.
It was also decided that a joint committee of council and academic board be constituted to investigate all the issues raised at the meeting, with a view to making recommendations to council on the matter.
In the institution’s official bulletin issued yesterday vol. 34, no. 197, which communicated the suspension order, the management of the polytechnic advised all staff of the institution to desist from all acts of misconduct that could jeopardize their career in the system, adding that they should conduct themselves in line with the relevant rules and regulations of the polytechnic, to avoid sanctions.