FROM PAUL OSUYI, ASABA
■ Swears in 12 commissioners, 5 SAs
Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday in Asaba, the state capital, directed all ministries, departments and agencies in the state not to use government funds to buy media space to congratulate him as he clocks 56, on July 8.
The governor, who handed down the order while swearing in 12 commissioners and five special advisers, also urged his friends and well-wishers who intend to do same to channel such funds to the empowerment of less privileged persons in their communities.
Okowa enjoined the new appointees to be honest, diligent and responsible in the discharge of their duties, warning that activities of government will no longer be business as usual.
He said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption in the management of government business. He advised the new appointees to join him in the fight against corruption in order to retain the implicit confidence and trust of the people.
“Corruption starves the state of valuable resources that could be used for infrastructural development, improve our educational systems, boost our healthcare system and take care of the poor and needy, even worse is that anywhere it is allowed to fester, the cost of doing business becomes prohibitive.
“I want to seek the support and partnership of all public office holders to lead the fight against corruption in their respective offices because that is the only way to retain the trust and confidence the people have bestowed upon us,” he stated. Dr. Okowa who congratulated the new appointees further charged them to shun ethnic politics and sectionalism and regard the entire state as their constituency, stressing that they must be fair to all Deltans.
He urged them to key into the S.M.A.R.T agenda of his administration especially the job creation programmes, stressing that, “it is incumbent on you to make the attainment of these lofty goals in the agenda your watchword, they must be the focal point around which all your decisions and actions will revolve.”
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