By Hendrix Oliomogbe, Asaba
WITH a firm assurance that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption in the management of government business, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday in Asaba sworn in 12 new Commissioners and five Special Advisers.
The Commissioners are Barrister Mrs Mary Iyasere (Commerce and Industry), Mr. John Nani (Environment), Dr. Kingsley Emu (Economic Planning), Chief James Augoye (Works), Mr. Vincent Uduaghan (Transport), Mr. Newworld Safugha (Energy), and Mr. Joseph Ogeh (Housing).
Others are Mr. Fidelis Tilije (Water Resources Development), Rev. Mrs. Omashola Williams (Women Affairs), Mr. Austin Chikezie (Agriculture and Natural Resources), Mrs Joyce Overah (Science and Technology) and Mr. Chiedu Ebie (Basic and Secondary Education).
The Special Advisers are Emmanuel Ogidi (Rural Development and Peace Building), Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo (Infrastructure and Housing Development), Rt. Hon. Martins Okonta (Land Resources and Legislative Matters), Hon. Pascal Adigwe (National Assembly Matters and Inter-governmental Liaison) and Comrade Mike Okeme (Labour Relations).
Okowa urged the commissioners to join him in the fight against corruption so as to retain the implicit confidence and trust the people repose in them.
He reminded the commissioners and special advisers that it is no longer business as usual in the management of government activities and urged them to be honest, diligent and responsible in the discharge of their duties.
“Corruption starves the state of valuable resources that could be used for infrastructural development, improve our educational system, 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. That is the only way to retain the trust and confidence the people have bestowed upon us,” he said.
As part of his resolve to curb wastefulness in government, Okowa directed all ministries, departments and agencies in the state not to use government funds to place adverts for him as he clocks 56 on July 8.
He 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 urged all political appointees in his administration to shun ethnic politics and sectionalism and regard the entire state as their constituency, while stressing that they must be fair to all Deltans.
He said: “I want to make it crystal clear that this administration has zero tolerance for sectionalism and nepotism. Given the pan-Delta mandate that brought us here, we cannot afford to do any less.
The horrible thing about ethnic politics is that it appeals to our worst instincts and fuels our greatest fears. As commissioners and special advisers, always remember that you have been appointed to serve the entire state.
Treat and give every citizen equal opportunity and the chance to realise his or her potentials and benefit from our programmes. People are looking up to see in you the qualities of fairness, equity and justice that are the articles of faith of this administration.”
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