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Gov Okowa duplicates ministries, wastes resources– Delta APC

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By Nosa Akenzua

Delta state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has accused the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration of insensitivity laced with profligacy considering his recent duplication of ministries for commissioners

The recent attack on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-led government is coming on the heels of the appointment of four Commissioners to man the education sector in the State.

A press statement on Tuesday however, by the Publicity Secretary (Caretaker) of the party, Sylvester Imonina, lamented that recent events in the State have shown that the “PDP led-Government have scored hat-trick in economic wastages and indifference to the economic well-being of Deltans”.

According to the release, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State, notes with concern the recent appointments of four Commissioners for education and two Commissioners for works!

“The worries of Delta APC is predicated on the fact that because of economic downturn plaguing the world, saner Governments are circumspect in decisions that have the potential to depleting States’ scarce resources.

“True to the boasting of the Governor about three months ago that he was going to play politics to the detriment of good governance, his recent appointments have shown that he no longer cares about the ordinary Deltans but only his ego.

“While Deltans are yet to recover from the economic drains of over two thousand unwanted appointed political Aides who are mostly dead woods, the Governor has once again places more financial burden on Deltans by appointing four Commissioners for education and two Commissioners for works!

“A cursory look at these appointments/portfolios leaves no one in doubt that they were made as “jobs for the boys”, not for the sake of delivery of dividends of democracy to Deltans.

“Delta APC dares to say that two vibrant hands can conveniently man Ministry of Education, as against the appointments of four Commissioners! Also, one vibrant and capable Deltan can handle the ministry of works, instead of two people.

“We want to draw the attention of Deltans to the fact that while they wallow in abject poverty, every newly appointed Commissioner is entitled to at least a non-refundable sum of sixty million Naira as take-off allowances. What an economic drain!

“The Constitution only says that every Local Government Area is entitled to a civil Commissioner in the State Executive Council. There is no justifiable reason for the appointments of people whose services are not needed before any serious-minded government could achieve her programmes for the citizenry!

“Delta APC calls on Deltans to reject this amorphous portfolios/conduit pipes. The State Governor should be called upon to downsize his cabinet and huge political Aides.
“The governor should desist from under-developing Deltans at the altar of politics. Deltans need more monies for the development of the state”.

The portfolios in the Education ministries includes; Commissioner for Higher Education, Commissioner for Technical Education, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and Commissioner for Primary Education.

Similarly, in the State’s Ministry of Works, the Governor appointed Commissioners for rural Roads, and Highways and urban roads respectively.

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