Okowa shifts project dedication, cites father’s, legislator’s deaths
By Nosa Akenzua
Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has shelved plans to inaugurate some projects in the state. This is due to the death of his father, Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa and the majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Tim Kome Owhefere.
Okowa had concluded plans to inaugurate some completed roads, schools and other infrastructure across the state today, February 2, 2021 before the deceased passed on last Thursday.
The state commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, said the governor would reschedule the inauguration of the projects.
Aniagwu said some of the projects involved were the 4.5km Ubeji road and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) access road to the Warri Refinery, Army Day Secondary School, Effurun and Ighogbadu Secondary School, Warri. He added that “The Ighogbadu Secondary School is the governor’s executive response to a request during a Town Hall meetings with the people where he assured that he would build a secondary school in the area.
“There are several projects to be commissioned in the three senatorial districts and the Okowa administration will ensure that Delta people enjoy the dividends of democracy,” Aniagwu stated.
Meanwhile, Delta state head of service (HoS), Reginald Bayoko, on Monday, restated the state government’s commitment to build robust relationship and partnership with organised labour to sustain the industrial harmony in the state.
He stated this in Asaba during a visit of national president of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Muhammed Yinusa Attahiru and executive members of the association.
He said the state government’s relationship with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) was anchored on partnership, stressing that the collaboration would be sustained for better industrial accord and productivity.
Attahiru’s visit was to formally introduce the Association and also request space for it to operate in the state as already done in some other states of the federation.
While Bayoko commended SSASCGOC, he referred to the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), praising it for its understanding and cooperation with the government over pending labour issues.