A promoter of a civil society group, Rex Anighoro, on Thursday said that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state ranks best among all governors in Nigeria citing his people oriented programmes, his open door policy, building good relationship with civil society groups and his openness to all suggestions that are aimed at building a better Delta for all.
Anighoro, who is a special assistant to the state governor on civic engagment and civil society, said the government of Delta does not stifle civil society, rather it creates opportunit for civil society to thrive and make input for the growth and development of the state.
He said any government that wants to stifle the people has no interest in civil society, adding that any government that has evil inclination will not give space for civil society to operate, but Governor Okowa has an open door policy where everyone thrives to make input and contribute to the development of the state.
Anighoro spoke during a-one-day civil society conference organised by his office and held at the state government house with the theme “Engaging civil society for good governance, pan Africanism and United Nations Sustainable development goals; the leadership imperative.”
Anighoro, who gathered youths from all over the state, told the crowd that Governor Okowa has consolidated his relationship with the people and civil societies in the state, adding that Governor Okowa is the most friendly governor to civil societies in Nigeria.
“I want you to prove me wrong if there is any other governor in this country that gives recognition to civil societies as Governor Okowa. Civil society is the livewire and conscience of society. It is what makes society work. In a situation where there is anarchy, chaos, confrontation, the society suffers.
“And so, the government recognises the purpose of peace building, the government recognises that there must be a convergence between the government and the governed. And that is where the civil society comes in.
“And because of this, Governor Okowa is the best governor in this country. There is no governor in Nigeria that does what Okowa does. This is not because I work under him. I’m a civil society activist, that means I have an independent mind. I could tender my resignation letter. But that cannot be because I know he listens to people.
“He is open minded, he returns your call when you call him. He agrees that he is not Mr. Know it all. When there are observed mistakes brought to him, he will handle them carefully for the greater good of the people of Delta state.
“Okowa’s government is a pan African model in the global market space for leadership and good governance and advancing people from local thought to global view.”
He said in Delta state, civil society groups are doing well, insisting that engaging government does not necessarily call for confrontation since the governor gives audience to all suggestions brought to his table.
The event drew 12 great speakers both in Nigeria and outside the country. Some of whom include Femi Fani-Kayode, Annkio Briggs who spoke through skype, Ledum Mitee, Akpo Mudiaga, Mike Ozekhome, Okezi Odugala, Maxwell Ogedengbe, Samia Kwame Nkrumah who also spoke through skype from Ghana and others.