Okowa’s independence speech shows a brighter future for Deltans, says Ossai
Mr. Ossai Ovie Success, political aide to Delta state governor, on Monday said that the 57th Nigeria’s independence anniversary speech delivered by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba has proven to all that the future is bright for the people of Delta state.
Ossai, who carefully dissected the speech of the governor, told emeraldng.com in an email that “The speech delivered by His Excellency, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa is a clear fact that the future for all Deltans is bright looking at his commitment over the two years of this administration.
“The speech is full of inspiration and hope for a new dawn in the state, the speech is not just a speech but a truism that shows clearly what the future holds for the state.
“Governor Okowa feels the pains of Deltans and he is doing everything humanly and spiritually possible under the current challenging circumstances to bring succour to all Deltans.
“During the delivery of the speech, Governor Okowa made it known to all that the focus of this administration has been on job creation and youth empowerment.
“It is on this note that the state government embarked on reconstruction of the state-owned technical colleges in Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele.
“This was in furtherance of government’s desire to promote technical and vocational education, which is at the core of our educational policy and the enhancement of human capital.”
Ossai said Governor Okowa also made it clear that the state government in the last two years has created 42, 000 new jobs both direct and indirect jobs.
Ossai quoted the governor as saying: “Our empowerment programmes of youths training under the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) with provisions to support them to start their own businesses.
“Another group of youths was trained under the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP). We also introduced Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP), designed to cater for unemployed graduates.
“In the last two years, 42, 000 new jobs have been tracked as directly created from our government’s programmes and projects. This, of course, excludes private sector jobs created through investments arising from the conducive environment that we have created.
“However, we will not rest on oars as we intensify efforts to expand opportunities.”
Talking about road projects in Delta state, the Okowa’s led administration has completed over 55 standard road projects in the state.
“As part of the faithful implementation of our SMART agenda, this government has completed the construction/rehabilitation of fifty-five critical inter and intra-city road projects, including concrete-lined drains, while others are at various levels of completion.
“In the health sector, this government is focused on development of hospitals and primary healthcare centres, including the procurement of drugs and cutting edge medical equipment in major healthcare facilities in the three senatorial districts.
“The robust foundation for our comprehensive healthcare delivery is hinged on the state’s health insurance programme, which is aimed at providing universal healthcare coverage for our people. Government is also paying attention to the teaching hospital at Oghara while the central hospital here at Asaba, is near completion,” Ossai quoted Okowa to have said.
On the flooding issues, the governor said his administration is working tenaciously to end the perennial flooding of the state capital and other key towns and cities across the state.
“While work is on-going to ensure storm water control in Asaba, a comprehensive drainage masterplan for the territory is nearing completion. We are indeed determined to reduce the impact of flooding in our cities,” Governor Okowa said.
Ossai said the Okowa led administration has been fair, just and equitable to Deltans in his determination to bringing prosperity to all Deltans, while calling on Deltans to be united in the ongoing transformation of Delta state.