There’s gross disconnect between Delta people and the government, activist’s investigation reveals
A Niger Delta environmental rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, on Sunday said that following extensive investigation carried out in Delta state, there is a gross disconnect between the people of the state and the state government.
In a statement made available to Emeraldng.com from Paris, France, Mulade said: “An independent investigation carried out to ascertain the level of social impact of the Delta state government’s developmental effort has clearly shown that there is gross disconnect between the state government and the people of the state.
“It may sound funny but I am expressing the concern and worry of many Deltans, they are not happy and comfortable with the government but they are keeping mute. I want to strongly appeal to our dynamic governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to take advantage of the dry season and embark on people oriented projects that will directly have impact on the people of Delta state.”
The activist said although the PDP does not have rival in the state, the state government should not give opportunity to opposition to ridicule the administration as Deltans expect victory for the PDP in the 2019 general elections.
Mulade called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to save the state from economic retrogression, infrastructural deficit and relocation of companies out of the state due to harsh business climate and insecurity.
He urged Governor Okowa to jettison political sycophants who always sing praises that all that is needed to be done for Deltans has been take care of, hence there is no cause for alarm as the state is in safe hands.
He said Governor Okowa to focus on projects that promote economic and human development.
Mulade also stressed the need for Okowa to do more in the aspect of providing better support for industrial and infrastructural revival of the oil rich Delta state through the provision of jobs, peace, security and fair economic policies to bring back the companies.
He also urged the governor to take advantage of the dry season to resuscitate his administration’s developmental strides across the state by ensuring that all contractors, particularly those handling road projects, carry out their jobs qualitatively with regards to standards and specifications.
He noted that the targeted beneficiaries of any project should know the details of what is being done in their area, the people should known the contractor and the specification of the job being handled for them, saying there is need for them to also know the benefit of such projects to them.
He added that the people should be consulted to know their pressing needs and the most appropriate projects for them before embarking of such jobs, this, he said, will go a long way in mitigating poor quality jobs and ambiguous projects with less impact on the people.