The new Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured Deltans that his administration would focus on massive development of the state through the administration’s ‘SMART” agenda, charging every political appointee and public official in his administration to embrace merit over mediocrity, performance over favoritism and unity over nepotism.

Governor Okowa, gave the charge when he received the Oath of allegiance alongside his deputy, Barr Kingsley Otuaro, administered on them by the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro at the Cenotaph, Asaba. According to him, the incoming crop of appointees should be irrevocably committed to the principles of fairness; equity and justice by regarding the entire state as their constituency and work for the common good of Deltans.

He said the business of government can no longer be business as usual, saying the administration must maintain the trust and confidence that is necessary between the people and their leaders.“The oath I swore to, some minutes ago, is an oath to God and the people of Delta State. By the grace of God, I intend to faithfully discharge this pledge without fear or favour. Therefore, beginning with me, every political appointee and public official in this government is expected to regard the entire state as his constituency and work for the common good.“And on this day, let it be known that the business of government can no longer be business as usual. Those of us who are politicians must realize that promises are meant to be kept; the promises that we make during electioneering campaigns matter and we are under obligation to keep them. That is the only way to maintain the trust and confidence that is necessary between the people and their leaders”, Governor noted.

Okowa noted Governor Okowa said, in driving the initial process of governance and commitment to Deltans and considering the need to rapidly develop the state capital, and other areas, following Executive Bills shall be forwarded to the state House of Assembly within one week of inauguration. They include:

Delta State Contributory Health Commission Bill, 2015; Technical and Vocational Education Board Bill, 2015; Asaba Capital Development Agency Bill, 2015 and amendment bill to restructure the board and management of Delta State Oil Producting Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC)

He reminded politicians to reflect on the lessons of the last general elections, saying the electorate have become more politically aware and we must conduct government business with the realization that the day of reckoning will soon come sooner than later.The new governor also charged those entrusted with managing public funds to carry out the weighty responsibility with the fear of God, avoid waste, profligacy and never lose sight of the fact that they will be accountable to God and man for their stewardship.“Fellow Deltans, we promise you that we shall open up the political space to encourage more citizen participation in government.

We therefore call upon you to be ready to play your part in this government.“We believe that no matter how committed we are to working for you, no matter how smart we are, no matter how fantastic our policies and programmes are and no matter how much revenue we generate as a government, we will not succeed without your support, cooperation and understanding”, Governor Okowa solicit the support of Deltans.