Dr Jonathan, accompanied by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and other prominent Nigerians, gave the assurance Friday (27/02/15) during a courtesy visit to the Asagba of Asaba, HRM Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien at his palace in Asaba, Delta State.
According to the President, his administration has always done what was best for Nigeria, asserting: “I want to re-assure you that as a party, we will do our best to bring peace and security to the country, and fast-track economic development in all parts of the country.”
He disclosed that he is seeking re-election because of his commitment towards re-positioning the country positively amongst the comity of nations as well as do more for the country.
The President stated that on assumption of office, it was discovered that of the thirty six states of the country, twelve states had no Federal University which his administration has corrected within the past four years, adding: “We have tarred over twenty-five thousand kilometres of the thirty six thousand kilometres (36, 000 km) Federal Roads and we promise to complete the remaining ones and open up more arterial roads when re-elected.”
While disclosing that over 90 per cent of narrow gauge rails have been completed throughout the country, President Jonathan re-iterated: “The implementation of the Nigerian content law in the oil industry has improved the participation of Nigerians in the industry and the implementation of our cabotage law with Nigerians now owning ships and more Nigerians have been employed in the shipping industry.”
“We also saw the need to establish Maritime University for high-powered man-power development in the Maritime Sector; we are moving the country forward.”
“We are not resting on our oars in concluding the privatisation of the power sector as we believe that to improve the small and medium enterprise sector, power is very important. We believe that by next year, we would have concluded 100 per cent privatization of the power sector, it will take a life of its own with epileptic power supply becoming a thing of the past,” he added.
The President thanked the Asagba of Asaba and other royal fathers for their support for his administration assuring that he would not disappoint them.
Earlier, the Governor of Delta State, Dr Uduaghan said President Goodluck Jonathan was delivering on his promises to Nigerians, noting that Delta State was a great beneficiary of the restructuring of the power sector by President Jonathan’s administration.
He said that the President was in Delta State a few weeks ago for the Presidential Campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and as a man who loves Deltans, he was in the state for another official ceremony.
The Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien who prayed for the President, observed that President Jonathan deserves re-election to enable him in particular, implement the recommendations of the report of the National Conference which “he was bold to constitute.”
“We are delighted with the good work you are doing, we appreciate you and wish you the best,” the Asagba said.
Amongst those on ground to receive President Jonathan in Asaba and at the Asagba’s Palace were the Delta PDP Governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, the Delta State PDP Chairman, Chief Edwin Uzor, the PDP National Deputy Chairman, S/South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, members of the Anioma Congress led by former Delta Deputy Governor, Sir Benjamin Elue, former Clerk of Delta State House of Assembly, Sir Dan Okenyi and Delta State Commissioner for Information, Barr. Chike Ogeah, amongst other top Anioma dignitaries.
Also on the President’s entourage was the National Chairman Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwayanwu, who accompanied the President as a show of solidarity and confirmation that the Labour Party has already endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s as its Presidential candidate for the March 28 Presidential elections.
President Jonathan then proceeded to Government House, Asaba, after paying homage to the Asagab of Asaba, were he held town hall meetings with a cross section of Deltans fromthe three senatorial zones of the state.
Below are some photos from President Jonathan’s august visit to Asaba, the Capital of Delta State.