The Governor received the report from the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Government House. Asaba.
Chairmen of sub-committees and their secretaries were in attendance during the presentation ceremony.
Governor Okowa observed that the report of the committee will provide a guide towards quick achievement of his 5-point agenda for Deltans, which includes, Strategic wealth creation initiatives and provision of Jobs for all; Meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political/social stability; Agricultural reforms and industrialization; relevant health and education policies; Transformed environment through massive urban renewal (S.M.A.R.T).
While reiterating “we have set out to build a more united and prosperous Delta State,” Senator Okowa thanked members of the transition committee for their commitment towards providing a road-map for his administration, disclosing that one of the surest ways of empowering the people will be through job opportunities.
He noted that the civil service is saturated, the Governor assured that Deltans would be trained and empowered to be entrepreneurs.
“Deltans should be patient with us and be committed to the development of our state, we are committed to good governance and we will work hard to deliver on our electoral promises,” the Senator Okowa said.
He pledged to partner with Deltans and “people who will come to work in Delta State for the development of our state.”
Earlier, Prof. Oyovbaire stated, “although our findings highlight a rather disturbing outlook in the revenues and financial assets of the state, we believe that, if properly considered, approved and implemented, our recommendations would certainly provide valuable bases and platforms for recovery and subsequent enhancement of revenue and resource profiles of the state’s economy and good governance.”
“We are convinced Your Excellencies, about your credible political will, focus, grasp and dedication to navigate the murky waters of Delta State worrisome governance profile, society and political economy and to deliver on your political mandate and electoral promises,” he said disclosing that the report of the committee was in four volumes: “main report, report of the hand-over sub-committee, report of the various technical sub-committee and returns from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).”
Governor Okowa also used the opportunity of the presentation of the report to formally announce the redeployment of Mr. Eddie Ogidigbegbaje as the the new Permanent Secretary, Government House.
Mr. Ogidigbegbaje was, until the announcement, the Permanent Secretary, office of the SSG and had also served in the Okowa Transition Committee, which submitted its report today.
His deployment is with immediate effect and he has already resumed with Governor Okowa in Government House, Asaba.