The Governor made the call Thursday June 11 2015 during the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Festus Ochonogor as the Senior Special Adviser and Chief Omimi Esquire as the Political Adviser to Delta State government.
According to Senator Okowa, when there is good linkage between the governed and those in positions of authority, democratic dividends will get to the people and there will be peace and orderliness in the society.
“It is expected that our people are yearning for partnership with government after the elections, because of the paraphernalia of office, it is difficult for our people to link with the various arms of government, it is important for there to be linkage so that our people will have full dividends of democracy,” he said, asserting, “everybody must have good sense of belonging in the democratic government.”
He described the appointments as well deserved stating, “these positions are very key to the survival of this administration and positions that will serve as a linkage with the political class and the masses, I worked with both of them over a period of time. I gave them difficult tasks during the campaign and both of them worked as a team to give the desired results.”
“It is necessary for us to have a proper union with our different communities because only in that partnership that we can maintain peace and order, we need to utilize the various focus groups to develop our people,” the Governor said, “adding, “if you deepen this linkage, we can link them with the micro-credit agency of the state government, we want a situation whereby the beneficiaries will be well identified and known among us.”
Governor Okowa used the occasion to disclose that there were plans for the implementation of the health insurance policy for Deltans which he said, “will touch the lives of families, make them healthier both in terms of economy and good health.”
While congratulating the appointees, the Governor urged them to always know that they represent the whole of Delta State, conceding that it was impossible for his administration to appoint all those who worked for his emergence as Governor into political offices and the appointees should ensure that they link up with all stakeholders fir them to have benefits of governance.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Chief Ochonogor assured the Governor of their commitment to sustain and consolidate on the political goodwill in the state and make the state more homogeneous.