OKOWA’S NON SMART 100 DAYS IN OFFICE AND BUHARI’S SCORE CARD

One hundred days after Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and President Muhammadu Buhari were sworn into office, there have been no much things to celebrate about.

For Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, it has been one month filled with multiple appointments since he took over as Governor.

The number of aides appointed by Okowa and their allowances in a year is enough to create more jobs and employ the teeming unemployed youths in Delta State. The only reasonable appointments made so far by him are the SSG, Principal Secretary, DOP, Chief of Staff, Special Project Directors, Executive Secretary of Vocational and Technical Board and Commissioners. The Special Advisers have been given to same cycle of men who stole the people blind for the past 16 years, which shouldn’t be.

The achievement so far recorded by Dr. Ifeanyi has been the signing of the DESPODEC bill into law and the Asaba capital development bill, which he has appointed his kinsman Clement Ofuani to oversee the Asaba Capital Development yet flood has continued to ravish the state capital, months after that appointment was made.

The Governors in Rivers and Abia have gone ahead to construct new roads and commissioned them, but Deltans are yet to see even a block of class room been commissioned by Okowa apart from seeing the vocational and technical board executive secretary, Mr Mike Akpobire going around as they go for inspection of few technical schools undergoing renovation. These commissioning could have also been done by Okowa irrespective of challenges of funds, but falling into same trap like his predecessors, he has awarded contract of N2.5 billion to the same ULO that failed to carry out the ones given to him in times past.

The prosperity message preached by Okowa in his campaign must be seen to be working and not on the pages of the Facebook and papers. But will he do well judging from this 100 days in office? Our editorial board can authoritatively say YES.

What has been working in Delta state for 100 days is only a drawing board where the government continues to draw policies without implementing it. There is no doubt that he means well for Deltans with the prosperity mantra truly his desire, but his SMART moves so far have not been smart. The body language is right, the intentions and actions are good and the zeal to perform very excellent but the will to do away with yesterday men is the albatross.

What Governor Okowa must urgently do is to downsize the number of aides he currently has, and stop the reduplication of portfolios. In the real sense of media appointments, a communication manager should have been the chief press secretary or vice versa with two other appointees of Special Assistant on Media and Special Assistant on New Media which would have saved cost and the monies channeled into other means that will be more beneficial to the state. But this is not so as he has chosen to have eight media aides whose offices are located on Delta groups on Facebook Street.

It is time Governor Okowa swung into action and provides Deltans the real governance they truly deserve.

One hundred days later, there has been no real thing to point at in the Okowa’s administration.

Buhari has been able to show that with the right person in charge, things could actually work the way it ought to even though he has made mistakes in appointment of mostly Northerners into position of authority.

His anti corruption campaign has gone a long way in checkmating the activities of public officials and individuals who may have wanted to engage in illegality. Buhari has not come with a rocket propeller in his hands that has turned things around in 100 days. He has only come with the mantra of integrity and seriousness to duty, with anyone planning to steal billions now stealing thousands. His coming has shown that stealing is now corruption.

Buhari is certainly not the messiah for his people but 100 days in office has shown that he has the magic wand to turn things around.

VERDICT:

Buhari: 58%/100

Okowa: 50%/100

KEEP BELIEVING; A NEW DELTA WILL EMERGE UNDER SENATOR OKOWA

Eneh John

Times and seasons come and go, it waits for no man, as the saying goes. Administrations have come and gone, but what they leave behind for the people stands the test of time. It is left to generations yet unborn to see.

When you are entrusted with a mandate, let the world know that you can deliver. What speak for men after their leadership administration is the many lives they were able to touch through projects sited, not the wealth they amass from public office.

Benjamin Disraeli said, “Power has only one duty to secure the welfare of the people.”
And so we know that the present administration in Delta will secure the welfare of Deltans. Okowa will uplift the face of the state and bring fulfillment to the hopes of Deltans on him.

A state that is in dire need of genuine leadership and a government that will get to the grassroots to touch the lives of people even in the remote communities is what Okowa represents.
In the words of Albert Einstein, “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” If Deltans must survive, a new strategic thinking must evolve. Different from what we had in previous administrations. We are quite aware of the enormous challenges that come with a new administration, but Senator Okowa must think aloud.

The abandoned projects in the state should be visited, roads be constructed, new schools be built, while the old ones get a face lifting. There will be no room for a failed government in Delta State. The belief in Okowa is just too enormous, and the task ahead is even greater.
The prosperity message cannot be a paper work; neither will it be media hype, the citizens of the state even in the Diaspora wants to see that Delta is working.

The advent of the social media has made people begin to question the very essence and existence of any government. The oath of office administered to senator Okowa is a mandate which Deltans freely gave to him. That oath must be adhered to. We trust in the abilities of the governor that he will deliver the dividends of democracy to the state and take Delta state to the desired height it truly deserves.

On this, the support of every Deltan is needed to push the state forward. Okowa is a team player, and we must join hands with him to make the prosperity happen.
William Feather reflects thus: “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they have never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

As you journey in Delta State, all citizens resident in Delta and non indigenes of the state, should stop by and have a feel of Okowa’s prosperity.
There is prosperity everywhere much as Okowa is involved in the affairs of the state.

A NEW DELTA UNDER OKOWA
A NEW DELTA UNDER OKOWA

Under an Okowa government, Delta will be great again. A new Delta will emerge.

A REPUTATION FOUNDED ON INTEGRITY MUST BE NURTURED BY TRUTH.
Eneh John is the Managing Editor of Secrets Reporters News
E-mail: enehjohn33@gmail.com

DELTA 2015: UPU THE LION THAT THE JUDASES WOKE & NWAOBOSHI RANTING

Onajite Ese

No matter how hungry the Lion may be, the indisputable fact is that it can never eat grass neither can its kingship be stripped off him. Even in the midst of famine, the Lion will still dictate who have the larger share of any booty won to the kingdom. It’s not a matter of pride neither an issue of arrogance; it’s simply a natural endowment which the Lion cannot trade off.  Come to think of it, why would it give up its powers when everything is at its beck and call?

This is no tales of Nso; neither a folklore of tales by moonlight but an allusion to the current happenings in the build up to the 2015 gubernatorial election in Delta State. While the Anioma nation has come out boldly to lay exclusive claim to the governorship prize as their rightful inheritance from 2015 to 2023, the Urhobo nation has rather assumed a more mature posture by declaring that the race is open to all and everyone in respective of where they come from be given the chance to compete.  Despite their numerical superiority the Urhobo people have not intimated anyone into ceding the position to them or threatened a showdown with anyone should they lose a free and fair contest. 
In all of these, the umbrella body of the Urhobos, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) kept it’s cool, preferring to project it’s interest behind the scene. For this many, including myself had thought that UPU cannot defend her children like mother hen. Alas, the ways of the elders are not the ways of exuberant youths, as they proved all doubting thomases wrong when it issued a statement recently disowning some Urhobo Judases and passing a clear message that Urhobo is determined to reclaim the governorship of Delta State in 2015. 
This statement which has sent shock waves through out the political world, officially confirmed the Uvwiamuge Declaration. Until now, many Urhobo sons and daughters with opposing political aspirations had said that UPU never made such a declaration challenging many well meaning columnists who wrote on it to provide audio or video evidence of the meeting where the declaration was made. At last, the words are out from the horse’s mouth and who can dare now.
Be it known across the breadth and length of Delta State and Nigeria that the UPU spoke the minds of the over 2 million Deltans worldwide. Every child whose blood flows from the Urhobo River is bound by the Uvwiamuge Declaration and should a curse be placed on whoever dares to go contrary, the curse will come to pass. 
While the UPU watched, some Urhobo politicians who are where they are today because of Urhobo votes and patronage carried on as if UPU and the Urhobo people do not matter, plotting to undermine our collective interest by divulging information meant only for the ears of Urhobos. 
How it gladdens my heart that the UPU took the bold step to mention few names involved in the unholy alliance against Urhobo. 
Those among them who are interested in elective offices should retrace their steps because the day of reckoning will soon come when the Urhobo people will vote to determine who shall represent them. Surely Urhobo will not reward anyone who works against its interest with her vote. 
For crying out loud, who is Ben Igbakpa that has suddenly eaten to his satisfaction and now challenge his chi to a political contest? Rather than make pronouncements for himself,  he strut the political arena claiming to be speaking on behalf of Urhobos and calling on us to support Sir Anthony Obuh. Perhaps, just like UPU postulated he was speaking for himself alone. I am not sure that even his wife and children of voting age  will join him into this dance of shame to political dungeon.
Urhobos will surely not sit down and be relegated to the background anymore in the politics of it’s  state.  Peter Nwaoboshi, the Delta State PDP Chairman must be drunk on some local dry gin or high on cheap weed when he said that the Urhobos have no stake in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Thank God this is an era of information technology anyone can access information from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prove Nwaobshi wrong. 
Available record in INEC shows that Urhobo gave President Goodluck Jonathan more than 800,000 votes during the last presidential election. Even his senatorial district cannot match half the electoral worth of Delta Central alone, without considering Urhobos in Delta South and even Delta North, yet he dare to spew fallacies from his lips.
Is he unaware that if the Urhobos did not vote for Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, there would have been a re-run in the 2007 election that brought him in? Even in 2011 re-run and general elections, Urhobo gave Governor Uduaghan more votes than he got from Anioma. 
Nwaoboshi desire is that the governorship race should be left alone for his Anioma brethren. He should tell us, where in the history of Delta State elections has the race for the governorship been left exclusively for a section of the state? If Ifeanyi Okowa had won the PDP primary in 2007 against Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, would he have told the PDP that he cannot fly it’s flag in the general election because it is not the turn of the Aniomas? We are tired of over flogging the issue of geographical or tribal zoning, but permit me to say that it is an idea that has no place in democracy where power rotation is only between political parties as determined through the ballot box by the people. Only lazy men and political lilliputians still cringe to zoning in today’s competitive Nigerian political environment. Let the best man emerge to move the party and state forward. Whoever cannot stand the heat should leave the kitchen.
If Nwaoboshi feels the best way to boost his popularity among his people ahead of the senatorial contest of 2015 in which he is a contender is to take on UPU, he should be prepared to get the battle of his life. Rather than focus on his dubious quest of scheming out Ifeanyi Okowa for the Senate while pretending to give him the PDP governorship ticket, he is busy rabble rousing.
Yes, it possibly hurts Nwaoboshi that he is a minority but that is not enough for him to insult the sensibilities of the Urhobos. As the majority tribe in Delta state the Urhobo are free to do whatever they like with their numerical strength but the Urhobos have not done so, so why has the PDP State Chairman felt uneasy and worked up over the truth which UPU only emphasised. 
As chairman of PDP in Delta State, Nwaoboshi should put the interest of the party above his personal interest. Nwaoboshi is blinded by his senatorial ambition, otherwise he should know that only Urhobo candidacy in Delta state governorship election will ensure President Goodluck Jonathan wins over 75 percent of the votes in the presidential election.  What this Oracle as he is fondly called could not see, which is that President Goodluck Jonathan interest and by extension PDP interest in Delta state can only be served if the PDP gubernatorial candidate is from Delta Central, is known to all right thinking people. UPU has rightly predicted and known that Urhobo votes will determine where the elections swings in 2015 and there is nothing Nwaoboshi can do to change the situation. 
For failing to understand the dynamics of the 2015 elections, Nwaoboshi has demonstrated once again that he is unfit for the office he now occupies. He clearly lacks sound judgement demanded of that office.  He needs to be relieved of the position to save PDP the embarrassment he constantly brings to the party. 
Someone should drum the Ogene for him that UPU is not Chief Mariam Ali who he can beat up and still have her suspended from the party she helped to build. 
The ranting of Nwaoboshi has already compromised the incoming PDP primaries if he remains the chairman as he will be biased against Urhobo aspirants especially the one finally picked by the UPU. The time for him to go is now. What is more, he cannot be contesting for the Senate and still be the Party Chairman. No man is an umpire in his own race. 
The Uvwiamuge Declaration shall come to pass.  No one, not even Nwaoboshi and his cohorts in Urhoboland  can change that. All Urhobos that are in any unholly alliance to thwart the Uvwiamuge Declaration shall be put to shame. 
We refuse to be subjected to another 8 years of Egyptian moment by supporting a candidate outside Delta Central; even if he has the ‘heart of Urhobo’ like Prophet Nostradamus Olori Magege would say. We want an Urhobo like we had in Ibru and Ibori and on this there is no going back. 
But it is not enough to stand on the Uvwiamuge Declaration without projecting into the future. After the storm comes the rainbow. The UPU should be aware that for days, their stand will continue to generate controversy and raise dust in the political atmosphere, and while this hara-kiri goes on, they should retire to their inner chambers and do what they must do to move the Uvwiamuge Declaration nearer to reality which is to come up with one candidate for the PDP primary which is just few weeks away. For now, many political analysts, onlookers and kingmakers in the State and beyond cannot take them so serious until they put their words to actions. Having received all the Urhobo aspirants and observed their performance on the campaign trail, UPU should immediately endorse a candidate for the PDP primary. 
They cannot just sit in their meeting and reject the so called anointed candidate without presenting a candidate of their own. Graciously enough, the elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has made it clear that not he or the governor will pick a governor for the state. This gladdening news means that anyone picked by the UPU will be going into the race for a fair competition without anyone hoping to be imposed on the rest. The sky is wide enough for all the birds to fly, but UPU must pick the Eagle that will fly higher. They have spoken enough and time to act is now, so no one can doubt the resolve of UPU to actualise it’s declaration. 

These words you will remember…

Onajite Ese, a Journalist and Media relations expert writes from Lagos and can be reached on 09095885082 (SMS Only) or onajiteese@ gmail.com