Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has appointed the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Edwin Uzor and his Deputy, Hon. Emmanuel Ighomena as Special Advisers with a call on political office holders to adjust to economic realities of the country.
Speaking at the swearing-in of the Special Advisers on Monday, 05 September 2016 in Asaba, Governor Okowa observed that with the current economic situation of the country where the masses are in pains, political office holders should also, adjust their style of living as “it is no longer business as usual.”
“At challenging times such as this, all political office holders should know that they should bear the pains; there is grumbling among the political appointees and among those holding elected positions and it shows that some of them don’t know the economic situation of the country,” the governor said, adding, “as politicians holding positions, we need to submit ourselves to some levels of pains, we have to make sacrifices, we cannot afford to live large when the people are in pains, we cannot afford to live large when the economy is in recession.”
He continued, “the allocation from the federation accounts to Delta State is less than 50 per cent of what is required to pay salaries, but, we should not despair, we should be strong and give our people hope because, in a few months time, we will come out of this situation, stronger.”
The governor disclosed that appointing Chief Uzor and Hon. Ighomena as Special Advisers had become necessary as Chief Emmanuel Ogidi and Barr. Kingsley Esiso resigned their positions as Special Advisers to enable them contest for different positions in the party which they emerged victorious, as Delta PDP Chairman and S/South PDP Zonal Chairman respectively, and while congratulating the duo on their new assignment, specifically charged the new Special Advisers to look beyond party affairs in carrying out their duties and ensure that the quality of advice they give to government will be in the overall interest of Deltans, reiterating, “your duty is to all Deltans and your advise will no longer be restricted to advancing the PDP but, to Deltans as a whole.”
Responding on behalf of his colleague, Chief Uzor, assured Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State of their loyalty and commitment to ensuring prosperity for all Deltans, even as he pledged their utmost dedication to the government and promised to contribute their quota towards the realization of the SMART Agenda.
The occasion which held at the Exco Chambers of the Government House Asaba was attended by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi, Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere, Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko, Chairman PDP Delta North, Mr. Moses Iduh and other top government functionaries.