GOV OKOWA PROMISES GREATER PARTNERSHIP WITH JOURNALISTS, APPRECIATES FIRST TENURE RAPPORT.
…SAYS NO PLANS TO BAN KEKE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN DELTA, URGED DELTANS TO IGNORE PROPAGANDA.
By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq.
Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has said that his administration will continue to partner with Journalists and the State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), because of the constitutional roles both the executive and press play in nation building.
The Smart Governor during his “Media Appreciation Meeting” interface held at the Unity Hall, Government House on Thursday June 6, 2019 noted that his administration appreciates the massive support and quality friendship which members of the pen profession accorded him and government of Delta State during the first tenure; and urged the leadership of Delta NUJ to sustain the temple as they form common synergy to build a Stronger Delta State, in the second tenure.
He used the media parley to debunk remours making the round that the state government may soon ban the use of KEKE for transportation, pointing out that such black propaganda can only emanate from the opposition and hardened political detractors.
God Okowa disclosed that government will not ban keke as a means of transport because of its socioeconomic value, adding that buses and taxi remained expensive means of transportation due to high cost of purchase and maintenance viewed against the consequences of the poor state of the nation’s economy.
He was quick to add that once the nation’s economy gets better, government will surely encourage and support improved means of transportation in terms of comfort, low cost and spread.
In his response, Chairman of Delta State Chapter of NUJ, Mr Mike Ikeogwu appealed to the governor to assist the union financially so as to complete, furnish and occupy the NUJ secretariat under construction.
He described Gov Okowa as a consummate and God fearing leader who consistently applied prudence, transparency and accountability in managing the affairs of the state and urged his colleagues in the media to continue to support government in its quest to build a Stronger Delta State.
The media event was attended by Secretary to Delta State Government, Barrister Chiedu Ebie, Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko Mni, Chief of Staff, Olorogun David Edevbie, Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Rt Hon Solomon Funkekeme, General Manager of Pointer Newspapers and others.