Never in the history of Delta State have we experienced a leadership as worse as that of his excellency, Sen. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the executive Governor of Delta State. Yes, the Okowa administration is not just bereaved of developmental and working ideas, it also careless about the welfare of the led and the growth of the State. The government deliberately appointed arrogant and self seeking people into office; those that are unwilling to listen to the cries and agitations of the people, those that can frustrate and intimidate them people.
Just recently, we behold with displeasure the arrogance and nonchalant attitude displayed by the appointees of the State government toward the Delta Line workers, whom are hitherto disengaged due to the inability of the government to monitor the highhandedness of those it placed at the helms of affair, thereby selling off its shares to God is Good Motors. The ordinary Delta Line workers, whom have not lived above their means or lavish in luxury, have been demanding for their unpaid eight (8) months salary arrears before joining the unemployed category of Deltans. But instead of the appointees of the government to accord them some respect, knowing they are demanding for their entitlements, they came out tongue-lashing them, calling them all manner of unholy names.
Meanwhile, we have seen how successive governments in other States that are even far poorer than Delta State, consolidated on the achievements of their predecessors and built better policies, infrastructures, economy, and create employment for the restive youths while ensuring that successes registered by previous governments are sustained. Some States even increased the minimum wage to ensure the welfare of workers. However, the Delta State leadership has since 1999, known no progression. Everything has been on a reverse gear; we no longer hear such phrase such as “free education”, “construction of bridges”, “employment opportunities”, “prompt payment of salaries”, “effective Local Government Council”, “construction of drainages”, “Delta Beyond Oil”, “good transport system” and lately “DESOPADEC projects”. Following the huge resources and funds accrued to Delta State as a top oil producing States, the government of Chief James Onanefe Ibori, a UK ex-convict, was largely judged poor while that of his successors and cousin, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was described even poorer. Unfortunately, in less than three years Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has made things worse. Deltans obviously cherish the bad old days than the sugar coated “prosperity mandate” era.
Today, it is pathetic that we take one step forward and ten backward. There are too many questions the electorates are demanding to be answered by the Okowa’s administration; the deliberate interference with the Herdsmen House Bill, the mismanagement of Paris Club Accounts, prolonged unpaid workers salaries and pension, tampering with Local Government funds, outright diversion of DESOPADEC funds since May 2015, unwarranted pay cut, daylight robbery of State’s assets like Delta Line, deteriorating State infrastructures, alarming rate of unemployment, grievous school fees, high rate of kidnapping and general insecurity.
There is no gainsaying that the “prosperity mandate” slogan was designed to deceive and manipulate the good people of Delta State into believing lies. The government is selfish and adamant towards change. Just recently a former national deputy chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh accused the Okowa’s administration of running a blank budget and till this very minute, the government has failed to debunk the allegations or tender a copy of the Budget to the public for perusal. This might be an indication that the government is as guilty as alleged.
Obviously, Deltans are counting their loses as they await 2019 general elections to take due advantage of the ballot to cast out this hardened and unrepentant retrogressive government and bring in a more purposeful leadership, preferably that of the People’s General, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, who has consistently stood his ground to oppose the draconian tendencies of the PDP for over a decade now.
From a critical point of view, there is no one who is more willing and prepared to cause a drastic change in the corridor of power in Delta State than Ogboru. He has maintained his integrity by refusing to join forces with those draining our funds and taking us backward. Chief Ogboru is simple, transparent and has no value for godfatherism. He believes in people’s power and want to give the people the opportunity to take charge of governance.
As a people, we cannot continue jeopardising our welfare by trading our consciences at the polling units for peanuts and thereafter lament for a period of four years. The opportunity to make things right is knocking on the door again, I think it will be wise as Deltans to maintain our stand that the Okowa administration and PDP has failed us, then source for a credible alternative, which I think is within our reach.