ByÂ Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”A Peoples Democratic Party stalwart in Delta State, Mr. Tony Omatseye, has commended Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for setting up the state urban mass transit scheme.
Omatseye noted that the mass transit scheme would not only ease the burden of the people of the state in the area of transportation, but has also demonstrated the governorâ€™s commitment to making life more meaningful to the people of the state, despite a shortfall in the revenue allocation to the state with the provision of 100 buses for the scheme.
Urging the governor to be steadfast in his determination to improve the lots of the Delta people, as his government has remained one of the best things to happen to the state, Omatseye commended him for not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring the world football governing body, FIFA, eventually grant Warri the nod to host the Under-17 World Cup slated for October this year.
Commenting on the accusation that the governor had been-tight fisted, Mr. Omatseye said the governor was only being prudent, as the global economic meltdown was greatly affecting the economy of the country.
â€œIt is not a hidden thing that the global economic melt down is affecting our national economy, the Niger Delta crisis is seriously affecting Delta state that has just witnessed crisis in Warri creeks.
â€œBut despite this and the reduction of the state allocation from the federation account, Governor UduaghanÂ has been able to manage the resources of the state well by providing facilities to the people, the latestÂ being the provision of 100 buses for the state urban mass transitÂ scheme,â€ he said.
On the N20 thousand stipends approved for repentant militants by the Federal Government, he said â€œwhen you compare that figure to the minimum wage and the condition of the environmental degradation these boys live in, where they have bought kerosene or batteries to power their lightings, buyÂ kerosene to light their stoves for cooking, coupled with the fact that they can no longerÂ fish effectively due to the pollution of their rivers, all these things put together, you will agree with me that the amount is not enoughâ€
He urged the Federal Government to provide electricity, good drinking water and other basic amenities to make life meaningful for those in the oil producing communities, promising that on the part of the leaders, they would continue to talk to the militants to lay their arms for meaningful development in the region.