By Emmanuel Aziken
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State is hosting town hall meetings across the state as a means of opening up governance to citizens not normally accessible to the workings of government.
The meetings, spread across the three senatorial districts of the state, commence today with the first of the scheduled meetings holding in Effurun for participants from Delta Central Senatorial District.
Governor Uduaghan is expected to draw suggestions from citizens in a bottom â€“ top approach expected to further energise the two year administration, Chief Solomon Edojah, Special Adviser on Mobilisation, revealed in an interview.
The town hall meeting will also hold in Oleh (Delta South Senatorial District) and round up at Agbor in the Delta North Senatorial District on Friday.
â€œIt is just to generate ideas from bottom top approach. We just feel that there are some Deltans who feel sidelined who have no way of getting access to government and yet they have quality ideas to contribute and that is why we are opening up to everyone,â€™â€™ Chief Edojah said.
Edojah, who noted that the meetings would be simple, said that it had been planned in such a way that the governor would tap ideas from the citizens in an atmosphere devoid of the normal government bureaucracy.
â€œThe invitations are not selective and it is devoid of the usual government bureaucracy,â€ he added.
Asked if the opposition would be welcomed to the town hall meetings, Edojah affirmed the governmentâ€™s consciousness of its firmness in power and connections to the electorate.
â€œWe sent invitations across party lines, we are in government and we are elected by both party men and non-party men and including the opposition, but do we really have opposition in Delta? He asked.