BY MARY OYIBOCHA-AGBAJOH
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Hon. Godsday Peter Orubebe (CON), weekend, received a boost to his political career as the Ovie of Uvwie, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel E. Sideso (Jp) (Con) Abi I, Ovie Of Uvwie Kingdom, declared support for his political ambition in Delta State.
He commended him for ensuring that the people of Delta State benefit from the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan since assumption of office.
Orubebe was received by all and sundry in Uvwie community as he rolled out plans on how Delta State will be rescued in the next dispensation.
He also outlined tremendous projects that have been executed under the President Goodluck Jonathan Transformation Agenda for the good people of Delta State and Nigeria at large.
Achievements under Jonathan
He further noted that under President Jonathan, Nigeria is experiencing unprecedented developments as being witnessed in the revived railway system in the country, peace and security in the Niger Delta region, cutting down on corruption in the civil service by introducing an automatic payment system which is exposing government waste in over payment and the existence of ghost workers
He listed other developments to include roads construction which the East-West road falls under, agriculture where thousands of jobs have been created for young and old Nigerians and recently the successful privatization of PHCN which millions of Nigerians have indicated support for the president seeing that he is on the right track to rescue Nigeria from the decay of the past.
According to Orubebe, “under President Jonathan’s administration, Nigerians can now have access to information from the government which was an impossible thing in the past.
“This has placed this administration as the most transparent in the history of Nigeria. Also, the Nigerian economy is the fastest growing economy in Africa since the assumption of office by President Jonathan.
“Your Majesty and with your son, Orubebe, Mr President has used me to source for funds, hence the progress on the East-West road as at today” he said.
“Of a truth, the progress being witnessed in the East-West toad project is as a result of the bold step taken by the Ministry of Niger Delta and President Jonathan to ensure that the ills posed on the project under the President Obasanjo administration is not a stumbling block against its being executed as and when due.”
Elder Orubebe’s visit is likened to a triumphant entering which shows acceptance and support from a people who are ready to join the change vehicle swooping through the Nigerian state.
The vision and mission of Delta Peoples Forum (DPF) was read out to His Majesty and everyone present as “this is the time where everyone should be involved in ensuring good governance comes to every son of Delta State,” Orubebe said.
DPF’ll ensure transparency
Orubebe stated that DPF would ensure transparency in governance and also promote an ‘all-inclusive’ method of public service which is targeted at placing Delta State to her place of glory.
He further assured everyone present that “A new era of handling political issues has emerged. Gone are the days of declaration without vision in Delta State. This is an era of peace, hope, transformation, development and above all, security for the people and the society.”
According to Elder Orubebe, he has decided to support the vision of DPF which is geared towards ensuring good governance, transparency and integrity.
He said DPF will deliver to the people unending support for nation building in empowering women in the society to become good ambassadors of peace and societal development.
“DPF, as an NGO, will ensure that everyone will regain confidence in government as the highest level of intergrity will be followed and maintained. A new era is born in Delta State because of the calibre of growth that is about to be experienced in the state,” Orubebe said.
Orubebe further informed His Royal Majesty that his son, Mr. Terry Noah, is in charge of the NGO (DPF) which he (Orubebe) is opportuned to be the grand patron and will change the face of interaction and government engagement in the state.
“It will be an overwhelming experience” he said, while assuring the people of DPF’s readiness to support every level of government and the general public with ideas, education, development and information sharing.
Meanwhile, Elder Orubebe reaffirmed his ministry’s commitment to ensuring a better Niger Delta region, as he pledged that all on-going projects like the East-West road will be completed in December 2014 going by the pace of work currently going on.
Need for infrastructural devt in Uvwie
In response with the permission of His Royal Majesty, Chief Tuesday Onoge, the immediate past President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU), craved the indulgence of the minister by stressing on the need for infrastructural development in Uwvie as well as the issues of community marginalization in the present government.
Ovie of Uwvie expresses satisfaction
In his response, His Majesty, the Ovie of Uwvie expressed satisfaction at the visit and large entourage of the minister and most importantly having come to Uwvie as his first visit in the new year even as he blessed and pledged Uvwie’s support for Orubebe.