By Emmanuel AMAIZE & Emma ARUBI, Warri
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State yesterday called on the Federal Government to site the headquarters of the Committee on Nigeria Oil and Gas Content Development, which Act was recently passed by the National Assembly in the state.
The governor made the call while speaking at a grand reception organized in his honour by the Itsekiri Progressive Forum, yesterday.Â His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri was the royal father of the day while the Senate President, Senator David Mark was a special guest ofÂ honour at the ceremony. The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and Izu Anioma from the Central and North senatorial districts of the state sent powerful delegations to the event.
Uduaghan who received endorsement from the Itsekiri ethnic group and the Senate President, Senator David Mark to run for a second term pleaded with the Senate President to support the quest by the state to have the headquarters of the committee in the state, just as he commended the National Assembly passing the Nigeria Oil and Gas Content Development Act, 2010.
According to him, the Nigeria Oil and Gas Content Development Act wasÂ very very critical and important to Delta state and the entire region, adding, â€œIt is because of that we are offering ourselves and pleading through the Senate President, David Mark that the Headquarters of the committee be sited right here in Delta stateâ€.
He disclosed the state has the building and logistics ready and are prepared to house the committee, pointing out that his administration was determined to make the state the focal point of economic development in Nigeria having achieved peace and harmonious inter-ethnic relations in the once troubled state.
HeÂ said the state micro-credit programmes meant for the empowerment of women and youths now has branches in far away places like Europe and South- Africa, adding thatÂ the peace so far achieved in the state was such that allowedÂ anyone to move into areas where one would not have dared to ventureÂ in the past.
He thanked the Itsekiri Progress Forum and the entire Itsekiri people for their continued support saying that the he was humbled by their gesture and promised to take the state to the greatest height of development and pleaded for more support.
Governor Uduaghan said the greatest achievement of his administration was ethnic harmony and promised to take up the challenge of the Itsekiri nation and the Senate President to do more for the state.
Earlier in his speech, the Senate President, Senator David Mark said Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has worked so hard that he needed to be given a second chance to enable him serve two terms for the benefit of the state.
He said the governor has performed and should be supported, adding that Itsekiri people should be proud of producing a son that majority of the people have acknowledged as a performer.
The Senate President, however, told the governor that, to whom much is given, much is expected, and charged to deliver more democracy dividends to Deltans.
In an address read on behalf of the Itsekiri Progress Forum and the Olu of Warri by Chief Brown Mene, he said the Itsekiris were proud of the governor as a son that has brought tremendous development to all parts of the state without discrimination, adding that he is the kind of detribalized Deltans that the state deserves and called on all Deltans to give him a second chance.
On the 2011 election, Hon. Daniel Mayuku of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Newuwumi Omolubi of the Delta State Security Waterways Committee and Hon. Micheal Diden, former Chairman of Warri North Council who spoke separately to Saturday Vanguard said the travails of the former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori would not affect the fortunes of Dr. Uduaghan in the coming election in anyway as he (Ibori) had put structures on ground to ensure that the PDP gets victory come 2011.