By Gbenga Akanmu & Steve Ighofose
The former Secretary to the Delta State Government and governship aspirant under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege has said that the proper implementation of biometric voters registration would ensure credible elections in 2011.
Speaking at a reception in his honour by the Urhobo Social Club in Lagos, he said ”the biometric machines will capture a voter’s finger prints only once and make it impossible for such individual to register more than once.”
“This will make it impossible to have fictitious names such as Mike Tyson to appear on the voters register.”
He urged Deltans living outside the state to return home to register for the polls, as everyone has a role to play in the development of the state.
“I want to register over 2,000 voters per ward in Delta State, who will vote for me. The time for change in Delta State is ripe,” he said, adding that he was fighting for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ticket for the post of Governor.
Outlining his five steps to posterity programme for Delta State, Omo-Agege said that he would transform education in the state, by making it free at all levels, adding that this would be done given the resources available to the state.
“I will construct model schools through out the state especially in the riverine areas that produce the wealth of the nation. I will increase the salaries of teachers that serve in the riverine areas.”
He continued that “the provision of free medical services for all Deltans will be implemented and infrastructural development of the state especially roads will be vigorously pursued”.
He promised to replicate the success of the Soghai agricultural project in other parts of the state, and create model cities to provide housing for Deltans. This will be carried out in partnership with the private sector.
The President of Urhobo Social Club, Mr. Emmanuel Evue thanked Chief Ovie_Omo_Agege for demeaning wise to come to Urhobo Social Club, Lagos to express his feelings and Governor ambition. While Chief Johnson Barovbe, JP, advised him to take the whole of Delta State as his constituency and not to be parochial in awarding contracts to his wife and children if he becomes the governor of Delta State in 2011.