By Emma ARUBI
WARRI- Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri, has commended the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for leading the campaign aimed towards the diversification of the nation’s economy through his Delta Beyond Oil, DBO, programme.
The monarch said the vision of programme is a well thought out initiative that will right the wrongs of successive administrations in the country, which led to the abandonment of other sources of revenues before the advent of the black gold.
Speaking in his palace when members of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), paid him a courtesy visit, the monarch said, “the DBO vision remains one of the best things that has happened to the state, as we all know what happened during the colonial era, where regions survived independently through revenues generated within.
“The regions were able to run without oil money. But since the advent of oil, things seem to fall apart. States became weaker and nobody is doing anything to generate revenues from other sources. This has led to mass unemployment as the money coming from federal allocation is not able to meet the needs of the people. If we diversify into areas like agriculture and other natural resources, jobs will be available for our youths.”
While thanking the state government for its efforts at building critical infrastructure for the vision to vigorously take off, the monarch pledged to support the DBO vision. He emphasised that as the custodian of culture and tradition, the palace would assist in disseminating the information on the need for the people to pay their taxes.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Hon. Joel-ONOWAKPO Thomas, expressed the gratitude of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to the monarch for his support for government, saying that they were at the palace to intimate him of the DBO Vision and how the state government wants to actualize the initiative.
Hon. Joel-Onowakpo defining the DBO vision, simply said that this administration was making efforts to ensure that Delta State depends less on oil revenues. “This becomes necessary as a result of the challenges that characterized oil and the need for more revenue to pilot development. One source of income is a risk because if anything bad happens, the state will be thrown into problems.
“To achive this, the state is building infrastructure to be able to pursue the vision. The airport and roads will open up the state to the world. Agriculture will lead to employment generation and will also have enough revenue for the state which will lead to more money for development. Today our mass transit is the best and cheapest in the country. DBO has the singular objective of expanding the tax base of the state.”
He stated that this administration has laid the solid foundations for the state which guarantee the sustainable development for the overall benefit of the citizenry. The DBIR Boss, called for support from Deltans to ensure that the vision lives beyond this present administration.