By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the people of the state to remain united to the cause of developing the state irrespective of ethnic or party differences.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, felicitated with all Deltans as they stepped into 2016 and expressed gratitude to God for the grace granted Delta and its citizens in 2015.
Praying for the unity and peace in the state, which, he noted “is the bedrock of meaningful development in any given society,” he expressed the hope that 2016 will be a year of fulfilment.
He said: “Given our strides in the past seven months in office, I have no doubt that with the same level of cooperation from the good people of Delta State, your government will achieve more in all facets of governance.
“My optimism is driven from the support I enjoy from the legislature, the judiciary, the civil service, my team of political appointees, agencies of government, both at the federal and the state levels, as well multilateral donor agencies.”
Noting that as one of the first states to form a cabinet after the swearing-in, he said he was prepared for the task of governance which made him to hit the ground running from day one.
“This has given me and the state the advantage of early starters, both in the appreciation of what Deltans expect from their government and in the development of solutions to meet such expectations.
“Despite the continued shortfall in the revenue projections, we have been doing our best to ensure that the developmental needs of the state are attended to by applying the level of prudence and ingenuity that the present challenges demand,” he said.
He appealed to all Deltans to look up to the New Year with the same zeal of a people with a capacity to excel even in difficult situations and noted that “Delta people have always been identified for their creativity.”