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Think outside the box, Okowa charges political appointees

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Swears in Aguariavwodo, Monye, Ofobruku, two others as Special Advisers.

By Festus Ahon

Governor Ifeanyi  Okowa of Delta State yesterday, charged political appointees in the state to think outside the box in order to proffer creative solutions to unexpected developments in the resolve of his administration for a diversified, inclusive and self-reliant economy that will withstand any external shock.


Okowa while swearing in five Special Advisers in Asaba,  said their knowledge, wisdom and experience would help improve the performance of his administration in its strive to deliver on its electoral promise of a stronger Delta.

He said; “Special Advisers play important role in our modern democratic setting; they are carefully selected for their specific policy expertise and ability to skillfully navigate the layers of bureaucracy and partisan viewpoints to deliver on the administration’s goals and objectives. Modern statecraft places a demand on them to lessen the burden of the demanding and complex workload of the Chief Executive.”

Those who were sworn in as Special Advisers were Prof. Sylvester Monye (Senior Policy Adviser); Dr Kingsley Emu  (Chief Economic Adviser); Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo (Housing and Human Development); Emmanuel Okoro  (Rural and Community Development; and  Efe Ofoburuku  (Legislative Matters).

Okowa said: “It is true that our first tenure ended on a high and even now, we continue to receive plaudits for our phenomenal achievements in job creation, human capital development and infrastructural renewal, but, we cannot afford to rest on our oars because the next four years promise to be as fulfilling as it would be challenging.

“As Special Advisers, being experts in your respective fields, I expect nothing but sound, practical advice that meets global best practices because, this administration expects from you bold ideas and initiatives that will engender prosperity, peace and progress. “

Observing that the expectations were high as his administration builds a stronger Delta, he said, “This administration is always ready and willing to work with Deltans at home and in diaspora and from all walks of life, we welcome advice and suggestions that will help us better a lot of our people and make our state the pride of all and I also expect everybody to continue to pray for the success of this administration because when we succeed, the citizens are the better for it.”

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