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Gov. Okowa charges appointees to shun political distractions

Okowa (m) flanked on both sides by newly government appointees

Okowa (m) flanked on both sides by newly government appointees

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has charged his political appointees to remain focused and not to allow the heightened political activities in the country to distract them.

Okowa gave the charge while swearing-in two appointees on Monday in Asaba.

He said that their focus should be to pursue the  “finishing strong” agenda of his administration.

The appointees are: Mr Nicholas Ojei as a Special Adviser and Mr Azaka Ossai as a member of the Governing Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

He congratulated the appointees on their appointment and reminded them of the need to make meaningful input in their various positions.

“I want to congratulate you for this appointment and it is my prayer that you put in your best as we run through the next few months to the end of this administration.

“There is no doubt that at this point in time, there is a whole lot that would want to distract us, but I want to urge you to do all that you can to be able to offer the dividends of democracy to our people in these few months,” he said.

The governor said that there must be a connection between political appointees and the people at the grassroots.

He added that his administration would continue to inaugurate projects and advance human capital development.

Okowa advocated the collective inputs of all in achieving government targets, and commended the people for their overwhelming support to his administration which had culminated in the successes recorded in the last seven years of the administration.

“We have just about 12 months until the end of this administration. As I promised our people, we want to remain focused as a government and work for the people of Delta State to the very last day of this administration.

“So, even when there are distractions, I want to urge that you stay focused to what is expected of your offices, in order to ensure that you make your impacts even with this very short time that you have.

“I have great confidence that you will do just that. Once again, congratulations,” the governor said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ossai expressed appreciation to the governor for finding them worthy to serve the state.

He promised that they would contribute their quota towards the Stronger Delta vision. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng).

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Edited by Maureen Ojinaka/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma