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Okowa @2: Judgment Day & His Halleluya Singers —By Fejiro Oliver


Two Years In Office: Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa Judgment Day And His Halleluya Singers From The Grave

I can’t begin to count how many times I have warned politicians and candidates to worry as much about the good coverage as the bad, because the more air they put in your balloon, the bigger the target when they start shooting. – Susan Estrich

Away in Ikoyi Medium Prison, Lagos State, I was monitoring events happening in my home state of Delta, especially on governance. 

My major concern while in cell was to be out purposely for this day, as I had promised to make the will of Deltans known to the world if Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa should continue in 2019 or be kicked out of the Government House and also take a personal stand devoid of friendship and sentiment. 

Today, the D-Day is here. This is going to be another public memo and if it offends you, see it as my service to Deltans and not to you as a governor!

Exactly this day in 2015, Okowa made a promise that every Democracy Day in the state will be tagged Praise Day, a promise that he has fulfilled since he came on board. He has fulfilled his promise of praising God, but has he fulfilled his electoral promise to Deltans? 

Has he created jobs for Deltans? Has he paid civil servants salaries? Has he constructed enough roads and schools? Has he lived up to expectations in two years? 

If election takes place today, will he win with same wide margin he used in flooring Great Ovedje Ogboru and Olorogun Otega Emerhor?

When the roll call of performing Governors is called, truth is Okowa will not be among the best ten as reported by media houses. Whatever indices and parameters they use in judging it will never make Okowa count among them. 

Sadly enough, it is not because he is not performing, but his refusal to make the people see what he has done. His stingy nature caused by his new ear deafening song of “Ego Aria” meaning “No Money” is finally becoming his albatross.

He forgets that the judgment of a State in Nigeria is not always seen from within but from outside the state. 

Agreed that we have more Deltans at home than outside the state and Diaspora but the ones outside are the ones that make analysis of performances of leaders caused by what they see and hear. 

Two years in office, no one has heard any tangible project carried out by this administration, even though he is succeeding in turning the state into a construction site. 

Just his ayes-have-it aides and Internet rodents can testify to his performance, only if they get it from the Facebook profile of the Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Ossai Ovie Success, who naturally should be S.A on Social Media. 

Remove Ossai and the Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu who is always preaching the SMART agenda of the principal from the picture and the Governor will be daily taunted on the pages of newspapers, News Websites and Blog for nonperformance.

The Delta of our dreams is gradually coming to fruition under the current administration of Okowa. 

The State three technical schools has taken us back to when it was built, even though the students can’t be technically intelligent as the pioneer students since they only have beautiful buildings without technical equipments. 

The Delta of our Dreams is coming to reality as Asaba turns into a befitting capital city, not the upgraded village that it was, even though credit must be given to former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

He first stayed in the city as a Commissioner while his colleagues were coming to work from Benin City and also making conscious efforts to construct internal roads within the capital leading to persons building sprawling mansions, even though most of them built with proceeds of looted funds from 1999-2015.

Two years in office, Asaba may just be contesting for the position of fast developing cities in Nigeria as major roads are being constructed but there are great fears that all these roads may not stand the test of time. 

The Ego Aria government seems to be patronizing made in Agbor contractors that are well paid to do standard jobs but merely doing shadow jobs. 

Even in Agbor where the governor comes from, the roads are already washing away and emergency patches carried out on it so that the governor does not see it. Sadly enough, those behind this economic sabotage of waste of funds daily smile with the governor in office. 

The contractor in chief follows him everywhere like a twin brother, while smiling to the bank with money meant for quality jobs but delivering on sub-standard work; after all it is government money he says.

Is Delta State cursed that they cannot use Julius Berger and CCECC for their major road contracts? Even though we agree that local contractors should be supported, shouldn’t it be those with the relevant knowledge and proven expertise in the construction industries? 

Must we patronize government contractors who are only in the business to make gains irrespective of what the job specification clearly spells out? This is the bane of the two years of Okowa in office. 

Fantastic governance in terms of roads constructions, but great fears that they will be patched in few months from now.

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