Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has begged political office holders to focus on good governance and leadership principles.
Okowa revealed this in Asaba while swearing in a former member of House of Representatives, Evelyn Oboro, as special adviser as well ad chairman and members of the state’s Sports Commission.
He congratulated those that were appointed and said they were well selected as people with strong work ethic, discipline, and commitment.
He added that his government is ever ready to listen to good advice and act on it as long as it will aid development in the state.
His words, “It is imperative that your decisions, actions and utterances as political office holders are guided by the principles of good governance, leadership by example, prudent management, effective public communication, excellent service delivery and collective responsibility.
“You should discharge your responsibilities in accordance with section 196 sub-sections 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and work for the good governance and development of the state.
“To the newly sworn-in Special Adviser, it is imperative that you get yourself thoroughly acquainted with the policy direction of this administration by getting a copy of my Inauguration Speech and digest it properly.
“It goes without saying that you are required to render advisory services to the governor and work in close liaison with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“I welcome sound and professional advice that will put the administration on the path of delivering the dividends of democracy and finishing strong.
“This administration is ever ready to listen to good advice and work with it as long as it will further our developmental aspirations and impact positively on the lives of our people.”
It is also gratifying to note that the State successfully hosted the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, also known as Asaba 2018, at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium and it is expected that this board will strive to sustain this momentum and break new grounds.
“I am delighted with the coming of the Delta Sports Festival and football competitions for our primary and secondary schools; hopefully, these competitions will help us to discover new talents in the areas we have competitive edge such as athletics, football, boxing and hockey thereby, putting the Stephen Keshi Stadium to good use.
“The Sports Commission will need to do more in terms of attracting national and continental sporting events aside from their great entertainment/recreational value.
“These also have the multiplier effect of impacting positively on the hospitality industry and the retail economy as we saw with Asaba 2018 and the Aiteo Cup Final 2018.
“I assure you that this administration shall continue to give the necessary support and cooperation that all appointees require to be able to discharge their duties to the utmost of their individual abilities and in an environment that is empowering and liberating.”