The Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa yesterday commended Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for approving N500 million as counterpart fund for World Bank to address ecological challenges across the state.
A statement yesterday by the Group’s Media Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Omene said, “We commend Mr. Governor for his takeoff policies since assumption of office and the on-going efforts to put Delta State on good and stable economic in this uncertain times”.
According to the Coalition, “Mr. Governor, your expression of commitment in approving the N500m counterpart fund is a conviction of your resolve to address the enormous ecological challenges facing the state, this is commendable and must be pursued with zest.
“In addition, your far reaching reforms geared towards re-invigorating and restructuring the economy of the state, anchored on accountability, transparency and fiscal prudence is no doubt a sure way of telling what manner of governance we should expect”.
The Group urged the Governor to keep focus and be undistracted on delivering the goods of democracy to the people, as it was time for governance and not politics
“There is time for everything; time for politics and time for governance. Mr. Governor must keep his eye on the mark so as not to be swayed from the purpose of governance, since the Supreme Court which is the final arbiter in the governorship election has delivered judgment and there is nothing anybody can do about it.
“We congratulate Mr. Governor and the law abiding people of Delta State, however Mr. Governor must be magnanimous in victory and extend the hand of fellowship to everyone.
“We also want to use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders in the state to see themselves as one, if the purpose of politics and governance is for the benefit of the generality of the people. The Governor, no doubt, needs the cooperation of all and sundry to deliver on his campaign promises.
“We, therefore, call on those fanning the ambers of war, and castigating the Supreme Court judgement to retrace their steps as the concomitant ill wind does anyone good. There is no way we can achieve development in a rancorous, unsecured and war-torn state.
“Delta state must unite for once, because experience in the past is a lesson for us all, both at the intra party and inter party levels”.