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Why Delta State is peaceful — Okowa •Challenges women to contest for elective positions

By News Express on 22/09/2018

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Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has ascribed the peace being enjoyed in the state to the cooperation between security agencies.

While describing Delta State as peaceful and investor’s haven, Governor Okowa stated that the peace would be consolidated as the people continue to reap the benefits of democracy.

The governor spoke Friday when the Flag Officer Commanding, Nigeria Naval Logistic Command, Oghara, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State, Rear Admiral Uchenna Onyia paid him a courtesy visit at Asaba.

According to Okowa, “We are very much aware of the roles you (Nigerian Navy) are playing in securing our waterways, we appreciate you.

“Relatively, Delta State is peaceful, a lot of investors are coming and we will continue to consolidate and build on the existing peace, through our different programmes, more persons are getting employed and with such employment, threats to security will continue to reduce in our state.”

While assuring the Navy of his administration’s commitment to pay compensations on government acquired land where such was needed, Governor Okowa congratulated the Flag Officer Commanding on his posting to Delta State, saying: “We have no doubt that you will find Delta State interesting to work in.”

Earlier, Rear Admiral Onyia told the governor that he was recently posted to Delta State and was in Asaba to introduce himself to the governor.

He commended Governor Okowa for his administration’s assistance to security agencies which has facilitated their work.

In another development, Governor Okowa has urged women to be bold in contesting for elective positions in the country. He made the call yesterday in Asaba when the National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hajia Mariya Waziri, led some officials of the party to pay him a courtesy call.

According to Governor Okowa, “as we work hard to support women to elective positions, I believe that they also need to stand up and work hard for themselves.”

“It is very important that the women work for themselves too because, when it comes to elective positions, it is not easy to decree that women should emerge, especially when we want a free and fair election which has always been my belief,” he said.

He continued, “I believe that the women are strong enough to support themselves as long as they are able to take up the challenges in the electioneering period.”

Governor Okowa thanked the Woman Leader for recognizing the roles his administration was playing to ensure 35 per cent affirmative action for women, especially in appointive positions, assuring that the women deserve to contest for positions like their male counterparts rather than wait to receive only positions zoned to them.

Earlier, Hajia Waziri had told the governor that they were on sensitization visit for women to be granted more opportunities in elective positions in the 2019 general elections.

She commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment to the empowerment of women, noting that while a lot of women were appointed into positions, most of them won during the local government elections and some are also, serving different constituencies in the Delta State House of Assembly and the National Assembly.

Photo Bripin Enarusai shows Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (on red hat) his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro (6th left), Flag Officer Commanding, Nigerian Navy Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Uchenna Onyia (7th right), his entourage, during a courtesy call by the Flag Officer to the Governor in Asaba

Source News Express

Posted 22/09/2018 04:53:32 AM

 

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