Delta state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has called on the Federal Government not to spare anybody found guilty in the on-going probe of the remote cause of the ill-fated Dana plane which crashed and killed over 153 passengers on board as well as occupants of the building it plunged into in Lagos.
Uduaghan said those found to have compromised their positions should be punished severely to serve as a deterrent to others as well as a guide against future occurrence.
The Governor who sympathized with the families of those who lost their lives in the Dana Aircraft disaster appealed to the Federal Government to take the report of the panel set up to investigate the incident seriously.
His words: “I am happy about the panel set up to investigate this disaster. I urge the Federal government to punish those found wanting. The President should not treat this issue with kid-glove.”
Governor Uduaghan, who gave the charge while addressing the staff and management of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) in Asaba on Thursday, said the media should set agenda on issues that would unite the state and charged media practitioners in the state to be creative by designing programmes that would sell the policies and programmes of the state government to the grassroots.
He enjoined the media to critically analyse issues and create more programmes that would inform Deltans of the achievements of his administration especially on people oriented programmes.
The Governor who promised to improve facilities at the state-owned media houses especially the broadcast outfits, to enable them compete favourably in the country, enjoined the staff DBS to use the new equipment in the station to demonstrate their professional competence.
He further announced the plan of his administration to use agriculture to diversify the state’s economy and promised to mobilize stakeholders in the sector to design a road map for a successful programme.
“I am going to hold a town hall meeting on Agriculture so that all Deltans will farm. We should all farm whether for subsistence farming or for commercial purpose”.
He also said that the state government would use agriculture to create opportunities for the youths and enjoined Deltans to identify with the programme, just as he expressed support for the reforms going on in the energy sector which he said would encourage the participation of private investors to boost power supply across the country.
He urged the Federal government not to relax in its determination but should instead intensify efforts in the on-going reforms in the energy sector to guarantee uninterrupted supply of electricity.
He recalled the development in the communication industry and how Nigerians were presently enjoying the use of GSM noting that the Federal government was on the right track and would yield positive dividend in no distant time.
In his welcome remarks the Acting General Manager of the station Mr. Austin Mowah said the installation of new the equipment in the station has tasked the appetite of the staff to be resourceful and enterprising.
Mowah assured the Governor that the staff would improve on their performance especially in publicizing the programmes of the state government.
Also, the Commissioner for Information Barrister Chike Ogeah in his speech said there were limitless possibilities in the state over investment opportunities.
Ogeah explained that the state government has invested heavily on both DBS Asaba and Warri and assured the Governor that the station would continue to publicize the programmes and policies of the state government.
He however enjoined Deltans to guard their utterances so that they do not scuttle the peace initiative the Governor had laboured to build.