One Year Anniversary: DOPF Congratulates Gov  Sheriff Oborevwori, Seeks MORE Democracy Dividends for Deltans

THE Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF), has congratulated the Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori on his first year anniversary as Executive Governor of Delta State.

In a Press statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli and Secretary, Mr. Onitsha Shedrack, DOPF eulogized the governor’s leadership efforts, which it stated has started yielding some noticable achievements, adding that it is only fitting that the Forum acknowledges his efforts and accomplishments.

The statement further expressed “Your dedication to the completion of several projects initiated by the previous government demonstrates your belief that Government is a continuum which underscores the spirit of continuity in governance and respect for ongoing developmental efforts.

“We also acknowledge your efforts in initiating some crucial projects, such as the Warri/Effurun facelift, with the massive contract to Julius Berger Plc, for the construction of three flyovers, cloverleaf, and road expansion legacy project.

“We also appreciate your attention to the educational sector, particularly in the area of budget allocation and bursary payments, which have positively impacted students across the state.

“Your intervention in the Health sector, which has resulted in the upgrading of existing health facilities as well the directive to address the “Japa Syndrome” by your express approval to immediately recruit skilled medical personnel to make up for the depleted number of trained and experienced medical staff who have relocated to other climes, is quite commendable.

“We also applaud your humanitarian attention to social welfare and empowerment, with the tremendous support provided to the indigent, artisans, needy and underprivileged, through the “You Matter Foundation” of the First Lady, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori, D-CARES, and the MORE Grants schemes,which have positively impacted on the lives of hundreds of Deltans.

“The recent ban on scrap metal collectors and Okada riders in specific areas is a very timely initiative which will no doubt contribute greatly to maintaining order, security and safety in our communities.

The statement enumerated several areas it expected Governors Oborevwori to focus and solidify on as he begins the journey into his second year in office to include; “The issues of rising insecurity in rural areas is disturbing as it adversely affects safety and security, food production and the livelihood of our farmers and rural dwellers. Addressing this insecurity is paramount to ensuring that Delta State remains a hub of agricultural productivity.

“The debilitating situation of Power/Electricity, especially in the capital city and environs, has become a worrisome index that cast a dark pall over the state. Our state is quite capable of providing reliable and sustainable electricity supply by taking advantage of the new legislation on power generation and distribution which has liberalized the process made this initiative very achievable.

“This will go a long way in solving the power challenges in the state and we urge you to take decisive steps to improve the power supply across the state, which will enable entrepreneurs, especially in the Small and Medium scale endeavours to thrive.

“While we acknowledge your efforts in rehabilitating and maintaining roads in the state, we have also observed the alarming situation that the capital city has become overcrowded and suffocating, with the influx of migratory populations searching for greener pastures.

“We therefore urge your administration to seriously consider the option of opening up more habitation spaces in the environs around capital territory by establishing some government presence, as well as promoting and encouraging private, public partnership in various attractive entrepreneurial ventures that will further develop new towns and cities, reducing the stress in existing urban areas and transforming these areas into existential hubs that will decongest the Capital city considerably.

“We also urge your government to consider blue rail construction, to connect the major cities in the State. And connect to semi- Urban and rural areas. This will help lift some of our agricultural produce, and help avoid loss. The blue rail infrastructure will also help reduce transportation challenges, as it will not only increase connectivity challenges in the state, but also provide economic growth rate and employment opportunities.

Going further, the statement added; “We also wish to put on record that it is also essential for your administration to maintain an open and cordial relationship with the media community in the state, especially the Online Publishers community where DOPF commands the largest group of online platforms and has been a solid partner in progress with every administration in the state.

It also stated that “Transparency and effective communication with the media will foster a more informed and engaged populace.

“Lastly, we look forward to seeing a comprehensive roadmap for the state’s economic policy that will drive the M.O.R.E Agenda of your administration to maximal accomplishments. Such a roadmap will provide a clear vision for Delta State’s future growth and development. The DOPF is eager to see and appraise any form of Economic Development Plan for this State and it will quite desirable and commendable even to suggest that your administration should, as a matter of genuine concern and importance, explore immediate possibility of putting together, the First Economic and Infrastructure Development Plan for the State for a period of 25-50 years, which will span your administration, provide ample opportunity for the delivery of the brilliant MORE Agenda and establish a workable and functional platform for your successors, even as it added “We believe that with continued dedication and proactive measures, Delta State will achieve greater heights and Deltans will enjoy MORE dividends of democracy under your leadership.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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