– Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has revealed the secret behind the successes of his administration in Delta state
– Speaking to select journalists in the state capital, Asaba, Governor Okowa said his administration has exhibited fiscal discipline
– The governor also stated that government projects in the state are executed on time in order to save costs
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said adherence to fiscal discipline and superior planning accounted for the successes recorded by his administration in the state in the last six years.
Okowa stated this in an interview with select journalists in Asaba on Saturday, May 29 as part of activities to mark the 6th year anniversary of his administration.
The governor said his administration’s success during the period was borne out of greater coordination in administration and superior thought-process.
He recalled that prior to his administration, the state’s budget hovered around the N400 billion mark, with naira exchanging at N180 to a dollar as against the current budget of the state being in the N300 billion mark, with an exchange rate at N492 to a dollar.
Okowa said that following the devaluation of the naira over the years, there was less value the naira could impact on projects.
He, however, attributed early passage and implementation of the state’s budget as part of the drivers for his administration’s success story.
“We also monitored the seasons and acted by the seasons and that helped us a lot. We ensured that our budgets are passed on time and implemented on time.”
On the remaining two years in his tenure, Okowa assured Deltans of his continued drive to work till the last day to provide a stronger Delta.
Okowa also assured that his administration would continue to stay on course in areas in health, agriculture, education.
Recall that Governor Okowa, on Wednesday, May 26 said Nigeria needed a new constitution, and not an amendment to accommodate emerging issues of good governance and greater interest of Nigerians.
Okowa stated this when he received on a courtesy visit, the Senate sub-committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution led by Senator James Manager at Government House, Asaba.
He said that a new constitution for the country had become imperative in view of observed lacunas in the 1999 constitution.
In a related development, Governor Okowa recently said that for Nigeria to truly develop as a nation, there must be a partnership between government and the people, predicated on equity, fairness, and justice.
The governor stated this at a state banquet in honour of retiring chief judge of Delta state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, on Saturday night, May 22 in Government House, Asaba.
He said that in such partnership, consideration of equity and rights of all was paramount and that the people must be treated fairly and equitably in all dealings.