—–as Aniagwu rates Okowa high, says he’s committed to a stronger Delta
By Owho Warri
The Delta State commissioner for information, Mr Charles Aniagwu has stated that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remains resolute and dedicated to building a stronger and United Delta inspite of hiccups of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mr Aniagwu disclosed this on 2nd June 2020, during his visit to the Delta chapter of association of community newspapers publishers of Nigeria (ACNPN).
While soliciting for a stronger ties with the association, he noted that, Okowa administration is determined to give to Deltans a better, stronger and smarter Delta that will benefit all with cohesion that will strengthen the unity of all the ethnic groups in the state.
He informed the association that the state government headed by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa had taken steps to develop the state in the last five years, noting that, a lot of the electoral promises made by the Governor has been fulfilled, stressing that the government can beat their chest because, having x-rayed the performance of the administration, there is need to say that Okowa has surpassed many of the promises made during his electioneering campaign.
While pleading with the association to continue to assist the government in areas of creating awareness and sensitization of the people, he stressed that in the days ahead, the government is counting on the support of the associations because their reports has so far culminated in the rating of Delta State as second in terms of standard of living in the country.
“We have a covenant with the people of Delta State to create jobs, build infrastructure and make life meaningful for our people. We have so far constructed over 400 roads, spanning 1,300 kilometers, with drainages among other infrastructure.
On COVID 19 pandemic, he stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to ” flatten the curve”. He noted that the more the people are able to observe the existing protocols, the better they’re able to exit the pandemic, so that people can go back to their normal life.
“For us to return to our normal life, we need your assistance to enlighten the people because this scourge is real, we will remain focused and not be distracted by any criticism. As at today our total confirmed cases stands at 88; 17 patients have so far been discharged and 8 persons has been lost to the pandemic due to underlying ailments” he noted.
Mr Aniagwu was accompanied by the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and other dignitaries in his Entourage, he used the medium to thank the two associations for their reports and urged them to always cross-check unverified reports, particularly in the social media, to avoid sensationalism and falsehood.
” I want to thank and commend you for the wonderful work you have been doing generally by reporting the activities of government at all times. You have also showcased the numerous activities of the state government. It is not by accident that journalism profession has been regarded as the fourth estate of the realm, because of the role it plays in the development of every nation”he noted.
Finally, while stressing the importance of cooperation, he noted that the Okowa administration will always welcome constructive criticism from any quarters, because Okowa is determined to run a transparent government.
Earlier, his remarks, the ACNPN chairman, Comrade Jude Obiememyego, while welcoming the commissioner and his entourage, he had assured the visitors that the publishers will continue to remain committed to the development of the state because his association had resolved to ensure that only well verified reports from the right source are published by members of the ACNPN. He used the medium to appeal to his colleagues to always seek clarification before making any publication to balance reportage, stressing that ACNPN had always worked hard to ensure government activities are publicised including the current COVID 19 pandemic.