Deface Our Environment And Be Prosecuted, Uduaghan Warns Politicians
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, May 04, (THEWILL) â€' Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has warned politicians against defacing the environment with posters and billboards.
Governor Uduaghan declared that his administration will not waver in its commitment towards having a clean Delta State and as such any political office seeker who indiscriminately pastes posters and mount billboards will be prosecuted.
Dr. Uduaghan, who handed down the warning at a thanksgiving service to mark the 27th coronation anniversary of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II (CON), on Sunday stressed that issues concerning the cleanliness of the environment must be properly regulated.
'We are also looking at those who deface our environment with posters and billboards, we shall soon start prosecuting those who deface our public places with posters,' the Governor said, adding, 'you don't win election with posters, if you are popular, you don't even need posters to win in an election. '
He reiterated that the removal of illegal structures is a continuous process in all parts of Delta State, warning that anybody who re-erects illegal structures after their removal would also face prosecution.
The Governor appealed to highly placed politicians and personalities to avoid pleading for anybody who is facing prosecution for engaging in acts of lawlessness as such persons also risk sanctions.
While reiterating the determination of the state government to rid Warri and its environs of filth, he said, 'in short, every part of Delta State must be clean because a dirty environment reflects a dirty home'.
The Governor urged those who were negatively affected by the removal of illegal structures to accept it in good faith and see their fortune as sacrifice towards having a better Delta State where things are done right.
He used the occasion to call on Deltans to paint their houses, stating that those who have fenced undeveloped land should also paint the fence of the lands or forfeit them to government.
Dr. Uduaghan congratulated the Olu on his 27 years on the throne, assuring that Itsekiri people will continue to live in peace with their neighbours and remain in the mainstream politics of the country.
Revd. Edward Gbaiye, of Foursquare Gospel Church, in his sermon, commended the Olu for being a good Christian and urged Christians to always have faith in God.
The thanksgiving service was attended by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, traditional rulers from different parts of the country, renowned politicians, captains of industries, among others.