Governor Uduaghan promises New Dawn for Deltans
As Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan took his oath of Office for the 2nd term, he has promised the people of the state a new dawn that will usher in prosperity, accelerated development and massive youth employment.
Dr. Uduaghan said he would leave a lasting legacy in the state especially his foot prints on the sand of time and provide the much needed dividends of democracy for the people.
He promised to strengthen his three point agenda by concentrating on infrastructure, improving health care delivery, building and rehabilitating schools as well as creating the forum for industrial growth.
The governor noted that the vision of his administration has always been to make Delta State the economic hub of the nation saying “ As a government determined to uplift his people, we will strengthen our programmes this 2nd term to benefit Deltans greatly.
Dr. Uduaghan explained that in pursurance of the industrialization growth of the state, the state government has signed a 10 billion dollar Memorandum of understanding with investors from Saudi-Arabian and lndian to build a petrochemical plant in Delta State.
He also disclosed that the federal government has approved the feasibility study for a gas central processing facility in the state adding that when functional the investments would help improve the economic life of Deltans.
The governor who disclosed that his new cabinet would be composed of selfless, hard working and committed Deltans said the new team would have the capacity to turn the hand of history in favour of Deltans.
Dr. Uduaghan therefore, solicited the cooperation of Deltans in the struggle to improve their standard of living even as he remarked that in such struggles there where bound to be challenges.
“ To achieve this, l need your constant cooperation, support, prayers. Let us together create a new spirit of unity and trust in order to strengthen our democracy that we have collectively embraced.”
Reflecting on his 1st term in office he outlined some of the achievements recorded to include: free maternal health care, free under 5 children health care service, highly subsidized public transport scheme and payment of all internal and external examination fees in primary and secondary schools.
He also disclosed that his administration awarded multiple bursary and scholarship scheme as well as automatic post graduate scholarship for 1st class students to study abroad.
Amidst ovation from the crowd he said 85,000 people benefitted from the Micro-credit scheme even as he said that youth agriculture program re directed the energy of the youths into meaningful ventures.
Extending hands of fellowship to political opponents, he described the result of April 2011 election as no victor no vanquish and invited the political opponents to join hands with him to set a new road map of development in the state.
The inauguration ceremony which was heralded by an inter-denominational church service set a new spiritual tone for Dr. Uduaghan.
In his sermon a cleric, Dr. Rev. Solomon Ishola admonished the governor not to appoint undesirable elements into his government.
He enjoined him to weed out all undesirable elements especially those who performed below expectation and appoint men of intergrity who have unquestionable charcter.
“ You need to weed out undesirable elements in this government, you need to dam the consequencies and do something great for God by serving Deltans better. Be focused.”
Highlight of the inauguration ceremony was the taking of oath of office by the governor, Dr. Uduaghan and his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN)