Bishop Tongue Lashes Gov. Okowa, Says Administration Is Monumental Failure, Lacks Human Face

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The Founder and General Overseer of Saint Lazarus church of God, Bishop Jonathan Arhavwarien, has tongue lashed Delta state Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa at the last week town hall meeting held in Otu-Jereme, headquarters of Ughelli South local government area of the state, describing governor Okowa’s administration as a monumental failure, lacking human face which has contributed 75% hardship on the people of the state.

The cleric who insisted that governor Okowa is an ethnic based governor with administration without focus and vision, noted that the governor’s comments at the town hall meeting were mere political statements without humanitarian feelings and foundation adding that in no distant future teachers and local government workers would die of hunger and starvation following refusal of the governor to intervene.

“Delta state will be in grave danger if the  Okowa administration continues to sniff out hardship on the  people. The people of Delta state needs stomach infrastructure, NULGE and NUT needs salaries even DESOPADEC staff have not been paid. We understand that 90% of  the country wealth today is rested on oil and gas, with the economic recession many states with their internal generated revenue, IGR,  the people are still feeling the impact of the government unlike Delta state.

In an interview with Newsmen at the town hall meeting, cross section of community youth leaders, asserted that the governor Okowa’s town hall meeting was fruitless, waste of tax payers money and meaningless, saying that all his comments were tinted towards his second term ambition and warned that any attempt by the governor form alliance against the Urhobo come 2019 will be vehemently resisted if he fails retrace his steps.

According to the youth leaders, “Okowa town hall meeting is a mockery of the people of Urhobo nation. Okowa is taking for granted the people of Urhobo ethnic extraction. We don’t need lip services,  Okowa should do the needful and what is expected of him as the governor of Delta state. He should also stop his ethnic based leadership patterns.

“While we are looking for peace, the sensibility of Urhobo people should not be taken for granted , we have been taken for granted for too long in scheme of things.  those we sent to represent us are now raising their eyebrows on us the electorates. It appears that trouble makers, violent and gun carriers gets huge rewards in Delta state. The school of agitations, violence does not belong to any ethnic group but yet the Urhobos the largest ethnic nation in Delta state have no  place of pride  because of their peaceful nature.” the youths stressed.

On his part, a community youth leader and ex-militant who simply identified himself as Gen. Prince Eyeyon berated governor Okowa following what he called weak manner he was handling the incessant attacks and invasion of the Urhobo communities by Fulani herdsmen.

“Killing our able young men, raping our girls and mothers all in courtesy of grazing but yet the state governor, Okowa has not shown any keen interest, rather he sent his thugs to chase away youths protesting in Asaba the killings of our defenceless people by the Fulani herdsmen. The town hall meeting in Ughelli south was meaningless.

“It is akin to a personal visit to the former deputy governor of Delta state, Amos  Utuama. There was no tangible encouraging statement from the governor while addressing issues at hand. We the Urhobos will make our positions known to the governor in no distance time, Okowa should stop playing lip service and stop wasting our resources and pay teachers and council workers their salaries.” Eyeyon said.

HardReporters correspondents at the town hall meeting, reports that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said his administration will not compromise quality education for the youths.

Speaking in a separate town hall meetings for the people of Uvwie and Ughelli South local government areas at the PTI Conference Centre, Effurun and Unity Hall, Otu-Jeremi respectively, Governor Okowa stated that quality education laced with proper skills will prepare the youths to be self sufficient in the future.

According to the Governor, his administration has not compromised quality education, especially, reviving of technical education to ensure that the youths are equipped for future challenges, saying despite the fact that the state boasts of more than 1, 000 primary schools and about 500 secondary schools built by government, most of the communities in the state are still yearning for more.

While assuring the people of Uvwie that the Urhobo College will be renovated, Governor Okowa stated that from 2018, more schools would be built in the state.

“In every local government, there are roads being constructed because, we know the roads are important to the development of our people; we have taken on roads in the first two years, in the coming year, we will take on schools because, Deltans love education. We have fixed three technical colleges that are very functional and we have started to renovate the other three in the state because we know the importance of skill acquisition for the youths.”

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