Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Delta State Chapter, Mr. Itiako Constantine Ikpokpo (Malik) has applauded governor Ifeanyi Okowa for what he called giant strides recorded so far by his administration despite the economic crunch that has bedeviled the country.
Ikpokpo, who is also the chairman of Isoko South Local Government Area of the State, observed that the governor has shown great capacity in the management of the affairs and resources of the state, adding that “His development is not on the media, his development is on the ground”, positing that if there was oil boom, the governor would have done far better than what
is currently on ground.
The state ALGON boss who made this assertion during an exclusive interview with a HardReporters correspondent during
governor Okowa’s inspection of the Issele-Uku leather work factory as part of activities marking the governor’s two years anniversary.
“looking at the funds available, I think that he has been able to do certain things right and he is on the right track and am sure by the grace of God as we go forward and move deeper into the administration, a
lot of progress will be made”, he said.
Ikpokpo while also pouring encomiums on his Aniocha South local government counterpart, Mr. Isaac Anwuzia, for building a 14 room administrative block in the council, described Anwuzia as a good manager of resources.
“I am sure that you are also aware that
been an executive manager of human, you are not only to pay salaries and so you must satisfy every sector of the economy”.
The ALGON state chairman, however lamented that though it was painful that salaries are not been paid at the third tiers of government, saying, “It is also important
that the other beneficiaries of administration in the local government
should have an office to work. For me, it is a good thing”, pointing out that the dividends of democracy should reach the people.
“Other people are emulating it actually; that we are not coming to commission projects does not mean other people are not doing it. It has happened in Oshimili South, it is happening in Isoko South. So, for me, it just shows that there is managerial capacity in
Aniocha South and we thank God for it”.
Ikpokpo called on Deltans to be more patient with the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) led government in the state even as he identified that Deltans have a role to play in the developmental process while imploring them to pray for the administration to succeed.
“I think they owe this administration prayer because God answers prayers. We are in very difficult times as a state, though challenging but God answers prayers and I ask Deltans for their prayers
continuously.” he said.