Delta state former Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), and now Director General, Warri Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA), Ovuozourie Macaulay, has finally broken his silence on the recent rumours milling around town, that he was fighting tooth and nail to be appointed the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission, (DESOPADEC).
Macaulay, former labour and NUJ leader in the state, made it clear that he never at any given time fought for the office of Managing Director of DESOPADEC as it was been rumoured by some mischief makers in the state.
Speaking on Sunday, during a Thanksgiving Service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area of the state by Isoko Patriotic Front (IPF) to celebrate his appointment as the WUEDA, DG, noted that he has never fought for any position he has occupied in the past.
“Those who thought I fought for the office of the MD DESOPADEC, are wrong. I did not fight for it. I did not discuss it with the governor. I don’t fight for positions. From commissioner to SSG, I never fought for them. I believed I had done my part, it behoves on God through the governor to give me what I deserve.”
Macaulay, while calling for the continued support of Deltans for government and leadership, posited that bureaucratic portholes in public service call for determination and diligence in achieving success, stressing that, public service is an unending battle to enshrine the values of development on society, “sadly that interests and wanton continue to militate results.”
WUEDA, DG, used the opportunity to commend the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for finding him worthy to be part of his cabinet with an assurance of doing what it takes to deliver on his mandate.
“When I was appointed as commissioner, peace and conflict resolution to resolve the Warri crisis, I was branded a ‘gbeghe’ commissioner. From Warri, I rose to become the Secretary to State Government. Today, I am back in Warri to develop it. Again they are saying I went there to plant flowers.
“It is good. I know Warri again will be a stepping stone. This is the second time IPF is holding a thanksgiving for me. Words are not enough for me to thank God. God has been most fateful. My early life was not rosy. Only God has sustained me. I give God the glory.”
Also speaking at the reception ceremony, Joe Arausi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDD), commended the group for the effort adding that however, there is need for Isokos to consider Macaulay for a higher leadership role, judging by his precedence.
Earlier, IPF chairman and special assistant to the governor, Daniel Tutumor, disclosed that the Thanksgiving was necessary to appreciate God for disappointing those who plotted the downfall of their Grand Patron, Ovuozourie Macaulay.