Payment to thugs: Okowa says it’s wrong, shows Omo-Agege’s immaturity
Omon Julius Onabu in Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State advised the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, to be careful in his comments on matters concerning Delta and to refrain from making outlandish and unfair statements. founded just to score cheap political points.
Okowa, who warned the senator representing Delta South about his reckless statements, also chastised other leaders for lying to citizens in the name of politics, including some 2023 election candidates claiming to be endorsed by the Governor Okowa.
The Governor made the remarks yesterday during the first interactive media conference of 2022 at Government House Asaba, while reacting to various allegations by Omo-Agege against his administration, including allegations that the Governor is paying N2bn (two billion naira) to political thugs per month.
Omo-Agege, who recently made the claim at an All Progressives Congress (APC) public function in Agbor in the Ika South local government area of the state, also alleged that the government of Okowa “has received about 800 billion naira in six years with nothing to show for it.
While noting that only the Deputy Speaker of the Senate was able to explain what he meant by “thugs”, Okowa said the government pays its political appointees well under a billion naira a month and s wondered why Omo-Agege often failed to conduct himself. in accordance with his high position instead of unnecessarily denigrating his own state.
He said there should be collaboration with the state government, regardless of political affiliations, instead of non-beneficial politician politics on the part of the senator and his ilk.
Okowa, who denied reports that he hijacked the list of PDP delegates at recent congresses, said: “Our party, the PDP and the people are not violent. So, I don’t know who he (Omo-Agege) was calling thugs.
“I won’t play the kind of politics he tries to play, but we will continue to do the best we can for our people; and I’m glad to hear that many people are saying that we exceeded our projections in many respects.
The governor also denied there was a split within his party, assuring that the PDP and the so-called James Ibori political family were still united.
On why he hasn’t joined the long list of politicians, including former and former governors, jostling for the country’s presidency in 2023, the Delta governor said he doesn’t had not been persuaded by political and personal beliefs to run for office “despite much pressure from different parts of the country” to run.
Okowa said: “I was not made to run for the presidency of the country in the general election of 2023 even though there was a lot of pressure on me to run in different parts of the country. “
Okowa also expressed concern about the rate of vandalism of public infrastructure and equipment, especially in schools. “The issue of vandalism of public infrastructure is of great concern at the moment. I want to appeal to our young people who engage in such acts to refrain from doing so.
“People coming to destroy windows, ceiling and other infrastructure in state government facilities was unacceptable.
“The government can’t monitor every school in the state; there is a need for community leaders and other stakeholders to partner with government to protect public infrastructure,” the governor said.
On the ongoing projects of the Warri/Uvwie and Area Development Agency (WUEDA), the Governor promised to look into what was going on in the agency with a view to ensuring that everything was going well.
While noting that much was being done for the security situation in the Warri and Effurun axis, adding that his administration was doing everything within available resources to deliver the much needed democracy dividends to the citizens of Delta State .
Okowa also justified the establishment of three new state-owned universities in the state, revealing that more than 4,500 students had been offered admission for the current academic year in the new universities, adding that the institutions had helped fill the admissions gap in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor urged reporters around the state to join his administration in continuously preaching peace and raising awareness against the indiscriminate dumping of trash into drainage canals across the state, especially in Asaba and other urban areas in the state.
Earlier in his opening remarks, State Information Commissioner Charles Aniagwu commended state journalists for their general professional disposition, noting that they have been quite “supportive in spreading policies and programs of the Okowa administration, urging them to support the partnership with a view to ensuring good governance in a true democratic spirit for the overall development of Delta State.