7 January 2013

Nigeria: Delta Committed to Revamping Ailing Industries, Says Ogeah

The Delta State Government has intensified efforts towards revamping the ailing industries so as to create employment for the people of the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, who stated this in Asaba at the weekend while briefing journalists on the activities of the Economic Advisory Team, emphasised that power supply was very important in the realisation of a robust economy for the state, particularly in the area of reactivating the ailing industries Ogeah maintained that the Economic Advisory Team had been mandated to drive all the developmental agenda of the state government, adding that its target was to ensure infrastructural deficit, tackle unemployment through job creation for the youths, secure local investment climate in the state as well as curb corruption among others.

He said that ICT would be used as a driving force towards actualising the numerous targets of the team.

Ogeah reiterated that the state was endowed with other means of generating revenue outside oil, saying that the 13 per cent oil derivation had been utilised to achieve its purpose, just as he restated that the ICT Park was an integral part of Delta beyond Oil.

The commissioner, who stated that all projects, embarked upon by the state government would be completed in due course, highlighted some of the approved made by the State Executive Council recently to include the establishment of integrated solar waste management facilities to be sited in Asaba and Warri, construction of a swimming pool at the Effurun Garden Park and purchase of properties for the National Open University among few others.

While commending the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for his administration's determination to reposition sports in the state, Ogeah said that some of the victorious Team Delta at just concluded Eko 2012, who had been honoured with some cash rewards for achieving such a glorious feat would also be given scholarship and employment by the Uduaghan-led administration.

Gloating over the success of Team Delta in the just concluded 17th edition of the National Sports Festival, Ogeah said the setting up of a Sports Commission by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was the masterstroke that is making the state to succeed in sporting activities.

According to him, the governor scrapped the Ministry of Sports and forwarded an executive bill to the state House of Assembly for the establishment of a Sports Commission whose term of office would be tenured.

He said because the commission has a specified period as stipulated by law, the chairman and members of the commission would have the opportunity of making short, medium and long term plans for the growth of sports.

"The governor in his own wisdom took a bill to the House to establish the Sports Commission that would a have a specified period to stay in office before the board is dissolved.

"Sport is such a sensitive sector and as such the political head of sports should not be subjected to the rigours of cabinet change every now and then. The cabinet can be dissolved at the pleasure of the governor but he does that to the commission, he has legal issues to contend with," he explained.

The commissioner urged the Federal Government and other state governments to borrow a leaf from what the state has done to revitalise sports if they wish to dethrone Delta as the number sports state in the country.

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