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Delta State In Lull As Funds Hinder Activities, Transition Process  

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 8:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba


Government activities in Delta State has slowed down owing to the transition process anchored by the Transition Committees set up separately by the Governor-elect, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, as their activities are allegedly hindered by lack of funds

The Governor’s Committee is chaired by Comrade Ovuozorie Macaauley, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, while that of Senator Okowa is chaired by Prof Sam Oyovbaire, a former Minister for Information.

Though unlike Rivers and other states where there are rancor over the handover process, Delta has not experienced any except that members of both committees are complaining of lack of fund to work.

Aside the transition process, government activities are generally down in the state due to dwindling resources, which have paralised activities in all the ministries.

Governor Uduaghan was even reported to have advised his transition committee to devise ways of reducing the huge wage bill vis-à-vis dwindling resources in the state.

Also, the decision of the three-man Delta State Governorship Election Tribunal Chaired by  Justice Nasiru Gumi to uphold separate applications by the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, O’tega Emerhor and Labour Party, LP, Great Ogboru, in the suits challenging Delta Governor-elect, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s victory in the Delta State governorship election is rattling the political atmosphere.

Counsel to the APC, Joseph Omonose, had in an ex-parte application prayed the tribunal to order substituted service of the petition and other processes on the 1st and 2nd respondents at the residence of the Governor-elect at Owa-Oyibu,Ika North-East L.G.A or at No 1 Core Area,Asaba.

Meanwhile, at the grassroots, activities at Council secretariat of 21 Local Government Areas in the state have been under lock and keys since Monday. They were grounded as workers commenced an indefinite strike action to protest the non-payment of their salaries in the past four months.

According to the president of NULGE, Comrade David Ofoeyeno, 21 out of the 25 councils in the state have defaulted in the payment of salaries to workers for over four months. He said the non-payment of salaries has brought untold hardship to council employees, insisting that if the backlog of salaries were not paid, the councils would remain shut.