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DSCTA Bill Not Against Govt House, Warri –Okowa

Posted: Jun 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

DELTA State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has dismissed fears in certain quarters that the Delta State Capital Territory Agency Development Bill (DSCTA), passed recently by the state House of Assembly was designed to abandon the existing Government House Annex, Warri.

The Bill, which was passed last Thursday, May 4, had elicited reactions, especially in the social media, that it was meant to undermine the status of the Government House Annex and Warri, the commercial nerve centre of the oil rich state.

According to a release issued by Jackson Ekwugum, Manager, Communications, Government House, Asaba, the Bill was meant to address the peculiar infrastructure and environmental challenges of the state capital territory without prejudice to the functions of the Government House Annex in Warri, or the status of Warri.

The statement described the insinuations as a calculated attempt by political war mongers who were bent on spreading falsehood and cheap blackmail to  cause disaffection in the State and called on Deltans to ignore the insinuations.

“The functions of DSCTDA, among other is to formulate policies and guidelines for the development of the state capital territory; conceive, plan, and implement, in accordance with the set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of the state capital territory; and prepare master plans and schemes designed to promote the physical development of the state capital territory, as well as tackle ecological and environmental problems,” the release said.

It reminded Deltans that the initiative is consistent with attempts by governments all over the world to create strategic intervention agencies a to tackle urgent developmental requirements.

“In Nigeria, for instance, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) was established by law to undertake the infrastructure development of the Federal Capital City, while the supervising ministry, the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, is concerned with the administration and management of the territory,” it said.

“The Government House Annex in Warri will continue to function as it had always been under previous administrations.

“The mandate the governor received is a pan-Delta one, and he remains irrevocably committed to the development of every part of the state by running an all-inclusive government that will foster prosperity and promote unity among the various ethnic nationalities.