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Nani Celebrates Delta At 25, Preaches Love

Delta At 25; Nani
Posted: Sep 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

“There is a strong bond of brotherhood in Delta State,’’ Honourable (Barr) John Nani, Honourable Commissioner, Delta State Ministry of Environment.

Honourable Barrister John Obukohwo Nani is a man who has been living a life of service to fellow men for as long as he can recall. According to him, his foray into politics was borne out of the need to magnify the impact he managed to offer to society. An astute business man, administrator, community leader and grassroots politician of repute, Hon. Nani has business interests that cut across construction, hospitality, mining and farming sectors.

Public service, he said, “gives me  joy and fulfilment” adding that his venture into politics started in 2001 when he was elected as the state publicity of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and later appointed into the board of directors of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, a position he held till 2005.

During this period, the astute party man was appointed Chairman, PDP Local Government Areas Project Monitoring Committee from 2003 to 2005; Secretary, Delta State PDP Disciplinary Committee from 2002 to 2004; Secretary, Publicity Committee of PDP Campaign Organisation.

In recognition of his political clout and advocacy for youths development in Nigeria, former Delta State Governor Chief James Ibori appointed him as Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Development in 2006 and later appointed member of Delta Transport Service by His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan. Regarded by his community as highly dependable man who can deliver, Nani was called upon by his people to represent Ethiope West Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly. A post he contested for and won.

As a lawmaker, Nani continued to impact the people of his constituency in more positive ways. A vibrant lawmaker, Nani served as Majority Whip and performed meritoriously as Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Industry; member, House Committees on Finance and Appropriation; Housing; Health and Judiciary.

It was therefore no surprise when Nani was picked by the visionary Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, to join the executive council to drive the administration’s SMART Agenda as the commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Environment.

Nani stated that his utmost priority is to checkmate damages that occur in the flood-prone areas of the state as well as ensure a balance in the ecosystem of Delta State.

“Delta State is a conglomeration of different ethnic groups but there is unity in it as a state. There is a strong bonding of brotherhood among the people. I can authoritatively say that Deltans are industrious people, they believe in hard work and they believe that it is only through hardwork they can achieve success.

“As the name connotes, all the tributaries of the River Niger as it flows into the Delta and enters the sea is where today is called Delta State, there’s hardly any part of Delta that is not a coastal area, that is why most of the time, we experience a lot of flooding. Because Delta state is always among the states that flooding is expected, we are blessed with a proactive Governor who is up to task. He is aware of the devastation that happened in 2012. We are aware that the rains are coming and adequate precautions are being taken to ensure that what happened that time when the flood caught the people unawares does not repeat itself. We are working with relevant agencies ahead of time and we have deployed great resources to also remove the human factor that exacerbates the incidence of flooding in the state.

Also, the people of Delta state has been proactive enough to have taken upon ourselves, as the governor directs, that all canals and natural waterways be opened, there is a massive de-silting of natural water ways and canals which were hitherto blocked by man-made acts of throwing waste into drainage which block the canals, mostly where curvet are constructed across the roads,’’ he said.

Nevertheless, Nani remarked that the ministry has embarked on sensitisation of the threat of floods to citizens living along the coastline to move upland in order to forestall casualties that may occur.

He stated that the state has improvised camps for the internally displaced to settle in for the mean time adding that feeding and medical needs will be taken care of.

Beyond flooding, Delta State happens to be an oil producing state. Nani’s responsibilities as Commissioner for Environment cover issues of pollution. He stated that spillage occurs in Delta State due to the high number of pipelines criss-crossing the state and that not all spillages are caused by third party interference but by inadequate maintenance by the oil companies.

“Originally, spillage occurs due to the chemical component of crude leading to corrosion and damage to pipelines. When these pipelines are allowed to stay longer than necessary, beyond when they are supposed to be changed, the pipes leak and eventually burst open. This leads to air, land and water pollution. These affects our ecosystem and kills off aquatic and plant life. It is a problem in Delta State and the government is tasking the oil companies to be more responsible. We make sure these companies operate according to global best practice. On the other hand, we always advocate against wilful damage to pipelines by vandals. We have made it known that the first casualty of a vandalized pipeline is the community in which the pipes are domiciled. It follows that no matter the grievances you have against the government; you will suffer it primarily before the government suffers it economically. We also use the same avenue to send a plea to the federal government that it is not harassing residents of the communities affected that will yield results. We urge them to come to the negotiating table because two wrongs can never make a right,’’ he said.

 The Commissioner congratulated the good people of Delta state as they celebrate the 25th year of the creation of the state even as he urged them to look inward and reflect on adding more value to themselves as they continue to live in peace and unity