The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed the hope that in the New Year, his government will do more with the support of the people of the state.
This is as he called on the people to remain united to the cause of development irrespective of their religious or political affiliations.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, expressed the hope as he rejoiced with the people of the state on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, 2019.
He expressed gratitude to God for the grace granted Delta and its citizens in 2018.
Praying for the unity and peace in the state, which, he noted “is the bedrock of meaningful development in any given society,” he expressed the hope that 2019 will be a year of fulfilling a greater and stronger Delta.
He said: “Given our success story in the past three and half years in office, I have no doubt that with the same level of cooperation from the good people of Delta State, our government will achieve more in all facets of governance.
“Our optimism is driven by the support we enjoy from our youths, leaders, the legislature, the judiciary, the civil service, my team of political appointees, agencies of government, both at the federal and the state levels, as well multilateral donor agencies.”
Governor Okowa noted that, “as one of the first states to sign the 2019 budget, our government was prepared for the task of governance and provision of key infrastructure which made us to hit the ground running from day one.”
He added: “I must emphasise that the consistent early passage of our state budget has given me and indeed the state the advantage of early starters, both in the appreciation of what Deltans expect from their government and in the development of solutions to meet such expectations”.
The governor stressed that despite shortfall in revenue projections, his administration would continue to ensure that the developmental needs of the state were attended to by applying the level of prudence and ingenuity that the present challenges demand.
He appealed to the people of the state to look up to the New Year with the same zeal of a people with a capacity to excel even in difficult situations.
He noted that “Delta people have always been identified for their creativity.”
The governor said on behalf of his family and the state government he wished the people of Delta a peaceful, more prosperous and a stronger Delta in the New Year.