The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged the media to guarantee sustainable democracy by partnering with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure credible elections that will be acceptable to Nigerians.
The governor gave the challenge on Tuesday in Asaba when the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers Limited, Mr. Ade Ogidan, presented a letter of nomination as the newspaper’s “Governor of the year, 2018 award” to him.
According to the governor, “this is the right time for the press to be the voice of Nigeria, the voice of the people and guarantee a sustainable democracy which is important for our nation to be reckoned with in the comity of nations; it is my hope that the press will partner with INEC and ensure a free, fair, credible elections that will be acceptable by the people and boost the confidence of the international community.”
The governor described the award as a recognition of what his administration had been doing in conjunction with the people of Delta to make the state better.
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“It is a thing of joy that you have found me worthy to receive the Governor of the Year, 2018 award; it is not just an award for me because, whatever that we are doing, it is in partnership with our people; it is not just possible for us to excel without the people, we had town hall meetings and at different interactive sessions, they tell us about their needs and with the members of the executive council, we set out to deliver the needs of the people,” Governor Okowa said.
He added: “We thank Deltans for their cooperation and partnership for the past three years plus, looking back at the successes we have recorded, we need to give the glory to God.”
The governor who described the people of the state as wonderful and accommodating people to work with, disclosed that several roads had been constructed by his administration, including in the difficult terrain of the creeks because of the cooperation of the people.
He added that more than 400, 000 persons had enrolled in the contributory health insurance scheme despite the fact that it was a novel programme in the country.
“We are doing a lot and our people are cooperating with us, we thank God for what we have been able to achieve as a state and as a government, we will continue to partner with the media in delivering on electoral promises,” Governor Okowa said at the occasion which was witnessed by members of the state executive council.
Mr Ogidan said Governor Okowa was nominated for the media award because of the delivery of good governance by his administration which had impacted on the state and the nation.