GOVERNOR OKOWA IDENTIFIES RESTRUCTURING AND RESOURCE CONTROL AS A WAY OF ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has identified restructuring and resource control as one of the ways of advancing sustainable socio-economic development of the South-South geopolitical region.
Governor Okowa noted that devolution of power and restructuring was a sure way of addressing the imbalances in country.
The Governor said discriminatory laws that make states with solid minerals to have control over the solid mineral resources was not healthy for the nation, stressing that such discriminatory laws should be amended.
He noted that the South-South region does not have the exclusive right to manage its mineral resources as a result of the laws governing the management of oil mineral resources.
According to him, governors in the South-South region have done well in the utilization of the 13 per cent derivation, emphasizing that with increased revenue, more infrastructural transformation would be recorded in the region.
The Governor said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, his administration was still on course in the execution of projects that had direct bearing on the socio-economic lives of the people.
He disclosed that tackling the issue of flooding in Asaba and Warri was of great concern to him, stressing that contracts have been awarded to address the devastating flood, even as he expressed hope that the contractors would maximize the dry season to tackle the problem.
On Government effort at addressing the challenge at Enerhen junction in Warri, the Governor said that the contractors handling the project has been mobilised to site, stressing that total development of the oil city was of paramount interest to him.
Governor Okowa said that contracts for the first nine technical colleges were at various levels of completion, adding that before the expiration of his administration, every local government area in the state would have one technical college each.