Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday, charged political appointees in the state to be fair, equitable and shun nepotism in the discharge of their duties.
The Governor, who gave the charge in Asaba while swearing in Chief Godwin Ogadi and Barrister Andrew Osawota as Special Advisers, said the new appointments were necessary to keep the wheel of governance running smoothly and to ensure that his administration had a formidable team to build on its stronger Delta vision.
He charged the appointees to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and work selflessly for the good governance and development of the state.
Okowa said even In the face of the most challenging moment in contemporary history, his administration had resolved to continue to do the needful to keep the wheel of governance running smoothly.
The Governor expressed confidence that his administration would benefit from the vast knowledge, maturity and political experience of the new appointees, stressing that as experts in their respective fields, they were expected to give sound and practical advice that would ensure a Stronger Delta standing on the tripod of Prosperity, Peace and Progress.
He urged the new Special Advisers to make fairness and equity their watchwords in the discharge of their duties, adding that though public servants were constantly under the pressure to give preferential treatment to their kith and kin, they must guard against such nepotistic considerations.
Okowa said while the appointees were expected to be very active and contribute meaningfully to the development of their immediate constituencies, they should also realise that they owed the people of Delta state obligation, irrespective of their ethnic nationality, party affiliation, socio-economic status, or educational background.
The Governor expressed confidence that the Special Advisers would justify the confidence reposed in them by their appointment.
Chief Osawota, who responded on behalf of the new Advisers, thanked the Governor for considering them worthy to be part of the team to build a stronger Delta State, with a promise that they would not fail in their duties.