The Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts, Honourable Anthony Emeka Elekeokuri, has called for increased support to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as he strives for a Stronger Delta.
Elekeokuri, who represents the Ika north east constituency in the House in an interview with newsmen in Asaba, noted that every sector of the state’s economy had felt the impact of the Okowa administration, adding that there was no local government area or constituency in the state without at least two projects to show.
He said even during the economic recession, the Okowa administration navigated through the trying times without much impact on human capital and infrastructural development of the state, attributing the success story to the prudent management of the state’s resources.
The legislator said Okowa, in his quest for a Stronger Delta, had built legacies that would outlive his administration, stressing that the several finance related bills introduced by the administration had helped to shore up the revenue of the state, while the Audit bill, the Public Procurement bill, the Fiscal Responsibility bill, and the Consolidated Revenue bill, among others, had helped to block loopholes and address lapses in the state’s financial system.
Elekeokuri expressed optimism that the state would witness more development with increased revenue, and advocated a constitutional review that would relieve the federal government of some of the items in the exclusive list, particularly the control of the Oil and Gas sector.
He said Delta State had a lot to offer in terms of human and natural resources, but the problem had been the right and powers to harness the resources without offending the law of the land and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On the Covid 19 pandemic, Elekeokuri charged Deltans to be more committed to the fight against its spread, emphasizing that Delta must be safe and healthy for the economy to grow and for all round development to thrive in the state.
The Lawmaker assured of the resolve of the state legislature to sustain the existing harmonious relationship with the Executive to enhance good governance in the state.