One event in recent times that eloquently explains the age-long saying that: if a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten part to his door, is the description of the visit to the Executive Governor of Delta State by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
Hadi Sirika, had during the inspection of the Asaba International Airport recently declared that; “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is always a very serious-minded person, very focused, principled and always committed to doing the right thing, I have been informed of how he ensured transparency in the concessions of the Asaba airport. Some of his friends bid for the airport and lost, and in the interest of his people, he did not interfere and did not care whether his friends lost but what he wanted was quality and the right people to run the airport and I think this is what will help our nation”.
Instructively, there are obvious reasons why this development forms our editorial comment.
First and most fundamental, as we all know, we are in a country where every issue concerning an individual, tribe or group is judged along political lines. So, for Hadi Sirika, though a Federal Minister but a member of the opposition political party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) to use these kind words for the Governor is a sign that Okowa is a genuine leader that is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.
Also, such a vote of confidence given to the Governor by a highly placed Nigerian, Hadi Sirika confirms what has been on the minds of many people.
The truth they say, speaks for itself. ‘Okowa’s performance has fully proved an enduring underpinning that governance is a continuum. Instead of chasing shadows in the name of probe, investigation and heaping blames on previous administrations, Okowa has chosen to hit the ground running. Equally encouraging under Okowa’s administration is the ability to house all government agencies and parastatals under one roof at the State Secretariat. This has not only saved the government’s huge revenue on rents but also allowed quick attention to the business of governance’
Truly, the present administration has done so well in developing the state infrastructurally and in human capital development. SEE ALSO: CORRECTING THE FAULTY LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
However, as we celebrate this feat, it is also important to remind the Governor that the largest room known to mankind is; the room for improvement.
As a news media that interfaces with Deltans at the grassroots, it is our observation that more work needs to be done and more reforms still need to be made in order to provide fully a people-purposed leadership.
BY JEROME -MARIO UTOMI