The Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts, Hon Anthony Emeka Elekeokwuri has called for greater support to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as he strives to make Delta a better place.
Hon Elekeokwuri who represents Ika North East Constituency in the House in an interview with newsmen in Asaba, said no sector of the state economy has been neglected by the Okowa’s administration.
The Lawmaker described Okowa as a Governor that believes in the people, stressing that there is no local government area or constituency in the state that is not witnessing more than two ongoing projects by the administration.
Hon Elekeokwuri said even during the economic recession, the government navigated through the trying times without much impact on human capital and infrastructural development of the state.
He attributed the success story to the prudent management of resources in the state, noting that in the Governor’s effort to creating a much more better Delta State, he has built legacies that would outlived generations.
According to Hon Elekeokwuri, the several finance related bills introduced by the administration had helped in no small measure to shore up the revenue of the state, stressing that the Audit bill, the public procurement bill, the fiscal responsibility bill, and the consolidated revenue bill, amongst others, had help to block loopholes and mend lapses in the expenditures and revenue generation in the state.
He expressed optimism that the state will witness more development with increased revenue, even as he advocated for constitutional review that would relieve the federal government from some of the items in the exclusive list.
Hon Elekeokwuri explained that items in the exclusive list are too bulky for the federal government to effectively manage, maintaining that the Oil and Gas sector was not being harnessed the way it should if being handled by states.
The Lawmaker said to move forward, window of opportunities should be open by allowing states harness their resources and pay tax to the federal government in line with the tenets of true federalism.
He said Delta State has much to offer in terms of human and natural resources, but the problem has been the right and powers to harness those resources at the level of law in such a way and manner not to be taken to court for violating the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On the Covid-19 pandemic, Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri charged Deltans to be committed in the fight against it spread and help make sure that the virus disappears from the state.
He stated that Delta State must be safe and healthy for the economy to grow and for all round development to strive in the state.
The Lawmaker assured of the resolve of the state legislature to sustaining harmonious relationship with the Executive to achieving enhanced good governance in the state.