By Omonode Best
As Deltans join other Nigerians to celebrate “Democracy Day” on June 12, the state Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with citizens and commended them for their support and contributions to the growth and development of the state.
In a message to the people, Okowa said that June 12 was set aside as Democracy Day in Nigeria in commemoration of the freest and fair election in the history of the country and to also remember the sacrifices of our heroes past.
He lauded Deltans for their commitment and cooperation with the state government in the execution of its agenda, particularly the flagship – the Stronger Delta target.
In the message contained in a statement by Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, his Chief Press Secretary, the governor noted that 2020 Democracy Day was being celebrated in a peculiar atmosphere of sobriety engendered by the prevailing COVID-19, which had jolted the world.
He urged Deltans and Nigerians to imbibe and internalize the new culture of personal hygiene, including the use of face mask and observance of physical-distancing while interacting in public and appealed to them to support the government in sensitizing residents, especially at the grassroots, to all matters surrounding the pandemic.
He said that despite the impact of the COVID-19 in the country, his administration was committed to delivering on its Stronger Delta mantra, assuring that better days were still ahead for the people.
“To sustain the execution of these projects this critical period, we have revised our budget in such a way that we can get maximum value for our people despite the effects of the pandemic on our finances.
As a government, whose policies and programmes are stoutly predicated on democratic principles, we will continue to run our activities along those lines – providing citizens with deserving dividends for the attainment of prosperity for all Deltans, maintaining the momentum of our infrastructural development of the state in all facets and sustaining the drive for the actualisation of a Stronger Delta.