The Commissioner for Economic Planning in Delta State, Dr Kingsley Emu has said power rotation has come to stay in Delta, as a result of its huge benefits to the three senatorial districts.
Emu, an Harvard University Scholar, made the disclosure while addressing participants at a three day workshop on Strategic Political Communication In Governance, organised by the Office of the Executive Assistant to Delta State governor on Communications in collaboration with the office of the secretary to Delta State Government in Asaba.
He noted that power rotation in the state had enhanced peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic nationalities, adding that it was important for information, media and communication persons in government to key into the rotation policy for a stronger Delta.
“It is important for participants at this workshop to understand the gains of power rotation in the state; as it has helped previous governments and the Okowa administration in peace building, socioeconomic and infrastructural development in the three senatorial districts.
“We are not going to jettison power rotation which is why it will be the turn of Delta Central to govern the state from May 29, 2023, for eight years of two tenure under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“As beneficiaries of this political communication capacity building programme, it is your responsibility to project the power rotation agenda of the state alongside other activities in the mainstream and social media.
“Our amiable governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has done well in his first tenure and his scorecard is in print, which the Executive Assistant on Communications, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, added to your training pack for this workshop. I encourage you to read the scorecard from cover to cover so as to enable you respond to political detractors with facts and figure.”
“As we speak, Gov Okowa is busy inspecting new projects and commissioning roads across the state; which is why you must keep updating yourselves with achievements of government so as to better inform the citizens from time to time,” Emu said.
In the same vein, a former Commissioner in the state and political scientist, Dr Ebenezer Okorodudu, corroborated Dr Emu and posited that the Urhobo Nation of Delta Central remained committed to the ideals of power rotation as initiated by former governor of the state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and other leaders in the three senatorial districts.
He further asserted that those opposed to power rotation were ignorant of the numerous advantages, some of which he said includesd unity and result oriented political partnership along ethnic considerations as well as confidence building and equity among stakeholders in terms of assured opportunity in governance.
The EA Communications to the governor and Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA), Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe said politics, media and communication are an integral part of good governance and constitutional democracy, it was why the state government sponsored the three-day workshop to sharpen the skills of participants for efficient and effective information dissemination while projecting government policies, programmes and achievements.