Mr Anthony Elekeokuri, Chairman, Delta House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts, has called for more support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa in his strive for a stronger state.
Elekeokuri, representing Ika North-East constituency, said in an interview with newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday that every sector of the economy in the state had felt the impact of the Okowa-led administration.
”There is no local government area or constituency in the state without, at least, two projects to show,” he said.
Elekeokuri noted that even during the economic recession, the governor navigated through the trying times, with much impact on human capital and infrastructural development in the state.
He attributed this fear to what he called the prudent management of the state’s resources by the governor.
The lawmaker said that Okowa, in his quest for a stronger state, had built legacies that would outlive his administration.
According to him, the several finance-related bills introduced by the administration have helped to shore up the revenue of the state.
”The Audit bill, the Public Procurement bill, the Fiscal Responsibility bill and the Consolidated Revenue bill, among others, have helped to block loopholes and address lapses in the state’s financial system,” he said.
Elekeokuri expressed optimism that the state would witness more development, with increased revenue.
He also advocated for 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.
The lawmaker said that the state had a lot to offer in terms of human and natural resources.
He, however, said that 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 urged the people of the state to be more committed to the fight against its spread.
He emphasised that the state must be safe and healthy for its economy to grow and for an all-round development to thrive.
Elekeokuri assured that the legislature would sustain the existing harmonious relationship with the executive arm of government to enhance good governance in the state.
Edited By: Moses Solanke and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
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