Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege has lamented the gross negligence of key economic and development indicators in Delta State by successive governments.
The senator flayed what he described as the deplorable development indices following the choking economic grip of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the state. Director, Communications and Media Strategy of the OmoAgege Campaign Organisation, Ima Niboro, in a statement said despite the state’s huge oil and non-oil earnings, successive PDP governments have effectively run t aground.
Niboro, a former presidential spokesman in the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and ex-Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), invited members of the public to soberly ponder on the aggravating negative social indicators in the state, including escalating crime rate, decaying infrastructure, sky-rocketing unemployment and overwhelming poverty eclipsing it.
He said Omo-Agege who is the APC governorship candidate considered these social indicators in the state and accordingly challenged himself to commit to a career of working tirelessly and seeking the collaboration and support of men and women of goodwill to join in the mission to rescue and reposition the state for economic and social renaissance.
Niboro stated that the backwardness and crippling debts which successive PDP governments in the state has imposed on Delta were not deserved given the huge, abundant human and natural resources that she is blessed with. He said Omo Agege has developed a carefully thoughtout roadmap to take the state out of its current distress and hopelessness.
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He noted that the current PDP administration in the state has received over N770 billion from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
However, Niboro wondered why far less endowed states in respect to receipts from the Federation Account and internally generated revenues, IGR, such as Ebonyi and Borno would be pulling landmark development projects back-to-back while Delta was nowhere to be found.
He contended that the “deplorable socio-economic situation on ground was enough justification to act radically to reverse the steady degradation,” Niboro appealed to Deltans to rally under the unfolding political movement led by Omo-Agege to rescue Delta, enthrone good governance and reposition the state as a leading economic powerhouse in the country.