By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has sworn in first batch of eight commissioners as members of the state executive council. The commissioner of information, Patrick Ukah, leads the pack.
The swearing in of the eight commissioners came just a day after the governor swore in five special advisers into office.
The governor, at the swearing-in ceremony of the commissioners at Government House, Asaba, said fairness, equity and justice are trademark of his administration that all political appointees must imbibe, and emphasized that his administration has zero tolerance for sectionalism and nepotism.
The commissioners who took oath of office were Flora Alatan, James Augoye, Basil Ganagana, Peter Mrakpor, Patrick Muoboghare, Festus Ochonogor, Chika Ossai, Patrick Ukah.
The governor who congratulated the commissioners observed that the expectations of Deltans were high and urged them and other political appointees to see themselves as people who are representing the entire Delta people in the cabinet.
“You are there to serve their interests, because, the task before us is huge; we have set the goal of building a Stronger Delta predicated on Prosperity, Peace and Progress”, he said.
Continuing, he said, “It is true that each of you was nominated from a Local Government Area, but the moment you become a commissioner, the entire Delta becomes your constituency and as such, you must be fair to all and be responsive to the needs and aspirations of all and sundry.”
He admonished the commissioners to embrace the concept of team leadership and collective responsibility even as he warned them against operating in isolation or be a one man riot squad.
He advised them to employ and deploy the knowledge, skill and experience of the civil service personnel that work with them do as to succeed.
Responding on behalf of all the commissioners who were sworn-in at the occasion, Muoboghare thanked the governor for choosing them to be members of his team to build a stronger Delta.
He promised that they would discharge their duties with the fear of God and be fair to all Deltans.