Accuses them of collecting illegal levies
Reads riot act to defaulting personnel, contractors
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan on Sunday warned employees of the State Government, contractors and other officials in the line of service delivery to stop acts scuttling his administration’s people-oriented programmes or be prepared to face the consequence of their actions.
Speaking at the Iwere Kingdom 2013 Annual Thanksgiving Service held at the Foursqure Gospel Church, Olu palace ground, Warri, Uduaghan observed that his administration has done a lot at improving the welfare of the people but that some unpatriotic personnel and contractors were undermining some of such efforts.
The Governor explained that his administration established the State’s Urban Mass Transit Scheme to provide comfortable and affordable means of transportation to commuters and was subsidizing the cost per passenger by 50 per cent.
He disclosed that information at his disposal indicated that some agents who were collecting subsidy from the state government have imposed unreasonable amount on the drivers, thereby depriving passengers of the subsidy.
Uduaghan informed that he has directed the commissioner for transport, Mr. Ben Ibakpa to probe the allegation and ensure that agents violating the memorandum of understanding with government were brought to book.
The Governor also frowned at the attitude of some medical personnel including nurses and doctors as well as teachers who despite the free medical and education schemes at state owned-hospitals and schools, respectively, were still collecting illegal levies and fees from patients and parents.
He warned such unpatriotic and corrupt personnel and service providers to desist from their unscrupulous behaviour, stressing that his administration would not close its eyes to any infraction of its policies and programmes.
Uduaghan also took a swipe at contractors who after jobs are awarded to them go ahead to sell such contracts or abandon them after collecting mobilization fees, stating that for a good society, people should do what is expected of them.
The Governor commended the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse 11 and the people of Iwere kingdom for remembering to thank God always
Earlier in a sermon, Revd. Lucky Eruebe of Church of God Mission, Effurun, said, “there is always a blessing when you give God thanks”, emphasizing, “we must follow due process for our thanksgiving to be meaningful and acceptable in the sight of God.”
According to him, people should look back to where they are coming from and give thanks to God for all He has done for them so that God will continue to bless and protect them.
The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), Senators, Members of House of Representatives, the Olu of Warri and other traditional rulers, including politicians, sons and daughters of Iwere kingdom attended the service.
Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed grief over the death of elder statesman and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Humphrey Iwerebor, who passed away on December 26.
Uduaghan in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sunny Ogefere, described the death of Iwerebor as a big loss not only to his immediate family and the Ika nation but to the PDP and the entire people of the state.
“The death of Chief Iwerebor is coming at a time that we would have needed his wise counsel and directions in the affairs of our state and party in the build-up to 2015 elections.
“As budding politicians in 1998, we drew immensely from Chief Humphrey Iwerebor’s rich political experience which he had garnered over the decades right from his days as a councilor and a member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly.”
“We will greatly miss Chief Humphrey Iwerebor for the stabilizing role he played in my administration and that of my predecessor in office, Chief James Onanefe Ibori.”
Uduaghan recalled that Chief Humphrey Iwerebor was one party leader that stood by him in the wake of stern opposition to his emergence as candidate of the PDP for the 2007 governorship polls and after he became governor.
“In Pa Iwerebor we have lost a father, a role model, a bridge builder and detribalised Deltan that put the interest of the State above sectional and pecuniary interests.”
He commiserated with the immediate family, the Ika nation and political associates of Chief Humphrey Iwerebor and encouraged them to take consolation in the good name and legacies he has left behind.
Accuses them of collecting illegal levies