Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged political appointees to bring innovative ideas and strategies to bear in the discharge of their duties to justify their appointments.
Okowa made the call on Monday while swearing in two new Special Advisers in Asaba, the state capital, charging them to be fair and just in the discharge of their duties.
The new advisers are the immediate-past National Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-South, Emmanuel Ogidi, and former member of House of Representatives, Chief Sunny Emeyese.
The governor said the new advisers were men of great pedigree in politics and governance and were expected to bring their wealth of experience into governance as the state continued to wade through the fog of uncertainty occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
He charged them to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with Section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and to work selflessly for the good governance and development of the state.
According to him, Emma Ogidi and Sunny Emeyese had been part and parcel of his political journey since 1999.
“They have proved themselves to be men of insight, competence, probity, and firm believers in the advancement of the collective good of our people, ever-willing and ready to contribute their quota to the growth and development of Delta.
“Messrs Ogidi and Emeyese have never shied away from the call to serve, notwithstanding the office ascribed to them. It speaks volumes of their faith, loyalty, commitment, and sincerity of purpose.
“I am persuaded, beyond any shadow of doubt whatsoever, that this administration stands to benefit immensely from their wealth of experience, wisdom and political sagacity. In the unusual times that we live in, we need every capable hand on board.
“Let me reiterate the fact that Special Advisers occupy a distinct role in our modern democratic setting. We need them for their expert policy inputs and ability to marry politics and policy to actualise the administration’s vision of a Stronger Delta anchored on prosperity, peace and progress.
“To the new appointees, I charge you to discharge your responsibilities in accordance with Section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“Having been part of our S.M.A.R.T agenda, I believe you are sufficiently acquainted with the key policy thrusts of this administration, hence I expect you to hit the ground running,” he said.