Utuama Hinges Good Governance on Credible Polls.
Delta State acting governor, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN) has hinged the country’s quest for good governance and development on its ability to conduct credible polls that would give the electorate the power to decide who governs them.
Utuama, a professor of law, made the remarks at the 2010 Mukoro Mowoe memorial lecture series which held at the weekend in effurun, Delta State.
He observed, "everyone in our country today is hitching for credible elections, because that is the only way we can achieve good governance and development".
"We all have a responsibility, having chosen the path of democracy as it provides that leadership should come through regular election where people freely chose their leaders.
"Voters must be convinced that their votes count and that majority of the people responsible for the electoral process have operated legitimately within the legal framework. In fact, these values inform all our actions as an administration."
Utuama reasoned that good governance could only be assured through a strong commitment to set goals, declaring, "as a state, we are committed to genuine and transparent electoral process, which engenders the implementation of programmes that can promote the socio-political and economic development of our society.
"That is why we are pursuing the three-point agenda of peace and security, human capital and infrastructural development. Our interest is to go into other sectors and avoid restricting ourselves to oil and gas."
He described the late Mowoe, in whose honour the lecture was held as "a committed and avowed custodian of Urhobo cultures and mores. Chief Mukoro Mowoe was a respected and respectable citizen, indeed, the leading Nigerian figure in the province of warri of the 1940s."
In another development, utuama has informed that the state government was in the process of formulating policies and programmes that would cater for the welfare of the elderly in the state.
Utuama, at a lecture in honour of the 50 years of private legal practice of John Alele in Warri noted that the elderly that have contributed their quota to the growth and development of the society deserved to be honoured and catered for.