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RDA: Responding to yearnings of Deltans

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Cletus Ngwodo
26/08/2008

FIFTEEN month into this administration, it is becoming increasingly clear, that the governor of the oil-rich Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan has brought his midas touch to bear on the governance of the state with the visible transformation going on across the state.
Dr. Uduaghan has, repeatedly at various for a, sought the understanding and patience of Deltans, majority of whom had accused his administration of being too slow.

This negative label is however giving way as all machinery of government is being put in place to ensure that Deltans in all spheres are driven by the most competent and capable hands.
The recent appointment and subsequent inauguration of members of board of government parastatals is indeed, a testimonial to the fact that Dr. Uduaghan knows when to pick faithful disciples who can deliver. And these men and women, from their rich experiences and background, qualifications and antecedents, would, no doubt, deliver.

One of such parastatals, which Deltans had benefited from its services in the past and anxiously looking forward to tap more in view of the poor energy supply in the country, is the state Rural Development Agency (RDA).

With the emerging prospects of the democratic realities propelled by Dr. Uduaghan, the appointment of Elder (Dr.) Sam Efetobo, as the Chairman of RDA could be seen as a dynamic response to the yearnings of Deltans for a better life, particularly those in the rural communities.

For a man who has spent his entire life in the service of his fatherland, this appointment indeed, is a welcome development, particularly when viewed against the backdrop that he would be working with another great performer, the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Comrade Ovuozorie Marcaulay.

In a chat shortly after his inauguration, this medical doctor, farmer, a politician and a 1983 graduate of University of Jos, Plateau State, from Okpara Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, said his vision is to make positive impact on the lives of all Deltans and, but who hails leave a worthy legacy behind at the end.

A clinical perusal into the political life of this humble, focused, articulate and amiable medical doctor reveals that he started active politics during the National Republic Convention (NRC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) era midwifed by Gen Ibrahim Babaginda between 1990/91.
According to him “My people mounted pressure on me to come out and participate to ensure that they are well represented. To him then, he was deeply in love with his professional practice of saving lives at that level.

Vision
My vision is to provide rural electrification to all communities in the state, clearing of earth roads and waterways and other sundry responsibilities as spelt out in our mandate. In all, electricity remains the major task.

“As we settle down, we shall take a holistic appraisal of the activities of the agency, articulate our agenda to His Excellency, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and plead with him to see how much could be done as he is very much committed to the electrification of the state, particularly one that will develop infrastructure where small, medium and large scale companies would at the end benefit.

People will then develop in their callings. This will reduce rural-urban drift, it will also engender peace and security because the more idle hands are engaged in meaningful activities, there will be less crime and immoral acts in our society.

Task Ahead

The task ahead is enormous; electricity remains central to economic activities. But I have the will and by the Grace of God, I will achieve it in good time.

We have an onerous task, no doubt, of making sure that rural communities (rural roads, electrification) are opened up for our farmers to evacuate their farm produce for sale at the urban markets. When you keep the populace busy, there will be peace; there will be enough food security. This is our task; we pray that God will see us through in this task effectively.

Challenges in the Agency: We are out to place RDA on a proper footing; one is to provide good accommodation for “our workers, and storage for our equipment. I hope the supplementary budget will address some of these observed issues.

Advice to staff: I thank God and Governor Uduaghan for bringing me here, with the cooperation I have received from the staff so far and their response to a few things, I will advise them to continue to put in their best, so that together we can achieve the best possible for Deltans.

Legacy:
I would want to be remembered for properly integrating the policies of government for the Agency and also properly root the agency on a sound footing, so that anyone that will take over will have a lesser job to do.

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