BEING TEXT OF NEW YEAR MESSAGE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. EMMANUEL EWETA UDUAGHAN, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009.
As usual with me, I am going to be direct with you about the prospects of our state in the New Year. It is going to be tough and challenging as can be seen from the crash in oil prices triggered by the global financial meltdown.
However, amidst these gloom and burst, which in itself justifies our administration's economic diversification programme of building a DELTA WITHOUT OIL, I find a lot to be optimistic about.
My optimism is drawn from our inherent ability for hard work, intelligence and resilience to excel; a trait that has served us well in the past and which I believe has prepared us to soar above this temporary uncertainty of the times. My other source of unshaken confidence is derived from the trust you have reposed in our government, which I lead.
I know of no government that can survive let alone serve if the people are not standing by it. I thank you all for this. We have since coming into office rolled up our sleeves to work and to toil for the greatness of our state; I see no reason to depart from this course, especially when our efforts are bearing fruits.
I see us in the course of the New Year reducing poverty by empowering more people with our Micro-Credit scheme through the Micro-finance banks and in partnership with Oceanic bank; our Small Scale Enterprises scheme in partnership with Bank of Industry and Universal Investment and Development Company (UIDC); our Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) programme; the Peasant Farmers Support Scheme; in assisting our women and children to live with our maternal healthcare scheme and, by, commissioning a first class Teaching Hospital at Oghara.
We are committed to our urbanization and beautification programme, in rehabilitating and constructing more roads-dualising a number of them.
Complete the building of Asaba airport and extend Osubi airport runway. Encourage utilisation of Delta ports; build an export processing zone at Koko.
Construct in partnership with private investors, industrial parks across the state amongst other initiatives. Improve the education of our children by engaging more quality teachers. Expand and rebuild our school infrastructure.
Activate the first of our three-part IPP programme to connect more of our communities with electricity and witness the coming into being of the federal government's National Power Emergency Programme in which the state government has committed a lot of money and using DESOPADEC to impact more lives in oil bearing communities.
It is going to be a very busy year and with our peace and security strategy well in place, the reward for anyone who takes his destiny into his hands will be good. I encourage the poor and unemployed to take advantage of many opportunities now available. When you take a step back after reviewing these activities you shall see that we are already building a modern but humane society.
What do we ask for in return? That you continue to support the government, by offering constructive opinions and being disciplined in all your actions; that you pay your tax and rates, because our administration is going to ensure full compliance to enable us do more.
Delta state is a land of opportunities; let us build it for ourselves, for our children and our children's children.
I wish all of us a peaceful, happy and prosperous New Year.
Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan