Okowa SAs have no official cars due to poor economy, says CPS
By Jon Egie
None of the SAs to Gov Okowa has an official car. This is due to the deteriorating level of the State’s economy.
CPS to the Delta State governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu made the disclosure during a meeting with journalists in Warri, Ughelli and Sapele Correspondents’ chapels held at the Press Centre, Warri; Thursday, July 14.
However, due to the strategic office he occupies in the Okowa administration, the CPS said he alone is allotted an official car which he fuels from his pocket because of paucity of funds and that as part of personal sacrifice to the bad economic situation, he has since his appointment, not been quartered in an hotel.
Mr Aniagwu said Gov. Okowa is seriously cutting down on expenditure even including the number of cars in his convoy when on an official movement, to cope with the times and navigate Delta State through the murky waters of the present day economic realities.
He noted that every state in the Nigerian federation depends on the FG to be able to fund its project but lamented that the actions of the Niger Delta Avengers have further crippled the economy and hence stressed the need for the Avengers to embrace peace so as to reduce the pressure of their actions on the economy.
He used the opportunity to acknowledge the cooperation and understanding of the Press in Delta State in these hard times.
He said it was the thinking of the State government to recognised Asaba and Warri Correspondents’ chapels and suggested that Ughelli and Sapele chapels should be collapsed into the Warri chapel.
Responding, Chairman of Warri Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu expressed dissatisfaction at the way some government officials in the Okowa administration handle journalists in the State during public functions.
He appealed to the CPS to educate the officials of government on how to relate amicably with journalists.
He told the CPS that the peculiar nature of Delta State necessitated the creation of multiple chapels across the state, a development that the NUJ at the national level is aware of. He said the issue would be discussed at the hierarchy of the union in due time.