Okowa solicits church partnership with govt.
Maidoh, H. Hyman
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Flag bearer in Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for partnership between Government and the Church, because such collaboration would help build a better Delta.
The senator made this call, recently while consulting with the leadership and members of the Ughelli Diocese of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in Ughelli, Delta State.
According to him, it is an obligation of the Church to ensure that those in authority at various levels of governance do the right thing at all times, by counselling and praying for them, adding that doing that would put leaders in the right perspective to bring development to the people.
While stressing that the Church has continued to play significant role in the maintenance of peace in the state through prayers, Senator Okowa, urged Church leaders not to relent in giving moral and spiritual direction to the people for the development of the state.
The PDP governorship candidate, who said he will be accessible even as a governor, pleaded with the Church to always pray for him, as well as counsel him, to enable him take the right decision and also do the right thing.
Senator Okowa opined that the shortfall in the country’s revenue, which is a result of drop in oil prices at the international market, calls for more collaboration between government and the Church, particularly in educating the people on government’s policies on agriculture and other non-oil sectors.
“The Church is better placed to educate our people on government’s policies, especially in the area of health insurance and the need to control population explosion in this era of stiff economic challenges bedevilling our nation,” he had stated.
Calling for diversification in the country’s economy from the current total dependence on petroleum, he noted that there cannot be a successful economic planning and population control, by government without the Church being involved.
“With the seeming uncontrolled population growth in our country, the challenge is that most children cannot have access to quality education, and this is where we need the Church to counsel our people,” he stressed.
He, however, assured the Church leaders that his administration would pay serious attention to technical education to give needed vocational skills to the youths to give them sound footing for a meaningful life, adding that, ” we shall also continue the scholarship scheme and graduate support programme to enhance education in the state.”
He promised to partner with the Church, traditional institutions, workers, market women, farmers, artisans, and all sector in the state, in bringing development to the people.