Coronavirus Lockdown In Delta: Obire Charges Gov Okowa To Brace Up To Its Responsibilities, Says If Delta Govt Was Proactive The Ugly Incidents In Warri Will Have being Averted
Abuja- A former Delta State governorship candidate and a notable chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Delta State, Dr. O’Diakpo Obire has called on Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to be proactive and put in place palliative measures to cushion the effects of the ‘Sit- At- Home Order’ that is in force throughout the State.
Dr. Obire made this clarion call yesterday in his abode in Abuja. He decried the harrowing experience and deprivations that the teeming youths in Delta are currently passing through because of the inability of the Delta State government to be proactive and conscientiously discharge its statutory responsibilities to the citizenry.
He said: “Governments the world over, owe it a duty to protect the poor, weak, and vulnerable. The youths belong to the vulnerable group. It is most regrettable that the Delta State government has run out of ideas for creating a system that fights poverty through sustainable jobs creation that could curb youth restiveness.
“The majority of youths in Delta are jobless and live from hand to mouth, doing menial jobs. This the reason why they find it difficult to comply with the order of the government to sit at home as a measure to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic in the State.
“If the government of Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa was proactive, the ugly incidents in Warri would have been averted. It is sad and unfortunate to have a government that accords youths some measure of importance only during the period of elections and forget them thereafter.
“I commiserate with the family of the slain young man, Joseph Pessu, who was killed by a soldier enforcing the ‘Sit- At-Home’ order in Warri. I hereby call on relevant authorities to investigate the incident and bring those involved to justice.