Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, today, said the ongoing process for the creation of new wards in the state was to correct the imbalance in ward delineation in some local government areas.
Okowa made the new wards creation known in Asaba, at a town hall meeting with representatives of #ENDSARS protesters, civil society groups, students, social groups, community youth leaders and other stakeholders in Delta North Senatorial District.
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa explained that by existing law, every local government area in Delta state should have a maximum of 20 wards, adding that the ongoing process by Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DESIEC) was to correct some wrongs.
For any election, he appealed to leaders to build consensus or conduct free and fair primary elections for aspirants to avoid imposition of candidates and to ensure that youths did not spend much to contest in the processes.
“I agree that there is need to re-work our electoral processes but we need to re-engineer our minds because we have lost it and it’s time we began to talk to ourselves.
“Electoral amendment law wasn’t signed because of politics but I am sure it will be signed this time and so as youths, you must get yourselves engaged so that we can get them closer into politics,” he stated.
“You must truly begin to organise yourselves in truth with a common goal and focus and whoever you select must stand for the common good of others.
“If you are a youth and you want to be active in politics you must respect your leaders and you must learn to pray a lot.
On agitation by the youths that Delta’s contribution to the daily oil production quantum of the country should be declared, the governor said that the state government had made representation to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for the information.
He deplored the delay by DPR in providing the information, saying that such delay was part of the demands by #ENDSARS protesters in the state, because according to him, new discoveries of oil wells were made in the state recently.
“We have written to DPR to correct the abnormality; we have not heard from them, but we will intensify efforts towards ensuring that they review it because it is not right to continue to rely on the same oil production quantum.
Earlier, Commissioner for Youths Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, had in his welcome remarks, said: “The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better they are served.”
Participants at the meeting agreed that the ENDSARS protests were as a result of impunity of security operatives, particularly the extortion and brutality by the disbanded SARS and corruption at all tiers of government, resulting in hardship in the country.
They called on the government to sponsor regular programmes on fundamental human rights and for the introduction of fundamental human rights in school curriculum.