By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The decision by the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint over 2000 Special Assistants has continued to come under public disgust.
The recent knock is coming from the Executive Director, Africa Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Center LSD, Otive Igbuzor, who accused the Governor of lacking the required foresight to secure the future of the State.
“You see a Governor who will appoint 2203 special assistants. In every ward you have 2, 3, 4,5. They don’t go to work, they don’t have office but they have salaries. Their work is that in 2019 go and deliver your Ward. We can’t run the society like this.
“Both the politicians and citizens are short termed. In this season it’s who will bring rice? For politicians it is how they will win the next elections.
“Our children and grandchildren will be so annoyed with us and our forefathers will be turning in their graves” he said.
Igbuzor wants the Governor to take a cue from Singapore and plan out the economic and social destiny of the State.
With Delta State population projected to grow to about 82 million by year 2100, Mr. Igbuzor pointed out that there seemed to be no clear cut plan for such population.
He chided the State government for its inability to fix the education crisis, disclosing that up till now, there are still students in the State who have never seen computers in the four walls of their schools.
“By 2100, if the current population growth rate remains, Delta State will be about 82 million. Where are they going to stay?
“Look at the crisis in education there, Jamb has gone to computer many schools in Delta State have never seen computers all their lives.
“There’s no systematic way for social housing for the poor. In the next 30 to 40 years what will happen to the citizens of Delta State? He questioned.