- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state says a new Nigeria must be built on equity, fairness and justice
- The governor also made comments concerning the recent Southern Governors Forum
- According to the governor, a new partnership to enthrone all individuals and groups in Nigeria as equals is needed
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said that for Nigeria to truly develop as a nation, there must be a partnership between government and the people, predicated on equity, fairness, and justice.
The governor stated this at a state banquet in honour of retiring chief judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, on Saturday night, May 22 in Government House, Asaba.
He said that in such partnership, consideration of equity and rights of all was paramount and that the people must be treated fairly and equitably in all dealings.
According to him, the country was in disarray because of injustice and unfair treatment to some sections of the country and called for a nation where fairness, justice, and equity would reign.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted Okowa as saying:
“You have heard a lot of narratives concerning the resolutions of the Southern Governors' meeting here in Asaba, but I am happy that people are beginning to change their voices on the decisions taken.
“It was in the best interest of the nation that we spoke because it is the best way to regain our nation.
“It is my hope that Nigerians will realise that for us to truly develop and have the Nigeria of our dream there is a need for a partnership based on equity, fairness, and justice, and a partnership that realises that we are all equals.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has congratulated Umukoro on his 65th birth anniversary.
Okowa, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, said Justice Umukoro was one who served the state meritoriously as an erudite jurist whose contributions to the growth of the state's judiciary would remain indelible.
He lauded Umukoro, whose 2021 birth anniversary coincided with his retirement from civil service of the state, on his many accomplishments including the recent granting of full autonomy to the state's judiciary under his astute watch.
Recall that Governor Okowa, on Saturday, May 15 said resolutions reached at the Southern Governors Forum's meeting held in Asaba recently were for the good of the nation.
Okowa stated this while speaking at the empowerment of constituents of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency by their representative and minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the governors of the 17 states in southern Nigeria met in Asaba, the Delta state capital, on Tuesday, May 12.
At the meeting, the governors discussed several issues including lopsided appointments by the federal government, security, open cattle grazing, and restructuring of Nigeria.
The governors also agreed to ban open grazing in southern Nigeria due to the insecurity challenges in the region.