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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday swore in 11 new commissioners, with a charge to them to promote unity in their utterances and actions and eschew mutual suspicion.

The governor also advised the commissioners to avoid issues that would breed distrust, exclusion, and resentment among the people.

He said that they emerged through a rigorous selection process that was necessary, especially as the administration entered a critical phase in its tenure.

He congratulated them and said that Delta was breaking the frontiers of female representation in government with the appointment of seven female commissioners and 17 Vice Chairmen of local government councils, as well as other statutory positions of responsibility in governance.

“With today’s swearing-in, we have concluded the process of reconstituting the State Executive Council that was dissolved a little over two months ago.

“With two more female commissioners, the State Executive Council now has a total of seven women, further extending the frontiers of female representation in this government.

“Clearly, Delta State is breaking new grounds in this regard. To all the commissioners, it is my hope that you will justify the confidence that has been reposed in you with this appointment,” Okowa said.

He stated that his administration had made significant breakthroughs in its quest to build a Stronger Delta standing on the tripod of Prosperity, Peace, and Progress.

He averred that his administration had successfully anchored the entrepreneurship development programs with over 100,000 youths being empowered to become self-employed and employers of labour.

The governor urged the commissioners to brace up and work towards achieving the administration’s set targets within the remaining period of his term in office.

“With less than two years to the terminal date of this administration, every remaining minute counts as we strive to deliver on our goals and promises to the good people of Delta State.

He told the people that his administration still had more grounds to cover in tackling the problems of youth unemployment, widespread poverty, and social cohesion, saying “it is going to take all of us talking together, planning together and working together to change the current narrative in many of our communities.

“As you commence your stewardship today, I want to leave you with some leadership principles that are vital to your success.

“You must make it a priority to align yourself and your ideas to the key policy thrusts of this administration.

Okowa urged the commissioners to promote diversity in their utterances and actions; adding “it is important that you develop a work environment devoid of mutual suspicion, distrust, exclusion, and resentment”.

“Always bear in mind that as a leader, people don’t do what you tell them but what they see you do. I trust that you will commit to leading by example as you begin your tenures today,” the governor stressed.

Responding on behalf of the new commissioners, Prof. Muoboghare thanked God for the appointment and appreciated the governor for finding them worthy to serve.

He pledged the commissioners’ resolve to render effective and efficient service to citizens of the state.

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