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One Year In Office: DOPF Hails Gov Oborevwori, Calls For Improved Security, Power, Infrastructure

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The Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has congratulated Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on his one-year anniversary in office, acknowledging his achievements in completing projects initiated by the previous government and initiating new ones.

The forum, in a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli, and Secretary,.Mr.Shedrack Onitsha, commended the governor’s efforts in education, healthcare, and social welfare, as well as his humanitarian interventions.

“Your dedication in the completion of several projects initiated by the previous government demonstrates your belief that Government is a continuum which underscores the spirit of continuity in governance and respect for ongoing developmental efforts”.

However, DOPF also urged the governor to address pressing issues such as rising insecurity in rural areas, power supply, and infrastructure development.

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The statement reads; “The issues of rising insecurity in rural areas is disturbing as it adversely affects safety and security, food production and the livelihood of our farmers and rural dwellers. Addressing this insecurity is paramount to ensuring that Delta State remains a hub of agricultural productivity.

“The debilitating situation of Power/Electricity, especially in the capital city and environs, has become a worrisome index that cast a dark pall over the state. Our state is quite capable of providing reliable and sustainable electricity supply by taking advantage of the new legislation on power generation and distribution which has liberalized the process made this initiative very achievable.

“This will go a long way in solving the power challenges in the state and we urge you to take decisive steps to improve the power supply across the state, which will enable entrepreneurs, especially in the Small and Medium scale endeavours to thrive.

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“While we acknowledge your efforts in rehabilitating and maintaining roads in the state, we have also observed the alarming situation that the capital city has become overcrowded and suffocating, with the influx of migratory populations searching for greener pastures.

The forum suggested opening up new habitation spaces, blue rail construction, and maintaining a cordial relationship with the media, especially the Online Publishers community where the Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF.)

“We therefore urge your administration to seriously consider the option of opening up more habitation spaces in the environs around capital territory by establishing some government presence, as well as promoting and encouraging private, public partnership in various attractive entrepreneurial ventures that will further develop new towns and cities, reducing the stress in existing urban areas and transforming these areas into existential hubs that will decongest the Capital city considerably.

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“We also urge your government to consider blue rail construction, to connect the major cities in the State. And connect to semi- Urban and rural areas. This will help lift some of our agricultural produce, and help avoid loss. The blue rail infrastructure will also help reduce transportation challenges, as it will not only increase connectivity challenges in the state, but also provide economic growth rate and employment opportunities.

DOPF called for a comprehensive roadmap for the state’s economic policy to drive the M.O.R.E Agenda and achieve greater heights for Delta State.

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