In order to lure more investors to the grassroots, the Delta State Government has tasked local councils to enlist the services of various security agencies and local vigilante to maintain peace in their areas of authority.
The state government has stated that it is willing to support and collaborate with any local government council in the state that is developing realistic economic development plans to revitalize its community.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made the remarks while introducing the Ethiope East Economic Development Plan to His Majesty, Mike Omeru, Ogurime-Rime, Ukori 1 at the palace of the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom.
While praising the Chairman of the Ethiope East Local Government Council, Hon Victor Ofobrukueta, for initiating the 20-year Ethiope East Economic Development Plan, Okowa stated that if properly implemented, the project will revolutionize the entire local government area and as a result, he stated that the state government will support the initiative.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by Dr Kingsley Emu, his Chief Economic Adviser, reiterated the Delta State Government’s efforts to increase the state’s revenue base.
He advised the Ethiope East LGA to purchase land in order to increase agricultural production and so increase the council’s revenue.
In his statement at the summit, Hon Victor Ofobrukueta, Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government, said the economic development plan was conceived as a result of local government’s over-reliance on the federation account for survival.
He went on to say that the summit is intended to change people’s thoughts about relying solely on the government for all of their needs, and that the project will be a continual one, urging all stakeholders to accept it for the sake of continuity and sustainability from one transition to the next.
The Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM Mike Omeru, Ogurime-Rime, Ukori 1; Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM Air Vice Marshal Lucky Ararile, Avwaeke 1; Ovie of Umiaghwa Abraka kingdom, the Oba of Gbomina Ekiti Tapa kingdom, and other dignitaries were all present at the event, praising the local government chairman, Hon. Ofobrukueta, and the summit planning committee for the economic development plan.