From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba.
Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed fear of the unknown on the growing security challenges in four councils in the state.
At a media parley with journalists yesterday in Asaba, Okowa identified as major impediment to his administration the alleged herdsmen continued killings and kidnappings of persons, especially in four local government areas of the state.
Noting with sadness, the horrendous activities of the suspected Fulani herdsmen in Atumaga, Akwukwu Igbo, Illah communities, the governor disclosed that the situation might portend worse, especially across the country if strident measures are not taken.
“I am very much aware four councils in the state have been taken over by the suspected fulani herdsmen, and the people of these are can no longer go to their farms.
“The situation at present is horrendous and it’s unfortunate where we have found ourselves.
“Delta state is seriously facing lots of challenges in the area of insecurity, we need to find a lasting solution before it consumes us.
“The activities of these herdsmen in Delta state has brought pains and major challenge to my administration but I am glad that Mr President is meeting with all the governors on Friday where far reaching decisions would be taken to liberate our people,” Okowa said..
On his second term, the governor said that his administration would focus on massive training and retrianing of the youths as directive measures to ensuring they are self reliance and useful to the society.
“We will not award new contracts or rush in awarding contracts, but it is time for us as an administration to take stock of all we have been doing in the last four years and review areas we have not done very well.
We are set for the training and retraining of the youths, and in doing this, we have agreed to establish 19 more technical colleges as additional to six we had where our youths will be properly trained and retrained for the greater usefulness in the society” the governor added.
On minimum wage, Okowa however assured that Delta state government was ready to pay the N30,000 but waiting for template as measures by the stakeholders and federal government to commence.
“Minimum wage is not the problem at present in the country but security challenges, and our economic is growing at a slow pace and nobody is talking about it.
As long as the population is growing and the economic is at a slow pace, it means we are heading for more crisis in the country as no hope and everything might collapsed in the hands of our failed leaders,” Okowa further disclosed