The Oasis Reporters
January 21, 2023
With 206.53 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, Nigeria has the largest deposits in the African Continent. Much of the reserves, perhaps over 85%, are in the Niger Delta region.
In Africa, Nigeria has the largest natural gas reserves of 206.53 trillion cubic feet.#StatiSenseJanuary 20, 2023
Yet, governance incompetence with sheer cluelessness has not enabled it to utilize this natural endowment to benefit the people or the state governments’ coffers, and this is astonishingly mind boggling.
Take Delta State for instance, ordinary citizens in Isoko land, Ndokwa land, Urhobo land, Ijaw,and Itsekiri and other areas have been campaigning on Facebook and Twitter begging the governor Okowa administration to build gas turbines and give the people electricity.
He has ignored everyone for 7½ years now. Yet he wants the people’s votes in order to become Nigeria’s vice president should Atiku Abubakar make it in the ballot.
What excuse has Okowa to give now, to Deltans before February this year when votes shall count ?
Fortunately for the people of Delta, they have seen the clear difference in the superlative performance of Godwin Obaseki in neighbouring Edo State. So Okowa would not say there was no mentor to emulate.
Obaseki has been governor for only 6 years out of 8. Okowa has been governor for more than 7½ years out of 8. Infact, he has four months left to conclude his tenure and go into history as former governor .
Obaseki keeps extending state owned built and installed electricity from district to district almost every month and Edo State is being fully lit up. This depresses Deltans in their darkness the more.
Who wants to rely on the Federal Government owned power behemoth, PHCN that has shown gross lack of intelligence for over sixty years ?
All that citizens in Delta keep hearing about is the acts of loan addiction, even a few months to the end of his tenure as governor.
It is not that he has constructed Fly-overs to break traffic gridlock everywhere like it is in Delta’s neighboring State, Rivers State.
So where are his own defining areas of superlative performances ?
Look, Wike is known for bridging swamps by Fly-overs. Obaseki is notable in constructing a refinery, building Electric Power projects etc.
What about Okowa ?
This is why people from all over Delta State are clamoring for Peter Obi. And the stage is well set for an outstanding vote to Labour Party in the state. Even though their own governor wants to be vice to Atiku.
Unfortunately for the PDP in Delta State, the lackluster performance of Okowa would impact negatively on the gubernatorial candidate in the state. He it was, that kept on approving the big ticket unbridled loans for the governor in his position as Speaker of the House of Assembly in Asaba.
And the gubernatorial ticket seems to be a reward. Thus, voters would cast their votes for Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate as a protest against the PDP that has ruled the state since 1999. Consider all the money that accrued to them, against the backdrop of what’s on ground. The deficit in financial application is mind boggling.