Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, would implement the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), including the provision on host communities’ fund, if elected.
He said much fund was needed for the development of oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta and assured that if elected, the Atiku-Okowa administration would change the poor conditions of the people of the ares through full implementation of the PIA..
Okowa stated this, yesterday, at the PDP’s governorship campaign flag-off in Warri South and Uvwie local government areas. He said the people of Delta State were privileged to have one of their own selected to become vice president in the next political dispensation.
“There is a provision in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), that is the host communities fund and we will ensure its full implementation for the benefit of the oil-bearing communities,” Okowa said.
He, therefore, urged all Deltans to rise and collectively support PDP, saying “we must work hard to ensure victory for the party.”
Okowa also assured that the PDP government would take care of some of the teething problems facing the nation.
On how the party intends to tackle insecurity in the country, Okowa said Atiku would engage relevant stakeholders to ensure constitutional amendments to legalise state police.
“We have observed that the federal police is grossly inadequate to secure Nigerians, and therefore, we are advocating the establishment of state police to enable every state has its own police to handle its peculiar security challenges. Aside state police, we will recruit more hands into federal police, procure more weapons and provide adequate logistics and intelligence gathering devices for effective policing,” he said.
Governorship candidate of the party in the state, Sheriff Oborevwori, assured that the development of the twin cities would receive massive boost if elected. He said Warri and Uvwie people were happy and anxiously waiting to have him, a “Warri boy” as governor.