Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has charged political appointees in the state to be fair, equitable and shun nepotistic considerations in the discharge of their duties.
The governor made the call on Wednesday while swearing in two new Special Advisers in Asaba, the State capital.
The new Special Advisers are Chief Godwin Ogadi and Chief Andrew Osawota.
He said that the new appointments were necessary to keep the wheel of governance running smoothly and to ensure that his administration had a formidable team to build on its stronger Delta vision.
He charged the appointees to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and work selflessly for the good governance and development of the State.
Okowa said: “In the face of the most challenging moment in our contemporary history, we have nonetheless resolved as an administration to continue to do the needful to keep the wheel of governance running.
“As I have always said, Special Advisers occupy a distinct role in our modern democratic setting; they are needed for their expert policy inputs and ability to marry politics and policy in order to actualise the administration’s goals and objectivity”.
He expressed confidence that his administration would benefit from the vast knowledge, maturity and political savvy of the new appointees “as we navigate our way through the current challenges”.
“As Special Advisers, being experts in your respective fields, I expect nothing but sound and practical advice that will ensure a Stronger Delta standing on the tripod of Prosperity, Peace and Progress.
“I urge you to make fairness and equity your watchwords in the discharge of your duties. Public servants constantly come under the pressure to give preferential treatment to their kith and kin, but you must guard against such nepotistic considerations,” the governor added.
Chief Osawota who responded on behalf of the new advisers, thanked the governor for considering them worthy to be part of the team to build a stronger Delta State.
He told the governor that they identified with his vision and would work with him to attain desired objectives of his administration.