Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State says his administration plans to demolish all structures on waterways to tackle the menace of flooding in the state.
Oborevwori stated this on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at a thanksgiving service in honour of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Dennis Guwor, at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Redemption Hall, Mega Parish, Effurun.
He promised to restore the lost glory of Warri, Uvwie and its environs through massive infrastructure development.
“A few days ago, I was sent a viral video on the flooded Airport Road in Warri which of course was caused by our people because they have built structures along waterways.
“They have also blocked drainage channels with refuse, but I can assure you that drainages in Warri will be taken care of and flood will no longer disturb our people when we are through.
“We will rebuild infrastructures in Warri with good roads, flyovers, drainages and street lights and we shall restore the lost glory of the oil city,” he said.
Oborevwori expressed delighted in joining the speaker and his family in thanking God for his elevation as number one lawmaker in the state, saying that God was always pleased when men gave thanks to Him.
He advised the speaker to hold on to God in his private and public life.
Oborevwori also advised the speaker to trust God in his private and public life and to remain humble and accountable to his colleagues.
“For you to survive as speaker, as a leader, you must be humble, transparent and accountable and it is on record that I paid N530 million into the treasury and I also left money in the coffers of the State House of Assembly.
“There is no House of Assembly in the country that has done what I did and it is my prayer that you succeed and perform better than I did.
“I survived six years as speaker because I had a good Governor who listens and I urge you to always do the right thing despite pressures.
“As governor, I am committed to the welfare of the legislature and we will work together to make life more meaningful for our people,” he said.
In his remarks, the speaker, while expressing appreciation to God for his elevation, said that his continuous thanksgiving to God had been seeing him through in his political journeys.
“The spirit of thanksgiving has, so far, taken me from the base to the top in my political journey, particularly as lawmaker.
Earlier, the pastor in charge RCCG of Warri Province, Region 23, Pastor Charles Obasa, stressed the need for public office holders to use their position to impact on humanity.
In his Sermon titled: “The Characteristics of Impactful People”, he advised them to ensure purposeful leadership.
”People will always remember you by the impact you made in their lives.
”Leadership loses purpose if the leader is not impacting on the people,” he said.
Obasa who took his Bible reading from the book of Psalm 103:3-4, stressed the importance of thanksgiving, saying it was a driving force to get more.
By Mercy Obojeghren