The Delta State Government has clarified the appointment handed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa by the National Economic Council (NEC) headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that has stirred controversy in some quarters.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Manager of Communications, Government House, Asaba, Jackson Ekwugum made the clarification in a statement on Monday, stressing that Governor Okowa was not appointed to lead a sub-committee on post Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) economic growth.
Ekwugum, in the statement, stressed that the sub-committee, chaired by Okowa, was to work and liaise with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTFCOVID19) on the process of lifting the national lockdown and reopening the economy.
According to the Communications Manager at the Government House, it was a normal practice of NEC to always set up sub-committees to deal with pressing national issues and that Okowa’s appointment was not something deserving of frenzy.
The statement reads: “His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, is mindful of the earnest desire of Nigerians for life to return to normal as quickly as possible.
“However, it has become necessary to set the record straight and correct the wrong impression that has been created by this story.
“It is not true that Governor Okowa was appointed to lead a Sub-Committee on post COVID-19 economic growth.
“The National Economic Council (NEC) headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo recently created a Sub-Committee, chaired by Okowa, to work/liaise with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the process of lifting the national lockdown and reopening the economy”.
According to Ekwugum, Okowa enjoined Nigerians to continue to pray for divine intervention to resolve the current health crisis even while they maintain the necessary safety protocols/guidelines.