2023; Deputy Governor of Delta State and competence of Christopher Ochor By JEROME-MARIO UTOMI

Christophe Ocor

It is no longer news that the Speaker of the Delta State Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori has, ahead of the 2023 general election, emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the ‘State. It is also relevant to the current discourse to point out that Oborevwori, who is also the National Deputy Speaker of the Conference of Presiding Officers of the State Legislative Assemblies of Nigeria, showed uncommon resilience to clinch the ticket and celebrates currently his landslide victory with an appeal to the Deltans, to ensure they all have their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) before the 2023 General Election.

Predictably, his victory prompted reactions from stakeholders and the general public. The boundaries between the two spheres/reactions have shifted over the past few days.

While some have welcomed its emergence, others are particularly not against it, but are of the view that looking at the reinvigorated working relationship that currently exists between Chief Sheriff Oborevwori and the Vice President, the Right Honorable Christopher Ochor Ochor, both should be encouraged/allowed to run on a joint ticket as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively.

Along with the age-old belief that a winning team need not be changed, this argument rests on the transparent and mutual relationship evidently demonstrated over the past three years and enjoyed by the duo working as President and Vice President. .

Instead of letting this relationship by these public office holders become brothers go with the political winds, the joint Oborevwori/Ochor ticket should be nurtured and profitably exploited for the greater benefit of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ‘state and for the greater good of Deltans.. They concluded.

Indeed, the above argument of this piece’s opinion may not be wrong considering that Oborevwori/Ochor’s coexistence and healthy relationship, which many see as not only a departure from the old order in the state, but as a major factor and player. responsible for the enduring peace currently enjoyed by the State Legislative Assembly and its members and, by extension, paving the way for a hard-hearted relationship between the state executive and the legislatures.

Around the same time, many raised the peripheral question of whether; The Right Honorable Christopher Ochor Ochor, is he truly endowed with the capacity to occupy and function at the level of Deputy Governor of Delta State? Does he truly understand the meaning and requirement of being deputy governor of a complex state like Delta or is he aware that it requires intensive efforts to keep the people of the state together? Is he willing to mix and interact with people of different types and classes in the state to benefit from their experience?

Does the Honorable Ochor have the right temperament, positive mindset, flexible attitude and entrepreneurial spirit to work hard focusing on governance matters? Is he aware that as deputy state governor, he must have in-depth knowledge and solid experience before assuming such a sensitive position? Is he ready to acquire the adequate knowledge and experience with patience before May 29, 2023? Is it capped with patience, humility, tolerance and responsiveness to get through this important phase of learning and experience? Are they cost and labor conscious? Is he aware that he is required to understand and follow public leadership rules, regulations, and other restrictions, and then conduct governance activities whenever his manager is not around?

Undoubtedly, these are not just important questions, but objective concerns.

However, while this article is too short to establish whether Ochor understands or even better acknowledges the fact that it takes protracted effort to govern the people well, it is spaced out enough to point out fundamental factors that may not only work in favor of ‘Ochor so chosen, but more than anything else makes him the best man for the job.

Aside from the realization that Rt. Hon. Christopher Ochor Ochor, current House Member representing Ukwuani Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, will never be a liability to the Governor or state as he is a certified teacher and graduate in agriculture from Delta State University, with varied experiences in public service, there are indeed more sincere and applied reasons why he should be regarded as the best man for the job.

The first is his experience, which sets him apart and sets him apart from the group of politicians seeking the post. Evidence abounds if one seeks him out that in the early years of the 4th Republic he held various positions including those of Special Assistant to the Governor for Youth Affairs and Special Adviser to the Governor for Youth Affairs.

Similarly, as a brief member of the Delta State Assembly between 2007 and 2008, he sponsored a bill to protect public property, while bringing government attention to his constituency, in particularly in the areas of health and road construction. As a commissioner for special duties, between 2008 and 2010, his performance was not only outstanding, but remarkably blatant.

Fairness and equity considerations are the second essential reasons why Ochor should be considered for the position. There is no doubt that the Ndokwa, from the available records, have been active in socio-economic and political affairs since the times of the West and Mid-West Regions, Bendel State and now from Delta State. Given this spiraling fact, fairness and justice should be the defining approach of this political season/election period.

If the above argument is considered and considered favorably, the Honorable Ochor remains without fear of contradiction one of the most visible and relevant politicians in the region with an impeccable experience and track record to benefit from. such an arrangement.

Away from supporting other ethnic groups to produce state governors at different times and places, the Ijaw ethnic nationality, the vice president has represented his people well and should therefore be rewarded with a higher office because he is a well-known adage that the reward for hard work is more work.

This performance requirement is obvious and speaks for itself.

He facilitated the construction and equipment of the Umutu Magistrate’s Court, to ensure that people do not have to travel far to seek justice at the courthouse, among other economic contributions to the lives of the people of ‘Ukwuani, such as the construction of Drainage to control erosion at the mouth of the source of the Ethiopian River.

Between 2012 and 2014, he served as Transitional Chairman of the Ukwuani Local Government Regional Council. His tenure as President of the Council marked his conviction that security is the foundation on which development can be achieved through peace. Upon taking office, Hon Ochor inherited an area plagued with rampant kidnappings, intra- and inter-community divisions, bigotry, youth unrest and ritualistic killings. Day and night life was a nightmare. The local government area security report was debilitating. He tackled these hydra-headed monsters, through various security-based strategies. With his facilitation, the State Commissioner of Police set up the Anti-Kidnapping Crack Squad led by ASP Lucas. He changed the suspicious relationship between his office and law enforcement on the one hand, and the public on the other.

Operational vehicles, accommodation and social arrangements were put in place, which stimulated effective intelligence gathering and community policing of the area.

Hon Ochor Ochor is a leader who appreciates Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to prevent the breakdown of law and order, and he has used it effectively to achieve peace between LGA communities and border communities between Delta and Edo States.

In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Department of Social Services Development, on the board of the Delta State Petroleum Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

As Executive Director, Social Services Development, a branch responsible for meeting the social, community and cultural needs of residents of oil-producing communities in Delta State, he created a system of checks and balances for the commission and ensured that programs that will have a direct impact on people are implemented, so that Management was able to plan and ensure that a qualified training manual was produced, which became a point of reference for state skills training programs.

He initiated the survey of school facilities in different schools in the DESOPADEC mandate area, which raised awareness that many schools are in dire need of learning facilities, including buildings, which caused the renovations and furnishing of identified schools.

In 2019, he took another photo to represent the people of Ukwuani in the State House of Assembly and won.

As a member of the Delta State House of Assembly, he had, in the discharge of his primary duty as a legislature, supported that effective bills be passed for the good of the state. In this, he had supported the passage of the Governor and Deputy Pension Entitlement Amendment Bill of 2019, Delta State Corporate Social Bill 2019, co-sponsored the bill HIV/AIDS Against Discrimination Bill 2020, a bill to eliminate violence in private and public life. , and other bills which had been passed for the good of the state.

Another sponsored bill, which has been passed and signed into law, is the State Assembly Funds Management Bill 2021. Which was for full autonomy for the State House of Assembly .

He had in relation with the executive, attracted the effective development of the area, such as the empowerment of young people, the construction of roads, schools, markets.

Hon Ochor Ochor, as a promise he made to his people, has over 120 people under his payroll in all wards and beyond his constituency. He had given various people start-up funds for businesses and equipment, including 23 girls whom he had publicly endowed with various business equipment and cash tools to get off the ground, and 156 market women through various cash for stimulate their professions.

He has been recognized at various levels by different organizations including the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, as the most successful local government chairman in financial management in Delta State, the best chairman for the use of SURE-P fund to train, and empower youth, among others, including media, students and safety awards.

This piece thinks it’s the likes of Rt Hon. Christopher Ochor which Delta as a state currently needs.

Utomi is the Program Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. It could be reached via;[email protected]/08032725374.

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