RUGA: We’re not interested, make our Refinery, Delta Steel Company functional — Okowa


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The Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa who spoke through Omonire Isaac Ovwigho at the early hours of today, said, “we Deltans are not interested in RUGA. We don’t even have the land for that. We only have seas. If they’re ready to graze in the middle of the ocean, we could help them get their cattle to the middle of the sea for proper grazing.

The Federal Government tells us that RUGA is a settlement and a means of investment for provision of employment and others. If the APC led government wants to favour us then it should revamp our Refinery in Ekpan and the Delta Steel Company (DSC) in Ovwian/Aladja and make them work for us to help us in reducing the rate of unemployment in the state and not Ruga.

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We’re not interested in this Greek gift called Ruga. Just make our Refinery and Delta Steel Company functional. Issue out licenses to local investors for modular refineries and charge them to go into full operation to build a better economy round our wall. That’s what we’re asking for. We are not asking for much.

Or better still, the Federal Government could help us with Information technology (IT). We would prefer Information Technology to Ruga. The world has gone beyond where we are and we should work to catch up with the rest of the world and not going back to archaic age.

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Review the education system, invest more in education, recruit battalion of teachers, train and retrain them for the teaching job they so much love, give them better pay and in return we ask them for accountability and not Ruga. Our children need to go to school and not Ruga. We don’t need Ruga. We need something that can make our children compete with the children in Japan in this 21st century.

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Ruga is never a solution to the insecurity rocking the society. The solution is True Federalism. Let’s go back to True Federalism. Let’s involve State and community policing to checkmate the insecurity……..

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