•As he declares interest
By Timi Black & Miracle Esegha, Warri
In a bid to seek support and blessings, a leading chairmanship aspirant in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Comrade Ozobo Austin has paid a consultative visit to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the party’s ward chairmen in Burutu Local Government Area.
The meeting which was held at about 1:30 pm at Lakeside Hotel, Ebrumede, Effurun, Warri on Sunday was attended by the Burutu PDP LG executives, ward chairmen and others.
The meeting was presided over by the party’s vice chairman, Hon. Lawson Ogei, in the instance of the party’s executive and ward chairmen of the party in the local government.
The chairmanship aspirant, Ozobo was flanked by the party’s ward 4 assistant secretary, Mr Afore Theodore, Comrade (Hon.) Monday Enudi, chairman of Ozobo Matrix support group for Burutu LGA poll, Barr Omes Ogedegbe, national DG Conference For the Actualization of Human Rights, CAHR, Comrade Isaac Ozobo, ward 7 publicity secretary, Master Asaba-ase Stephen, media officer, Comrade Timi Black, senior correspondent, Congress newspaper, Master Miracle Esegha, Congress reporter and others.
While declaring interest, Ozobo unveiled his manifesto of a 5-point MORE transformation agenda, evolving development, education, social services/welfare, healthcare and security.
Giving a breakdown of his blueprint, he highlighted women/youth empowerment, skill acquisition, free medical outreach and welfare outreach programmes for old people.
He further said he would revive the dying traditional wrestling and cultural dance among others.
According to him, the party’s leadership and various leaders in the local government would be given equal attention.
He further said women would be given equal opportunity, adding that he would designate a “Special Day” to celebrate women, youths and children of Burutu Local Government Area.
The Comrade-chairmanship aspirant stressed that he would give prompt payment to teachers a priority, provide free notebooks for schools, scholarships for best-performing students in sciences and mathematics, payment of bursaries for students in higher institutions, support NDA and other military training, Free WAEC and NECO Registration for best-performing students and provides a desk for schools in the area.
He promised to provide good water, provide electricity, prompt payment of LGA staff, and Good Welfare packages for Councilors among others.
Ozobo asserted that he would fix dilapidated school buildings, Construct internal roads, establish skill acquisition centres, Construct a high court in Burutu, and renovate the furniture of the Burutu Customary Court.
The chairmanship hopeful, said existing security outfits would be repositioned to police Burutu waterways, adding that the Burutu area commander would be made to reside in Burutu Local Government headquarters to boost security in the area.
While responding, the party’s LGA vice chairman, Hon. Lawson Ogei, thanked the Comrade-chairmanship aspirant for the respect given to the party leadership and various organs of the party at the local government.
Ogei who advised him to move around the Burutu LGA political leadership to seek more support and blessings, urged him not to relent and should not allow himself to be intimidated by any big weight in the race.
Others who spoke are Hon. Tiko Young Ward 5, chairman, Barr Alaowei Cleric, party LGA legal adviser, Barr Tam Esther Evah, Ex officio, Mr Peremobowei Amakama, Youth leader and Chief Francis Amaowei assistant secretary.
They jointly commended the contributions of Ozobo for the continued advocacy for Ijaw Nation development and advancement of Burutu LGA infrastructural-wise.
While praying for him, the party leadership asked God to grant him the strength, resources and political support to enable him to come out victorious in his pursuit of power at the end of the day.