Utomi blames underdevelopment of Delta on poor governance

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

A renowned economist, Professor Pat Utomi has attributed backwardness and underdevelopment of Delta State to poor governance, describing the land as one which has been ravaged by locust.

Speaking during a reconciliatory meeting of some APC leaders in Delta Central, convened by Dr. Veronica Ogbuagu, in Effurun on Wednesday, Utomi said the state ought to be the Dubai of Africa, considering the resources accrued to it.

Utomi who blamed successive administrations since 1999 for the sorry state of Delta, asserted that they jettisoned great ideas which were freely offered to them to transform it and wasted all privileges and opportunities that they had.

He said, “Each time I look at my state, all I see is shame, Delta elites should be ashamed of what have become of their state with all the resources that the state is blessed with, we have nothing to show apart from the dilapidated and decayed infrastructure.

“To change this narrative; APC in Delta state must reconcile and reconstruct its strategies if we really want a better Delta, if not history will hold us all responsible for not acting when we should.”

In her remarks, Ogbuagu, a former Commissioner for Education in the state stated that collaborating Delta state is very sick, due to poor leadership and followership, stressing that the people celebrate incompetency and mediocrity.

She noted that; “If nothing is done to change the state of things in Delta, the generation to come will spit on our graves, because Delta has become a failed state.”

While appreciating the need for unity in APC, Dr. Ogbuagu said that there cannot be any meaningful reconciliation until the “illegal” Delta state executive of the APC is dissolved, and an all-embracing caretaker committee put in place, and congress held, the party will just be joking.

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