….Bars Journalists from Govt House coverage
From Ochei Matthew, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has claimed that he did not meet any fund in the state treasury when he came in as governor.
The governor made this known to newsmen in Government House Asaba and gave a breakdown of the total debts inherited by his administration.
His words: “As I said during my budget presentation at the House of Assembly, my administration met a total debt of N636 billion. These include both fiscal and contractual debts from the past administration.
“I don’t have any problem with former Governor Uduaghan. We might have our differences during the primary election but that does not mean that we are not on good terms to the extend that we went to London to meet former governor Ibori for settlement as it was rumoured.”
Recall that the state’s former accountant-general absconded from the state a week before the May 29, 2015 handover day, at which event former Governor Uduaghan noted that the last allocation received by him, which came that very May month was N18 billion.
Uduaghan said that he had discussed with the accountant general in respect of outstanding payments, but surprisingly he absconded and switched off his two phones immediately the state received the last allocation, adding that he (Uduaghan) could not access to the May fund.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa may have moved against media houses perceived to be critical of his administration as reporters from the targeted media establishments were on Wednesday barred from covering Government House, Asaba.
Among those thus barred was the vice president of NUJ South-South Zone F. Even those eventually allowed in to cover the governor’s media briefing had a torrid time in the hands of security operatives at the gates.
When contacted to comment on the development, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Charles Ahiedu, replied via text message, saying: “Sorry I can’t talk now.”