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Strategic Transformation of Delta State – DDI

March 21, 2012

By the year 2100, the population of Delta state will explode to an alarming number of 85 million from its present 4.7 million people and if something is not urgently done ahead of the time, life will be very difficult for the state citizens.

Austin Udeze Uwandulu (PhD) gave the warning in a lecture titled “Strategic Transformation of Delta state for Holistic Development”, organized by the Delta Development Initiative ( DDI) held at the Peabody hotel, Warri, Wednesday, March 14.

Coordinator of the DDI, an NGO, Dr. Otive Igbuzor in an opening remark had identified good leadership, strategic direction and execution of programmes as the key points to societal development but noted that Delta state has suffered from poor leadership, non qualitative strategic direction and non execution of programmes these past years.

It is on the strength of his observed failure, he said, that the DDI came to existence to promote economic and social development, encourage accountability, and monitor elected officials with a view to holding them accountable.

Assessing the standard of living of the average Deltan and the rate of decay of public institutions and infrastructure, Dr Igbuzor boasted that he is a product of the public school system, passing through the public primary school, secondary school and university education to become what he is today. But he feared if the child of the average Deltan who is processed through the public school system these days could attain enviable heights.

He lamented that over the years; there has been progressive degeneration in Delta state leading to outbreak of violence, brigandage, kidnapping and loss of values such that merit for which Delta was known has been eroded.
He also lamented that despite the enormous material and human resources abundant in the state, values have been eroded and standard of living continues to nose dive.

“Deltans, both young and old have been turned to beggars. Politicians who had no bicycle yesterday come and display stupendous wealth before the people and we line up to beg from them—begging which is alien to us.

“The present state of affairs in the socio-political life of Delta needs urgent and collective rescue because there is need to make the welfare of the state citizens the primary responsibility of government.

He disclosed that between 2007 and 2010, Government House, Asaba received more allocation than four ministries put together noting that the priority of the state budget for the period and even up to date is not people driven but government driven. He added that change is taking place across all states in Nigeria but in Delta, nothing is happening.

“In the last 25 years, the economy of the world has quadrupled and yet the number of poor people increases, more resources is coming and poverty is increasing because the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few.”

During the lecture on how to change Delta state from its present precarious level of living and a better future, the guest lecturer, Austin Uwandulu, said Delta like every other society which comprise of the people and the corporate geographical entity deserves transformation in terms of development.

To develop, the state must grow gradually along the line of socio-economic, political and technological.
The growth must have context sensitivity, must be qualitative and quantitative as well as all encompassing. The perspectives of the growth he viewed must be holistic, social, functional and directional.

Stressing on the holistic development of Delta state, he postulated an architectural design with two tracks: the transformation of the human capital development and transformation for development of geographical and socio-economic corporate Delta state.

In the first track, he pointed at the development of the population, development in portrait of Delta citizens and delivering of well-being.

In track two, he spoke on the development of geographical and social economy of Delta state and development of good and strong governance.

In seeking to determine how demographic variables will change over time to qualitatively transform Delta state, he posed the following questions: How many are Deltans now and how many will they be in future? Who are Deltans, who will they be in future? What are Deltans doing and what will they be doing in future? What is the strategic transformation for Delta citizens?

Displaying a statistical table showing the population of Delta state sourced from the National population Commission (NPC), he harped on the progression that indicate that by the year 2100, the population of Delta state will be 85,801,162 as against 5,031,847 in 2012 varying from 4,872,254 in June 30, 2011.

“Thus, over a period of 90 years, the state is expected to make a quantum jump of about 200 percent in her population. This is a monumental strategic change imposed on the state requiring an immediate initiation of transformation measures to address well-being packages in all their ramifications and to have a serious rethink about the competence of those charged with the conduct of governance, strategic leadership and strategic management in all dimensions at all levels of endeavours in Delta state.”

He particularly charged participants at the workshop to realize that he 85 million man in Delta by 2100 would need education to power their mind and body to have 85 million man power who would also require adequate skills to produce 85 million skilled manpower.

“At that time, nations will thrive on competence and if the 85 million skilled man power could tap from the experience of retirees of various sectors of the economy, then the state would have 85 million competent skilled man power. By this distinctive strategy, Delta will be itself as competence will be related to talents and at that time, Delta will be the focus of the world” he submitted.

In a second lecture delivered by Ms Ngozi Iwere through Dr Otive Igbuzor, Deltans were urged to organize, change their mind set, and move from complaint mood to action mood, and engage grassroots mobilization as well as the social media to effect the desired change.

“Act, act and act and the time to act is now” she said.

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  1. Gladys James Modupe permalink
    March 21, 2012 19:06

    Delta State monthly allocation of 13% derivation is actually huge; and this has not really impacted positively on the people that are supposed to benefit from it; rather, what we see is the impoverishment and lack of basic amenities, or necessities for majority of Deltans. In the years ahead, it is imperative to note that if there is no improvement in governance, or nothing tangible is seen to have been done, begining from now on in the areas of good education for our children, and providing basic amenities for the people to live a decent life; also including drawing a road map for other vital and important programmes that would provide good jobs for our unemployed youths. It is noteworthy to say that, attaining the minnellium development goal for Deltans won’t be achievevable in the foreseeable future, if solid structures or foundations is not put in place, for the future of the people and Deltans in general.

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