DELTA State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, got a shock Monday on his first day in office as he was denied access to the governor’s office at Government House, Asaba, the state capital.
This might have deepened the purported frosty relationship between the immediate past governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Okowa.
According o unofficial reports, the governor, who was conducted round offices and halls within the complex by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Benson Oburoh, got an unpleasant surprise when the keys to his office were not made available, with insinuations that the ex-governor might still be holding on to the keys.
While a school of thought exonerated Uduaghan, saying the incident was the fault of some aides to the new governor, who are believed to be supervising some repairs in the office, some people claimed that it was deliberate.
Okowa’s inspection of the Government House complex followed a prayer session at the Government House Chapel, which had in attendance his wife, Edith, deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, politicians and staff of the complex.
Speaking earlier at the service conducted by the chaplain, Rev. Ben Golley, Okowa urged the people of Delta State to continually pray for the success of the programmes and policies of their leaders, as prayer is the key to success.
Meanwhile, as residents of the state await the governor’s appointments to form a government, the erstwhile commissioners under ex-governor Uduaghan have allegedly stripped the Commissioners’ Quarters bare.
Civil servants attached to the official residential quarters of commissioners were seen in clusters discussing the development in hushed tunes.
One of the workers who pleaded not to be mentioned in print told Daily Independent that the former commissioners looted everything, including air conditioners, television sets, furniture and kitchen utensils from their official residences.