Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has urged the Federal Government to apply stiff sanctions against all those found to have compromised their positions in the Dana crash disaster.
The Governor who sympathized with the families of those who lost their lives in the Dana crash appealed to the Federal Government to take the report of the panel set up to investigate the incident seriously.
The Governor said those found to have compromised their positions should be punished severely to serve as a deterrent to others as well as a guide against future occurrence.
Dr Uduaghan who was addressing the staff and management of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, yesterday said: “I am happy about the panel set up to investigate this disaster. I urge the Federal government to punish those found wanting. The President should not treat this issue with kid-gloves.”
The Governor charged media practitioners in the state to be creative and design programmes that would sell the policies and programmes of the state government to the grassroots, while also setting agenda on issues that would unite the state more.
He enjoined the media to critically analyze issues and create more programmes that would inform Deltans of the achievements of his administration especially on people oriented programmes.
The Governor who promised to improve facilities at the state-owned media houses especially the broadcast outfits, to enable them compete favourably in the country, enjoined the staff of DBS to use the new equipment in the station to demonstrate their professional competence.
Dr Uduaghan announced the plan of his administration to use agriculture to diversify the economy and promised to mobilize stakeholders in the sector to design a road map for a successful programme.
“I am going to hold a town hall meeting on Agriculture so that all Deltans will farm. We should all farm whether for subsistence farming or for commercial purpose,” he said.
He also said that the state government would use agriculture to create opportunities for the youths and enjoined Deltans to identify with the programme.
The governor expressed support for the reforms going on in the energy sector explaining that it would encourage the participation of private investors.
Dr. Uduaghan recalled the development in the communication industry and how Nigerians are now enjoying the use of GSM noting that the Federal government was on the right track and would yield positive dividend in no distant time.
In his welcome remarks the Acting General Manager of the station Mr. Austin Mowah said the installation of new the equipment in the station has tasked the appetite of the staff to be resourceful and enterprising.
Mr. Mowah assured the Governor that the staff would improve on their performance especially in publicizing the programmes of the state government.
The Commissioner for Information Barrister Chike Ogeah in his speech said the state government has invested heavily on both DBS Asaba and Warri and assured the Governor that the station would continue to publicize the programmes and policies of the state government.
He however enjoined Deltans to guard their utterances so that they do not scuttle the peace initiative the Governor had labored to build.