By Amos Igbebe
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was, on his first day in office Monday, denied access to the governor’s office at the Government House Complex in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Okowa was shocked at the development as he was being conducted round the offices within the complex by the Government House Permanent Secretary, Benson Oburoh.
As the Permanent Secretary led Okowa to the Governor’s office, it was discovered that the keys to the office were not readily available for the governor to access his office and begin his official assignment.
A faction of his entourage attributed the development to the frosty relationship between the immediate past governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Dr. Okowa, as it some alleged that the ex-governor might still be holding on to the keys.
But a source in Government House exonerated the ex-governor, saying that the denial of access to Okowa’s office was the making of some aides to the new governor who are believed to be supervising some remedial works in the office.
Okowa’s inspection of the Government House complex followed a prayer session at the Government House chapel which was attended by his wife, Edith, deputy governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, politicians and staff of the complex.
Meanwhile, as Deltans continue to wait for the governor to make more appointments into his cabinet, furniture at the the Commissioners’ Quarters had been removed allegedly by the out-gone commissioners under ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Civil servants attached to the official residential quarters of civil commissioners were seen in clusters discussing the development in hush tunes.
One of the workers, who pleaded not to be mentioned in print, told our correspondent that the former commissioners looted almost everything including air conditioners, television sets, furniture and even kitchen utensils from their official residences.
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