Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged youths and leaders in the state to maintain the peace to attract investors to the area.
Okowa made the call on Sunday at a thanksgiving service held in honour of the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, at the Christ Embassy Church, Warri.
The governor specifically appealed to youth and leaders in Ogidigben community where the Gas City project is sited, to enable the project “see the light of the day’’.
Ogidigben, the project site, is one of the five communities that make up of Ugborodo town in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.
“The project is a collective good for the people; it will create employment and improve standard of living, so we must fight for our common goal and not personal interest.
“The youth should allow an enabling environment that will encourage investors to come to the state instead of engaging in activities that will drive them out to other state,’’ he said.
Okowa said he would initiate some “harsh’’ policies that might not be in the interest of some individuals but geared toward achieving good for the state.
“To achieve a greater Delta, we all have a role to play, the oil price has gone down but with God on our side, we will overcome it.
“If we begin to think and live as one people and allow God to be the foundation of our communities, it will be well with us,’’ he said.
Earlier, Otuaro said the huge debt left by the immediate past administration in the state would not deter them from fulfilling their campaign promises to the people.
“We are not just going to pay all the debt but deliver on our promises.
“We have promised “Prosperity for all Deltans’’ during our electioneering campaign and will abide by it,’’ he said.
The Zonal Pastor, Christ Embassy in Warri, Siji Dara, in his sermon, urged the people to give thanks to God for what He had done for them.
“Thanksgiving is a show of appreciation and recognition of God’s faithfulness over a period of time to us.
“We should learn to give thanks because it spurs God to do more for us,’’ he said.
In attendance were the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Prof. Amos Utuama, members of National Assembly from the state, as well as some state legislators.