By Emeka Nwokocha
The political turf in Delta State may not be rosy for politicians vying for political offices in the forth coming local government elections in the State, as the Comrade Mike Ikeogwu led Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council gears up to hold one-on-one chat with Local Government Councils’ candidates in a bid to ascertaining their readiness and competency to deliver good governance to the people of the state.
The leadership of NUJ made this known to the public via a detailed press release jointly signed by the Chairman, and Secretary of the Union, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu and Comrade Patrick Ochie, asserting that in line with the Union’s constitutional mandate as Watchdog of the society and agenda setter, the upcoming one-on-one chat with the candidates of political parties participating in the forthcoming Local Government Councils’ elections becomes important.
The statement which was dated Wednesday 20, January 2021, was critical of the weakend Local Government Council Administration which has wholly failed to deliver the dividend of democracy in the state over the years.
“It has been observed over the years that the Local Government Council Administration has been deeply weakened by those entrusted with the responsibility of governance at that level. This is as a result of the way and manner they were chosen. It is against this backdrop that the NUJ is coming up with this programme to assess the preparedness of those gearing up to take up the mantle of leadership of the Local Government Administrative System,” the statement noted.
It added, “the programme which is christened ‘NUJ Delta State Council Platform’ is an initiative of the Union geared towards strengthening Local Government Administrative system in the state.”
The statement continued, “this will also enable the candidates unveil their plans, programmes and policies to the electorate, while the NUJ will in turn continue a follow-up on its cardinal function of holding government and its functionaries accountable.”
The Union called on all political parties fielding candidates for the forthcoming election to present them to appear at a date, time and venue as contained in the invitation letters already despatched to the participating political parties. The Local Government Councils’ elections hold on March 6, 2021.