Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has taken a bold step to sign a bill outlawing ‘deve’ in the state, in an effort aimed at stopping the harassment of property developers by the youths and to ensure the state witness speedy development.
‘Deve’ as it is popularly called in local parlance, is ‘illegal and forceful entry into development sites.’ Youths are seen to be more into this negative act that is believed to be scaring investors away from the state thereby slowing pace of development.
Okowa, while signing the Delta State Public and Private Properties Protection Bill 2018 into law, weekend, lamented that harassment of property developers in the name of “deve” had chased away a lot of developers.
He expressed confidence that with the signing into law of the bill prohibiting illegal and forceful entry into development sites, the state would witness speedy development. “We will collaborate with the Delta State House of Assembly to ensure that laws are passed to impact positively on the lives of our people,” he assured.
He went on to express, “I am glad that this bill to prohibit the forcefully entry into public and private properties has been passed into law as it will stop youths from trespassing into property development sites in the state and make investment to thrive.”
He said the prohibition would impact on the lives of Deltans and bring investment sanity into the state.
Speaker of the state’s house of assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, presented the bill to the governor at Government House, Asaba. He was in the company of the clerk of the assembly, Lyna Ocholor, and other principal officers.
The governor also assented to a bill to amend the Delta State Oil Producing Area Developmental Commission (DESOPADEC) law just as he promised to assent to other bills that have been passed by the Delta State House of Assembly.
Speaking on the DESOPADEC amendment bill, the governor explained that the amendment was meant to ensure that no vacuum was created in the leadership of the commission as government can now extend the tenure of the board under given circumstances.
He commended the speaker and members of the house of assembly for their cordial relationship with the executive arm in bringing development to the people and impacting on the lives of Deltans.
Oborevwori had while presenting the bills for assent, told the Governor that the bills passed through all the processes required for them to be passed, stating that the bills were meant to impact on Deltans, create peace, boost the economy and bring development to the state.