Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that his daughter, who was appointed as Special Assistant to the Governor on Girl Child, “rightfully deserved” the appointment.
The governor spoke at a quarterly media briefing in Asaba, the state capital, on Tuesday, where he addressed the issue of appointments into his cabinet for his second term in office.
Okowa said that contrary to the rumours that he had appointed two of his daughters, he had only appointed one of his daughters into his cabinet. He said he has no apology for the appointment.
“I want state residents to know that I did not appoint two of my daughters. Only one was appointed as S.A. to Governor on Girl Child and she rightly deserved it.
“I do not have any apologies for that because I know the quality of daughter that I have.
“We are trying to cut down our appointees this time around, obviously the number of appointees will be less than what we have in my first tenure,” he said.
On who becomes the next governor of Delta State in 2023, Okowa said the person will be determined by God.
The governor said although he would like his successor to come from Delta Central, he noted that he cannot enforce his views.
He said the most important factor is the need to ensure “unity and equity” in the state.
Okowa also explained that the huge debt profile of the state is not adversely affecting governance as his administration has devised smart approaches to tackle the problem.