Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Sir Fidelis Okenmor Tilije says it is a bit easier for him to track out corrupt practices in the system because of the critical and meticulous nature of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who is at the helm of government.

Sir Tilije stated this in Asaba when the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Delta State Council paid him an advocacy visit.

He asserted that the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has performed well in the last four years and was poised to sustain the pace of infrastructural development and do more for the people.

The State Commissioner for Finance stated that with the department of projects monitoring now in place, it would no longer be business as usual for those who engage in shoddy practices, saying that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are now aware of the development, and must ensure quality execution of projects.

While noting that the confidence imposed in him by Governor Okowa is high, the Finance Commissioner promised not to disappoint the state and the governor in carrying out his responsibilities.

He promised transparency and sued for the cooperation of the state leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Sir Tilije said he was pleased to hear that the leadership of the NUJ was set to sanitize the pen profession to rid out quacks who dent the image of the union.


He urged the mainstream media to redouble their efforts in timely reportage of accurate news based on truth.

Chairman of the Delta State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu who led other executives of the union on the visit, urged the State Commissioner for Finance to use his office to sanitize payments for projects in the state by ensuring that only contractors who complete projects get paid.

Ikeogwu said, “As journalists, we are keened on what we can do; identifying areas where we want people to improve upon so that our society can be better’’.

The NUJ Chairman, Delta Council said measures would be put in place to rid the profession of quacks in the next few months, emphasizing that the NUJ  is the umbrella body backed by law that regulates the practice of journalism and ensure that the ethics of the profession are complied with at all times.

He described the appointment of Sir Fidelis Tilije as the State Commissioner for Finance as a square peg in a square hole, saying that there is no doubt that he will live up to expectation.



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