The Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Sir Fidelis Okenmor Tilije, has assured the public of his intentions to ensure that every leakage in the financial management is blocked to enable transparency and accountability.

The Finance Commissioner made this statement in a media interaction, during a courtesy visit of members of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), Delta State Chapter, to his office in Asaba.

Tilije, who was Commissioner for water resources in the first term and now Finance Commissioner, disclosed that the second term of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State will witness more development surpassing the previous achievements in his first term with projects and programs for the benefits of the people in the State.

He stated that while news is expected to be corrective and help change the ills in society, journalists should ensure that whatever is pushed to the public is verifiable and not from the writer’s imagination, as such could cause crisis and unimaginable damage.

The Commissioner revealed that he holds Online Media in high esteem following the supersonic nature of its speed, he however encouraged them not to hesitate to clarify information before putting it out, while stressing the need to be loyal to their consciences,

He said “Corruption is a major issue in Nigeria and we are blocking all leakages and I can tell you that we are deliberately looking for those leakages to make sure they are closed, because if they are not closed, it will surely affect the system”.

“We are working very hard and we are doing the very best that we can do. I can tell you that Governor Okowa has set a high standard of governance in Nigeria. We as his lieutenants will follow his steps”, Tilije noted.

The State OMPAN Chairman, Peter Legacy, thanked the Commissioner for his warm reception and open door policy, pledging the support and cooperation of the association to the administration.


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