Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has proceeded on a 15-day leave and his deputy, Mr kingsley Otuaro, has stepped in, in acting capacity, a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said in Asaba thursday.
The statement said the two-week leave, which the governor has duly informed the state legislature, is part of Okowaâ€™s annual leave.
According to the statement by Aniagwu, â€œIn line with the provisions of Section 190 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the governor has written to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly intimating the assembly of his intention to proceed on his annual leave.
â€œThe letter also stated that the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro will act as acting governor during the period of the leave.â€
The statement also quoted the governorâ€™s letter as saying: â€œI send warm greetings to the Right Honourable Speaker, and write to intimate the House that I would be proceeding on 15-day leave which will form part of my 2017 annual vacation from Monday, June 26 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017, while the remaining part of my annual leave will be enjoyed later in the year.
In accordance with Section 190 (1) of the Constitution (as amended), His Excellency, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, shall perform the duties of my office as Acting Governor during the period of my absence on leave.
â€œI will greatly appreciate if the foregoing is placed before the Honourable House for information. Please, accept the assurances of my high regard and best wishes for you and the Honourable Members of the House.â€
Okowa is expected to resume work on July 12, 2017, the statement further disclosed, urging the indigenes of the state â€œto extend the same support and cooperation to the deputy governor while he performs his functions as acting governor.â€