MY MISSION IS TO LIFT PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY, SAYS MAKINDE

According to him, his desire and focus during his tenure is to get the Board to balance the issue of infrastructural development and human capital development so that we can lift the people out of poverty.

In his words. “We have advised our commissioners to liaise with communities so that as the governor said during the inauguration, there will be bottomā€top approach. We will not design projects for communities in Warri, rather we will encourage commissioners to go to their communities through town hall meetings to generate projects.

They should be projects that can lift people out of poverty and not building houses that are
overgrown with weeds because you want to give a contractor a job or score cheap political gains.” Speaking to DESOPADEC Today shortly after the inaugural meeting with the Board, Chief Makinde hinted that they would award projects that they can afford, noting that they cannot afford having jobs abandoned. “Projects will be done according to available funds.

We will not award contracts based on sentiments or to score political gains. I think we should move the discussion away from building roads and bridges to lifting our people out of poverty. I look at the poverty index especially in my area which is at 75% as criminal. We
should move the discussion away from ourselves to the people that actually need the assistance.