Dr. O'diakpo Obire is the President of Greater Delta Foundation. He is also the President of Hatfield Group, a consolidated group with diversified involvement in hospitality business (Hotels & Resorts), Agriculture, Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing & Security Equipment Services. He is an uncommon philanthropist with a passion for making people happy. He does his philanthropy without ceremony. Dr. Obire hails from Ovu Inland in Ethiope East Local Govt Area of Delta.
Resilient & Standard Infrastructure is based on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No. 9. It is our promise to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation in Delta State.
Any kilometer of road we will build, will be built to last a lifetime. In so doing, in a generation, all roads in Delta will be durable and comparable to the best in the world.
Quality, Free (Primary /Secondary) & Holistic Education (including the Promotion & Sponsorship of Sports)
Education is the bedrock of sustainable development. To this end, we will ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all in Delta State.
Sports is key to the all round development of a child. The skills learned during sports contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as: honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and others and adherence to rules.
It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
Regular physical activity promotes growth and development and has multiple benefits for physical, mental, and psychosocial health that undoubtedly contribute to learning.
We will promote sports because we know that not all children are mentally endowed, some are physically endowed. Besides, sports, if properly managed, as we will do, is a major employer of youths as well as generating increased income for individuals and the State.
We will provide healthcare for all Deltans with the following six aims for the health care system.
Safe: Avoiding harm to patients from the care that is intended to help them.
Effective: Providing services based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit
Patient-centered : Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.
Timely: Reducing waits and sometimes harmful delays for both those who receive and those who give care.
Efficient : Avoiding waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
Equitable : Providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.
Healthcare will be free for children, pregnant women and the elderly.
A mono-product economy is subject to the vagaries of market forces.
We will diversify the economy of our State away from relying on handouts from Abuja.
The most evident advantage of doing so would be to increase the resilience of the economy of our State. Just as one does not “put all eggs into one basket”, our State economy will not be heavily reliant on a single product, as it is currently. We will diversify into agriculture, sports, ICT, manufacturing, etc.
Conflicts, armed robbery, kidnapping and ransom-demanding, etc, seem ever-present facts of human existence in our State and nearly always at the expense of societal development. Insecurity impedes sustainable development because resources are diverted to military purposes and others, resources that could be better used for human development.
However, it has been shown that successful development of education, health, governance and infrastructure, are key attributes that make insecurity markedly less likely.
We will thus tackle insecurity in two ways:
a. employ innovative ways to discourage crime and other vices and;
b. provide good governance via healthcare, education, infrastructure, etc
The goal of all job creation strategies is to stimulate healthy economic growth. Additionally job creation reduces insecurity since idle hands that could have been recruited into crime are gainfully employed.
We know that in every economy, small businesses account for about 65 percent of all new jobs created.
With this is mind, we will target small private businesses and professional firms with soft loans to enable them expand their businesses and with a mandate to employ a fixed number of unemployed graduates
The Business Dictionary defines empowerment as:
A management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take INITIATIVE and make DECISIONS to SOLVE PROBLEMS and improve service and performance.
Empowerment is based on the idea that giving people skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.
To this effect, we will empower the people through trainings to enable take initiative and make decisions to solve their problems. The graduate without skills will be empowered, ditto the market woman, driver, okada rider, etc.