IN an event witnessed by an unprecedented crowd at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro today (29/05/19) took oath of office as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively.
Governor Okowa in an address he delivered after being administered oath of office by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, stated that the oath he took was for him to build a stronger state.
According to the governor, “the oath of service I just took is more than an official function or constitutional requirement, it is a covenant between us, a covenant to build a stronger Delta in which we can freely and confidently, pursue our dreams and happiness in a safe and secure environment. “
“We shall remain mindful of the fact that whatever we do without laying a good foundation for our youths would be ‘building blocks on quick sand;’ parents, guardians, teachers and community leaders must rise up to their duties,” he said, adding, “we must teach our children the difference between good and evil, right and wrong; they must be taught the virtues of hard work, civic obligations, love, tolerance, good neighbourliness and respect for elders because, we must realize that if we give the wrong foundation to our children today, it goes on to bite the society when they grow up.”
The governor scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration through the Ministries of Works, Urban Renewal and the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, embarked on a total of 455 road projects comprising 1,269.42 kilometres and 517.34 kilometres of drainage channels and as at April 30, 2019, 263 of these roads, covering 638.23 kilometres and 295.71 kilometres of associated drains have been completed.
Amidst applause from the excited crowd, Governor Okowa reeled out the achievements of his administration in his first term to also, include, the rehabilitation of technical colleges at Agbor, Sapele, Ofagbe, Utagba-Ogbe, Ogor and Issele-Uku, stating that plans have been concluded for the construction of construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college to encourage skill and entrepreneurship development of the people.
“As many of you present here will testify that we devoted substantial resources, time and energy to build a knowledge-based economy and a critical mass of skills for entrepreneurship and business competitiveness; over 20,000 persons benefited from our flagship Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and similar programmes undertaken by the Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commerce and Industry, Women Affairs as well as the Delta State Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency,” the governor said, stating that curriculum of tertiary institutions in the state would be overhauled to include courses in personal development and problem solving.
He also, listed the achievements of his administration to include the accreditation of courses offered by the Delta State University, approval for the take-off of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Asaba Campus of DELSU, emphasizing that the upgrade of Asaba Airport to category 6 which receives international flights was also, an achievement by his administration in his first term as the airport will be concessioned to a consortium.
While he did a break-down of sector by sector achievements of his administration in his first term in office, Governor Okowa gave credit to the Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council, the Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities, traditional rulers, community leaders, grassroots organisations, and various stakeholders for working closely with his administration to ensure a peaceful state that has become the choice of investors.
“My deputy and I, pledge to do our best to be deserving of your trust; indeed, we are resolute in our quest to leave a legacy of a Delta State that is the frontrunner in the federation; all we need are your prayers and full cooperation; the future that we envision requires that we all open our hearts and minds to the values of love, courage, discipline, cooperation and commitment, which are imperative for growth, stability and sustainable development,” Governor Okowa said, reiterating, “we will explore the limitless possibilities that abound in our State and harness them for the greater good of all; in the same token, we must exigently sheath all political/ethnic cleavages, avoid stereotypes, shun prejudices, sustain and strengthen the institutions that enable peaceful co-existence in order to build a State united in our diversity. These values constitute the cornerstone for building a Stronger Delta with the three pillars of Prosperity, Peace and Progress..”
The Lord Has Gone Ahead Of Us, We Cannot Fail – Okowa
… As Delta Holds Praise and Worship Service To Celebrate Okowa’s Inauguration
DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed confidence that the handwork of God will be felt in the state within the next four years and the beyond.
According to the governor, his administration recorded successes in its first tenure because, God was in control.
Governor Okowa spoke today(29/05/19) night at an interdenominational thanksgiving service christened, “Praise and Worship Service” organised as part of activities to celebrate his successful inauguration as Governor of Delta State for a second term. The service took place at the Event Centre, Asaba.
“In the last four years, we have seen the hand of God in our dear state; all that we did were made possible by God; in everything, myself and my family have every reason to thank God and I can confidently say that we have seen the hands of God at work in our state,” he said, adding, “whateever we have been able to achieve was by the grace of God.”
He continued, “today, we are clapping, dancing and singing His praises because of His goodness to us as a state and as a people.”
“Going into the next four years, the Lord has gone ahead of us and following our Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot go wrong,” he emphasised.
The governor thanked traditional rulers in the state for their commitment to the work of God, reiterating, “I want to reassure you that as long as we continue to partner with God, it will be good for us and as far as we are gathered here today, He will make the life of every Deltan to be better; our Lord God knows what is good for us as a state and as a people and He will do it.”
He appealed to all Deltans to recognise God in their homes and in everything that they stating, “Jesus is Lord, Delta State will rise if we agree to honour our Lord and our God; work with us, partner with us and God will honour you.”
Earlier in a sermon, Bishop Simeon Okah stated, “anyone who build on God shall never fail; no one will leave this place without hope, God who kept you alive have something for you; there is no one, neighter any government that has enough for everyone but, God who has so much will provide for you.”
“The last tenure of Governor Okowa will be better than the first one; God will not dissappoint the state and I want to assure you of one thing my Governor, God will give you more sound people, people who will share in your vision to work with you,” he said, adding, “I want to assure every Deltan that the future will be better and we should stand with the Governor to build a better state; in this remaining four years, the glory of God is upon this state (Delta) and he cannot fail.”
He called for prayers for the governor to succeed, emphasising, “this state in the next four years, will be one of the best states in the country.”
Renowned gospel artistes, Chioma Jesus, Eben, Tim Godfrey Buchi, Travis Green, Mercy Chinwo, Solomon Urete and some indigenous gospel musicians performed at the event which was attended by former Governor James Ibori, former Deputy Governors of the state, Chief Benjamin Elue and Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), traditional rulers, men of God and Deltans from all walks of life.