Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday congratulated former Military Governor of defunct South Eastern State, Maj.-Gen. Paul Omu (retd), who clocks 80 on July 1.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Tuesday, the governor underscored the significance of the many years of the celebrant’s service to the nation.

He noted that Omu’s military career saw him through sensitive and strategic leadership positions as Military Governor of South Eastern State (1975-1978), Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji and member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council.

“Gen. Omu served the nation meritoriously with his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience. Flowing from these, I urge him to remain relevant by counseling governments on security and mentoring young security personnel.

“Our state, Delta, particularly needs his experience at this critical period that the government and people are contending with security issues,’’ he said.

Okowa felicitated with family members, friends, the people of Igbide and Isoko nation on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the former Commandant at Jaji.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our father and leader, Major General Paul Ufuoma Omu (OFR) (retd), on this momentous occasion of his 80th birth anniversary.

“As you join the club of octogenarians, it is my prayer that the Almighty God would grant you longer life, good health and continue to bless your family,” he stated.