Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has urged Nigerians to render service to humanity as a reflection of God’s wish for His children.
He made the call on Saturday at the wedding between Mr Daniel Omoghene and Miss Esther Ofou at Church of God Mission international, Asaba.
According to the governor, service to the people should be rendered selflessly and such service will never go unnoticed and it will be rewarded.
“When you work, when you render service, do it with all your heart; render service wherever you find yourself as if you are doing it for God.
“Do not engage in eye-service, because when you work hard, you will get your reward.
“Recall that among those in ‘Our Mata’ group, someone was moved from Special Assistant to Commissioner position in this state; it shows that selfless service will not go unnoticed,” he said.
He advised the couple to allow Jesus to preside over their home all the time “and everything will work according to His will.”
He said “My wife and I are already 33 years in marriage by God’s grace and I believe we have a lot of experience to share.
“Learn to read the Bible, study His words together; trust God at all times to provide for your family.
“Allow Jesus Christ and the word of God into your family because once you accept Jesus, everything works for good; we should know Christ and allow Him to reside in our homes and with Him, He will provide for us.
“I am convinced that this marriage will work.”
Okowa thanked the parents of the couple and the church for ensuring that the wedding was a success.
Earlier, in a sermon, Rev. Eric Nwachukwu, urged the couple to always share things together, avoid keeping secrets and not to also allow outside interference in their family.
Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has said that people will be remembered by how they impacted on the lives of others, not by the number of years they lived.
Speaking on Friday at a funeral Mass held for Mr Anthony Obuh at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor, the governor noted that it was important for Nigerians to touch lives with the way they live.
Mr Obuh, a retired Permanent Secretary was a governorship aspirant, a former Commissioner and was the Chairman, Bureau for State Pensions in Delta.
“We want to give God the glory for a life well spent by our brother and friend, Tony Obuh; it is not how long you lived but how you lived and we are here to bid farewell to someone each and everyone of us will remember for a very long time.
“He made a lot of impact on family and friends and did a lot for our state, Delta; we should have confidence that the family will continue to maintain the name Tony Obuh made while he was alive “.
“I want to encourage the family that we need to realise that the best we can do for our departed father is to maintain the kind of life that will give deep meaning to his life; it is time to stay strong and believe in God, your God that He trusted.
“He worked for the people; he believed in the people; Tony was humble, he was a generous man even on his dying bed”.
“It is my prayer that God will fill the gap and give the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” Governor Okowa said.
Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. Michael Elue had in a homily, said the passage of Obuh should “rekindle our faith in the risen Christ.
“We implore God’s mercy and commend the soul of our brother to the hand of God; it is important that we live a good life while on earth; death doesn’t terminate life, it ushers us into the life of immortality”.
“Our presence here today in this number is an indication of the type of life our brother, Tony Obuh lived; whenever we are burying someone, we use the opportunity to re-examine our own lives” .
“Our prayer today is for God to give us the strength to live according to our belief.”
The Bishop prayed for the repose of the soul of Tony Obuh at the Mass which was also attended by wife of the Governor, Dame Edith, Deputy Governor ,Burutu Otuaro; former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; Senator James Manager; Rt. Hon. Christopher Ochor; Mr Reginald Bayoko; Chief Kingsley Esiso; Dr Cairo Ojougbo among others.
An array of Priests attended the Holy Mass.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu on his election as the Archbishop of Bendel Province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
Okowa said that Odutemu’s elevation was well-deserved given his antecedents as a firebrand preacher and outstanding administrator.
In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba,
the governor said that the people of Ughelli Diocese, Deltans and Nigerians were proud of his elevation as
Archbishop of Bendel province.
He noted that the Bishop-elect emerged from a “highly competitive selection process’’, but said that he wasn’t surprised at his emergence to occupy the exalted office.
According to him, Odutemu’s emergence as Archbishop-elect of Bendel Province of the Anglican
Communion did not come to me as a surprise. It is divinely-earned, given his pedigree, including his great ways of preaching the gospel and deep administrative prowess.
The governor urged the Archbishop-elect to ensure that there was peace, growth and development in the Anglican Communion in Delta and Edo which made up the Bendel Province.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate an illustrious Deltan, a man of unassailable integrity and an epitome of humility, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu, on his elevation to the Archbishop of Bendel Province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
“With your resounding intellect, great pastoral zeal and compassion, you have over the years risen above board by preaching the word of faith towards repentance.
“It is our prayer that in your new position, God uses you to counsel and move the entire Bendel Province, Anglican Communion in the direction in which you have been ordained to lead,’’ he said.
Until his emergence as Archbishop-elect, Odutemu was presiding Bishop of Ughelli Diocese of the Church and was recently inaugurated as Chairman, Delta State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
Okowa wished him God’s guidance and success at his new post.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the Government and people of Anambra over the passing of renowned author, scholar and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom, Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike.
Ike who died on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra, after a brief illness, was 88 years.
He was Registrar of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) before joining the University of Ibadan where he rose to become a Professor.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, the governor noted that the monarch was among the generation of African writers that emerged at the twilight of colonialism in the continent under the aegis of African Writers Series powered by Heineman Publishing Company.
He said “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the Government and people of Anambra over the passing of renowned author and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom, Prof. Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike.
“My last encounter with the renowned Professor and traditional ruler was in 2017 at the 57th Founder’s Day of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he chaired the 2017 Dignity of Man Award conferred on me.
“Prof. Ike at the occasion went down memory lane and recalled that experience of Africans, discriminations in different forms caused the University of Nigeria to adopt ‘Restore the Dignity of Man’ as its motto.
“I am glad to note that he fought discriminations in his various books and he consistently called on Africans to be proud of what they have and reduce imbibing foreign culture.
“He will be fondly remembered for his novels ‘Toads for
Supper’, ‘The Naked Gods’, ‘The Chicken Chasers’, ‘The Bottled Leopard’, ‘The Potter’s Wheel,’ and ‘Sunset at Dawn’.”
Okowa prayed that the almighty God would grant the soul of the departed monarch eternal rest.
Workers in Delta will receive the new minimum wage in their January, 2020 salary as the state government and the organised labour have resolved to accept the template being used by the Federal Government for the implementation.
At a joint press conference where the agreement was signed in Asaba on Friday evening, the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie stated that with the agreement, two months arrears would be paid to the workers.
“From the word go, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made it clear that his administration will implement the new minimum wage in line with the template received from the Federal Government and so we have not deviated from that; we just needed to agree on the final details which was done courtesy of the negotiations that started sometime in December 2019.
“The highlights are pretty simple and straightforward and going by the circular we received from the National Salary Based Income and Wages Commission in Abuja which highlighted the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustments, the state government has implemented same.
“Essentially, the salary structure is broken down in which ministry or area a civil servant falls into and we have adhered to what we received from Abuja.
“We will be implementing the minimum wage and paying two months arrears of the minimum wage effective from the 1st of November 2019 and we agreed that it will take a little time for the implementation so the actual payment will take effect from January 2020,” Mr Ebie said.
He disclosed that the new minimum wage would increase the state wage bill with about N700 million and urged the state workforce to always put in their best.
Chairman and Chief negotiator of the organised labour, Comrade Goodluck Oforbruku in his speech, said, “let me use this opportunity to thank Governor Okowa for keeping to his words and promises that he made that whatever the federal government agreed, that he will implement.
“At the end of January 2020, we will receive the new minimum wage with one month arrears and in the month of February, the remaining arrears will be paid.
“We want to assure the state government that workers in Delta will continue to support government programs and put in their best to ensure effective delivery of a stronger Delta.”
Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Martins Bolum, stated, “we want to thank Governor Okowa for making it possible for Delta to be the first state in the whole of South East and South South to implement the minimum wage.
“As at yesterday, only 5 states have implemented and Delta is the 6th state to implement the minimum wage in the country; we got positive reactions and encouragement from the workers of Delta while the negotiation was on.”
At the signing of the agreement were the Head of Service Mr. Reginald Bayoko, Commissioner for Finance Mr. Fidelis Tilijie, representatives of different trade unions among others.