Governor of Delta, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday commended the Nigerian Army and the Police for their prompt intervention in the clash between suspected herdsmen and Uwheru communities in Ughelli North Local Government Area.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor expressed gratitude for the peace that had been restored to the communities through the instrumentality of the security agencies.
He, however, said that he was saddened by reports of persons, including security agents, feared to have lost their lives.
Okowa restated the confidence of the state government in the security agencies to rise to security challenges in the state.
He thanked the army authorities for the sustained support to the state in providing security and protecting public facilities across the state.
The governor called on the communities affected in the crisis to maintain the peace that had been restored, assuring that the security agents would investigate the cause of the clash and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Governor of Delta, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, as he turns 60 years on Feb. 16.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, eulogised el-Rufai for his tremendous contributions and sterling accomplishments in the service of his state and country.
According to him, the city of Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory are what they are today due to the courageous acts of el-Rufai, who stood firm to ensure proper implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.
Okowa pointed out that the governor also contributed significantly to the growth of the nation’s economy when as Director-General of Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), he saw to the unbundling of several comatose government-owned companies.
According to him, el-Rufai turned the moribund firms to viable public enterprises, contributing greatly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
“Your impressive public service record and outstanding accomplishments in office have placed your name on the sands of time as a leader worthy of emulation.
“The people of Kaduna State can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in statesmanship as exemplified in your civil service reforms, which include revamping of public schools and lighting up major cities in the state.
“Indeed, you have proved beyond measures that you are a worthy political leader and an emerging nationalist,” he said.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a gentleman politician, an outstanding public servant, a leading light of this generation, a courageous democrat and my brother governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, as he clocks three score years on Feb. 16.
“On this auspicious occasion of your diamond birth anniversary, I join your family, friends and well-wishers and the people of Kaduna State to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by enviable accomplishments and enduring fulfillment,” Okowa added.
el-Rufai, a first class Quantity Surveyor and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, was first elected Governor of Kaduna State in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.
He was Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) from 1999 to 2003 and Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from 2003 to 2007.
Delta governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has decried renewed attacks by suspected herdsmen on Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities of Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports from the communities, herdsmen accompanied by unidentified army personnel stormed the communities in an unprovoked attack that has become an annual routine, killed no fewer than eight persons and injured many others.
The reports revealed that the crisis started on Thursday and that as at Saturday, lives and property, including farms, had been lost.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor flayed the crisis which had resulted in unwarranted killings of innocent locals.
He called for restraint from the warring parties, saying that he had directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Asaba, to as a matter of urgency ensure that peace was restored to the communities.
Okowa also charged authorities of the Nigerian Army to investigate the alleged involvement of its personnel in the crisis and fish them out.
He appealed to the communities to remain calm and peaceful while security agencies “investigate the root cause of the crisis with a view to bringing the culprits to justice’’.
“The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected criminal herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless.
“I, however, appeal to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. I commiserate with the communities and families on the unfortunate loss of their loved ones.
“I have directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice.
“As a state, our people have been very receptive to herdsmen and other visitors, but our hospitality and welcoming disposition should not be taken as act of cowardice.
“The state government will continue to encourage peaceful and harmonious relations between Deltans and their visitors, but will not watch outsiders attack and kill our people any longer,” the governor stated.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Bayelsa Governor, Senator Douye Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on their successful inauguration in office on Friday.
Diri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced winner of the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, following Thursday’s Supreme Court disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the election over certificates forgery.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, on Friday, Okowa described the emergence of Diri as “an act of God” and called on protesting people of Bayelsa to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.
He stated that he understood the pains of the people, because the apex court’s ruling shattered their choices but urged them to leave everything in the hand of God, assuring that Senator Douye Diri will not disappoint Bayelsans.
“It is heart-warming to see you emerge as Governor of Bayelsa against all odds and I am grateful to the Supreme Court and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for doing the right things as required by the laws of our land.
“We have also been inundated with news of violent protests trailing your emergence as Governor, and
I appeal to the good people of Bayelsa to take the ruling as an ‘act of God’ and give peace a chance, knowing sincerely that you will not disappoint them,” he said.
The governor urged Diri to immediately commence the process of reconciliation and bridge-building within and outside the PDP, saying that he should be “governor for all Bayelsans’’.
He advised the governor to adopt peace and unity as prime components of his mantra, insisting that Bayelsa deserved good leadership “which I am certain you will provide’’.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother Governor, Senator Douye Diri and your deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on your successful assumption of office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa respectively.”
“It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom, knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to Bayelsans,” he added.
Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged political office holders to be guided at all times by good governance and leadership principles.
The governor made the call on Tuesday in Asaba while swearing in a former member of House of Representatives, Evelyn Oboro as Special Adviser and chairman and members of the state’s Sports Commission.
Also sworn in is a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, Chief Lucky Ekayama Loyibo.
Sports Commission has Chief Tonobok Okowa as Chairman and Rev. Omatshola Williams, Chief Chinonye Daphey and Chief Ernest Juweto as members.
Okowa congratulated the appointees and said that they were well chosen as “men and women with strong work ethic, discipline and commitment’’
According to him, it is a good mix of motivators and technocrats, enthusiasm and experience, passion and temperance.
The governor urged the officer to be diligent in their responsibilities, saying “it is imperative that your decisions, actions and utterances as political office holders are guided by the principles of good governance, leadership by example, prudent management, effective public communication, excellent service delivery and collective responsibility.
“You should discharge your responsibilities in accordance with section 196 sub-sections 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and work for the good governance and development of the state.
“To the newly sworn-in Special Adviser, it is imperative that you get yourself thoroughly acquainted with the policy direction of this administration by getting a copy of my Inauguration Speech and digest it properly.
“It goes without saying that you are required to render advisory services to the Governor and work in close liaison with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“I welcome sound and professional advice that will put the administration on the path of delivering the dividends of democracy and finishing strong
“This administration is ever ready to listen to good advice and work with it as long as it will further our developmental aspirations and impact positively on the lives of our people.’’
He commended the Sports Commission for the outstanding work it did in the first term of his administration, recalling that Delta retained its front-runner status in athletics, coming first in all National Youth Games and the National Sports Festival 2019 by a very wide margin.
“It is also gratifying to note that the State successfully hosted the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, also known as Asaba 2018, at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium and it is expected that this board will strive to sustain this momentum and break new grounds.
“I am delighted with the coming of the Delta Sports Festival and football competitions for our primary and secondary schools; hopefully, these competitions will help us to discover new talents in the areas we have competitive edge such as athletics, football, boxing and hockey thereby, putting the Stephen Keshi Stadium to good use.
“The Sports Commission will need to do more in terms of attracting national and continental sporting events aside from their great entertainment/recreational value.
“These also have the multiplier effect of impacting positively on the hospitality industry and the retail economy as we saw with Asaba 2018 and the Aiteo Cup Final 2018.
“I assure you that this administration shall continue to give the necessary support and cooperation that all appointees require to be able to discharge their duties to the utmost of their individual abilities and in an environment that is empowering and liberating,” the governor said.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oboro thanked Gov. Okowa for deeming them fit to serve in his administration and assured that they would work to see that dividends of democracy got to people at the grassroots.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent condolences to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on the passing away of his uncle, Chief Charles Wike.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor joins the Wike family and people of Rivers to mourn the departed historian and community leader.
He noted that late Wike lived a life of impact and urged the family to be consoled by the legacies left behind by their late patriarch.
Okowa paid glowing tribute to the deceased for being a good uncle and father and urged the family to take solace in the fact that he lived to witness the outstanding successes achieved by his children, including the emergence of his nephew, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike as Governor of Rivers.
“We received the news of the demise of your beloved uncle with shock but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a life of dedicated service to God and humanity.
“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you the courage to bear the loss, as we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed chief.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with my brother Governor, Nyesom Wike, on the unfortunate demise of his beloved uncle.
“It is my prayer that God will comfort Gov. Wike and his entire family and Rivers people and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.” the governor said.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria), Rt. Revd. John Aruakpor, as he turns 60 years on Feb. 10.
Aruakpor was elected Bishop in March, 2012 and was consecrated in May, 2012 and since then he has led the church to provide not only spiritual growth of the people, but the overall physical well-being and welfare of the people of his diocese.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, lauded the Bishop for his immense contributions and consummate accomplishments in the service of God and humanity.
According to him, the ennobling roles of Bishop Aruakpor to the teaching of the word of God and providing leadership and mentorship through his many teachings and writings is worthy and commendable.
“Your lordship, your leadership of the Diocese of Oleh has continued to play a very critical role in the growth and development of the people and we can’t thank you enough.
“In the face of daunting challenges of insecurity, hunger and poverty pervading the land, you have continued to play noble role in moulding opinions, giving hope to the hopeless and making critical interventions in the lives of our people.
“I am particularly aware of the role you have continued to play in the resolution of issues between politicians and stakeholders in the Isoko axis, and it is my prayer that you continue to provide advice and guidance to our people in the area.
“The people of Isoko that make up the Diocese of Oleh can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in the teaching of the gospel of Christ,” he said
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate Rt. Revd. John Usiwoma Aruakpor, Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria) on his diamond birth anniversary.
“On this auspicious occasion of your 60th anniversary, I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life which has been characterized by substantial accomplishments and obvious fulfillment,” the governor added.
Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday charged Nigerians to extol God always to enable Him bless the nation and people more.
He gave the charge at a thanksgiving service for Chief Efe Afe, member of House of Representatives, representing Uvwie, Okpe, Sapele constituency at Omega Fire Ministries, Effurun.
According to Okowa God will always reward those who give Him thanks.
He commended the lawmaker for recognising that power came from God.
“I want to thank God for this day; whatever we are today is because of God; no one can give position except it comes from God.
“Hon. Afe, it is good that you have come to give thanks to Him; that is what is expected of a good Christian, because what God requires is patience as He knows the right time to act.
“I believe that for each and everyone of us who has recognised the roles God is playing in our path, He will not let us down,” Okowa said.
In his sermon earlier, the Resident Pastor of the church, Goodluck Ebireri, urged Christians to have faith in God no matter the circumstances.
He said, “no matter the challenges, you must have faith in God because with your faith in Him, He will preserve your life.”
The Deputy Governor, Mr Burutu Otuaro, Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborovweri, Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu, were among dignitaries who graced the event.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Olukayode Fayemi, as his turns 55 years on Feb. 9.
Fayemi, an All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, was first elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2010 and lost re-election bid in 2014.
He was Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2015 to 2018 when he was re-elected Governor of Ekiti State.
In May, 2019, he was elected Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, extolled Fayemi for his tremendous contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the service of his state and country.
According to him, the sterling contributions of Fayemi to the promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Nigeria are legendary and worthy of commendation.
Okowa noted that the former minister contributed significantly to the growth of revenue from exports in the Mining sector by 592 per cent from 2016 to 2017 contributing seven per cent to Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
“Your impressive political and developmental achievements in office have placed your name on the sands of time as a leader worthy of commendation.
“The people of Ekiti State can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in state craftsmanship as exemplified in the modest achievements through the implementation of your well-articulated social-welfarist blueprint known as the Eight-Point Agenda.
“In the contemporary politics of Nigeria, Kayode Fayemi has become a household name as an emerging nationalist and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum,” he said.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a gentleman of honour and an outstanding personality, a leading light of this generation, a consummate politician of our time and a courageous democrat, Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi, on his 55th birth anniversary.
“On this auspicious occasion of your 55th birth anniversary, I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfillment,” Okowa added.