Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his predecessor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, as he turned 66.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Thursday in Asaba, Okowa commended the former governor for his sterling contributions to the growth and development of Delta.

He described Uduaghan as “an elder statesman and leader of inestimable value” whose contributions to the growth and development of the state remained memorable.

He urged the former governor to continue to avail the state of his experience as the government worked towards a Stronger Delta for the people, and prayed that God Almighty would continue to bless him with good health and long life.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, it is with profound joy and gratitude to God that I express very warm felicitations to you on your 66th birth anniversary.

“As an administration, we appreciate the gigantic contributions you made and have continued to make for the peace and development of our dear state through the laudable programmes you embarked on during your tenure as Governor between 2007 and 2015.

“As we continue to pursue our Stronger Delta vision, we remain ever committed to a sustainable future that requires us to be more egalitarian and cooperative with all ethnic groups, the same goal you exemplified during your reign as Governor.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 66 years of a life of many accomplishments,” the governor stated.