Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday described Big Brother Naija (BBN) 2020 first runner-up, Dorathy Bachor, as a “proud ambassador of the state for displaying leadership traits.”
Okowa, while congratulating Bachor’s achievements, assured her and other talented Deltans of the government’s support to achieve their dreams.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa IIfeajeka, said the 24-year-old Dorathy from Ute-Okpu in the Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, had displayed leadership traits that distinguished her as a model for young persons in Delta and beyond.
The governor stated that he wasn’t surprised that she became the last woman standing out of 10 women among 20 housemates in the competition.
“We are glad she related very well with the housemates and survived all the evictions and avoided controversies in the house. She has portrayed the Delta character of being well behaved and a worthy ambassador of the state,” the governor stated.
Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.
He said that industrialisation of Nigeria was one good strategy to grow the nation’s economy, but observed that “challenges are actually so much that in the world today when you talk about our nation Nigeria, it’s like there is a question mark that follows and tends to limit the investing public from coming to us.
“The challenges of insecurity which is very key and very importantly, challenges of power failure which is also very significant limit industrialization.
“But, we must put our trust in God and allow Him to lead us because His wisdom is greater than the wisdom of the world.”
Governor Okowa acknowledged the benefits of a new state and said that Asaba and the entire state would have been less-developed than it is today if the state had not been created.
Brighter Days Ahead
He thanked religious leaders for their prayers for the state and the people, saying “brighter days surely lie ahead of our people’’.
The governor recalled that “29 years ago, this state was created out of the former Bendel State; we all rejoiced and we still rejoice till date. The Lord has done great things for us as a state and as a people in the past 29 years.
“I recall that even with the creation of the state and the joy, there were challenges that came with it. But 29 years later, we have realised that staying together we are able to develop our state, ourselves and our families, and to God be the glory.
“It is important that we continue to stay together because we have achieved reasonable peace and unity.
“When I recall at the creation of Delta state how Asaba was and what it is today, we can definitely say that we have had lots of changes and as a nation we have had our challenges and today, we have more challenges than we ever had and we cannot wish ourselves away from the Nigerian nation because we are part and parcel of the Nigerian nation.”
“Challenges of the time, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, have suppressed economies of the world. The nation is troubled and Delta State being part of the nation, is also troubled and I believe that there is only one way we can distinguish ourselves in a nation that is challenged as we found ourselves.’’
In his sermon entitled “Break camp and move on”, Archbishop of Bendel Province, The Most Rev’d Cyril Odutemu, said that Delta had achieved a lot from creation, but called for serious efforts in the industrialisation of the state.
“We have crossed the hurdles of tribal crisis and we are moving to the promise-land even though we are yet to arrive where we should be.
“We must break camp in the industrialisation of Delta State and in doing so, we must see every Deltan as brother and sister for the sake of our dear state,” he stated.
The thanksgiving service featured prayer sessions for the nation and the State as well as for all those in the position of authority.
The All Progressives Congress on Friday accused Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, of planning to disrupt the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party, in a reaction to the claims, said it was baseless, stressing that the APC’s accusations were only meant to induce voter apathy.
Briefing newsmen at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin-city, Edo APC Chairman, David Imuse, said the incumbents are coordinating a build-up of firearms and other dangerous weapons, which will be used to cause violence and subvert the electoral process.
Imuse said the Peoples Democratic Party-led administration is coordinating the plot with support from other PDP Governors in the country’s South-South region.
Tensions have continued to rise in Edo state as the elections approach.
The PDP has previously accused the APC of promoting violence during the campaign.
What Imuse Said? “In the past days, we have seen and experienced a buildup of firearms and violence in Edo State by the outgoing Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who no longer needs a diviner to tell him that he has been rejected by the people.
“Despite persistent warnings and alarms, Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu of the PDP have remained adamant, persistent on their wicked intent to unleash mayhem on Edo state in order to subvert the election and scare away voters who have expressed their resolve to reject the incompetent Governor and usher in a new lease of life with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC.
“Although the outgoing and embattled Governor Obaseki leads the way in his criminal and condemnable plot to mar the September 19 elections, recent facts have confirmed that he is not alone, but rather enjoying the support of some PDP Governors in an evil partnership premised on a shared debased character of criminality, electoral violence and mockery of the law.
“Governor Obaseki is in chohorts with the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, with both characters forming a combo that is apparently, as the recent developments have shown, productive in the industry of violence. This time their evil proficiencies are focused on setting Edo state ablaze.”
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has sent condolences to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara on the death of his father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq.
Okowa’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.
He said the death of the governor’s father was a big loss, not only to people of Kwara but the nation in general, given his invaluable contributions to nation-building.
Okowa said that the late Abdulrasaq, who reportedly died on Saturday, July 25 in Lagos at 92, was reputed to be the first lawyer of Northern Nigeria extraction.
He joined the Abdulrasaq family, the people, and the Government of Kwara to mourn the departed patriarch and elder statesman.
The Delta governor said that Alhaji Abdulrasaq lived a life of impact, and urged the family to be consoled by the legacies left behind by their late iconic father.
He said that the family should take solace in the fact that the late patriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by his children, including the emergence of Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq as Governor of Kwara.
“We received the news of the demise of your beloved father with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a life of dedicated service to the nation 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 your departed father.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother governor, Abdulrasaq, on the unfortunate demise of your beloved father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, SAN.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has empathised with Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and family following the news that they tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, on Wednesday expressed its solid support for the governor and his family at this trying time.
The party urged him to be firm in faith and strong in the conviction that this is a situation that would soon pass.
“Your Excellency, the Delta PDP family wish you, your dear wife and members of your family presently inconvenienced by this unwanted situation, a speedy recovery.
“COVID-19, like you have told Deltans, is not in any way a death sentence and your inspirational leadership, as well as proactive management of this pandemic, has further strengthened our belief that you and your family will all come out stronger and healthier.
“We commended your Excellency for the sincerity, honesty and the transparency you have continually exhibited, especially as it concerns your family since the outbreak of this pandemic.
“We join our prayers with those of your well-wishers all over the world, that the good Lord will touch you and your family with His Divine healing at this time,’’ the party prayed.
It called on Deltans to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 preventive measures put in place by the NCDC, the Federal and Delta Ministries of Health amid rising positive cases of the pandemic in the state.
“It is now obvious to all that COVID-19 is real.’’
The party wished the governor and his wife, speedy recovery and prayed that God blesses and keeps them safe.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday expressed concern over the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.
In a statement he personally signed, the governor said it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and frightening proportion in the state.
He also expressed regret that many people in the state still thought the pandemic was a hoax.
Okowa urged the people of the state to take necessary precautions prescribed by the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, saying the state stood the risk of becoming another COVID-19 epicenter after Lagos State.
He said: “It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some prominent citizens.
“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realise that the coronavirus disease is real.”
The governor disclosed that Delta has 781 confirmed COVID-19 cases as at Saturday evening..
The NCDC confirmed 66 new cases in the state Friday night.
Okowa added: “This brought the total number of infected persons in the state so far to 781. The local governments mostly affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66).”
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says one of his daughters has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The governor announced this on Friday via his verified Twitter handle.
He noted that in line with the procedures of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), his family would go into isolation for two weeks.
We will continue to keep you all updated.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, also confirmed the development in a statement on Friday.
According to him, the state government has intensified efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Ifeajika said, “It is again pertinent to stress that COVID-19 is real and citizens are advised to be disciplined and comply with the protocols of wearing face masks and maintaining physical-distancing while in public places, as well as basic hygiene of handwashing with soap in running water and use of alcohol-based sanitisers as NCDC regulation demands.”
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday congratulated his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Olukayode Fayemi, who clocked 55 years on Feb. 9.
Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and made available to newsmen in Asaba.
He extolled Fayemi for his tremendous contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the service of his state and country.
Okowa noted that Fayemi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was an accomplished politician.
”He was first elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2010 and lost re-election bid in 2014 and became the Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2015 to 2018 until he was re-elected as Governor of Ekiti State.
“In May, 2019, he was elected Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum,” he said.
Okowa said that as a former minister, Fayemi contributed significantly to the growth of revenue from exports in the Mining sector from 2016 to 2017, contributing seven per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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.
“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.
“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 on his 55th birth anniversary,” he said.
Okowa thanked the Almighty God for his life which had been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfilments.
The Delta State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who is the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee disclosed this on Friday after signing the minimum wage documents on behalf of the state government.
Ebie said the implementation of the minimum wage would commence from November 1, 2019.
He added that the state government would commence payment from January and pay the arrears of the new minimum wage with the January and February salaries.
The SSG gave an assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.
According to him, the governor is passionate about workers’ wellbeing and enjoins the state workforce to reciprocate the government gesture by redoubling their commitment to their duties.
Ebie thanked both the government and the labour teams for their resilience in making the outcome of the negotiations fruitful.
In his response, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Delta, Goodluck Ofobruku, commended the state government for its transparency towards the smooth conclusion of the negotiation exercise.
Three members of the 2019 Delta State Delegation to Jerusalem Holy Pilgrimage absconded on arriving the Holy land.
Reacting to the report, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa called for thorough screening process devoid of sentiments to prevent future recurrence of pilgrims absconding on arriving the Holy land.
The Governor spoke at the swearing of Apostle Sylvannus Okorote as his Special Adviser on Religious Matters along with the inauguration of seven boards in Asaba.
“The issue of people absconding in Jerusalem rather than going for the purpose for which they were sent there for is becoming very worrisome and a lot of work is to be done to check this trend;there have been information showing that 3 persons absconded in their pilgrimage trips; there will be an investigation to look into the sources where the recommendations for these individuals came from because such incidence is very embarrassing and that is unacceptable from our state, so the process of screening for pilgrimages must be one that is thorough; one that is devoid of sentiment and when we find those responsible for this mishap they will no longer be allowed to make recommendations now and in the future” He said.
PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus, was in a celebratory mood on Saturday December 14th as his daughter Sharon, got married to her fiance, Binunudu Agwo, son of former boss of Rivers State Maintenance Agency, Samuel Agwo in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The exchange of vows took place at the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, Port Harcourt, while the reception was at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre and Sports complex.
Guests at the wedding ceremony included former Delta state governor James Ibori, Dino Melaye, Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state and many others.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has advised political gladiators who wish to succeed him, to adopt a friendly disposition while politicking, saying that power belongs to God and He alone determines who would be governor in the next four years.
Okowa specifically called on Urhobo people to be united and fellowship with other ethnic groups in the state, to enable them achieve the aspiration of producing his successor in 2023.
He made the call at Agbarho while addressing delegates at the 88th Annual Urhobo National Day Celebration organised by Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).
Okowa stressed the need for oneness and peaceful co-existence among various ethnic nationalities to enable government deliver on its development blueprint, pointing out that the cooperation of all was needed in tackling lingering national security challenges.
The governor announced that the state government would spend N9.5 billion on the first phase of the Storm Water Drainage project to address flooding in Warri and Uvwie areas.
He said the Warri, Uvwie and Environs Development Agency was established to give impetus to the development of the area, adding that the agency had commenced the process of awarding a contract for the first phase of the drainage project in Warri in the area.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Monday in Asaba lamented the evasion of tax payment by majority of those in affluence in the state.
The governor said such apathy towards tax obligation was exacerbating the already dwindling revenue from the federation accounts.
Okowa who made the observation while inaugurating the state board of internal revenue, charged the board to step up efforts to increase internally generated revenue so as to bridge the funding gap in the state economy.
He however, urged the board which has Mr. Monday Onyeme as chairman not to burden the poor nor over charge the rich who were already keyed into the tax net but seek ways to engage new taxpayers.
According to him, “the state needs additional funds to finance its technical education, health, infrastructure (roads) among others.”
He further tasked the board to increase its relationship with all relevant government agencies for effective synergy to increase internal revenue.
Other members of the inaugurated board were Mr. Mike Edegware (secretary), Mr. Kelly Edegwhenerue and Mr. Godday Daniel. The fifth member, Austin Igbini, according the governor, would be inaugurated next month.
Responding on behalf of other members, Onyeme, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to be re-appointed for a second term and pledged their commitment to deliver on the mandate.
He appealed to the governor and the state House of Assembly to fast track the process of the giving full autonomy to the board.
According to him, the autonomy will enable the board act faster, effectively and become more proactive in tackling tax matters and increase the revenue base.
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as he turns 73 on Monday.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Sunday, the governor described Atiku, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections, as “a man of strong convictions.”
According to him, Atiku’s drive and tenacity to lead the country will one day materialise.
Okowa commended the elder statesman for his tremendous impact on the lives of people, irrespective of tribe, religion, social status or political affiliation through his entrepreneurial activities.
The governor lauded Atiku’s outstanding contributions to job creation through his numerous investments.
He also lauded the Wazirin Adamawa for his dexterity, sagacity and courage in pursuing his dream of leading the country in spite of the hurdles.
The governor thanked Atiku for the numerous political and legal battles he had fought to advance the cause of democracy in Nigeria.
“That our democracy is firmly rooted today is because you fought anti-democratic forces that tried to undermine our democracy at some point in our democratic journey.
“Over the years, you have continued to provide and offer leadership at various strata of the society.
“I urge you to continue to serve Nigeria well without relenting because, one day, your quest to lead this nation will become a reality.
“One of the major challenges we are facing as a nation is lack of jobs for our teeming graduates and I must thank you specifically for the numerous job opportunities you provided.
“This will continue to provide for our people to utilise their potential and earn a decent means of livelihood.
“Over the years, you maintained a large, devoted and loyal followership and bestrode Nigeria’s political scene like a colossus due to your famed generosity and large-heartedness,” Okowa said.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your 73rd birth anniversary.
“In the past 73 years, your family and political and business associates have cause to be grateful to God for having granted you a life of great accomplishments and abiding fulfillment,” the governor added.