Delta Stable Despite Diversity, According to Okowa | The Guardian Nigeria News
• Okonjo-Iweala, Ovia, Elumelu, Clark, others receive prizes
Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa said the state, in its three decades of existence, has been a potpourri of diversity and inclusion, hardships and triumphs , growth and stability.
Okowa said this Friday evening at the gala and awards night in Asaba to mark the grand finale of a week-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the state, held at the ‘Event Center in the state capital.
No less than 18 distinguished Deltans, including the Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia; Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu; The Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the eminent scholar, Professor Obaro Ikime, were honored for their contributions to the development of the state and the country.
The other laureates were Professors Joy Ogwu; Grace Alele-Williams and Emmanuel Nwanze, as well as renowned architect, chef Charles Majoroh, chef Edwin K. Clark, pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, editor of the Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu and comedian of first line, Atunyota Akpobome (aka Alibaba).
The winners also include Michael Ajereh (Don Jazzy); Ese Mist; Timipamere Akiayefa and three posthumous recipients: Chief Mukoro Mowoe, Chief James Otobo, and former premier of the late Midwestern region, Chief Dennis Osadebay.
Okowa thanked Deltans for his support and cooperation in building a smart, strong and secure state, adding: “After 30 years, I can boldly say that it has been three decades of diversity and inclusion, of trying and triumphs, growth and stability. ”
The governor expressed gratitude to serving, retired or late officials who made huge sacrifices to ensure the state’s successful take-off, although he said his administration was breaking new ground in creating the state. jobs and wealth through the development of entrepreneurship, while building a road and physical infrastructure of the most vital interest and impact.
“Thinking back over the past 30 years, it was clear to us that the celebration of this milestone would not be complete without the recognition of the Deltans, who made the state proud in their various fields of activity,” he said. declared.
Okowa pointed out that the list of eminent sons and daughters is by no means exhaustive and that there are many Deltans who are making waves in various aspects of life and across the nations of the world, adding: “As as government, we thought that was a good place to start. , and we are deeply grateful that the winners felt it was worth it to be here today, and we thank you for doing us this honor.
He requested the continued support of all Deltans, including the Diaspora, for his administration in its determination to offer them a stronger Delta, ensuring that ongoing projects and programs would be concluded, while the premium would continue to be committed to the well-being of the population. .
Responding on behalf of the laureates, Oritsejafor said they had had reason to be honored in different places, but it was heartwarming to be remembered and honored by their condition. He congratulated the governor on the recognition and assured his continued support and prayers for the state.