Delta State Government has set up an eight man committee to prepare and organise the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state with a charge to improve the unity and peace that binds Deltans.
Speaking in Asaba at a Press Conference to herald the activities to mark the Anniversary celebration, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Information Commissioner, Mr, Patrick Ukah said that “ his administration resolved to celebrate Delta @ 25 to take stock of the journey so far, achievements recorded and plot further and better approaches at peaceful co-existence among the various ethnic groups, new development paradigm and refocusing the fundamentals of government to achieve greater and result-oriented improvements in the lives of our people”.
The Committee has Rt. Hon Ovie Agas, Secretary to the State Government as Chairman, with Mr Patrick Ukah, [Information Commissioner]; Mrs. Mary Iyasere [Commerce and Industry Commissioner]; Prof. Eric Eboh [Chief Job Creation Officer]; Prof. Sylvester Monye [Senior Policy Adviser]; Chief George Orogun [Economic Adviser]; Mr. Sunday Ozege [Special Adviser, Investment] and Mrs. Shimite Bello, [Executive Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Development Agency] as members.
Governor Okowa, stressed that “the idea of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee was motivated by the need to review the level of development of the state from its inception, examine achievements made, and explore ways forward for greater development, so as to make the state primus inter pares among the committee of states in the nation”.
He lauded the achievements of the founding fathers, leaders and past governors of the state, emphasizing that they provided the building blocks for lasting developmental legacies in the state.
The governor who explained that the celebration would be private sector driven, listed the activities earmarked for the celebration to include Delta Investment and Economic Summit; Music Concert; Grand Gala; Cultural Festival/Beauty Pageant and Thanksgiving service among others.
Mr. Ukah also at the Press Conference disclosed that the State Executive Council at its last meeting approved the appointment of Prince Chukwuka Akaeze as the Obi of Ubulu-Uku, and also the Central Bank of Nigeria, Anchor Growers programme for farmers and youths in the state.
He disclosed further that EXCO approved the Federal Government Support Fund for job creation programmes of the state government, especially the Grassroots Employment and Enhancement Programme (GEEP) meant to prepare young graduates for employment.