It was a gathering of who is who in Asaba as DeltaState Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa celebrated one year in office with a praise and thanksgiving service.
Former Military Administrator of the state, Navy Captain Walter Feghabor, former Deputy Governors of the state, Chief Benjamin Elue and Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), elected and appointed political office holders; traditional rulers and lovers of democracy were among the guests at the occasion which took place at the Events Centre, Asaba.
Governor Okowa at the occasion which he attended accompanied by his wife, Dame Edith Okowa; his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and his wife, Engr. Ebi thanked God for a successful one year in office and gave kudos to Deltans for their support.
“One year down the line, we have reasons to thank God. Today is thanksgiving and praise day; the times are tough, very tough, and we know that the situation is the same nationally, but, we are very troubled in Delta State because our pipelines are being blown up and the amount of kidnappings is high,” the Governor observed. He further emphasized that, “I believe very strongly that God is with us; in these trying times; we are doing our best, projects are being executed everywhere; we will continue to impact positively on every community and those communities we have not gotten to should be patient with us.”
He urged Deltans not to relent in their prayers for the state and for his administration, noting, “if it is well with the government of Delta State, it shall be well with us.”
The Governor admonished Deltans to always be of good behavior as their actions will always impact on the state either positively or negatively.
According to him, “wherever you find yourself, realize that your actions will have implications to the government and people of Delta State, we thank you for your support.”
Earlier in a sermon titled “His Glory Is Restored”, the Guest Minister, Rev. Chris Eruemulor admonished Nigerians to be patient and prayerful as the nation would overcome its present challenges and its glory would be restored. He described Governor Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Otuaro as “gifts to Delta State and should always have the interest of the state at heart.”
Shortly after the interdenominational thanksgiving service, renowned gospel musicians including Elijah Oyelade, Chioma Jesus, Buchi, Sammy Okposo, Frank Edwards, Akpororor, Samsong and Paul Nams led the praise session to sing praises to God at the ceremony.