Invest In Delta Advocacy Paying Off -Okowa

BY SAM DUVWODE
DELTA State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has said that his administration’s advocacy for Deltans to invest in the state is paying off, as prominent indigenes of the state are contributing in different ways to develop it.
Governor Okowa made the disclosure yesterday, while commissioning a police station, primary school, and a primary health care centre, as well as the foundation laying ceremony of Magaret Lawrence University at Owere-Olubor and Ute-Ogbeje communities in Ika North- East Local Government Area.
The projects were donated by Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation, founded by Mr. Paul Odili.
According to the governor, his administration is committed to providing the enabling environment for Deltans and investors to come to the state and partner with it, to ensure its speedy development, noting that apart from the events of yesterday, private organisations have built and donated library to the state government and constructed roads, among others.
Governor Okowa observed that with the enabling environment which his administration has ensured, Deltans should expect more developmental projects from government, investors and public-spirited individuals.
“It gladdens my heart that our advocacy is yielding results; our people are coming home to invest, a lot of investors are coming into our state and the multiplier benefits will be a lot of job opportunities for our people, developmental activities in different locations in our state and our people will fare better,” the governor said.
“It is the grace of God upon Delta State that has made it possible to be witnessing these developments,” he added.
Okowa commended the Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation for engaging in humanitarian activities. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who was represented at the event by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed said that the Police will always carry out its duties as enshrined in the Police Act.
He commended the foundation for boosting security in the area by donating the police station.
Odili had said in his welcome address that what he was doing was spurred by the divine call to assist the less- privileged in the society.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa said that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme has contributed immeasurably to the unity and development of the country, adding that the gains of the scheme outweighs the challenges as it provides a good vehicle for integration and managing youths across the nation.
Governor Okowa, stated this yesterday, at the opening /swearing-in ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Orientation Course, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, noted that NYSC, over the years, has become an enduring vehicle for national unity and integration. He noted that it offers the youths the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development of the nation through its articulated programmes and initiatives.
The governor, while congratulating the new corps members on their academic success, charged them to actively engage themselves in all the programmes and activities of the orientation course. According to him, available records in the state show that their predecessors demonstrated high levels of commitment and dedication to service.
“Your predecessors’ contributions to host communities speak volume of their sacrifice and will remain indelible in the minds of the affected communities. Today’s induction marks your official inauguration into the scheme and offers you an opportunity to register your preparedness to contribute your quota to national development,” Governor Okowa stated.
The governor assured that the state government will not relent in its commitment to ensure that their service year is successful, noting that government’s determination to straighten and deepen the scheme is derived from the recognition that to drive rural transformation and achieve prosperity for all Deltans, government must steadfastly engage the youths and ensure the creation of an enabling environment for them to use their talents.
Governor Okowa, noted that the orientation course will prepare them for the enormous tasks ahead, as it will offer the corps members opportunity to learn the core values of discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism. He assured that government will continue to upgrade the camp facilities to ensure that the welfare of corps members is well protected.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who is also the Chairman Delta State NYSC Governing Board, Rt. Hon. Ovie Agas, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mr. Godwin Edama, sued for the cooperation of the corps members during their service year.
He noted that the physical and mental training during the orientation course will enable them cope with the present day challenges. He added that the programme will build bridges of unity among different ethnic backgrounds.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Omotade Ayodele Benjamin, in a welcome address, said that the NYSC was established in 1973, among other things, to instill the virtues of patriotism, industry, selfless service and self-discipline in the youths of the nation.
He noted that, in Delta State, at the end of the registration, a total of 2,713 corps members, comprising 1,342 males and 1,371 females were duly registered.
Omotade said that the scheme is a preparatory ground for future leaders of the country and a rallying point for mobilising Nigerian youths for national goals and the economic growth of the country. He challenged the corps members to put in their best in areas of primary assignment and the community development service.