2017 In Retrospect (III)

TODAY, we continue with the diary of some major events that involved Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State in 2017 as compiled by The Pointer Chief of Bureau, Government
House, FIDELIS EGUGBO. Happy reading:
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017:
Okowa Urges Couples To Persevere In Marriage
DELTA State Governor, Senator (Dr). Ifeanyi Okowa on this day, attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Rt. Hon. Damien and Rt. Hon. Esther Uduehi at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City, Edo State. At the occasion, the Governor said, “50th wedding ceremony anniversary is what everyone aspires to experience; it requires a lot of sacrifice, patience and perseverance. Every father, mother, aspires to celebrate 50 years of marriage and it is important that, as parents, we should ensure proper upbringing of our children as we can witness in this celebration.”
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017:
Okowa Urges Prominent Nigerians To Encourage Reading
Culture
On this day, Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr). Ifeanyi Okowa received reconstructed and stocked Library Complex donated by Martha Charity Foundation at Oleh, Isoko South local government area of the state. The Governor, at the occasion,
said, “I am very excited with what I have seen here; I appreciate the Foundation for what it is doing to complement government’s efforts. This (the Library complex) is not the first donation it is making to Delta State Government during my administration. Few months after assumption of office, the Foundation donated 5 containers of medical equipment to Delta State Government. This structure, the environment will attract our people to come and read, we should be involved
and committed to things that will encourage reading culture.
We must continue to appreciate those who are supportive of government, the country is in a difficult situation and we need to continuously pray for God to help us stabilize and have a better country. “
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017:
Okowa Performs Ground-Breaking Ceremony For 150MW Power Plant
This was the day Governor Ifeanyi Okowa performed the ground-breaking ceremony for a 150 Megawatts (MW) power
plant at Sapele.
“There is no doubt that for us to grow in this country, we need to revive our manufacturing sector and to achieve that, we require steady power supply and security. With strong manufacturing sector, we shall depend less on revenue from oil, our youths will be gainfully employed and to have a strong manufacturing sector, we need energy and finances at low cost,” the Governor said at the event which was packaged by Proton Energy Limited.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017:
Okowa Urges Nigerians To Have National Identity Number
The Director General / Chief Executive Officer of National Identify Card Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliu Aziz on this day, led top management of the Commission to pay a courtesy visit on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba. The Governor, at the occasion, said, “national identification number
is important in capturing who we are. It is needed in so many things, even as we progress in the national health insurance
scheme, national population commission, in the fight against crime and several other areas that will encourage the growth of the country. I hope we will be able to provide the needed resources for the NIMC to capture as many Nigerians as possible, because, with the data collected so far, it will take a lot of years for the Commission to capture all Nigerians.”
Okowa Swears-In Members Of DSIEC
Also on this day, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has charged members of electoral commissions to acquaint themselves
with enabling laws so that they will always do their best for the electorates. He made the call during the swearing-
in ceremony of Chief Michael Ogbodu as Chairman of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC). Also sworn-in as members of the Commission were Messrs Frederick
Ulakpa, Friday Seimode, James Umokoro, Greg Edeme, Mrs Light Diden and Mrs Yvonne Wagbatsoma.
“Obviously, the task that you (Chairman and members of DSIEC) are about to carry out in the next few years is one that requires a lot of commitment and integrity and it is my hope that as chairman and members you will discharge your functions
creditably.”
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Okowa Urges Nigerians To Portray The Country Positively
Members of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) led by its National President and Chairman of Council, Prof. Segun Ajibola on this day, paid a courtesy call on Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba. At the occasion, Governor Okowa said, “there is no doubt that we are in a very difficult financial situation in our country and I believe that we need to begin to find ways to sell a good image of our country outside because, it is very common for us to see the press highlighting the very negative aspect of our country and that will not help us grow and unfortunately, sometimes too, as government, we have also made the mistakes of actually making more pronounced the negative aspect of the country and that is not good for investments at all.”
Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Asaba said his administration will welcome all partnership that will proffer solution to erosion and environmental challenges.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017:
Encourage Your Children To Go Into Agriculture, Okowa Urges Parents
Governor Okowa on this day, flagged off the harvest cum sales of fish of the Mega Fish Farmers Cooperative Union at the Okelle Farms, Ugbisi, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State. At the event, the Governor urged parents to encourage their children to be involved in agriculture, adding, “we are very glad that the number of our people engaged by this anchor
programme has helped to swell up the number of entrepreneurs
we have created in the last two years. When you add the 682 beneficiaries in the first batch of the anchor programme
to the over 3000 that we have through Youth Agriculture
Empowerment Programme (YAGEP), you will indeed agree that our efforts at diversifying our economy through agriculture is on course.”
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017:
Okowa Urges NASS To Speed Up Passage Of PIB
TO boost investors’ confidence in the oil and gas sector, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on this day, urged the National Assembly to speed up the process of passing
the Petroleum Industry Bill. He made the call when he received
on courtesy call, Nigerian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Ambassador Francis Efeduma.
According to the Governor, “we will continue to call on the National Assembly to speed up the issues concerning the Petroleum
Industry Bill because, it is important for further development,
particularly in the gas sector. The gas sector has a lot of potential particularly in the petro-chemical industry and it is our hope that we will look very strongly in this direction.
I believe that with a well spelt out rules of engagement in the PIB that investments in the gas sector, even for local consumption and to power our energy sources, will be very important and also, further processing of the gas for various petro-chemical industries.”
AUGUST 30, 2017:
FOOD SUFFICIENCY: Okowa Advocates Increase In The Activities Of Extension Service Officers
TO boost food production in the country, Delta State Governor,
Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on this day had an interactive session with 2015/2017 beneficiaries of Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in Asaba. The Governor at the occasion, said, “agriculture remains the greatest employer
of labour, it is encouraging that most of our youths that we have empowered to operate in that sector are doing well, but, we must have enough people in the extension service to encourage farmers. I am glad that our youths have embraced agriculture, it will lead to food sufficiency and boost our drive in creating entrepreneurs; we are going to strengthen the mentoring and monitoring unit to ensure that beneficiaries of our empowerment programmes are encouraged to do well.”
To Be Continued
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017:
Navy Should Not Relent In Securing National Assets, Says Okowa
Also on this day, Governor Okowa received on courtesy visit,
the Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji and top officers of the Command who paid him a familiarisation visit in Asaba. The Governor at the event, said, “the activities of the Navy have helped to curb sea piracy and protection of national assets, especially facilities that transport crude and gas. It is important that the Navy does not relax on its duties, because of the importance of having secured maritime for socio-economic activities. Today,
we have peace in the creeks largely due to the efficiency of the Navy in collaboration with other security agencies and stakeholders which has impacted greatly on the economy of the country.”
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017:
DELTA LINE: Delta Signs MoU With God Is Good Motors
This was the day the Delta State Government signed a Memorandum
of Understanding for God is Good Motors Limited to manage Delta Transport Company Limited. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Barr. Peter Mrakpor signed the MoU on behalf of the Delta State Government
while the Chairman of God is Good Motors Limited, Mr Chidi Ajaere, signed on behalf of his company.
“We just witnessed the signing of MoU between the Delta State Government and God is Good Motors Limited which is a Private Public Partnership
arrangement that will entail God is Good managing Delta Line, our state-run transport company to make it the best for our people and a company we all can be proud of. Since 1999, I have seen Delta Line grow and go down, it is because, we don’t have the expertise
to run it profitably; every time it is down, government will recapitalise
the company, but at the end, what we get is another set of debts to be paid. It is only an administration
that does not care for its people that will allow such to continue and I am glad that after
following due process, I believe we made the right choice by choosing God is Good Motors to manage Delta Line, they are efficient, professionals in the transportation business and they have well trained drivers,” Governor Okowa said at the occasion.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017:
Okowa Calls For Private Sponsorship Of Research Works
…Bags Alumni Award For Delivering Democratic Dividends
On this day, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa bagged the highest national award of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association,
‘The Alumni of the Year Award’, for delivering dividends of democracy to Deltans. The Governor at the event which took place at Ibadan, Oyo State, said, “I feel very elated coming
back to my roots and be honoured with the award. We should take research in our Universities serious, individuals and organisations should support government by sponsoring research in fields that will encourage us.”
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017:
National Interests Take Centre Stage As Okowa, Wike, Udom Meet In Asaba
On this day, the Governors of Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike and Emmanuel
Udom, respectively resolved to work for the interest of the nation. They had a closed-door meeting at the Government
House, Asaba, where the decision was reached. Briefing the press after the meeting, Governor Udom of Akwa Ibom State, who was flanked by his colleagues. disclosed that security
of the region and the revival of the BRACED (Bayelsa, Rivers,
Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Edo, Delta) Commission were the main issues discussed at the meeting. “We are principally here to discuss economic issues as it affects the region. On behalf of our colleagues in the South- South states, we met to see how we can revive the BRACED Commission and boost security in the region. There is the need for us to ensure that the area is safe, with the increase in the quantum of oil production,
there is need to boost security in the region, in the interest of our region and the country,” he said.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017:
ENERGY: “Ensure That IPP Host Communities benefit From Projects”-Gov. Okowa.
On this day, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa met top management of Nigerian Agip Oil Company [NAOC] and Stakeholders from Okpai community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area, where he urged companies to always engage their host communities
proactively so as ensure peace and reduce agitations
and confrontations.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017:
FLOOD: Okowa Collaborates with WORLD BANK, FG .In a bid to tackle the devastating effects of flood and erosion menace in the state, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in colloboration with the World Bank and Federal Government
initiated remediation projects in five communities in the state. The Governor, on this day, launched the Nigeria

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