It was a gathering of who is who at the Event centre, Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Sunday 29/05/2016, as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State celebrated one year in office with a thanksgiving and praise to God ceremony.
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, Edith; his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and his wife, 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 kidnapping is high,” the Governor observed, emphasizing, “I believe very strongly that God is with us; at these trying times, we are doing our best, projects are being executed everywhere; we will continue to impact 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 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 behaviour 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 as thenation 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.”
Special prayers were offered for the State by Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu of the Anglican Communion and for Nigeria by Archbishop G. O Avwomakpa, amongst others.
Shortly after the interdenominational thanksgiving service, renowned gospel musicians including Elijah Oyelade, Chioma Jesus, Buchi, Sammy Okposo, Frank Edwards, Akpororor and Paul Nams were led the Praise session t sing praises to God at the ceremony.