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Okowa congratulates Obasanjo at 84 

Okowa congratulates Obasanjo at 84

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday felicitated with former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he clocks 84 years.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, said the octogenerian former leader remained the conscience of the nation.

He said that the former president had continued to give patriotic and unrelenting service to the country and humanity.

He also stated that Obasanjo had contributed hugely to the peace and unity of Nigeria, adding that the former president had miantained a consistent voice on the issues of Nigeria and Africa.

Commending him for his efforts at re-building Nigeria, the governor said that Nigeria recorded the best economic reforms during the administration of Obasanjo.

According to him, it was during his tenure that reforms that repositioned banking, communication and health sectors, and even Pension matters, were introduced and paved way for the revolution of the Nigerian economy.

“On the occasion of your 84th birth anniversary on Friday, I heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta.

“As a country, Nigeria benefited immensely from your leadership at various times as several key infrastructure and economic reforms were the hallmarks of your leadership.

“Even at 84, you have continued to give yourself to the service of our nation through your fatherly advice.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health, guidance, protection and enduring provisions.

“I wish you, our dear father, a well-deserved 84th birth anniversary celebration,” Okowa said.

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Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his Zamfara counterpart, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, on Sunday said the nation’s insecurity challenges requires concerted effort to resolve them.

They stated this while speaking to journalists at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area, shortly after a condolence visit on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on the demise of his father, late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.

Tambuwal who is Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s Forum said there is the need for all leaders to come together and work hard to save the situation.

“Without security there cannot be any development and there cannot be peace and you need peace and security to govern and you also need peace and security for you to carry out business transactions and even worship so its key and very fundamental for development in any society.

“So my charge is that all of us as leaders must come together irrespective of whatever views we may have in terms of approach to how the insecurity should be resolved.

“We should all be seen to be working together in coming up with a synergy and a template for resolving all of these conflicts,” he said.

On the new Service Chiefs, Tambuwal said they should be given a chance to show their capacity to resolve the lingering insecurity issues in the country.

“They have just resumed and i think they should be given a chance to work.

“They know the issues and they know why all of us and many Nigerians came out to say that the other Service chiefs should give way for new hands to come in and they should listen to the people and do what is required of them by securing Nigerians,” Tambuwal stated.

He commiserated with Governor Okowa on the death of his father, saying the late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa lived a very impactful life and would be long remembered for raising children that have made great impacts in the society.

He said that the late Okowa was a great inspiration to his family members and a great patriarch and torchbearer.

On his part, Matawalle said Zamfara had been the epicentre of bandits in Northern Nigeria.

He said his administration has recorded a lot of successes using the kinetic and non kinetic approach.

“As a person I couldn’t just fold my hands and watch my people being killed. We have been fighting that battle using two approaches, the kinetic and non kinetic and we have recorded some successes.

“We are all together, we are the same as one and we have been preaching peace because we want Nigeria to remain one.

“The security of the nation is not just for us as government but for all of us and we have lots of roles we can play as individuals so that we can be at peace as a nation,” Matawalle said.

Responding, Okowa thanked his Sokoto State and Zamfara counterparts for coming to condole with him.

He said his late father inspired him a lot in his political career.

“My dear brothers, I must truly thank both of you for coming because I know how far Sokoto and Zamfara is to Delta.

“I also know that you have security issues in both states but despite that you still found time to come and condole with me on the death of my father.

“Despite the age he passed on, its still a lot of pain to us. In the last two weeks we have received a lot of condolence messages and visits and my siblings and I are truly grateful.

“Upon retirement as a teacher, he went into politics and God used him to guide me when I eventually entered politics years after.

“We missed him a lot but we are further consoled by the love from Nigerians.

“I know what insecurity is to any Governor and I pray that God will enable us to handle the various challenges we have in our various states,” Okowa stated.

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Okowa tasks ALGON on recovery of councils’ funds

Okowa tasks ALGON on recovery of councils’ funds

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday charged the leadership of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) to work towards ensuring that all funds due to local government councils in the country got to them.

Okowa gave the charge when he received the National President of ALGON, Mr Kolade Alabi and his team on a condolence visit at Government House, Asaba.

He urged the ALGON leaders to speak truth to power and ensure that they stood by what was right in the interest of the councils.

He commended the current leadership of the association for its commitment to ensuring that the association was re-organised to achieve results for the councils across the country.

“ALGON in Nigeria today is having its own fair share of challenges and I pray that God helps you to solve the problems, especially as you have decided to lead an ALGON that is forthright, an ALGON that stands for the truth and speak truth to power and ensure that all monies due you get to your people across the nation.

“That is the kind of thing we need now in this country where some people will rise up in the defence of their colleagues and put aside every personal interest.

“When I met with you earlier, I was convinced that the current leadership of ALGON means well for local government councils and I will charge you to continue to drive this process in the interest of the nation.

“Challenges will come your way but when you stand for the truth you will be vindicated and you will leave a lasting legacy having been able to repair the mess that you met on ground.

“It is my prayer that God will grant you favour as you step up to do what is right,” the governor said.

On his late father, he thanked the delegation for the visit, and stated that his father lived a fulfilled life as a great teacher, politician and community leader.

“I welcome you to Delta and thank you for taking time to come from your various states to commiserate with us.

“No matter how old parents are, nobody wants to lose them, but we are consoled that he lived a good life and he had done the best he could to help people in Delta and Nigeria and we are glad he has gone to be with the Lord.

“We have had several condolence visits and we feel loved. The gap that he has left is a very deep pain but because of the love people have shown to us we are consoled,” Okowa stated.

Earlier, Mr Alabi had told the governor that his delegation was in Asaba to condole with him on the passing of his late father, Pa Arthur Oko­rie Okowa.

“We learnt he was a senior teacher, community leader and politician. We are here to celebrate with you for a life well spent for our great father who impacted society very well.

“You have added value to our lives in ALGON through your advice and support and we can’t thank you enough,” Alabi said.