- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has sent felicitations to his Rivers state counterpart, Barrister Nyesom Wike
- Governor Wike added a year to his age on Sunday, December 13
- Okowa used the opportunity to commend the Rivers governor's giant strides and described him in glowing words
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, on his birth anniversary on Sunday, December 13.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday, December 14 and seen by Legit.ng, Governor Okowa hailed Wike for his tremendous contributions and monumental infrastructural development of Rivers state.
According to him, Wike has transformed Rivers state with various life-changing projects embarked upon by his administration.
He said that the governor’s strides in Rivers were visible to all, even critics, adding that Wike had performed superlatively for the state and country, and, therefore, deserved to be celebrated on his birth anniversary.
Part of the statement read:
“Since your emergence as governor of Rivers, you have left no stone unturned in your quest to bring unprecedented infrastructural and human capital development in your state.
“As a politician, you have been a great voice speaking on national and contemporary issues facing our great country, and Rivers people can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in state craftsmanship as reflected in the monumental achievements in infrastructural development of your state, which indeed earned you the sobriquet 'Mr. Projects.'”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), saying that instability in the commission’s board has contributed to the systemic institutional failure of the agency.
Okowa, who is the chairman, South-South Governors' Forum, made the call in Asaba, the Delta state capital on Thursday, December 3 at the launch of a book written by Dr. Michael Tidi, who is the chairman of Warri South local government council.
The governor opined that the president should constitute an NDDC board that would be accountable and eliminate politicization of the interventionist agency, adding that it was time for Niger Delta people to collectively talk about the commission.
In a related development, a group, Niger Delta Change Ambassadors, have commended President Buhari for appointing Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa as the interim administrator of the NDDC.
In an open letter sent to the president dated Sunday, December 13, and seen by Legit.ng, the group noted that the appointment of Akwa:
“Will reunite all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region after the turbulent period that characterised the administration of Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.”
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