state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has again been recognized for his giant strides in the area of job and wealth creation as well as infrastructure development across the 25 local Government areas of the state.
In a letter of nomination as the 2017 Governor of the Year on Infrastructure, Job, and Wealth Creation, by the publishers of Daily Independent Newspaper, the Management of the newspaper explained that the award was in recognition of Okowa’s administration’s successes in the areas of infrastructural development, job and wealth creation in 2017.
It would be recalled that the state Job and Wealth Creation programme has won recognitions from the University of Ibadan Alumni Association and The World Bank and the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in recent times.
Receiving the letter nominating him for the award from the management team of Daily Independent Newspaper Limited led by Mr Ade Ogidan, the Managing Director cum Editor-in-Chief in Asaba Senator Okowa said, that “the recognition is really about our people, the government and the working team, I want to formally accept this award.”
“Though, on assumption of duty, we met some challenges, we set up an advocacy team led by the Deputy Governor and through collaborative efforts with the traditional rulers, the youths, security agencies and all Deltans, peace was restored, we are consolidating on that peace and developing infrastructure in the state,” he said.
The Governor continued, “I am glad that our job creation efforts have been recognized because, with the inability of the civil service to engage all graduates and the unemployed, the best way is through job creation which leads to wealth creation.
“With this year’s budget, we are going to improve on what we are doing, our budget is streamlined and practical enough,” he stated, disclosing that it was difficult to assess the level of infrastructural development of the state because, it is not a one-city state but, made up of many towns and cities which are being developed simultaneously.
Earlier, Mr Ogidan had told the Governor and members of the state executive council who were at the occasion that his administration’s successes in the areas of infrastructural development, job and wealth creation attracted the attention of the management of Daily Independent Newspapers, disclosing that follow up investigations were carried out and he was chosen as exception in the area of Infrastructure, Job and Wealth Creation in the year 2017.
He said that a date would be communicated to the Governor for the formal presentation of the award.