By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—THE Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, weekend, said his administration would continue to initiate policies and programmes aimed at making children and youths in the state better and well focused citizens.
He spoke in Ovade-Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state, at a memorial thanksgiving service by the state Commissioner for Transport, Mr Ben Igbakpa, in honour of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Igbakpa, who died 10 years ago.
The thanksgiving service, at the First Baptist Church, Ovade-Oghara, attracted dignitaries from all parts of the country, including federal and state legislators, members of the state executive council, top government functionaries, traditional rulers, community leaders and political stalwarts in the state.
Uduaghan, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, said that his government was building legacies for both the present and future generations.
He expressed concern that some youths in the state have continued to live on alms begging despite government’s efforts at redirecting their attention to becoming better and focused persons.
Mr. Ben Igbakpa in his tribute, recalled the painful deaths of his parents in 2003 and expressed gratitude to God that 10 years down the line, the children had maintained steady progress despite the challenges.
Igbakpa paid glowing tributes to former Governor James Ibori and Governor Uduaghan, who he said by their benevolence became instruments of God in the transformation of the family.
Earlier in his sermon, the Pastor in charge of the First Baptist Church, Ovade – Oghara, Rev. Benjamin Eni, stressed the importance of thanksgiving and commended the Transport Commissioner and other children of late Mr. and Mrs. Roland Igbakpa for the thanksgiving service.