By Festus Ahon

ASABA—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, expressed optimism that with full repairs of vandalized pipelines, the state will take its position as the leading oil producing state in the country.

Speaking in Asaba, at an inter-denominational praise and worship programme entitled “Delta State 2017 Thanksgiving and Praise Day” Okowa thanked God that peace had returned to all parts of the state after the security challenges in the creeks which led to the destruction of pipelines in the state.

The ceremony had in attendance, the governor’s wife, Dame Edith, his Deputy, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro and wife, Ebi, former governors of the state and their Deputies, Chief James Ibori and Chief  Benjamin Elue, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN

Also in attendance were the Speaker, of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori, his Deputy, Mr  Friday Osanebi and their spouses, members of the National and state Assemblies, top government functionaries and prominent Deltans.

Dedicating  the success of his administration’s two years in office to God and the people of the state, Okowa said that the event was in obedience to the word of God.

He said,  “We trusted in the Lord and we will continue to trust in Him.  I am confident that Delta State will continue to enjoy peace and soon Delta State will take its position as the leading oil producing state in the country, I believe God will do it.”

He thanked Deltans for their support for his administration,  saying “Delta State will continue to prosper and will continue to glorify His holy name.”

“I am a lucky governor because, I have the partnership and support of all Deltans and we pray that this partnership will be sustained as we continue to deliver on our electoral promises of making Deltans prosperous.

“The past governors of this state and their deputies are all present in this thanksgiving, I appreciate them because, they have always supported and advised me, our traditional rulers have also continued to be pillars of support for my administration and I appreciate the collective efforts for us to have peace to enable us achieve the desired level of development.”

In his remarks, Anglican Bishop of the Ughelli Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu, expressed appreciation to God for the peace that reigns in the state despite the security challenges that were witnessed in the past.

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