By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, said the people of the state were celebrating unity and peaceful co-existence since the creation of the state 27 years ago, disclosing that the Warri seaport would come on stream in the next few months.
Okowa, at an interdenominational thanksgiving service held in Asaba to mark the 27th anniversary of the creation of the state, thanked traditional rulers, religious leaders and all Deltans for agreeing to live together as one and in peace.
He said: “The peace that we witness in the state today does not just indicate peace alone, but proof that we are united, our traditional rulers are united and they are speaking with one voice. It was not so in 1991, but we thank God for where we are today, you can feel the impact of that unity and peace in the state.
“We have come to realise that we are one people and that we have to work, grow and think together and that whatever development will come to this state has to be one which will involve everyone and I give God all the glory.”
Speaking on the occasion attended by his wife, Dame Edith, his Deputy, Mr. Burutu Otuaro, Speaker of the atate House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue, national and state lawmakers, traditional rulers, religious leaders, among other prominent Deltans, he congratulated all Deltans and urged them to continue to support his administration.
Okowa said; “We will continue to do the best that we can to make our state better,” soliciting support for the companies that will engage in the dredging of the river to open up the Warri seaport.
He said “A lot of politics have been played in the past concerning the Warri Port, we thank God that the contract for the first phase for the dredging had been awarded, my prayer is that our youths, and our people should not seek for that which is self-serving and disrupt the work; we as a government, the traditional rulers and the security agencies will not allow that.”