IN view of Delta State’s Silver Jubilee and focus on solidifying the existing legacy of past leaders of the State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said his government will work towards deepening the development fundamentals of the state, to make it the primus inter pares among the comity of states in the nation.
The governor who stated the resolve when he unveiled the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Logo and rolled out programmes to flag off the Delta at 25 anniversary celebrations, in a media chat at the Old Government House Press Centre, Asaba revealed that the celebration programmes will include; Delta Investment and Economic Summit, Music Concert, Grand Gala, Cultural Festival/ Beauty Pageant and a Thanksgiving Service.
He said in order to achieve a minimal cost celebration; an eight man anniversary planning committee which was set up, has since engaged Brand Eye, a top light marketing communication consortium, to assist the government in collaborating with the private sector; adding that the celebration will be purely private sector driven with minimal government financial commitment.
According to Governor Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, “25 years ago, many of us here were young men and women confronted with the normal adjustments of defining our place within the dictates of time and space. 25 years after, we have cause to celebrate our existence as a state, believing that there is sure but steady progression towards the up-liftment of human dignity and socio-economic development.”
He said the idea for the celebration of the Delta silver jubilee was motivated by the need to review the state of development of the state from inception, examine achievements made and explore the way forward for greater development.
“We therefore pause at this juncture to pay glowing tributes to the courage, ebullience, sagacity and doggedness of past leaders of this state in the persons of the first civilian Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru, Compol Alhaji Abdulkadir Shehu, Group Captain Ibrahim Kefas, Colonel John David Dungs, Navy Captain Walter Fegbabo, Chief Onanefe Ibori, Honorable Bassy Asuquo, Rt Hon Sam Obi and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan,” Mr. Ukah said.
Explaining the message behind the logo, the Managing Director of BrandEye, Mr. Femi Adelusi said that Delta State possesses a vast variety of natural resources, land mass and human capital resources enough to develop the state to international standard, adding that the anniversary logo is the first step towards developing Delta State into a brand with a unique identity.
Meanwhile, the state governor at the event set up a eight-man committee for the celebration of Delta at 25. The Committee has Rt. Hon. Ovie Agas, Secretary to Government as Chairman, with Mr. Patrick Ukah, (Information Commissioner), Mrs. Mary Iyasere (Commerce and Industry Commissioner), Prof. Eric Eboh (Chief Job Creation Officer), Prof. Sylvester Monye (Senior Policy Adviser), Chief George Orogun (Economic Adviser), Mr. Sunday Ozege (Special Adviser, Investment) and Mrs. Shimite Bello, (Executive Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Development Agency) as members
Source: Patrick Ukah Blog