ASABA- Deltans have described the “Man of The Year, 2017” Award conferred on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as recognition of good governance the Governor has institutionalized through the scientific execution of his SMART agenda.
Former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue said, “it was a well deserved honour, it shows that the beautiful work that he is doing is appreciated by all, we are happy that our Governor is carrying on with legacy of project delivery.”
Publishers of Independent Newspapers had honoured the Governor with Man of The Year Award in an impressive ceremony that took place in Lagos.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Godwill Obielum in a chat, asserted, “Governor Okowa is working, the award will spur him to do more, we know that he has the stamina, sound state of mind to do what we are witnessing in our state, we congratulate him and commend the Independent Newspapers for the recognition.”
Renowned politician, Chief Ndudi Elumelu described Governor as “very humble, focused and a man full of strategies to make Delta State better.”
“He deserves the award, he has done very well for Deltans no matter your location and I am sure that more awards are coming, his programmes in the area of empowering the jobless youths are already yielding results and the delivery of physical infrastructure is evident across the state, he is a man of peace and our state is very peaceful today,” Hon. Elumelu who also congratulated his elder brother, Mr Tony Elumelu for bagging an award at the event said, “Tony Elumelu is a gift from Delta State to humanity, we thank God that his contributions to the development of mankind were recognised at the award ceremony, we are proud of him.”
The Chairman, Governing Council, Delta State College of Health Technology, Ofuoma, Dr. Pharm. Nelson Ejakpovi in his reaction said, “Governor Okowa is a gift to Deltans, the way he restored peace in the creeks which made Nigeria to come out of recession, the manner he has checked herdsmen menace, the manner with which he turned jobless people to job and wealth creators, the way he has equipped health institutions and floated compulsory health insurance scheme for affordable healthcare to be available to all Deltans has distinguished him as a man and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recognised his efforts through ‘the Dignity of Man award’ which was followed up by the Independent Newspapers’ ‘Man of The Year Award’; we thank God for giving us Dr Okowa as our Governor, he is a man, he is the Ekwueme (the man who stick to his words).”
Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo who represented Delta Central Senatorial District in 7th Senate said, “the award shows that when you work hard, you will be recognised, it was a well deserved award and we are proud to be part of the team, we are proud to be Deltans.”
Chairman of the Delta State Council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Ifeanyi Obi said, “thank God for this award, Dr Okowa has done very well in the area of road construction, he deserves more awards.”
The member representing Delta North in the Direct Labour Agency, Mr Smart Meka said, “it was an excellent recognition of the good work our Governor is doing, it was a statement to all that he is hard working and apart from all that he has done across the state, by the time he is through with the storm drainage project, there will be nothing like flood in Asaba again because, he is tackling drainage problems like no other government did, we are happy with the award.”
To Chief Fred Majemite, a PDP Chieftain, “the Governor deserved the award considering the way he managed to sustain the peace we are enjoying in the state, the role he played in PDP during its crisis, especially, during her elective and non-elective conventions and of course, his management of our state affairs. One thing you cannot take away from the Governor is politics, he understands politics and lives it, and of course, you know he is our bottom up man. I honestly, congratulate him.”
A Delta-born property developer, Chief Kennedy Kanma said, “when a man of actions positively impact the citizens, and his works address the issue of concern to his people, when his development strides touches so many critical areas and so many people in so many ways, there is no other choice but, to celebrate such a person. Governor Okowa has done and is still doing a lot of good deeds in Delta State, the award is a well deserved honour.”
Okpanam Youths Organisations, Okpanam, Oshimili North local government area of Delta State in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Friday Okonkwo and James Omunizua respectively, stated, “the bold statement Governor Okowa is making through the provision of infrastructure and empowerment of youths have been recognised and we are happy and proud to identify with him, he is opening up Okpanam as part of the capital territory, we are happy with the award, it will encourage him to do more.”