ASABA – Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor, has won the 2018 Silverbird Man of the Year Award.
Mr. Jacob Akinyemi Johnson, Editorial Board Chairman of Silverbird Communications Limited disclosed this in Asaba when he led the management on a courtesy visit to the governor.
Receiving the letter of nomination Governor Okowa said that the award would spur the people of the state to work in unity and achieve more developmental successes.
Okowa however charged the security agencies and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to play by the rules and ensure free, fair and transparent general elections.
He said, “Nigerians expect that we will have free and fair national elections in February and March, 2019, and the security agencies and INEC are expected to play by the rules so that we can have a country where democracy can grow and a country that can take its place among the comity of nations. The world looks up to us to get it right.
“I receive this award with gratitude as it would encourage us to do more for our people. In the last three years, we have had our challenges, but we have been able to manage ourselves. United as Deltans, we have connected with our people through roads, education and health. Our people are happy with us and we are happy with them,” he said.
The governor commended the Silverbird management for the painstaking award process stressing, “The award will encourage our people to understand that the more we work together, the more successes we will achieve.”
Earlier, Mr. Akinyemi-Johnson has congratulated Governor Okowa for emerging the “2019 Silverbird Man Of The Year” stating that the governor was voted overwhelmingly by the public among the four nominees.
He informed Senator Okowa that the formal presentation would take place February 3, 2019 in Lagos.
Meanwhile, in its avowed determination to take advantage of the dry season and make roads highly passable, the Delta Government has approved the construction and rehabilitation of more roads across the three Senatorial Districts in the state.
Speaking after the State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Asaba, on Monday Chief Patrick Ukah, the state Commissioner for Information, said that the rehabilitation of Otokutu Axial Road and maintenance of Otokutu/Ekrokpe Road in Ughelli South and the rehabilitation of Orhuwhorun main road and construction of Ekrovie Road in Udu Local Government Area made the list of approvals.
The commissioner disclosed that the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Abavo Circular Road (Phase 111 from Udomi junction to old Ekuma- Ekwueze road) and additional works on Abavo Circular Road, (Phase 11) in Ika South and the construction of Oginibo/Ohwahwa Road in Ughelli South were equally approved.
Chief Ukah said others are the construction of old Ekwuoma/Umunede Road in Ika North East, rehabilitation/overlay of NDC Road and construction of St. Joseph College (Technical) Road, Ozoro, Isoko North, and the construction of Effurun-Otor/Ovwor Bridge and Access Roads in Ughelli South Local Government Area.