Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, has said that with the celebration of the silver jubilee of the state’s creation, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has placed the state in an irreversible path of progress as the state is now opened to the world.
Mr Ukah made the disclosure yesterday during an inter-denominational thanksgiving service to conclude programmes for the silver jubilee celebration of the state. The thanksgiving service took place at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Asaba.
According to Mr Ukah, the 25 years anniversary celebration has opened the state to the world, revealing that from the economic summit alone, the state got commitments towards economic progress and the fact that the development programmes will spread throughout the state will make it a business haven for all.
From the children’s day party organized by the First Lady, Dame Edith Okowa, which did not only put the children in the mood of celebration but their parents, the cultural carnival was an eye-opener that the state has a money-spinning machine in the tourism sector that have not tapped in any way, and of course, the economic summit was the success story of Delta succeeding without revenue from oil, he said.
According to Mr Ukah, some states are begging to have one sea port, but Delta State is blessed with four and with an international airport, people can come in from any part of the world not only for business but for tourism.”
He specifically thanked Governor Okowa for attracting such personalities like the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, and financial egg-heads of the nation, adding that the financial situation of the country did not deter the state from celebrating its oneness 25 years after, rather, the economic situation opened our eyes to the fact that we have not fully harnessed our potentials as a state.
The Information Commissioner reiterated the fact that the state did not spend a kobo in the one week celebration that was beamed to the world, stressing that this was only possible because, there are still corporate organizations that believes that they can tap into the state and make it a pride of Africa where return-on-investment is very high because of its numerous blessings.
He stated that God has blessed the state with rich soil, a lot of notable rivers, including the coast of Atlantic Ocean, beautiful sand beaches that have not been tapped, a lot of natural resources and above all, with mineral resources.
Mr. Ukah said that it is because of this that the state capped the celebration with a thanksgiving to God for His blessings emphasizing that when you appreciate God for His goodness, He will do more for you.