Delta honours Babangida, ex-governors, Alex Ibru, others
Okowa tasks indigenes on state’s greatness
Former Military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, erstwhile governors as well as other illustrious sons and daughters of Delta State were honoured by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the weekend for their outstanding contributions to its and the country’s development.
The late Publisher of The Guadian, Dr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, was recognised for his ‘Distinguished Service to Delta State and the Nation as Media Proprietor.’
The event, tagged Delta@25 and which held in Asaba, the capital, also saw the three erstwhile civilian governors of the state (the late Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan) since its creation on August 27, 1985, honoured.
Other honourees included Senator Stella Omu; Zenith Bank chairman, Jim Ovia; chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr. Tony Elumelu; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele and ace filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah.
Others are former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Richard Mofe-Damijo; famous comedian, Mr. Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere (aka Ali Baba); one-time Executive Director, Programmes, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mr. Peter Igho and the Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Petroleum, Mr. Austin Avuru.
In a symbolic move at the gala and award nite which climaxed the week-long celebration, Okowa presented keys of the city gates to General Babangida, who, as military president, created Delta out of the defunct Bendel State, along with Edo State.
A former Minister of Information, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, received the award on his behalf, commending the governor for the foresight in honouring him and other recipients.
Okowa has also called on the indigenes to play their roles in ensuring that the state attains an enviable height.
He made the appeal yesterday during an inter-denominational thanksgiving service at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Asaba.
“We need to cooperate for us to succeed because things are very tough. By partnering, we will be able to surmount our challenges.
“For our state to move forward, everyone has a role to play. Your role may be different from mine, but we have to play positive roles for our state to succeed,” he remarked.