Oborevwori assumes office, vows to complete ongoing Delta projects
Chief Sheriff Oborevwori was, yesterday, in Asaba, sworn in as the fifth civilian Governor of Delta State. He commended his predecessor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for his fiscal discipline, other achievements and vowed to complete ongoing projects across the state.
The state Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Diai, administered the oath of office on the governor at a ceremony held at Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, the state capital, and witnessed by Delta citizens, who defied early morning rains.
The 60-year-old governor, who was sworn in along side his Deputy, Mr. Monday Onyeme, at about 11:54 a.m., was the longest-serving Speaker. Speaking shortly after taking the oath of office, Oborevwori said: “I accept, with humility, the responsibility bestowed on me by you, Delta citizens, to run the affairs of the state. I’m well positioned to serve my people and I resolve to do more, hopefully to move the state to greater heights through the MORE Agenda.”
While acknowledging Okowa’s achievements and peace-building efforts, the governor promised to boost the state’s human capital development by creating jobs for the youth and attracting investors to the state. He also promised to reduce crime rate, expressing concern over recent security beaches in Warri and promised to give the oil city special attention.
The governor noted that he represents consolidation and advancement, just as he commended former governors, Chief James Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for laying a strong foundation for the state.
He thanked citizens for electing him and asked for God’s wisdom and support of the people in the task of moving the state forward.
Speaking earlier, Okowa expressed joy that he was able to pass the mantle of leadership to Oborevwori after eight years of service to the state, and urged Delta citizens to support the present government.
He said: “To Oborevwori and Onyeme, the word I leave with you is that the Lord God is on the throne and His mercies and grace is all sufficient and because the Lord God is on the throne, it is well and it shall be well with you as you are sworn in today.
“Remember always, the works the Lord did for you both. Therefore, serve and reverence Him, look up to Him and He will see you through your tenure in office.”
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