Okowa canvasses good parental upbringing to check social decadence
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged parents to rededicate themselves to bringing up their children in line with God’s ordinances to check increasing societal malaise.
He gave the charge at the funeral mass for the late Dr. (Mrs.) Tuwere Utuama at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Council of the state.
Okowa, who attended the event with former governors James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator James Manager and other top government officials, admonished all mothers to raise their children in such a way that they would be proud as Christians.
He commiserated with the deceased’s husband and former Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), the children and the family.
He noted that late Mrs Utuama lived a life of faith and commitment to the church and the community, and had obviously inculcated that in her children.
Okowa urged parents to continue to guide their children to success just as the late Utuama sacrificed to make her children great in life.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I again, condole with the family of Prof. Amos Utuama on the demise of his wife, Tuwere,” he said.
Okowa noted that he knew the deceased to be passionate about her immediate community of Otokutu and adding: “By the grace of God, we will, as a government, provide some of the things she had wanted for her community.
“May the Lord truly condole you, be with you and guide you through life and may God fill the gap that she has left behind. Farewell our dear sister, Tuwere.”
Earlier, Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Reverend Michael Elue, in his sermon, said the death of a loved, one no matter how old, was painful and urged the families to take solace in the fact that the deceased will rise again.
He described the late Mrs. Utuama as a good mother, who dedicated and entrusted her life to God and served as President of the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) at Emmanuel the Saviour Catholic Church, Asaba.
“We restate our faith through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and implore God’s mercy towards the deceased. Let us continue to look up to the Lord until He shows us His mercy,” he said.