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Okowa, Soludo canvass revival of South East economy

By Godwin ijediogor and Monday Osayande, Asaba
08 August 2022   |   2:41 am
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his Anambra counterpart, Chukwuma Soludo, have challenged people of the South East to unite for revival of South East zone.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his Anambra counterpart, Chukwuma Soludo, have challenged people of the South East to unite for revival of South East zone.

Speaking, yesterday, at the 60th birthday thanksgiving service of Archbishop of Awka Diocese of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim, in Awka, Okowa submitted that the region was destroying its economy with homegrown insecurity, including a sit-at-home by non-state agents.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (right) in a handshake with his Anambra State counterpart, Prof. Charles Soludo, during the 60th birthday of His Grace, Archbishop of Awka Diocese Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev’d Alexander Ibezim, at Cathedral Church of St. Faith, Awka… yesterday.


He called for soul-searching by all actors, urging them to unite and resolve the crisis.

Okowa lauded Soludo for his efforts at tackling insecurity since assuming office, charging the people to support him to end the menace that had negatively impacted on the economy.

“I am glad that the people are supporting the governor because I can see a lot of changes and I believe it is well with our people because I know that the more we have sanity, the more the economy of the people of the South East will grow.

“We cannot afford to destroy our economy with our own hands, and may God not allow us to destroy ourselves with our hands,” he added.

“People are happy with you, and they have come to celebrate with you, but to me, it is more work for you, because it is time to pray more for the people and the country.”

On his part, Soludo said it was a moment of rededication for the people of South East, stating that ‘known and unknown’ gunmen had no place in Anambra.

Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, in a sermon, said no matter what the country “is facing, God has promised solution if the people can seek Him through faith.”

He urged Nigerians to keep believing God for solutions to the nation’s challenges, stating: “Contentions and trials will surely come, but God who kept us until now will keep us throughout these trying times.”

Chairman of the occasion, Senator Ben Obi, described Ibezim as an undisputed prayer warrior, whose spiritual contributions to the diocese and province of the Niger were unparalleled.

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