Successful Governance is not measured as a function of time spent in office, but rather by the quality of life of the people during and after an administrator’s tenure. Over the past 8 years, Delta state has been a prototype of good governance underscored by the long list of enviable achievements that can only be attributed to one man, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan (CON).
Dr. Uduaghan was inaugurated as the Executive Governor of Delta state on 29th May, 2007, an epoch making event that marked the beginning of a period of seamless and selfless service that won the state innumerable accolades from local contemporaries as well as the international community.
Based primarily around the 3 Point Agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital and Infrastructure Development, and other laudable programs like the Delta Beyond Oil and Flood Relief initiatives; the Uduaghan administration has pioneered many successful developmental schemes executed within a framework of sustainability, which will undoubtedly outlive the “Peoples’ Governor” as an incorruptible legacy that will not soon be forgotten.
During his tenure, the Delta state government has launched a plethora of schemes designed to significantly improve the quality of life of the populace and jump start economic growth across the different sectors of the state. Some of these include Micro-Credit Programmes, Free Maternal and Rural Healthcare programmes, Payment of WAEC fees for senior secondary school students, bursary schemes, Youth Empowerment through Agriculture and Farmer's Support Programme (YETA-FSP), various agricultural and infrastructural initiatives that have lent credence to the claim that Delta State is truly a developmental paradise touched by the Finger of God.
To honor his accomplishments and selfless service, Governor Uduaghan has been bestowed with numerous achievement and humanitarian awards by various distinguished groups, agencies and associations. In 2014 to 2015 alone, he received the Entertainment Industry’s Lifetime Award for Excellence, the coveted Man of the Year Award from the Silverbird Group, Governor of the Year in the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for pioneering a paradigm shift in the drive to boost development in his state and promoting peace and public safety, amongst others.
He has also received various awards for his unprecedented and unmatched developmental drive in distinct sectors, some of which include the 2012 Zik Prize for Leadership Award organized by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) in Lagos as a result of his Delta beyond Oil initiative; Best Governor in the Health Sector in BusinessDay’s States’ Competitiveness and Good Governance Awards; Sports Governor of the Year 2013 Award and CBN’s Award of Delta state as the best state under the Micro-finance, Small and Medium Enterprise category.
As Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan’s tenure comes to an end, we present a recap of some of the projects of that he will be fondly remembered for and join our voices with Deltans at home and abroad to say #ThankyouUduaghan for the level of accomplishment and transformation that our beloved Delta state has experienced during your memorable tenure.