The Immediate past of Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan will tomorrow (Saturday May 30) hold a special family Thanksgiving in Warri.
The family thanksgiving which takes place at the First Baptist Church, Warri starting 1pm will enable the family thank God for His mercy, favour and grace upon them in the past eight years
A statement by a media aide to the former Governor, Mr. Sunny Ogefere asked friends and well wishers to join in thanking God for seeing Dr. Uduaghan through in the eight years he served as Governor of the State.
The statement added that Dr. Uduaghan appreciated the immense support of the people of Delta State throughout his tenure.
SENATOR (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa and Barr. Kingsley Otuaro have taken oaths of office as Delta State Governor and Deputy Governor respectively.
The Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro administered the oaths of office yesterday (29/05/2015) at the occasion which witnessed a mammoth attendance of Deltans of all works of life including the immediate past Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) and their spouses.
Governor Okowa shortly after taking the oath of office, inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Nigerian Police after which he took salute during a parade to mark the ceremony.
He assured Deltans of an all inclusive government where there will be no discrimination, and there will be equity, Justice and fairness.
The Governor who credited his emergence to the collective commitment of Deltans, and the will of God, stated, "we regard the entire state as our constituency and we will work for the common good of all Deltans."
"We will create opportunity for our people to participate in the act of governance, I promise to govern our people with respect and fear of God, greed must give way and sacrifice must take its place," Dr Okowa said, asserting, "we will enthrone a legacy of wealth and prosperity for our people based on our five point agenda."
The Governor who said the five point agenda has the acronym S.M.A.R.T includes, Strategic wealth creation initiatives and provision of Jobs for all; Meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political/social stability; Agricultural reforms and industrialization; relevant health and education policies; Transformed environment through massive urban renewal.
While calling for the support and cooperation of all Deltans, the Governor disclosed that bills to restructure the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Asaba Capital City Development Board, Technical Education and Delta State Contributory Health Bills to the Delta State State House of Assembly immediately it is constituted.
Out going Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has said the disappearance of the Accountant-General of Delta State, Mr Cyril Agbele, six days to hand over to the new administration was in bad faith.
The Governor who stated this Thursday when Permanent Secretaries and retired Permanent Secretaries paid him a farewell visit at Government House, Asaba expressed surprise that after a fruitful discussion on arrangements for the inauguration of the new administration including security and entertainment, the Accountant-General made himself incommunicado.
According to him, "the Accountant General has disappeared in the last five - six days. The truth is that on Thursday we met and I told him we have some payments to make in the areas of the swearing-in ceremony coming up tomorrow (today), he did not object, he did not say no and on Sunday, I was calling him but he was not picking my calls."
"And of course on Monday his phones have been put off and on Tuesday, he sent in a paper that he was sick. By Wednesday, he sent in a memo and I find this act very inconsistent and irresponsible," he stated.
"If there is something that I am doing that is not right, he should be free to tell me it is not right rather than disappearing ... just imagine running the affairs of the state for a week without funds, even security men has started withdrawing from their posts across the state."
"You know the security implication of this particularly when peace and security is a key agenda of my administration and I cannot compromise on it. It is a conspiracy to grind my administration to a halt and an attempt to set me up on a collision course with the incoming administration. I think is very irresponsible."
Governor Uduaghan challenged the Permanent Secretaries to be good mentors to others, observing that civil servants were key to the growth of the country.
"Permanent Secretary are very key to the growth of the country, I am very grateful that you remember to say thank you for the little I have done for you, I do know that most countries that have succeeded did so because of their strong civil service. At a time in this country, there was a strong civil service, whatever industry this country had was made possible by civil servants."
Continuing, Governor Uduaghan said, "mentoring the younger ones in the Ministry is very important that is one of the reasons I was very keen on employing children of retired Permanent Secretaries because their parents can be their mentors, civil servants should be bold enough to also tell their boss the truth."
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mr Patrick Origho told the Governor that the civil servants were happy with his antecedents as Governor of Delta State and wished him well in his future endeavour.
High point of the occasion was the presentation of gifts to the Governor by the serving and retired Permanent Secretaries.
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has disclosed that the peace and development achieved in the state was as a result of the cordial relationship that existed between his administration and traditional rulers.
Speaking when the Chairman and members of the state Traditional Rulers Council led by its Chairman, Atwuase II, Olu of Warri paid him a farewell visit yesterday (28-5-15) in Asaba, Governor Uduaghan said that his administration had great respect for the traditional institution and accorded them the needed recognition because they are agents of peace and development.
Dr, Uduaghan commended traditional rulers in the state for the support they gave to his administration stating " l sincerely appreciate this visit and gifts, my administration has had a good relationship with you throughout my tenure, even when l had challenges in governance, you were all there for me. "
Continuing " There was no time that my government sanctioned any traditional ruler because l know that you are all men of integrity, that is why l gave the institution the needed recognition, a traditional ruler can only be sanctioned if he commits any criminal offence otherwise l believe that if any traditional ruler commit any other offence, he should be able to correct himself or his colleagues can correct him. l have had no cause to sanction any traditional ruler in the state."
The governor said he had maintained peace with royal fathers in the state and would be free to call on any of them when he leaves office if the need arose without any fear and appealed to them to give the governor elect the same support they gave him.
Explaining further, he stated that the Governor elect, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa also have respect and regard for the traditional institution and expressed hope that he will accord the institution the needed recognition adding " we need your support for peace and development to continue to reign in Delta State."
Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the state Traditional Council and the Obi of Owa, HRM Obi Efezomor 11, in an address commended Governor Uduaghan for recognizing traditional institution and gave them the opportunity to contribute their quota in the development of the state.
" We appreciate you for being there for us in the past 8 years of your administration, for the cordial relationship and we promise to give the in-coming administration the needed support to continue to contribute our quota to maintaining peace and development in the state."