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Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Delta, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Abia counterpart, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, on his 58th birth anniversary.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, commended the governor for his outstanding achievements in the development of “God’s own State”, describing him as an accomplished educationist and administrator.
He extolled Ikpeazu for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the PDP and the nation, and charged him to sustain the momentum for the service of his people and mankind.
Okowa specifically lauded the governor for the Osisioma flyover bridge and interchange in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state.
He also remarked that the governor’s agricultural revolution in his state which crystallised in the planting of no fewer than four million seedlings of oil palm and the successful completion of four palm kernel oil processing plants in Obingwa and Ugwunagbo in Umuahia North and Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Areas was audacious and commendable.
He stated that Ikpeazu’s aggressive rebranding of Abia as the undisputed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) “centre of excellence” in the country and beyond, propelled by “Made-in-Aba’’ campaign, had lifted Abia citizens out of poverty with the establishment and growth of many small-scale businesses.
Okowa said that the academic-turned-politician had by dint of hard work and discipline won the admiration and respect of Abians and other Nigerians.
“In the last seven years and half that you have held sway as Governor of Abia, you have remained irrevocably committed to the cardinal principles of good governance predicated on the need to raise the people’s standard of living, provide development, peace and security in the state.
“Your four-point agenda which aims at improving governance, re-orient and restructure the public service as well as provide adequate infrastructure for economic development have created a vibrant economy for the people.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with you, a seasoned educationist and my brother governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, as you attain 58 years.
“On this occasion in your life, I celebrate with your family, associates and friends and thank Almighty God for your life which has been laced with remarkable accomplishments,” he stated.
The Governor prayed for longer life for Ikpeazu to sustain his passion of raising young persons academically and provide more service to humanity.