- Okowa rejoices with Owhorode of Olomu at 105
By Hillary Asemota
Delta State Government on Wednesday handed over 5 armoured personnel carriers to the 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army and the State Police Command to strengthen their operations toward uprooting the security challenges in and around the state.
At the presentation, Okowa, said three of the security vehicles were for the army while two were for the Police as the keys were been handed over to Brig. General Abdulraman Idris and State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Ari, shortly after the security meeting.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the various security commands in the state for the work that they have been doing to consolidate on the peace and security in the state.
According to him, the various security commands have been doing so well to keep Delta State peaceful, pointing out that it was his hope that the state government’s gesture would add up to the vehicular needs that will enable them carry out their operations.
“We have just risen from our meeting where we discussed a lot of issues concerning the security of the state.
“And we also expressed our appreciations to the various commands for the work that they have been doing to consolidate on the peace that we have in our state.
“In furtherance of the various logistics provisions for the Army and the Police, this afternoon, we are handing over two armoured personnel carriers specially built for the army.
“One had also been previously delivered to the army making it three for the 63 Brigade and two had earlier been delivered to the police, making it a total of five Amoured Personnel Carriers.
“So, we are glad that at this point in time in this early part of the year, that the remaining two to the 63 Brigade have been delivered.
“We do hope that in the course of the year, we will be in a position to also provide other logistic needs for the various commands.
“They have been doing so well to keep Delta State peaceful and we are very grateful and we hope that this will add up to the vehicular needs that will enable them carry out their operations,” the governor said.
Highlight of the ceremony was the handing of keys of the Amoured Personnel Carriers for the Army to the 63 Brigade Commander, Brig. General Abdulraman Idris and State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Ari.
Meanwhile, the Governor, has congratulated the Owhorode of Olomu Kingdom, Richard Layieguen, Ovie Ogoni-Oghoro I, on his 105th birth anniversary.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa remarked that the monarch had since ascending the throne, provided purposeful leadership for his people and Urhobo nation.
He pointed out that the monarch’s reign had been very beneficial to his kingdom in particular and Urhobo people in general.
According to the governor, the Olomu monarch has in the past 34 years on the throne of his ancestors contributed immensely to the growth and development of his kingdom and the Urhobo people, and therefore, deserves to be celebrated on this special occasion of his birth anniversary.
He said he was joining the royal family, people of Olomu Kingdom at home and in the diaspora and the entire Urhobo nation in celebrating the centenarian monarch, describing him as a bridge-builder, elder statesman and royal cannon who had attained a great landmark age in his journey of life.
Okowa prayed that God would continue to bless the renowned traditional ruler with great wisdom, good health and strength to continue leading the people of his kingdom.
He commended the monarch for his contributions to the prevalence of peace in the state as Chairman of Urhobo traditional rulers.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I warmly felicitate with His Royal Majesty, Richard Layieguen, Ovie Ogoni-Oghoro I, OON, the Owhorode of Olomu Kingdom, on the occasion of his 105th birth anniversary.
“We pray that the Almighty God will continue to imbue you with deserving wisdom as you ensure that your domain is replete with peace and development for the pleasure of your people and Urhobos and their neighbours.” He stated.