Category Archives: Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa


Since he was sworn in in 2015 as the executive governor of Delta State, Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has left no enlightened person in the state in doubt concerning his concept of governance. He has defined his purpose, which is to make a difference by impacting positively on the state and the people, on the principles of justice, equity, and fairness. In doing this, he has thus far, tried to engage experienced and high calibre professionals in his cabinet. He has also ensured that, as much as possible, the different parts of the ethnoculturally plural state are accommodated in political and other appointments.

Then, in the critical area of physical infrastructure, the empirical evidence on ground is that of equity. On road construction in which he has visibly demonstrated unerring focus and great commitment, there are areas yet to be covered, but keen and nonpartisan watchers of the development pattern can predict with some precision that those areas will ultimately become part of the infrastructure revolution.

Our focus here is however on the establishment of three new universities in the state. These are at Anwai, Agbor, and Ozoro. On the surface and given the huge and ever- rising numbers of candidates of Delta State origin seeking varsity admission, the establishment of three new varsities is most commendable.

But as a Delta indigene I am concerned about the financial and cost implications of establishing three new varsities at the same time. Although I am not part of the government of the state, and hence I am not in a position to know the financial strength of the government, I have been part of the varsity system in Nigeria long enough to have a fair idea of what it takes or what it should take to run a university and ensure that minimum national standards are maintained while aspiring and working towards minimum global standards.

That the three new varsities are but an upgrade of existing institutions does not in any way mean fiscal resources would not be appropriated for their basic infrastructure needs. The new varsities will have to employ the required academic and non-academic staff. There will also be administration comprising the office of the vice chancellor, the registry, the bursary, works and services, etc, etc.

One would have thought that the government of the state would have expanded infrastructure and facilities at the Delta State University, DELSU , Abraka, to enable it to increase the number of students it can admit. Anwai campus should have been allowed to continue as a degree-awarding college of DELSU. Again, the polytechnic at Ozoro should simply have been made a campus of DELSU.

The College of Education, Agbor would appear to be the institution richly deserving of the upgrade it was given. That would have meant two autonomous Delta varsities instead of the four the state now has. The College of Education, Agbor should simply have been transformed into a conventional university with the following faculties, education, arts , sciences, agriculture, social sciences, and management sciences. Education students would then choose their core teaching disciplines from the other faculties.

The point here is that the state ought to have considered one additional autonomous varsity at Agbor and ensure that it is expanded and equipped to annually admit a significant number of eligible candidates. Many countries in Africa do not have four public universities!

For a government that is committed to all-round development of the state, establishing three autonomous varsities in one fell swoop would be a critical financial challenge. The state has been battling with payment of long outstanding retirement benefits to deserving ones. There is also the problem of healthcare delivery.

If the decision to establish three new varsities was not a decision cast in iron, the government may consider a review, that the state can have a credible public varsity system that the government and people of the state would be proud of, and that the status of the varsities may not in the future be reviewed and thereby generate political dissension and wrangling and community agitation.

JGN Onyekpe, PhD, FHSN, teaches History at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
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Baba fire condoles with Gov. Okowa over father’s death, say it’s prophecy fulfilled

The General Overseer, Wind of Change Deliverance Ministry headquarters situated at the end of Queen Street by the New Lagos/Asaba Expressway, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, Apostle (Dr.) Chuks Elisha Okenye has consoled with the Executive Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over his father’s death, Chief Pa. Arthur Okowa.

According to Apostle Okenye, “Dear Governor Okowa accept my deepest condolences over the death of your father, Chief Pa. Arthur Okowa. I also commiserate with the entire Okowa family of Owa-Alero and the people of Delta State.

Many doubted me when I said that I saw Gov. Okowa mourning in the prophecy I released for 2021which was published three weeks ago. Now it’s a prophecy fulfilled, but I thank God that our governor is mourning his aged father which calls for celebration of life for the fact in the revelation who the governor was mourning was not made known to me.“At 88, Pa. Okowa has lived a fulfilled and memorable life despite he had the dream not to die until his son, Governor Okowa becomes the president of Nigeria.

Despite the fact that death is inevitable, the dream of late Pa. Okowa that his son, the governor will rule the country at the federal level will come pass if it’s the will of God. And I will include this dream as part of my prayer request whenever I want to pray because nothing is impossible in the sight of God.

The cleric enjoined Christians never to joke with prophetic declaration as it’s the interpretation of the mind of God on a thing. He advised that people should learn to pray to God for positive result in any prophecy released that is not clear to them.

Late Pa. Okowa gave up the ghost at Federal Medical Centre after a brief illness in the early hours of Thursday, January 28, 2020. The late patriarch was an accomplished teacher, loving father, community leader, elder statesman and a devout member of St. Michael Anglican Church Owa-Alero, his hometown.

Before his death, he was the Okpara-Uku of Idumu-Ebor Quarters, Owa-Alero and holds the chieftaincy title of Ojeangbe of Owa Kingdom.

Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa

Apostle (Dr.) Chuks Elisha Okenye
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Okowa says skill acquisition way out of poverty

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has underscored the importance of skill acquisition in the fight against poverty.Okowa stated this when the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) in the state, led by Hajia Aisha Hafiz-Inuwa, wife of the Commissioner of Police, visited him at Government House, Asaba.He said that skill acquisition was the way out of unemployment and acute poverty which was ravaging the country.

He commended members of the association for their contributions to development of the society through their philanthropic gestures.The governor reaffirmed that his administration had continued to empower youths in the state in order to make them self-reliant.“We have continued to make skill acquisition a state policy because we realised that it is the only way to get out of the unemployment conundrum that we have found ourselves as a nation.

In the last five years, we have ensured that we redirect the minds of our youths towards skill acquisition and we give them starter-packs to enable them to stand on their own.

We have also revitalised technical education in the state to give our youths more veritable platforms to acquire skills,” he said.Okowa thanked POWA for its role in curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in police barracks in the state.

I know it is not easy attending to most families these days because the economy is getting more challenging at the moment.“But, I am glad that in spite of these challenges you have continued to reach out to people through this association.

The best way to help those bereaved families is to help them acquire skills and I am glad that you are going in that direction.“Anything that helps to empower women is good for us because when you empower a woman you have empowered the family.

Your skill acquisition programme for your members is good and deserves encouragement because it will go a long way to help those police families who lost their husbands as breadwinners in the course of duty,” he stated.

Earlier, Chairman of POWA in the state, Mrs Hafiz-Inuwa, had lauded Governor Okowa for his giant strides in creating young entrepreneurs through skill acquisition programmes across the state.She lamented that some police officers lost their lives during the EndSARS protests, leaving family members to bear the heavy loss of their bread winners.

Hafiz-Inuwa said that POWA was also setting up a skill acquisition programme to train women in catering, tailoring/fashion designing, soap making, bead making, fish/poultry farming, hair dressing/saloon, among others.

She sought the assistance of the governor in the inclusion of members of POWA in the state’s skill acquisition and empowerment programmes.

Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa
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COVID-19 : Resident Commends Governor Okowa’s Proactive Steps

By Emmanuel Egbuchinem

A resident of Boji Boji Metropolis, Mr. Obiazi Boi Obuh, the Managing Director of Obiazi and Sons Newspaper, Agbor, has commended the proactive steps taken by His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, in combating the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic during the wake of it’s outbreak in the State.Mr. Obuh, made the commendation recently during a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter at his office in Agbor. According to him the State was very lucky having Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as the State helmsman during the outbreak of the virus; saying that majority of the citizens across the State were saved from contacting the deadly disease because of the passion and prompt measures put in place by the Governor; through the establishment of isolation centres, training and retraining of medical personnel, the procurement of the necessary equipment and the strict compliance of safety rules and regulations spelt out by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) aimed at curbing the spread of the the virus.Continuing, he thanked God for the life, He granted the Governor in celebrating his fifth year as the number one citizen of the State; and for the speedy recovery He granted the Governor, his wife, daughter and some of his political associates from the claws of death after they tested positive to the virus.He also lauded the overwhelming performance of the Governor mostly in the area of road construction and the provision of infrastructural development across the 25 local government areas of the State. Mr. Obiazi Obuh, however, urged His Excellency, the State Governor to create more employment opportunities for the youths before the expiration of his second tenure, by establishing industries in Ika land; noting that Governor Okowa, being the current Delta State Governor, is a great opportunity for the people of Ika extraction to develop their area; warning that if the opportunity slips off them, they may not have it again in several years to come. In the same vein, he also enjoined members of Ika Nation to work in synergy and cooperate with one another in developing Ika Nation to an enviable height.Speaking further, Mr. Obiazi Boi Obuh, also commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari; whom he noted is performing creditably in his fight against corruption, most especially with the recent exposure of the fraud rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He urged Mr. President, to tackle the issue squarely and everyone indicted should be made to face the wrath of the law; “if we must progress as a nation”, he concluded.

Mr. Obiazi Boi Obuh

Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
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