Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has singled out the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan’s dedication of the state to God throughout his tenure as his greatest achievement.
Governor Okowa was speaking in Warri at the weekend at the First Baptist Church, Warri during a family thanksgiving by Dr. Uduaghan for successfully governing the state for eight years.
Dr Okowa said that Dr Uduaghan’s regular thanksgiving on behalf of the state government and the changing of the state’s slogan to the “Finger of God” had become precedents which subsequent administrations would emulate.
He declared May 29 of every year as a day of praise unto God.
Uduaghan, in his remarks, expressed satisfaction that the thanksgiving was well attended even after he had left office, adding that the gesture was an indication of appreciation of his modest contribution to development in the state.
Meanwhile, the former governor, on Saturday, thanked God for allowing him and his family to return home more in number.
Uduaghan said while plunging into politics in 1999, he did so with his wife and two children, but was now returning home with a family of seven.
The former governor said this during his out-of-office thanksgiving service held at First Baptist Church, Uduaghan’s home church located in the heart of Warri, Delta State.
He bemoaned the festering culture of rumour mongering, which he said had become an thriving industry among most Deltans. “Don’t gain employment in the industry of rumour mongering, lying, etc; no salary there. You’ll continue to diminish while others are growing,” he admonished.