By Ndubuisi Michaels
To check perennial flooding in Warri, Uvwie and environ, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State says contracts worth more than N9 billion for the construction of storm drainage projects have been awarded.
The governor made the disclosure on Sunday while speaking at a thanksgiving service of Hon. (Mrs) Gbubemi Kpenosen-Ikolo, Commissioner for Technical Education at the Unity Baptist Church, Warri.
According to Governor Okowa, restoring the lost glory of Warri was important and the storm drainage projects were designed to ensure that the flooding of the oil-rich city was permanently tackled.
“Construction of the first phase of storm water drainage projects in Warri South and Uvwie will be starting in January; the contracts for the projects have been awarded at a cost of N9.5 Billion.
“Your Majesties, our desire is to restore the lost glory of Warri and Uvwie and we want the cooperation of everyone for us to have seamless execution of projects,” the governor said.
He commended Mrs. Ikolo for giving thanks to God, disclosing that the Commissioner did not lobby for the position and that, it only came through inspiration from God.
“The appointment did not come from me, it came from God; so, we will return the thanks to Him; the Lord will direct your paths for you to succeed because, the real thing is about the success story at the end and when God directs your steps, it will be a success story.
“You have been called to serve humanity, you have been called to serve the entire state, you are in a very important Ministry that is dear to my heart because technical education is very important to us; if our children can use their hand and brain, they will have a better future.
“Be a humble politician for you to succeed in the future; once you show pride, God will take the position away from you; there is no need for any politician to be proud because all that you have was made possible by God; it is the Lord that giveth all things, we should allow Him to reign in our lives; you are accountable to Him.
“A new technical college has been approved for Omadino; another in Uvwie and another one in Irri within a few months that you were made a Commissioner because, it is about the commitment we put in for the colleges to be impactful on our people,” the governor said while thanking the traditional rulers and entire Deltans for their support which made his re-election as Governor to be a smooth sail.
Rev. Dr. Ayetin Nathaniel had in a sermon, said Christians should always give thanks to God because whatever He says will be, and will come to pass.
“The goodness of God is flowing every day of our lives; He is worthy of our praises, He is worthy of our thanksgiving; whatever position you occupy today is as a result of God’s favour; Christ’s death brought that favour and we should celebrate that favour because, if God says this seat belongs to you, no one can change it; we need to praise Him; the more you give Him thanks, the more He blesses you and, it is good that we celebrate God who has made us what we are.”