Personality

IFEANYI ARTHUR OKOWA (Delta North Senatorial Zone): Profile of the Senator – By David Diai

Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa was born on the 8th of July, 1959 at Owa-Alero in the present Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his early education at the Iroro Primary School, Owa-Alero and later attended the famous Edo College, Benin City between 1970 and 1976. He came out tops, with the second best result in the Higher School Certificate Examination in the then Bendel State in 1976.

Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa graduated in 1981 with MBBS, BS at the record age of 22. Upon his completion of the National Youth Service Corps in 1982; he worked briefly with the defunct Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer before he went into private practice as Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke in 1986. Believing later that charity should begin at home, Dr. Okowa later set up the Victory Medical Centre, at Boji-Boji, Owa. He endeared himself to his people through his humanitarian disposition as he often rendered free service to the very poor in his community.

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is said to display a highly developed craftsmanship in his work and the evidence of his constructive leadership, according to hios supporters, is seen in his growing political profile. He took interest in the public service and between 1991 and 1993 served with great diligence and outstanding success first as Secretary to the Ika Local Government and later Pioneer Chairman, Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991-1993).

In preparation for the return of the country to democratic rule, he pitched his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)in 1998. But before then, he had served as a leader and the Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) and the Delta North Coordinator of the James Ibori campaign organization in 1998 as well as the Secretary of the Transition Committee, which ushered in the James Ibori administration in 1999. Since then, there has not been any turning back for this medical Doctor turned politician and it was not surprising therefore that in recognition of his reported hard work, loyalty, honesty and dedication, Dr. Okowa became a member of the Special Grade of Commissioners who had eight years of unbroken service as Members of the Governor James Ibori-led Delta State Executive Council.

During the period, he served with diligence and outstanding result in the following positions: Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 to April 2001); Hon. Commissioner for Water Resources Development (April 2001 – May 2003) and Hon. Commissioner for Health (September 2003 – October 2006). Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa then resigned honourably to contest the 2007 Gubernatorial election in Delta State and it was said that he demonstrated his clinical understanding of Delta State and politics during the campaigns and mounted one of the most focused and issues-oriented campaign in the state.

After the Ogwashi-Uku primaries, where he placed a very remarkable second to Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, after the high wire godfather politics of Chief James Ibori, Okowa, like the tactful achiever that he is, did not sit back at home to sulk over the turn out of events in that primaries. He was immediately appointed as the Director General of the PDP Campaign Organization in Delta State and later the Secretary of the 34- member Transition Committee which prepared the blueprint for the take-off of the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in Delta State.

As a reward for his loyalty and commitment,Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was appointed as the Secretary to the Delta State Government by the newly sworn-in Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, but inside sources claim that the relationship between the Governor and Dr. Okowa as SGG was sometimes disquiet as certain rumours made the rounds of Okowa’s ambition to challenge Uduaghan in 2011.

However, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa opted to contest for the Senate, but again his relationship with Governor Uduaghan was severely tested, when it became obvious that the PDP in the State had decided to support Mrs. Mariam Ali, wife of the former PDP National Chairman, who lost out contentiously in 2007. Dr. Okowa had to once again employ his astute brilliance and dogged determination to ensure that he got the ticket by arranging to televise the entire primaries on two occasions on national television. He won both convincingly after some dramatic altercations with both the PDP Delta State Chairman, Peter Nwaoboshi and Dr. Mariam Ali, (Enyi Kpakpando) and in the process was said to have secured the blessings of Governor Uduaghan, who inside sources allege, was already neck deep in his own troubles over the re-run elections of January 6, 2011 and did not want to add the potentially dangerous situation of working against Okowa to his plate of worries.

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has since after his victory at the primaries, carried out what has been regarded as a very sophisticated campaign, which has taken him to all the Council headquarters of the Delta North Local Government areas and some key communities in the Anioma region.

Part of what has endeared him to the people of Delta North is legendary genouristy and openness, which many say is what a true representative of the people must possess. His supporters claim that of all the candidates who vyed for the coveted Delta North Senatorial seat Dr. Okowa is the only candidate who can represent the people of Anioma with sincerity, honesty and a real sense of purpose in the upper House of the national Assembly, the Senate. He is said to be a truly detribalized man who possess great humility, generousity and a kind heart which does not discriminate against anybody.

He is also said to have served Delta state over the years with a sense of fairness and equity because he believes that Deltans deserve the best at all times and a school of political thinkers in Delta state and beyond see Dr. Okowa as the paragon of what a true politician should be, because according to them, he understands that service is for everybody and not just a few sectional people. They claim that Okowa is aware that whatever projects he will attract to Delta North as a Senator, will be enjoyed by all who reside in the area whether they are Aniomas or not and that is why he will attract quality projects which will enhance the welfare of the people and ensure improved living standards for his constituents and everybody in the area”

The same group hold that the entrance of Okowa into the Delta North Senatorial race was not just for the sake of being addressed as a Senator, but because he genuinely wanted to impact positively on the lives of the people, adding that what Okowa is bringing to the Senate is an articulate and well informed resume which he intends to apply to his legislative responsibilities as a lawmaker representing Delta North in the National Assembly.

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is a Knight of St. Christopher, conferred on him by the Anglican Communion and has also been bestowed with the Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club International.

He is also a recipient of the Award of Excellence by NANS, Rotaract Club of Asaba and the prestigious Vice-Chancellor Award of the Delta State University. He has equally been decorated by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as an outstanding Achiever and recognized as one of the five best Health Commissioners in the Federation, while he was in charge of that Ministry in Delta State. He has was variously acknowledged by the Tell Magazine and Newswatch Magazine for his outstanding leadership in the Health sector which placed the Delta State Ministry of Health, under his management, as among the best ten Health Ministries in Nigeria.

Dr. Okowa is a fantastic orator and has exhibited cerebral excellence in his public speeches and papers. His brilliance was quite evident when he delivered the Annual Lecture in the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, (UIAA Asaba Chapter) Annual Lecture Series, on a topic which revolved around Electoral Reforms and Re-branding in Nigeria.

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is a favorite amongst many Deltans and he enjoys the support Izu Anioma, the umbrella body of all Anioma cultural organizations, amongst other cultural groups.

Today he is the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial zone and there is no doubt that the fortunes of the Anioma People will change for the better now that they have a man who truly believes in serving his people with diligence and dedication as the his primary motivation and the creed of his political philosophy.

Congratulations, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

Discussion

15 thoughts on “IFEANYI ARTHUR OKOWA (Delta North Senatorial Zone): Profile of the Senator – By David Diai

  1. GLORY BE TO GOD FOR GIVING THE DELTA NORTH A SENATOR THAT WILL ENAHNCE OUR LIVES AND AT LEAST BRING DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION TO THE AREA. I WISH GOD GUIDANCE AND WISDOM TO CREATE RECORDS THAT YOUR PREDECESSORS FAILED TO ACHIEVE FOR THAT IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU THANKS

    Posted by Vincent Obi | June 26, 2011, 1:36 pm
  2. Congratulations 2 my great cousing brother. Yo good work is highly noticed. My prayer 4 u is that one day u’ll be de president of our great country, nigeria. When i visited nigeria july i wud have visited u but u were in abuja b4 i flew back 2 south africa. I have not 4goten that faithful sunday morning of sept 2003 when i visited u’r house in agbor and u gave me de sum of twenty thousand naira 2 add 2 my air ticket. I owe u my prayers. God’ll protect u. And please sir, Dont join these dubeous killers who shed bloods bcos of politics, always alow God 2 fight 4 u & take u 2 yo destination. I’ll surely visit u nxt year when i come 2 nig, my numbers, +27764462725. God de possessor of heaven and earth will keep u, protect u tru his son JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH. He’ll give u grace 2 do more in ika land and nigeria as a whole. I u get this i wud love 2 discus importand isue wt u sir.

    Posted by Pastor Dennis eboh. | November 8, 2011, 7:24 am
  3. Congratulation to you sir, for the great work you have done for the life of Ika North people, and the entire delta state. My name is IDAHOSA PETER,the youger brother of your friend Dr EROMOSELE IDAHOSA your couse mate in university of ibadan, and your forma colleague in the then LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN OF ESAN CENTRAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT IRRUA.

    Posted by 08064456002 | December 7, 2011, 12:10 pm
  4. This distinguished senator happens to be my mentor. His political biography is worth emulating, his leadership style is the best, and I see him as number 1 in the whole of Delta North.
    My mentor, I hope someday, fate will bring us together and there will be direct mentoring. That’s my earnest prayers.
    As long as you continue to wax stronger in the race, we will always support you believing that one day, all your efforts will be crowned with success. I remain Faithful, loyal and honest to you.

    Posted by Osemeke | February 21, 2012, 3:20 am
  5. Ekwueme i tank God dat u re now a Senator of d federal Republic of Nigeria Congratulations & God bls u Amen

    Posted by Ofili Ikechukwu | June 11, 2012, 7:24 am
  6. Senator okowa is a rare combination of leadership spirit and the spirit of leadership,eminently suitable to even rule the us and britain.

    Posted by Emeka uzochukwu | June 23, 2012, 6:52 am
  7. THE FEAR GOD IS THE BEGINING OF WISDOM, IT IS THAT FEAR OF GOD THAT HAVE GUILDED THE STEP OF MY GREAT LEADER, TO HIS PRESENT LITTLE BEGINING, I SAY THIS BECAUSE, I BELEIVE THAT THE SENATE IS JUST THE BEGINING OF GREATER POSITIONS COMING YOUR WAY. U ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD OF POLITICS, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED DELTA NORTH POLITICS BEGINS WITH YOU AND ENDS WITH YOU. THANKS FOR BEING WHO U ARE.
    MY GENERALS AND I ARE WAITING FOR THE GREEN LIGHT TO COME BACK TO NIGERIA TO JOIN THE TRAIN LEADING US TO THE GOVERMENT HOUSE.
    UR SON. 5 STAR GEN. EKENE P. ABIAMUWE

    Posted by EKENE ABIAMUWE | September 20, 2012, 9:42 am
  8. I WILL MOVE MY PEOPLE AGAIN TO SUPPORT HIM TO SUCCEED DR. UDUAGHAN IN 2015, BECAUSE HE IS FOCUSED, PATRIOTIC & CARING.

    Posted by NKEM BENEDICT-DIKEDI | December 28, 2012, 2:28 pm
  9. HE IS A MAN ORDAINED BY GOD OF WICH NO POWER CN STOP HIM,HE WILL CONTINUE TO ENLARGE HS COAST INORDER FOR HIM TO CARRY HIS PPL ALONG.HV GONE ROUND AND I MUST CONFESS I HV NT SEEN ANY POLITICIAN AS SINCERE AS HE HE IS.HE IS A LEADER EVRY ONE ON EARTH WIL EMULATE..INCONCLUSION I MUST SAY HE IS A GOD SENT TO D PPL OF DELTA STATE,DELTA NORTH,IKA AS A WHOLE.AND A BLESSING TO D PPL OF IKA NORTH EAST.KUDOS MY GREAT LEADER.GO AHEAD AND EXCEL.URBOY ENGR ONOCHIE NELSON

    Posted by ENG ONOCHIE NELSON | January 20, 2013, 11:02 am
  10. Sir my husband needs a job he Is H.N.D holder in Accounting he is from oguashi-uku in aniocha south local Govt area of Delta State Nigeria he has been applying in so many places sir pls i know this is a small thing for u to do for ur brother pls sir give him a good job and GOD in heaven will make ur dreams come throug.

    Posted by Gloria | April 1, 2013, 9:03 pm
  11. My senator,i and people of Ute-ogbeje,especially equity youths of P.D.P,are praying 4 u,dat God wil continue 2 c u 2ru nd notin wil stop 4 being d next gov in jesus name.carry go ekwueme of Africa.

    Posted by Ijeh simon ortega | June 12, 2013, 6:28 am
  12. Hon,sen.Godsent.Dr ifeanyi,u have proved pple like me wrong who belived dat no single nigerian politicians who have their pple at heart.I lack d word to qualify u,cos u r blesin to pple of delta north.as u did not limit ur kind jesture to only pple of ur class,so shall God give u unlimited blessings.amen.samuel from ebonyi state

    Posted by samuel igboji | April 21, 2014, 10:46 pm
  13. okowa has an jntimidating profile

    Posted by inaya anthony | September 15, 2014, 1:44 pm
  14. Deltans now feel the wind of change in the fortunes of the State emanating from the vision and mission of Senator Ifanyi Okowa the governorship flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party. That Okowa is resolute, resourceful and focussed player in nation building is tested to by his profile as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the 7th National Assembly (2011-2015) As the Commissioner with Delta State Government 1999-2006, Secretary to State Government 2007-2010, he contributed positively to the development of existing infrastructural in delta state including the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara.
    His vision and mission as the governor of delta are encapsulated in his unwavering commitment to economic and social reforms in order to upgrade existing facilities promote the quality of life of the citizenry and reposition Delta State as the pace setter. Okowa has a vision where government policies will unlock hidden economic potential in all the sectors of the economy of Delta State as well as enhance governance processes. His mission is to anchor the promotion and sustainability of appropriate policies, procedures and structures that would stimulate economic growth and development with long term social and economic benefits to all Nigerians on the development ICT and bridging the digital divide. Okowa has come, fully prepared to serve.
    His five (5) POINT AGENDA that define his vision for delta state are:
    • STRATEGIC WEALTH CREATION INITIATIVES AND PROVISION OF JOBS FOR ALL DELTANS
    • MEANINGFUL PEACE BUILDING PLATFORMS AIMED AT POLITICAL/SOCIAL STABILITY
    • AGRICULTURAL REFORMS AND INDUSTRIALIZATION
    • RELEVANT HEALTH AND EDUCATION POLICIES
    • TRANSFORMED ENVIRONMENT THROUGH MASSIVE URBAN RENEWAL
    As former Secretary to delta state government, Okowa knows that governments are always faced with too many competing demands. He is aware of the urgent need to reduce the rate of unemployment especially among the Youths, jump start the early transfer of relevant skills to Secondary School, Tertiary Institutions, Students and Teachers, and promote the up-skilling of the ICT competency of civil servants as essential tool for the 21st Century knowledge economy, and he has these in the front burner of his progressive initiatives.

    As a former Local Government Council Chairman 1991-1993, Okowa knows what citizen expect and demand at grassroots level. His progressive initiative for meaningful peace building platform aimed at political / social stability entails budgeting from the wards and towns upwards as the platform for social stability. The tremendous agricultural potentials of delta state will attract multiple strategies that will boost agricultural produce and encourage the free market for raw materials and foodstuffs. The initiative will engender inclusive growth, job creation and re-birth of local communities backed by robust and focused agricultural extension services will be put in place in order to support the farmers. Mechanization and cooperative farming will be promoted and supported with improvement of transportation infrastructure in the rural areas to facilitate movement of farm produce for adequate storage and marketing. Existing dams will be rehabilitated and new ones constructed for both irrigation and reticulation to provide clean water to Deltans
    Ailing industries will be resuscitated while public private partnership with foreign investors will be the vehicle for the promotion of new industries. Okowa has tremendous interests in Health, Oil & Gas and Delta State Environment. This will be translated into improved health management, empowerment access point for Deltans and protection of our environment from oil spillage and resultant oil fire outbreaks.
    Senator Okowa knows that the protection of life and property the citizens of the state from wanton destruction by fire and other calamities such as flood is the hallmark of good governance. Performance based Fire Service delivery and capable and able State Emergency Management Agency are vital for internal security as it bothers on safety of lives and property. Fire Service delivery system has suffered neglect from successive Administrations leading to daily depletion of our commonwealth in monumental loss of lives and property to fire outbreaks and fire related emergencies. To address this, senator Okowa has road map and policy framework to prepare the state at large for emergencies and emergency agencies for the management of disasters.
    Under Okowa’s watch epileptic power supply in Delta State will be history. To meet Delta State Energy demand and projection for the next ten year Okowa will put in place an Energy Audit Program to collate a comprehensive database of the installed capacity and actual amount of energy/power required in Delta state. The rationale behind the energy audits is to use the information to plan for Delta State medium and long term energy strategy. The objectives of the audit program are:
    • To educate and create awareness regarding energy usage, consumption patterns, and conservation opportunities.
    • To document existing conditions for planning purposes.
    • To give information on Health and safety issues with regards to pollution and carbon emissions from self-generation
    • To capture data on the amount and condition of public lighting on Delta State streets
    • To capture data that will assist Niger Delta distribution companies.
    The audit will captured the data of Property and street identification of Generator(s) size/ backup generator(s) size, Type and quantity of electrical appliances used at location, Transformer rating within the area, Daily PHCN coverage in hours and in kWh, Daily usage of generators (in hours) and amount spent on fuel monthly, Amount of additional power required in kVA, How much the location is willing to pay for electricity, Perception of Quantity and Quality of PHCN Power Supply and Willingness for alternative power (IPP).
    Nigeria has made its mark in global sports competition and Delta State, has always made and will continue to make generous contribution of capable sportsmen and women. Delta state, land of peace and promise has reason to rejoice from the knowledge that the debt inherent in any promise is about to be paid. Delta State, a state blessed with rich and diverse cultural heritage, has plenty to celebrate in the bridge builder. Delta is a land blessed with abundant human and material resources spread across all parts of the state. Deltans are a people that cherish and promote the values of industry, ingenuity, hospitality and inclusiveness. It is therefore not surprising and Okowa is abundantly endowed with these qualities
    All of us from Delta North Senatorial Zone, our brothers and sisters in Delta Central and Delta South Senatorial Zones supportive of Okowa, the bridge builders, and governorship flag bearer on the platform of the PDP, must come out on April 11, for the actualization of our common dream of empowerment, social justice and security, and vote OKOWA into office. He is prepared to quantum jump Delta State over the present state of uncommon transformation. I will vote for him. Am sure he will also vote for himself. Yes, if we want uncommon change and transformation in Delta State, we should elect Senator Ifanyi Okowa. He is able, capable and ready to service.

    Engr. Fidelis Iweanya Ogbogoh Retired Comptroller General ……from Ogwashi Ukwu

    Posted by Engr. Fidelis Iweanya Ogbogoh | March 25, 2015, 9:20 pm
  15. A great profile, and a great and astute politician. He has shown dedication and brilliance all he’s life. Today, May 29 2015, Dr Okowa is now the Executive Governor of Delta State. It shows one thing…. Hardworks pays. However, one thing that draws my attention is that he schooled in a local community primary school. What does that tell us? Anyone can be a great leader, no matter the school. It only takes focus, hardwork, Gods grace and dedication. Thus let’s all help little children in poor local schools, cos onwero onye ma echi… No one knows tomorrow.

    Posted by ugo valor ejikeme | May 31, 2015, 8:18 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Facebook Like

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 26 other followers

%d bloggers like this: