Delta State Government has set up an eight man committee to prepare and organize the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state, slated for August this year, with a charge to harness the unity and peace that bind Deltans.
This is even as the Delta State Executive Council, has approved the emergence and acceptance of Obi Chukwuka Akaeze 1, son of the late Obi of Ubulu-Uku, as the new Obi of the kingdom
Speaking in Asaba at a Press Conference on 20-06-16, to herald the activities to mark the Anniversary celebration, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Information Commissioner, Mr. Patrick Ukah said that, “his administration resolved to celebrate Delta@ 25 to take stock of the journey so far, achievements recorded and plot further and better approaches at peaceful co-existence among the various ethnic groups, new development paradigm and refocusing the fundamentals of government to achieve greater and result-oriented improvements in the lives of our people”.
The Committee has Rt. Hon Ovie Agas, Secretary to Government as Chairman, with Mr Patrick Ukah, [Information Commissioner]; Mrs Mary Iyasere [Commerce and Industry Commissioner]; Prof. Eric Eboh [Chief Job Creation Officer]; Prof. Sylvester Monye [Senior Policy Adviser]; Chief George Orogun [Economic Adviser]; Mr Sunday Ozege [Special Adviser, Investment] and Mrs Shimite Bello, [Executive Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Development Agency] as members.
The Committee, which was inaugurated in December 2015, has also set up sub-committees to drive the Anniversary celebrations successfully. The sub-committees and their Chairmen are: Programme (Prof. Sylvester Monye), Economic and Investment (Mr. George Orogun), Media and Publicity, Sponsorship and Marketing (Mr. Patrick Ukah), Budget and Finance (Mr. David Edevbie), Hospitality and Venue (Mrs. Mary Itasere), Logistics and Security (Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas), Medical (Dr. Nicholas Azinge) and Entertainment (Mrs. Shimite Bello).
Governor Okowa, stressed that, “the idea of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee was motivated by the need to review the state of development of the state from inception, examine achievements made, and explore the way forward for greater development, so as to make it primus inter pares among committee of states in the nation”.
He lauded the achievements of the founding fathers, leaders and past governors of the state, emphasizing that they provided the building blocks for lasting developmental legacies in the state.
The governor, who explained that the celebration would be private sector driven, thus justifying the decision to engage the services of a communications consultant, Brand Eye Communications, to drive the anniversary programme, listed the activities earmarked for the celebration to include Delta Investment and Economic Summit; Music Concert; Grand Gala; Cultural Festival/Beauty Pageant and Thanksgiving service among others.
The Anniversary Logo for Delta@ 25, which was described as a powerful symbol to capture and represent the positive and progressive essence and re-branding of Delta and Deltans, was also unveiled by Mr. Ukah, after the MD/CEO of Brand Eye Communications, Mr. Femi Adelusi had given a concise explanation of the consideration that informed the final design of the Logo.
Mr. Ukah also at the Press Conference disclosed that the State Executive Council at its last meeting approved the appointment of Prince Chukwuka Akaeze as the Obi of Ubulu-Uku, and also the Central Bank of Nigeria, Anchor Growers programme for farmers and youths in the state.
He disclosed further that EXCO approved the Federal government support fund for job creation programmes of the state government, especially the Grassroots Employment and Enhancement Programme (GEEP) meant to prepare young graduates for employment.