Okowa extols Ijomah's intellectual contribution to Nigeria at 81
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated renowned Professor of Political Sociology, author, scholar, academician, and institutional administrator, Professor Benedict Imeagwu Chukwumah Ijomah, as he turned 81 on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Governor Okowa in a statement in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, eulogized Ijomah as an elder statesman, an influential political and intellectual leader, whose contributions to the Nigerian nation is legendary.
He further described Ijomah as a thoroughbred researcher, academician, refined politician, prolific author, orator and a man of the people and assured that the government is committed to the promotion of scholarship and excellent efforts which the renowned Professor epitomized.
The statement read in part: “I congratulate one of the founding fathers of our dear state, Prof B.I.C. Ijomah, as he celebrates his 81st birthday.
“As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great political depth and insight, a leader of leaders, you contributed immensely to the development of our state and country in the several capacities you have served.
"As a government we acknowledge your role and efforts as one of the founding fathers of Delta State as well as your efforts in pioneering the South-South People's Conference, SSOPEC, which no doubt gave vent to a South South President in 2011.”
Okowa assured Ijomah that his government would continue to build on the legacies, visionary foresight and solid foundations laid by the founding fathers of the state.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I celebrate a great elder statesman whose fountain of knowledge has remained an inspiration to many as he turns 81 years today.”
According to Aniagwu, Okowa wishes Ijomah a fulfilling birthday celebration and prays that the Almighty God grants him many more years of good health and strength to continue with his service to mankind.