. Hails NFF president, Amaju
By Oye Chukwujekwu
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has paid tribute to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, as he turned 62 on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Governor Okowa said that the Itsekiri nation had remained peaceful and investor-friendly since His Majesty ascended the throne of his forefathers.
In a statement issued in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa, said that Ogiame Ikenwoli's reign has immensely benefited the people of Warri Kingdom, Delta State and indeed the nation.
“Of remarkable note is your royal carriage which is visible in the exemplary manner you have discharged your duties and has remained a source of pride and splendour to the traditional Institution.
"On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I felicitate with your Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, the Olu of Warri on the occasion of your 62nd birthday.
“Since his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, has demonstrated exemplary leadership by living above board, while remaining as the rallying point and inspiration for his subjects".
Governor Okowa stressed that as custodian of culture and tradition, the Olu has played significant roles in the promotion of harmony, socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among the Iwere kingdom and their neighbours.
“The ideals of uncommon patriotism, unparalleled humility and sterling leadership qualities which you epitomize are worthy traits that will continue to inspire us in our S.M.A.R.T. Agenda,” the governor stated.
He prayed that God will continue to grant His Majesty, good health and wisdom to pilot the traditional affairs of his kingdom and offer valuable contributions to the development of our dear Delta State.
Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, on his election victory last Thursday, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
In a statement issued in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa extolled Pinnick's contribution to the round leather game in Nigeria culminating in his election as a member of Executive Committee of CAF.
Okowa noted that Pinnick's firm belief in revolutionising football administration in Nigeria has paid off by his achievements since he was elected as NFF President in 2014.
"On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you, an illustrious son of Delta State, Mr Amaju Pinnick, NFF President on your election into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
"Your election into the CAF Executive Committee no doubt is a realisation of your long standing belief in revolutionising football administration globally.
"It is our prayer that your partnership with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and new CAF President Ahmad Ahmad will further lead to the growth of football in Nigeria, Africa and beyond," the