Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has urged investors to explore the huge potential in his state and expect fast returns.
He revealed this when the Ambassador of Czech Republic to Nigeria, Mr. Marek Skolil, visited him in Asaba.
According to Okowa, he was happy with the interest of the global community in investing in the oil and gas-rich state, and any investor will not regret doing business in Delta.
His words, “We are very hospitable people in Delta and I am happy that good relationship exists between our country and the Czech Republic.
“Your coming to Delta is worth applauding, because you are in a state with limitless potential for investors.
“We hope this visit will lead to partnership that will mutually benefit us, because as a people and as a government, we are happy and always ready to partner people who can add value to us.
“There is a lot of gap in the energy sector and any investor in that area will not get it wrong, as we are looking forward to a situation when we will get enough energy supply to stimulate desired economic growth.
“We are currently developing the Kwale Industrial Park; there are lots of areas for industrialisation and our entrepreneurship programmes and the education sector are areas that we are happy to get partnership”.
Is he right?
Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (born 8 July 1959) is a Nigerian politician who is the incumbent Governor of Delta State. He was inaugurated as a governor on 29 May 2015 after winning the state elections conducted in April 2015. Before his governorship, he was elected senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He is an Ika from Owa-Alero in Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the first person from Anioma to clinch the governorship position of Delta State. He was re-elected as the governor of Delta State on May 29, 2019.
Okowa was born at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended Edo College, Benin City (1970–1976), then went on to the University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1981 with an MBBS degree. After leaving the National Youth Service Corps, he worked with the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer. He entered private practice as Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke in 1986.
Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991–1993). He was Delta North Coordinator of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in Governor James Ibori’s campaign in 1998/1999. He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State government for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 – April 2001), Water Resources Development (April 2001 – May 2003) and Health (September 2003 – October 2006).
He was honoured as Man of the year 2017 by the Independent Newspaper at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The award was presented by Alhaji Ismalis Isa Funtu.
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