By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta says that Nigeria has made good progress in spite of security and economic challenges.
The governor, represented by the deputy governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, stated this at the event to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day celebration on Friday in Asaba.
According to the governor, many people may not see the need to celebrate but for the fact that we have a country of our own, it s a reason to celebrate.
“And for the fact that we have freedom of speech, movement and association to pursue our dreams, we have to be grateful to God.”
He said that the day also gave us opportunity to pay tributes to the founding fathers who had endured pains in the struggle for the independence of the country.
Okowa said that with prayers and dedication the nation would attain a greater height and accomplishment.
According to him, we may not be where we want to be but we have made good progress as a nation.
“But we must keep praying for our leaders while holding them accountable for failure to deliver on their stewardship.”
He said that the state government had invested much in the education sector adding that education remained the bedrock of development of any nation.
He called on the people of Delta and Nigerians in general to ensure and project peace without which there would be no development.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Flora Alanta, expressed happiness with Nigerians on the anniversary and lauded the achievements attained so far.
She noted that more could be achieved if everybody could do their parts with dedication and commitment to deepen the development of the country.
The event was marked with the usual match past by the various military and paramilitary outfits.
There were also parades by representatives from all the Local Government Areas amidst dancing by participants adorned in special apparels of Green and White.
The highpoint was the cutting of the 61st Anniversary Cake by the governor.(NAN).