By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on his 94th birthday anniversary.
The governor’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday in Asaba.
Okowa, paying glowing tributes to the elder statesman, described him as a ‘lifetime achiever’.
He said that the people of Niger Delta were grateful to the legendary leader and respected voice on national issues for his unrelenting service to the region and the country.
The governor noted that the outstanding contributions of Clark to the Niger Delta struggle were truly legendary and worthy of commendation.
He said that Clark remained a dogged, fearless and patriotic leader, always passionate about the interests of his people and the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
“As leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Clark coordinated the resolution of the militancy crisis in the Niger Delta, which culminated in unhindered oil production with its attendant positive effect on national revenue.
“His regular wise counseling and leadership acumen contributed immensely to the stability, growth and development of the Niger Delta in particular, and the entire country in general.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I heartily rejoice with our father and leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, on the occasion of his 94th birth anniversary.
“I join your family and your admirers all over the world in celebrating 94 years of great accomplishments and abiding fulfillment,” he said.