Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has pledged to do more for the culture and tourism sector in line with the stronger Delta agenda, within the available resources.
He made this pledge at the maiden edition of the Radio, Television, Theatre, Arts Workers’ Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) Delta State Council Day Celebration and Award Presentation held in Asaba.
The governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Angalaere Umukoro-Prest, explained that ‘stronger’ implies wealth, unity, peace and every good thing there was for Delta.
He said that his administration would strive to make good on its promise for a stronger Delta by completing on going projects and accomplishing more within his power to leave Delta better than he met it.
In line with the theme of the event; ‘Media and Culture as Catalyst for a Stronger Delta’, Senator Okowa stressed that the media plays a major role in promoting government agenda and policies, as well as the culture of the people.
He called on RATTAWU as a body to ensure that workers under its umbrella were truthful and realistic in their reporting especially in this era of politicking.
The governor appreciated members of the body for their efforts so far and congratulated them for a well-organized program.
Keynote speaker for the event and Director for Culture in the Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Mr Friday Anaziah, expressed the need for a reorientation of the people in order to achieve a stronger Delta.
Anaziah, speaking on the ‘Role of Culture, Tourism and Entertainment in Building a Stronger Delta’ stated that the vision must be owned by all and be a collective responsibility for it to succeed and transcend different administrations.
He stressed the need for cultural values to be upheld in our society as that would enable all that is being done in the tourism and entertainment sectors to remain solid and stand the test of time.
Anaziah applauded the Governor, stating that his projects have been obviously done out of love for development than out of political reasons as he has gone beyond building facilities to creating connecting roads.
“Stronger Delta is not just a political agenda but an agenda that will give Deltans a new lease of life as is being achieved through the film village and leisure park project as well as the lander Brothers’ Anchorage among others.
“Believe in what government is doing because until we believe in what government is doing stronger delta cannot be a reality and stronger Delta can only rest if Deltans can stand firm and take it as their own, not just as Okowa’s slogan,” he said.
The State Council Chairman of RATTAWU, Charles Enegide, in his address, stated that the essence of the ceremony was to promote the bond among members and honour people who have contributed to growth and development in the State.
He said that the event was put together to honour dignity in labour as part of the belief of the union, while commending the developmental strides of Governor Okowa in the tourism, and entertainment industries.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the awards of excellence to recipients including, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Dame Patience Okwuofu.
Other recipients included the famous multiple award winner, producer of NTA first drama series ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ Peter Igho, DG Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, DSCTDA, Onyemechi Mrakpor, the state NLC Chairman, Goodluck Ofobrurku, and a host of others