Former Secretary to Delta State Government, Comrade (Chief) Ovuozourie Macaulay has posited that as much as Delta State has proved to be an emblem of geometric progression in terms of development, it is not yet Uhuru since there is still room for improvement.
Conversely, Macaulay declared that it was socially correct for Deltans to celebrate their heritage at 28 years because there were many reasons to do so.
Macaulay, in a statement by his media Assistant, Mr. Iteveh Ekpokpobe, noted that Delta State on creation was laced with a fabric of dichotomy as many stakeholders could not accept the state for what it was.
According to him, Deltans have every reason to throw confetti for the reason that the journey has been worthwhile. “We must thank God that Delta State has come to be. The creation of Delta State came with a lot of challenges. For people like me who were there at the creation I give god the glory that we have it. There was this dichotomy when the state started. I know people who turned down appointments because they had not accepted the state.”
“On development, it was just one road running through Asaba that took barely 10 minutes to run round. Today, Asaba is one of the fastest developing capital cities in Nigeria. Today, we are all putting hands together to develop the state and shoving aside the perceived differences between us as a people. We have an airport now, our university and other institutions are growing well.” He stressed.
The veteran labour leader commended the leadership of administrators who held the helm of affairs of the state since creation, adding that their efforts have paid off. “We must commend the governors, Chief James Ibori, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa who have turned the state to what it is now.”
“We cannot forget the pioneer governor Chief Felix Ibru who took all the bullets to bring the state together for the first time. We must also commend the military governors for their efforts. At every stage those who had the opportunity to govern this state, chipped in a block or two to get the state to where it is now. If you look at the journey so far, you will agree that Deltans have every reason to say thank you God and to celebrate.” Macaulay added.