The Delta State Ministry of Urban Renewal is to be given a boost in the second tenure of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to enable it achieve the core mandate of its creation.
The outgoing Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Chief Julius Takeme who disclosed this on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 while addressing the management and staff of the ministry ahead of the handover ceremony, said the governor is determined to open up more space for development in the state.
Chief Takeme explained that there would be a renewed vigor in the area of urban renewal, explaining that the governor has indicated interest to grow all sectors of the state economy.
The Commissioner stressed that the ministry of Urban Renewal will not be left out in the new order geared towards building a greater and more prosperous Delta State.
Chief Takeme paid glowing tributes to Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for given him the opportunity to serve the state as Commissioner and member of the state executive council as well as his colleagues for their support.
He also commended the Permanent Secretary, management and staff of the ministry for their dedication to duties and friendly dispositions during his short stay in the ministry.
“I will like to express my heartfelt gratitude and very sincere appreciation to His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his foresight in establishing the ministry of Urban Renewal. The creation of the ministry of Urban Renewal in 2015 is not only visionary but a proof of his purposeful drive to visibly and pragmatically transform the lives of Deltans and the face of Urban centers across the state. Even though I do not have the right words to thank him for the opportunity, he should be rest assured of our fervent prayers. Certainly, there is palpable joy, excitement and fulfillment in this opportunity and privilege he gave me to serve as Commissioner in the State. I sincerely wish him a huge success in his second term in office”, Takeme stated.
Chief Julius Takeme told the staffs that the reelection of Dr Okowa for another term was a blessing to Delta State, stressing that the state will witness greater peace and development in line with the smart agenda of the administration.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr David Onekpa said the short stay of Chief Takeme as Commissioner for Urban Renewal was rewarding and commended his humility and simple approach to life.
Mr Onekpa said the outgoing commissioner has helped in repositioning the ministry for greater results and assured him of their prayers at all times.
Others who spoke, including heads of various departments in the ministry also attested to the visionary leadership of Chief Takeme and wished him the best in his future endeavors.