Nigeria at 55: Okowa urges collective sacrifice

Posted by News Express | 28 September 2015 | 2,839 times

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As events to mark the nation’s 55th independence anniversary celebration kicks off, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called for prayers, love, sacrifice and partnership among Nigerians to move the nation forward.

Governor Okowa made the call on Sunday at an lnter-denominational thanksgiving service to mark the 55th independence anniversary celebration held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Bishop’s Court, Asaba.

He said Nigerians need to pray for the nation and make the necessary sacrifice in order for the nation to grow, adding that both leaders and the led have a role to play in ensuring the nations greatness.

“We need to pray for our nation and play our individual roles to move the nation forward, we must play our part and not just to criticise those in authority, if this nation have to move forward we have to partner among ourselves both as a nation and as individuals, only through prayers and partnership with God can we move faster.”

Governor Okowa also noted that attitudinal change starting from both the leaders and people is need so that the nation can grow.

Continuing, he said: “We need to have a re-think, make a sacrifice and that sacrifice may be your prayer and we must resolve to play a role by partnership with ourselves and government, as a state we must realise that we must come back to God and plant our feet on higher ground to meet today’s challenges.”

Governor Okowa reiterated that his administration would remain focused, accountable and do things right so as to make positive change in the state. He further assured that “it is not going to be business as usual, but by the grace of God despite the dwindling resources we will stay focused and do things aright the best we can.”

Senator Okowa charged Nigerians to show selfless love to their neighbours especially those in authorities as this was the only way they can jointly tackle the challenges posed by the dwindling oil price.

Earlier, Rev. Fr, Buchi Aninye in his sermon at the occasion charged Nigerians to be obedient to civil authorities and obey the laws of the land for a better and prosperous nation.

The Ceremony was attended by top government officials and dignitaries from all walks of life including the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Mrs Joan Mrakpor and Mr. Victor Nwokolo, members representing Aniocha/Oshimili and Ika Federal Constituencies in the National Assembly respectively.

•Photo shows Gov Okowa

Source: News Express

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