|Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa|
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has appealed to people of the state to avoid standing up or prostrating for him as he is also an ordinary man.
Okowa gave the charge Sunday in a remark at a thanksgiving service at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Asaba.
“Please, brethren, as a Christian, don’t stand up for me in church. When you approach me outside to talk to me, never you kneel before me. This is a plea as a Christian and an order as a governor. I am saying this so that the grace of God upon my life is not taken away from me”, he said.
At the thanksgiving reception, Governor Okowa made his first major appointment of the Secretary to the State Government, a former Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Festus Movie Agass.
“I want to believe Deltans are happy with the appointment as evidenced by the wild jubilation. I used the occasion to test our thinking of what the cabinet will look like and with this first appointment, I believe we are in the right direction”, he said.
The governor said he would run a moderate cabinet, taking cognisance of the peculiarities of diverse ethnic groups in the state. “The number of appointees will not be too low or so large. A good number of people who worked for us to be here would be brought into the cabinet, while not losing sight of our cardinal principles of justice, equity and fairness in balancing appointments”, he said.