Delta Is Christian State – Okowa
The outgoing Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the state is a Christian state, just as he urged churches to be prayerful to ensure that the glory of God continues to manifest upon the people.
Okowa said this while his administration’s construction of a 2,000-capacity ecumenical centre in Asaba for the Christian Association of Nigeria.
He spoke on Friday, “This state is a Christian state no doubt. We must stay prayerful, the church must stay prayerful to ensure that the glory of God continues to manifest upon us as a people and as a state.
“I must appreciate all our fathers of faith for the support that you have given to this administration in the last eight years and pray that you extend this same support and your prayer to the incoming administration of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori”.
Okowa also stated that the construction of the CAN Secretariat Complex was to afford Christians a place where they could meet.
“It is important that we have a place for our Christians to gather, a place they can call their own and a place that unites them.
“I know that we are all Christians but there are various blocs but this (the Secretariat) is the symbol of unity of the church of Christ. And we thank God for the successful execution of this project,” Okowa stated.
He, therefore, congratulated the Ministry of Housing; the Consultant, Contemporary Design Associates and the contractor, North China Construction Company for eventually and successfully delivering the project.
“I want to thank the Christians Association of Nigeria, Delta State Branch, for thinking about this Christians Centre.
“Actually, l recalled even as the Chairman of CAN did say that fateful day and l saw the rush to go into the 250 capacity secretariat then.
“It was not a sight to behold and l thank God that we took that decision and l want to thank members of the state Exco who supported this decision for us to build a Christians Centre.
“Looking from the outside, it gives us a lot of satisfaction and l thank God for North China because it is obvious that they are good at construction.
“That same company built the modern state secretariat that we have and it was what I saw them doing when they were building the state secretariat that made me nominate them because we want the best truly for the Christians Centre. So, we thank God for what we have today,” he stated.