ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta commissioner of Information, Chief Patrick Ukah, had called on Deltans to continue to form bridge of unity to sustain the peace and development in the state. The commissioner stated this when a group of media practitioners and publishers of Anioma extraction, under the aegis of Anioma Media Associates (AMASS), Monday, May 13, 2019 in Asaba honoured him, with a distinguished award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance in Public Office (Information). The group in presenting the award stated that the aim of the body was to connect with its brothers and sisters in every sphere of the socio/political endeavour and ultimately promote, project and celebrate the Anioma essence, interests and agenda. Chief Ukah at the ceremony which was witnessed by a retinue of management and staff of the Ministry of Information, including the Functioning Permanent Secretary, Mr Paul Osahor JP and the Director of Publications and Production Services, Mr Dona Obuseh, among others, dedicated the award to God Almighty for granted him the opportunity to serve through Governor Okowa. The commissioner also stated that he dedicated the award to the entire staff of the Ministry of Information, whom he described as very dutiful, adding that he enjoyed every time he spent with them. According to the Information Commissioner, the award was given to him not for serving Anioma but because he had served Delta State diligently, saying the essence of service was to build bridges of friendship and oneness across the state. He said the victory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the just concluded governorship election in the state proved that rotation of the seat of the governor had helped to promote understanding among the people of Delta State. The commissioner revealed that he accepted the award because membership of Anioma Media Associates was composed of individuals who ply their trades locally and internationally and had contributed in integrating the state into one united entity in line with agenda of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. “You are people plying your trades locally and internationally and have contributed in integrating this state into one united entity in line with the stand of our governor. That is why I accepted this award. I believe strongly that it is well thought out but we also believe that service has just started with this kind of award. “In everything we do, let us continue to build bridges across. The power of rotation has helped us to understand ourselves the more and you are not giving me this award because I have served Anioma but because I have served Delta diligently,” Chief Ukah who was full of thanks to the body stated. Earlier, the Leader of the group, Comrade David Diai, stated that the body was greatly impressed with the tremendous work done by the commissioner in managing and balancing the information sector, especially in keeping pace with the robust initiatives, dynamic governance astuteness and achievements galore of the administration of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa. He praised the commissioner for promoting the SMART Agenda of the governor comprehensively and with verifiable clarity and honesty, which he noted had translated into the avalanche of multiple media awards bestowed on the governor by several leading national Newspapers and media establishments in the country. According to Comrade Diai, “It is in recognition of your sterling attributes, as well as your brilliant administrative skills, your humane disposition and indeed your uncensored humility and simplicity, coupled with the strategic latitude you have exhibited in expanding the public relations frontiers in the state, that we most respectfully confer on you, the Distinguished Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance in Public Office (Information) 2015 – 2019. “You have emerged as a great Anioma Ambassador not just in Delta State but indeed nationally and globally and we are truly proud of you Sir. We want to use this auspicious opportunity to assure you of our willingness and commitment to continue to work harmoniously with you going forward, in any capacity, as a trusted and loyal partner in the media constituency, so that we will tell our own stories, promote our own ambassadors and drive our collective ethos as a proud and distinct ethnic nationality, working together with our brothers and sisters, in one peaceful, united Delta, with the patriotic purpose of ensuring that only the brightest and the best will be presented as the true representatives of Anioma land.” Continuing he stated: “Of course we know that as a public officer, your constituency is the entire Delta State and that is why we have come to salute you for the good works you have been doing for Deltans since your appointment and to express our satisfaction to you that as an Anioma ambassador in the Delta State government, you have not let us down. Let us also express our undiluted appreciation to His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, for giving you the opportunity to serve Delta State as one of our Anioma representatives in the Delta State Executive Council. We have no doubts whatsoever that the excellent work you have done over the years, has recommended you with distinction and positioned you favorable for continued service to our dear state.”


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