By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has felicitated with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he clocks 83 years on March 5.
Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in Asaba on Wednesday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika.
The governor commended the octogenarian for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation.
He said that Obasanjo’s contributions to the peace and unity of Nigeria would remain laudable, and congratulated him for remaining an immutable voice in the affairs of the nation.
The governor noted that Nigeria recorded the best economic reforms during the administration of President Obasanjo.
According to him, the former president revolutionised the banking and communication sectors.
He said Obasanjo introduced banking consolidation and pension reforms and revitalised the telecoms industry through the Global System for Mobile Telecommunications (GSM).
“On the occasion of your 83rd birth anniversary on Thursday, March 5, 2020, I write to heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta.
“In the past 83 years of a life of outstanding accomplishments and great personal fulfilment, you have served our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.
“You also ensured the peace and unity of our nation when you fought in the war to keep Nigeria one.
“Till date, you have continued to give yourself to the service of our fatherland through your nationalistic ideals.
“As a country, Nigeria benefited immensely from your leadership at various times as key infrastructure and economic reforms were the hallmarks of your administration.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank the Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health and provide you with His guidance, protection and enduring provision.
“I wish you, our dear father, a well-deserved 83rd birth anniversary celebration,” he said.(NAN)