* Urge the gov to cultivate his father’s good heart toward retirees

By Jon Egie

Comrade Mode Agustine assisted by Chief ominic Ijeh presenting the condolence letter to Gov Okowa’s elder sister, Mrs Stella Ngozi Eboegbone during the condolence visit.

Retirees in Delta State on the aegis of Delta State Local Government/Primary School Contributory retirees have condoled Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the death of his father.

A delegation of the retirees led by Comrade Mode Augustine, Saturday, Feb 6; paid a condolence visit to the family compound of Chief Arthur Okowa (late), father of the governor in Owa Alero to express their heartfelt sympathy on the passage of the governor’s father.

A condolence letter signed by Comrade Mode Augustine, Sir Henry Tukpe, Chief Mrs Ejieh H.C and Prince Etuvwede G.U on behalf of the over 5,000 retirees across the State told Governor Okowa that they received with great shock the news of the passage of his father, Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa who passed on, January 28.

Comrade Mode Augustine signing the condolence register on behalf of the delegation.

In a eulogy, the retirees described the departed Pa Okowa as a man who lived a fulfilled life, a great teacher, formidable politician and a Statesman who was proud to be the father of the governor of Delta State before his demise.

“Your Excellency, we mourn and grieve with you over the passage of papa and express our heartfelt sympathies and commiserate with you in this trying period. While mourning him, it is our prayer that you will cultivate papa’s good heart and disposition by touching the lives of others, especially, we the vulnerable and retired local government workers and primary school teachers.

“Once again, the entire retired local government workers and primary school teachers in Delta State express their deepest condolences  and ask God to grant our father, Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord.”

The condolence letter was received by the elder sister of the governor, Mrs Stella Ngozi Eboegbone, on behalf of the governor who was unavoidably out of town.

In her response, the elder sister thanked the retirees and expressed gratitude of the family for the show of love. She promised to deliver the condolence letter to Governor Okowa when he returned.


A cross section of the delegates representing retirees

Comrade Mode Augustine who earlier read the condolence letter also, on behalf of the delegation signed the condolence register. Members of the delegation were: Christopher Onwudinjo, Henry Tukpe, Mode Augustine, Chief Dominic Ijeh and Joseph Akasie.

It would be recalled that retirees in Delta State last year staged a peaceful protest to the Government House, Asaba demanding the payment of their gratuities and pensions. It was learnt that the retirees were poised for a repeat protest this month since the Okowa administration refused to respond to their demands. The plan for the second protest was designed before the governor’s father died. Analysts interpret the condolence visit by the retirees as a subtle diplomatic move to curry the governor’s attention to their demands as a reliable source from among the leadership of the retirees said that all options were still on the table.