Ofa extols Ibori at 60, describe him as a political pillar

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By Kparobo Ehvwubare-Oghara
A former DESOPADEC commissioner and member, State Primary Education Board, Dr. Henry Ofa has congratulated the former Delta State governor, James on his 60th birthday.
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Dr. Henry Ofa 

Dr. Ofa in his congratulatory messages to Ibori personally written by him, describes Chief Ibori as a trail blazer who transformed Delta state during his administration as governor, stressing that Ibori has a great pillar to Delta politics and Nigeria at large.

The former DESOPADEC commissioner in a DVD format enumerated some of Ibori giant strides in Delta State


I wish to heartily congratulate you, our national leader and former Governor, His Excellency, Chief James Onanefe Ibori on the occasion of your 60th birthday anniversary. Indeed, this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight.
The past six decades have, no doubt, been inundated with activities that did not only test your resilience as a human but also established how invaluable you have become in the politics and leadership of Delta State, the Niger Delta region and the entire Federal Republic of Nigeria.
From being an astute businessman, you rose to the top of Delta politics and emerged its incontrovertible Governor from 1999 to 2007. Within those eight years, you wrought many wonders that were thought impossible, remodeled Delta State and set it on the path of sustainable prosperity.
You believed in the collective strength of the people, hence never took power from them. As a governor, you showed that politics was not all that dirty. You showed that politics has gain. And you showed that democracy comes with positive dividends for the masses.
Men still relish your rare leadership excellence. Women yet savour your political dexterity. And the youths are joyfully learning the wonderful lesson of how you turned Delta State to a construction site and initiated the simultaneous development of multiple cities across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Asaba, Warri, Agbor, Ughelli, Sapele, Oleh, Oghara, Abraka- all attest to your visionary leadership. The hitherto dark communities you connected to the national power grid and opened up for social and economic advancement will not stop singing your praises.
You will be eternally remembered for the Omadino and Ase bridges as well as the imposing navigational bridge over River Raymos in Bomadi- all laid out in marshy terrains thought impossible to build on. Your immortality is explicitly sealed in the establishment of the state owned polytechnics at Oghara, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro and the world class Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara.
Outside your governorship office, you have continued to remain a source of inspiration to us, your people, and a rallying point for national politics. Your peaceful initiatives across the Niger Delta region have cemented broken walls and healed the wounds of mutual distrust that once infested it.
Over and gain, you have proven yourself as a trustworthy and reliable leader. You have consistently preached oneness and engendered love and harmony among Deltans and Nigerians. You have demonstrated your unwavering support for good governance and played active roles in the quest for delivering democratic dividends to the masses.
As you mark your 60th birthday anniversary, I join millions of other well meaning Nigerians to earnestly pray that the good God who rewards the efforts of men will prolong your days on earth and grant you a good health and a perfect mind to consolidate on the good works you have started. May your new age be great and truly rewarding.
With a joyful heart, I wish you a happy 60th birthday celebration Your Excellency. Congratulations Sir.
*Chief Henry Ogheneochuko Ofa, PhD, JP*
*Member, Delta State Post Primary education Board, Asaba, Delta Stat

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