Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, has disclosed that the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration will continue to partner with royal fathers in the State in order to provide purposeful leadership and deliver its prosperity to all Deltans through the SMART agenda. Barr. Otuaro, who made the disclosure when he led some top government functionaries to pay homage to the Asagba of Asaba, His Royal Majesty, Obi Prof. Chile Edozien, on his 90th birthday celebration, in his palace, Asaba, noted that the SMART agenda would be a compass for the state government in the provision of basic amenities and empowerment of all Deltans.

According to him; "I want to thank you for your prayers, before, during and after the elections. We want to inform you that as a government, we appreciate your role as our royal father, as a custodian of the land, people and culture of Asaba. We are together in partnership at ensuring that we deliver to all Deltans, the prosperity we have promised them before God Almighty."

Barr. Otuaro lauded the monarch for his prayers for the state government before, during and after the 2015 general elections, saying the present administration is committed to providing purposeful leadership that Deltans wished for and called on stakeholders to make useful input that would make Delta the envy of other states. “I want to thank God Almighty on this unique occasion and to felicitate with you on your 90th birthday and 24th cheerful years on this royal throne. We have come as your sons to felicitate with you. It is our prayer that your royal majesty will live long on this throne and continually usher in the peace and tranquility we have over time observed in this part of the state."

He asserted that the 24 years reign of the Asagba of Asaba on the throne has been identified as a period characterized with unprecedented development and peace due to his foresight and transparency, adding that 90 years was a milestone and urged him to remain an ambassador of peace, custodian of the Asaba tradition and a father to all.

The Asagba of Asaba through his prayers to the Deputy Governor said he was impressed by the visit and prayed God to grant the present administration the wisdom to bring about the needed change to the state. The occasion featured payment of homage to the Asagba by the five communities in Asaba as well as Ibo and Hausa Communities. Others include the socio-cultural organizations, corporate organizations, banks and academic institutions in Asaba.