Warri – Former Governor James Ibori of Delta State has described Prof. Godini Darah as the major factor behind his success story as governor.
Speaking during a colloquium and launch of ‘Scholarship and Commitment: Essays in honour of G.G. Darah’, to mark the don’s 70th birthday and retirement from the Delta State University (DELSU), Ibori affirmed that Darah was the intellectual backbone of his resource control struggles.
The event took place on Wednesday at the PTI Conference Centre, Effurun, Delta State.
Darah is a professor of Oral Literature and Folklore.
Ibori disclosed that his efforts as a major promoter of the resource control struggles were greatly enhanced by Darah, who mobilised so much intellectual resources to galvanise support for the resource control movement, adding that the don was a critical factor and a nexus on which most government policies revolved.
Ibori described Darah as a man of great means who helped to propel his administration on the path of success through provision of invaluable academic thought, quality of government policies and framework for popular political activities geared towards giving the best services to Deltans.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, represented at the event by Ifeanyi Eboigbe, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba, described Prof. Darah as a huge asset to the state, explaining that with improvement in the resources of the state, there was going to be bountiful harvest of democracy dividends for the people.
Edited by the trio of Sunny Awhefeada, Enajite Ojaruega and Peter Omoko, the book was launched with great delight by the crème d la crème of the society who gathered in their number to honour the academic icon.
HRM Ovwawha II, the Ovie of Ughievwen, and HRM R.L. Ogbon Ogoni Oghoro I, the Owhorode of Olomu, were among dignitaries that attended the event.
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Author: Justice Iyasere