Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Friday parked his almost one month projects’ commissioning train with the commissioning of the ultramodern Abavo General Hospital, Abavo, in Ika South-Local Government Area of the state.
Okowa became emotional as he commissioned the hospital when he discovered that he had actually unveiled the portrait of his late mother, Mrs Victoria Okowa, when he thought that he was unveiling a marble plaque to mark the official opening of the hospital.
The governor’s mother, who died in 1982 at the relatively tender age of 44 years, established the first maternity home in the agrarian community of Abavo in the 1960s.
The people appealed to Okowa through the President-General, Abavo Clan Union, Mr Amaechi Onwumeri, to allow the maternity ward of the new hospital to be named after his late mother, who hailed from Abavo town.
However, the governor moments later admitted that he only restrained himself from breaking down in tears after realizing that he just unveiled the portrait of his own mother who he loved dearly.
He stated this while commissioning three newly constructed roads at Owa-Oyibo, the administrative headquarters of Ika North-East Local Government Area, to conclude the projects commissioning programme, which was part of activities to celebrate his one year in office.