Ifeanyi Okowa Basic Information
|IfeanyiChukwu Arthur Okowa
|Doctor and Politician
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|8 July 1959 (64) Years Old
|Place of Birth:
|Owa-Alero, Delta State
|Edo College, Benin City
University of Ibadan
Ifeanyi Okowa Biography
Okowa was born in the Delta State town of Owa-Alero, under the Ika North-East Local Government Area. He attended Edo College in Benin City from 1970 to 1976, after which he transferred to the University of Ibadan to pursue a degree in medicine and surgery, earning an MBBS in 1981.
After leaving the National Youth Service Corps, he served in the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board as a Medical Officer. In 1986, he began working in private practice as the Director of Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke.
Okowa gained experience in local politics before joining Governor James Ibori’s state government in 1999. Okowa left the state cabinet in 2006 and attempted a failed primary run for Governor before rejoining it under his old rival Emmanuel Uduaghan. Okowa transitioned to national politics by 2011 and ran successfully for Delta North Senator.
His election as Governor in 2015 marked the first time an ethnic Ika/anioma (Igbo speaking) or someone from the state’s north was in office as Governor after serving four years in the Senate. Okowa was later re-elected in 2019 with a comparable margin.
Mrs. Edith Okowa and Ifeanyi Okowa have been wed for 35 years. Their Union has been blessed with a son and Three daughters.
Ifeanyi’s parents are Arthur and Victoria Okowa.
His Father, Arthur, held the Okpara-Uku of Owa- Alero title.
Asides from her name, not much is known about Victoria Okowa.
Four children—three girls and one boy—were born to Ifeanyi and Edith Okowa.
Much isn’t known about Okowa’s son, but Marvin Okowa is a Medical Doctor. That much is known.
Okowa has Three daughters- Marilyn, Mildred, and Ewere.
Marilyn Okowa is a politician like her Dad. A seasoned attorney, Marilyn Okowa-Daramola holds legal degrees from Lancaster University (2013) and the University of Nottingham as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree (2010).
She set a new standard for project execution in Delta State as the recently-retired Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Delta State on girl child empowerment. From July 2019 to March 2022, she oversaw the activities of the Girl Child Empowerment Office, positively affecting thousands of lives directly and tens of thousands indirectly. Since 2020, at least 1350 female entrepreneurs have been trained, empowered and established in Delta State thanks to Marilyn’s pioneering Project GEST, the Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Programme. She is Married to Daramola Gbolahan.
The second daughter of the state governor, Mildred Okowa, is a public health physician and businesswoman. She is married to Professor Ehimario Uche Igumbor, and they have children. The youngest daughter is Ewere Okowa. She is an artistic fashion designer with a clothing line called Maxine Arthur in Abuja and is married with children.
Okowa was appointed Ika Local Government Secretary and afterward Ika North-East Local Government Council Chairman (1991–1993). He served as the Grassroots Democratic Movement’s Delta North Coordinator (GDM). He joined the PDP in 1998, and during 1998 and 1999, he worked on Governor James Ibori’s campaign.
He worked as a Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Water Resources Development, and Health in the Delta State government from July 1999 until May 2003. (September 2003 – October 2006).
Okowa left his position to run in the Delta State PDP governorship primary in 2007; however, he was unsuccessful. As a result, Ifeanyi was appointed Secretary to the Delta state government in June 2007.
In the PDP primary elections in January 2011, Ifeanyi received 942 votes and won the nomination for senator from Delta North; however, party leaders who supported Marian Amaka Alli as a candidate disputed the outcome.
In a rerun, he received 1,446 votes to Dr. Marian Alli’s 108, winning by a large margin. Ifeanyi defeated Prince Ned Munir Nwoko of the Democratic People’s Party, who received 67,985 votes, to win the Delta North Senatorial seat in the April 2011 election with 98,140 votes. According to reports, there was st8 Decembersurrounding the election in January 2013. With 406 votes on 8 December 2014, Ifeanyi eventually secured the PDP’s nomination for the 2015 governor’s race. With 724,6829 Mays, he won the Governor’s race for Delta State in April 2015.
On 29 May 2015, he was 9 Marchfice as Governor and has since returned to active duty. In the 9 March 2019 governorship election, Okowa, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, received 925,274 votes to defeat Great Ogboru, a candidate for the All Progressives Congress, who received 215,938 votes.
In 2020, while serving as Governor of Delta State, he founded the University of Delta in his hometown of Agbor. In addition, in Delta State, he founded Dennis Osadebe University in Anwai and the University of Science and Technology in Ozoro.
In a report from the International Centers for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Okowa was charged with selling the wholly state-owned transportation firm Delta Line to Chidi Ajaere, the owner of God is Good Transport Development Company Limited (GTDC), even though the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical, and Recreation Services Employees had made a higher offer (AUPCTRE).
According to the ICIR, the agency claimed that Ajaere received compensation through GTDC for supporting the Governor’s 2015 campaign through the “shady sale” of Delta Line.
However, in response to the claim, GTDC said there was no “special relationship” between Ajaere and Okowa and that it was the most qualified bidder for the Delta Line.
Ifeanyi Okowa is thought to be worth $11 million.
As Governor, he is privileged to have the reach of his choice automobiles and a couple of bulletproof vehicles amongst his convoy. he is known to own many cars, including a Lexus SUV, S-Class full-size luxury Sedan, and other SUVs.
He resides in the state’s capital Asaba. Information about any other houses isn’t privy to the public.
His successful lecture, “Good Governance for Wealth Creation and Sustainable Development: Experience and Lessons,” was presented at the 2017 edition of the University of Ibadan Alumni Lecture, which the University of Ibadan Alumni Association sponsored. He received the highest award from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2017. (UIAA)
At Lagos’ Eko Hotel & Suites, he received the Independent Newspaper’s Man of the Year 2017 award. Alhaji Ismalis Isa Funtu presented the award. In addition, President Muhammadu Buhari awarded him the title of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in October 2022.
Okowa, as Governor, has achieved a lot for the state. From the Health sector to Infrastructure, Job creation, and Education, his impact has been felt as he strives to deliver the mandate on his office.
For example, Health care Projects, including 209 primary care facilities, have undergone renovations and upgrades. Sixty-fiveIn addition, hospitals were renovated and modernized, and He ensured the state’s seven institutions for health training received full accreditation. He increased the number of educational institutions in Delta State that provide nursing degree programs. He completed the General Hospital in Asaba’s construction while improving its physical infrastructure to improve service delivery. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa secured life insurance plans for 2,557 medical professionals who were on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020.
The intervention programs and wealth creation plans launched by the Governor in a bid to combat unemployment in the state included the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme (YAGEP), the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), the Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP), Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development programs, Special Programmes for Persons with Disabilities, Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP), Rural Youth Skill Acquisition (RYSA) Programme, Women Empowerment Skill Acquisition Programme (WESAP), Information and Communications Technology Youth Empowerment Programme (ICT-YEP) and, Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) Programme.
As an educationist himself, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa approved N381 million during his first term, which was used to fund a nationwide bursary program for students in higher education institutions. More than 17,000 students from Delta State benefited from the program.
During his first term, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa also contributed N5.2 billion in counterpart payments to the Universal Basic Education Fund (for 2013–2017) and accessed N5.2 billion in marching grants. In addition, he acquired 22,440 pieces of furniture for professors and 140,478 essays for pupils during the same period. Furthermore, nine of the 19 new technical colleges Governor Ifeanyi Okowa cleared for building in Delta State in 2019 are now up and running.
He is from the Ika/Anioma ethnic tribe. They are the Igbo-speaking part of the state. So he is technically an Igbo Man.