Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has tasked Ika indigenes in the diaspora to invest in the state as part of their contribution towards tackling unemployment in the state.
The governor made the call on Wednesday while inaugurating Sleek 101.9 FM Radio Station at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
He said the state was peaceful and suitable for sustainable investments, adding that it would take collective effort to build the state and create jobs for the citizenry.
He commended the proprietor, Chief Emma Melekwe, for returning home to invest in the community and urged other sons and daughters of the state to emulate him.
“So many Ika sons have travelled overseas but you have made so much efforts in coming home regularly to invest in one business or the other, culminating in this very first radio station in Ika land.
“This gesture is very commendable because it must stir us to do things to help our place to grow and also create jobs because over 50 employees would be employed here.
“Having a radio station in our land is obviously a plus to us as a people and God who enabled you to establish the radio station will empower you to establish the television station.
“Beyond listening to them, we can also interact with them on Facebook, Skype and other social media platforms.. We are grateful as a people and I believe the Obi of Owa is also grateful,” Okowa said.
Earlier, Melekwe had commended the governor for providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
He said that Sleek 101.9 FM was the first radio station in Ika area and the only radio house outside of Asaba in Delta North.
He said the station was poised to enhance the delivery of useful and accurate information and education for the peaceful cohabitation.
He expressed the hope that the station would be a source of inspiration and mentorship while offering family-friendly entertainment.