This year’s Children’s Day and Democracy Day celebrations in Delta State fixed for 27th and 29th May, 2014 respectively, will be dedicated to prayers for Nigeria with the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, leading children to a “Delta children pray for Nigeria” programme on Tuesday, 27th May, 2014.
Similarly, 29th May, 2014 will be devoted to an inter-denominational service of thanksgiving, fasting and prayers, according to the programme for the celebration of this year’s Democracy Day in Delta State unveiled in Asaba by the Chairman of the Planning Committee and state Commissioner for Information, Chike C. Ogeah.
Uduaghan alongside with his wife, Deaconess Roli Nere Uduaghan, will on Tuesday host children to a special prayer session at the Unity Hall of Government House, Asaba.
Special prayers will be offered for the safety and release of the Chibok girls and for peace in Nigeria.
Announcing the decision to make this year’s celebration of both days a somber affair, Uduaghan had stated that the traditional march past by children will be replaced by the “Delta children pray for Nigeria” programme in Asaba and all the local government headquarters in the state.
The Democracy Day inter-denominational service will be conducted by an array of clergymen with Rev. Fr. Mario David Dibie as guest speaker. According Ogeah, the service will also feature a presentation of score card by Governor Uduaghan.
The May 29 event will be preceded on Wednesday, 28th May, 2014 by a dinner the governor will have with leaders of all political parties in Delta State.
The governor had earlier set up a seven-man planning committee for the Democracy Day events with Ogeah as chairman. Other members of the committee are: Richard Mofe-Damijo, state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Rev. Godspower Agbuduta, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs; and Mrs. Faith Majemite, Special Adviser on Mobilization.
The rest are: Comrade Mike Okeme, Special Adviser on Labour Relations; Mrs. Rhoda Ikede, Special Adviser on Education Monitoring; and Taju Isichei, Special Adviser on Inter-party Relations.