Thousands of barbers under the aegis of Delta Barbers Union, on Wednesday endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term. The endorsement was done by a voice vote and the barbers unanimously agreed to vote Okowa again.
The endorsement was done during the inauguration of the newly elected 25 state executive members of the union after the barbers had organised a road show through the streets of Asaba in full support of the governor’s second term in office.
The barbers were drawn from the 25 local government areas of the state where they converged at South Gate hotel for the inauguration ceremony.
The ceremony had in attendance Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; chairman of Oshimili south local government council, Uche Osadebe; chairman of Chronicle Hotel in Asaba, Chief Emma Nduka Ogude, traditional ruler of Atuma-Iga, HRM Chukwuka Daniel Ogbudo and president of artisans in Delta, Ifeanyi Abanum.
At the well attended ceremony, Governor Okowa expressed happiness at the organisation of the barbers, saying their conduct was worthy of emulation.
Okowa, who was represented by his senior political adviser, Festus Ochonogor, said: “I’m impressed with what I’m seeing among you. I’m seeing good conduct among all of you. I’m impressed with your level of cooperation, organisation and partnership with us.
“I commend you for supporting our government and giving us your word that you will support us in the March 9, 2019 governorship election. We will continue to partner with you to make our society a better place for all of us.”
The governor promised empowering the barbers in the form of grants, not loan to enable them equip their salons and earn a better living for themselves and their families.
He encouraged them to participate in the job creation programme of the state government, assuring that the government will not ignore them when they call for whatever assistance.
Newly sworn in president of the barbers, Afam Osinechi, said the barbers would support the governor’s ambition as he has been of great help to them in the state.
Osimechi identified certain areas wherein the governor has been of help to them, saying the governor has assisted them with soft loans and that has lifted up their businesses.
He said the barbers needed more partnerships, especially with the ministry of health to train their members on health concerns in relation to their barbing business.
Chairman of the inauguration planning committee, Uche Akabude, commended members for their turnout, adding that since the union came on board in the state, members have been doing exceptionally well.
Chairman of Oshimili south local government area, Uche Osadebe, expressed happiness over their endorsement of the governor, adding that beyond the endorsement, they should come out with their PVCs and vote for the governor on March 9, 2019.
Chief Emma Ogude,chairman of Chronicle hotel, said barbers are special breed of people who are very important to society.
He said barbing is an age-long profession which dated from when people were using razor blade to scissors and now the clippers.