Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State gave the advice in Asaba when the winner of the MTN Project Fame, West Africa, Season 9, Miss Okiemute Ighorodje, from Delta State and the 2nd runner up in the contest, Mr Okiemute Okotete, another Deltan paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Okowa said: “Hard work pays. We can achieve things for ourselves. We must start thinking outside the box. As youths, we must start thinking of how to succeed. Success is difficult to attain but with the right frame of mind and commitment, success will come.
“Youths should try to fend for themselves and realise that they can start small and make it big”.
He congratulated the winners for being good ambassadors of the state, asserting; “we believe that this type of thing can inspire other youths who are ready to work to excel”.
“I want to truly congratulate both of you for the victory you brought to Delta State. We are proud of you as Deltans. You can use this as springboard for a better future and I want you to use this position that you are in to act as mentor to other youths because, the life you live and influence the youths on a positive note will count for you in heaven if not on earth here,” Governor Okowa emphasised.
Earlier, Miss Okiemute who was accompanied by her relations on the visit, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for his support for the youths in the state.
“Thank you your excellency for providing an enabling environment for the youths to harness their potentials which makes it possible for them to emerge victorious in all that they do.
“I dedicate these awards to the governor and the people of Delta State and I pledge that we will judiciously work to make the youths more focused in achieving their desired goals,” she told the governor.