NO.DTS 0541: DELTA JUSTICE COMMISSIONER ADVOCATES YAGEP, STEP TO CHECK CRIMINALITY
NO.DTS 0542: WE ARE NOT RELEASING THE NUJ LAND TO ANYBODY- MRAKPOR… AS UKAH ASSURES OF OCCUPATION BEFORE YEAR ENDING
NO.DTS 0543: OKOWA MOURNS AKUMAZI’S MONARCH
NO.DTS 0544: OUR FIRE STATIONS ARE FUNCTIONAL- OGWEZZY, SAYS NO DELTAN ABSCONDED IN ISREAL
NO.DTS 0545: GOV OKOWA URGES CHURCHES TO FUND ACTIVITIES THROUGH INVESTMENTS
NO.DTS 0546: DELTA LEGAL OFFICERS TO BENEFIT N30 MILLION CAR LOAN
NO.DTS 0547: FORMER GOV EMMANUEL UDUAGHA ADVOCATES USE OF INFORMATION TO TACKLE SECURITY CHALLENGES
NO.DTS 0548: FORMER GOV EMMANUEL UDUAGHA ADVOCATES USE OF INFORMATION TO TACKLE SECURITY CHALLENGES
NO.DTS 0549: NIGERIAN FITTERS ASSOCIATION ACCUSES FG OF NON-PATRONAGE, SWEARS IN NEW EXCO
NO.DTS 0550: EX-SUPER EAGLES STAR EDEMA FULUDU DECLARES FOR ASSEMBLY SEAT
NO.DTS 0551: WARRI URHOBO POLITICAL APPOINTEES HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING FOR GOV OKOWA
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0540: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
DELTA JUSTICE COMMISSIONER ADVOCATES YAGEP, STEP TO CHECK CRIMINALITY
The Delta State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr Peter Mrakpo, has advocated the expansion of Youth Agriculture Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) as a panacea for checking crime in the Country.
Mr Mrakpor this known today at the ongoing ministerial press briefing when he presented the activities and achievements of his Ministry before Journalists at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.
According to Him, the best panacea for prison decongestion and check crime was not to build more prisons but for the state YAGEP and STEP initiative to be broadened all over the country, saying, “I think the best way to reduce prison congestion is to introduce the YAGEP and STEP measures in the Country to engage people.
Crime is an option when people have nothing to do. Instead of building more prisonsthe , government should think of meaningfully engaging more people. It will take the grace of God for people not to go back to crime if they are not engaged.”
He described the rate at which youth between the age of 16 and 25 were being imprisoned daily as unpleasant and posing a challenge on the societal value system.
“It is frightening to see the way people between the age of 16 and 25 go to prison every day and this is breaking down our value system”, he said.
He, however, called on religious leaders, parents and the media to support the government in curbing crimes and break down of societal values as well as sustain the value system.
In the same vein, he said that about 40 youths had been remanded in prison for cultism, adding that the state government was working hand in hand with schools in curbing cultism amongst minors, appealing to the media for support.
He bemoaned the rising trend with youth embrace cultism, saying that it was a generational problem that must be checked.
“The problem is a generational thing, it starts from the homes. Parents should check themselves as some of them are also into cultism” he said adding: “We appeal to our Pastors, to help people understand the ills of cultism. Journalists should also help. As I speak, two persons died this morning due to cultism.”
He also said that Delta State had the lowest rate in the ongoing Fulani inhuman activity of killing villagers on their farmlands, adding that the state government had engaged a committee of Fulani leadership at the grassroots in Delta in order to reduce casualties to the barest minimum.
“The herdsmen issue is a national challenge,” Mr Mrakpo noted, adding, “We have one of the lowest in areas of conflicts, that is because the State Government has been proactive in the case. The herdsmen are not spirit. They came in with our people’s consent. The government has been able to engage them to reduce areas of conflicts. A bill for a law to check herdsmen activities is before the Delta State House of Assembly.
The government is not docile, where necessary we have to use force like the case of Abraka and Ossissa, where mobile police are stationed to protect live.”
Mr Mrakpor further stated that government had approved the commencement of the implementation of the Criminal Justice Law for proper conviction and remand of criminals in the state.
According to him, the car loan will enable practicing lawyers in the state who do prosecution to be mobile and reduce their exposure to risk and dangers in the society.
The Commissioner said that the Ministry of Justice was liaising with the office of the Head of service in providing a 30 million naira car loan to prosecuting lawyers in Delta state, which will be deducted monthly from their salary.
According to him, the car loan will enable practicing lawyers in the state who do prosecution to be mobile and reduce their exposure to risk and dangers in the society.
NO.DTS 0541: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
WE ARE NOT RELEASING THE NUJ LAND TO ANYBODY- MRAKPOR… AS UKAH ASSURES OF OCCUPATION BEFORE YEAR ENDING
The Delta State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr Peter Mrakpor, today clarified that the State Government will not release the land housing the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council to anybody.
Mr Mrakpor made this clarification at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing by Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs) when he presented the activities and achievements of his Ministry before Journalists at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.
He stated stakeholders on the disputed land had met the complainant Anioma Petroleum Resources to settle the case outside the court but noted that what described the proposal by the complainant as compensation as outrageous.
According to the Commissioner, more effort would be made to resolve the dispute, saying: “Though we have no reason to worry at the demand, I still intend to call him (Anioma Petroleum Resources) because he is friendly to the government. That is where we are, we are not releasing the NUJ land to anyone.”
On his part, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, assured of getting back to site as soon as the dispute was resolved, stating the remaining money for the completion of the secretariat was ready.
He gave a timeline that before the end of the year, the secretariat would be ready for occupation by the Union.
NO.DTS 0542: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
OUR FIRE STATIONS ARE FUNCTIONAL- OGWEZZY, SAYS NO DELTAN ABSCONDED IN ISREAL
The Delta State Government has debunked reports that its fire service station in Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area is moribund.
The State Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mr Ernest Ogwezzy, made this known today at the ongoing ministerial press briefing when he presented the activities and achievements of his Ministry, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.
Mr Ogwezzy who was responding to a question raised, stated that the fire service station at Oghara was functional, like other fire stations in the state, noting: “Our Fire Service Station at Oghara is functional and our vehicles there were recently refurbished out of the N21 Million released by the Governor for that purpose and now in good working condition.”
The Commissioner, while affirming that very good care was being given the Fire Service vehicles across the state, said his office would soon make available phone numbers of all the Fire Stations in the State.
On the setting up of filling stations close to residential houses, the Commissioner said that the Fire Service only give approval after proof that the owners must have taken the necessary insurance policy to cover the business and houses around, saying the Ministry of Lands and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) were only involved in the approval process.
He disclosed that the Libyan returnee of Delta extraction received welfare package from the Bureau, saying they were encouraged to take advantage of the State YAGEP and STEP programme, even as he affirmed that some were already beneficiaries of the programmes.
Responding to reports of those absconded during pilgrimages to the Holy Land in Israel, Mr Ogwezzy remarked that before now, there were no cases of such, clarifying that the 13 persons involved in last year’s exercise were not Deltans but deceitful used Delta state platform to perpetuate the act, assuring that mechanisms were being put in place to forestall such act in future.
He stated that only officials in the Moslem Pilgrims Welfare Board were sponsored by the State Government to the Holy Land of Mecca, adding that private persons adherent of the Islamic religion mere utilized the opportunity created for Delta State participate in the exercise and that there was grand plan to Islamize the State.
The Special Duties Commissioner said that issue of flood and coastal erosion were not under his purview but indicated that where disaster occurs as a result, his office work through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and collaborate with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to handle disaster matters.
Speaking on the recent rainstorm that was reported to have ravaged houses at Alifekede in Ika South LGA and Emevon in Isoko North, the Commissioner stated that he visited both scenes and that his office was making arrangement to address the affected victims.
He described the situation of people residing at Abalaoshimili in Ndokwa East as akin to a tendency toward self-destruction, saying the government had advised the people to relocate for their safety, saying however that a memo had been written to establish an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the area.
NO.DTS 0543: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
OKOWA MOURNS AKUMAZI’S MONARCH
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on today extended his condolences to the royal family and the people of Akumazi Kingdom in Ika North East Local Government Area as the Obi of Akumazi, His Royal Majesty, Stephen Osagie joined his ancestors.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor extolled what he described as Osagie’s extraordinary and committed leadership to his people over a period of almost seven decades; and his exceptional stewardship which he said saw Akumazi Kingdom emerged as one of the leading communities in Ika nation and Delta State in general.
The Governor expressed the belief that the revered and long lasting monarch would be long remembered for his towering role and dedication to improving the lives and aspirations of the Akumazi people.
He acknowledged that under the monarch’s reign, Akumazi witnessed remarkable transformation in every sphere of life, including making agriculture the bedrock of economic development in the agrarian community.
The statement read: “Governor Okowa expresses the hope that Akumazi and indeed all who mourn Obi Stephen Osagie will continue to honor his legacy of selfless service and commitment to human dignity.
“He prays God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, well-wishers and the Akumazi people in this period of loss and mourning.”
NO.DTS 0544: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
GOV OKOWA URGES CHURCHES TO FUND ACTIVITIES THROUGH INVESTMENTS
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Churches to have investments that will reduce financial burdens on their members and boost evangelism.
The Governor made the call yesterday during the 3rd Session of the 14th Synod of Asaba Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion held at St. Philips Anglican Church, Asaba.
“I am glad that some churches are looking at alternative ways of generating funds for the church; these investments would fund church activities, thereby, removing financial pressure on the members, encourage evangelism and create employment opportunities,” the Governor who was accompanied to the Church by his wife, Dame Edith, the Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko, among others, said.
He urged Christians to back their prayers with actions, saying, “It is time for Christians to pray and equip themselves for the future; most times, Christians do not arm themselves for future challenges; it is good to pray but, we should ensure that we collect our permanent voters cards and also, come out and vote on election days, we have a right to determine our future through the ballot box.”
Speaking on the theme for the synod which is, “The Lord Of Hosts, Mighty In Battle,” the Governor urged Christians to live a life of faith, trust, loyalty and accountability using every challenge as an opportunity to exercise their faith like the Biblical David.
He observed that David was ready to sacrifice his life for a sheep in his flock, adding, “If every Christian should live the way David lived and trusted in God, I believe, we will go a long way as Christians; at this very trying times, if God be for us, who can be against us?”
“There is nothing the Lord cannot do if only we can trust him and work in his ways,” he emphasized.
Bishop of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd Justus Mogekwu had in an address commended Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for investments to thrive.
Bishop Nathaniel Inyom of Diocese of Makurdi in a sermon at the occasion, urged Christians to be vigilant, focused and utilize their numerical strength in voting for candidates that have the interest of Christians at heart.
He decried the high level of internally displaced persons occasioned by attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria and charged Christians to be politically motivated.
NO.DTS 0545: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
DELTA LEGAL OFFICERS TO BENEFIT N30 MILLION CAR LOAN
The Delta State Government says in other to enhance the personal security and transportation needs of Legal Officers in the state, a budgetary provision of N30 million has been captured in the 2018 budget as car loan to lawyers in the Ministry of Justice.
The attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor disclosed this while receiving in audience the newly elected executive members of the State Chapter of Law Officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN), led by its Chairman, Mr Thomas Anigara.
According to the Attorney-General, the new head in the 2018 budget which has a provision of N30 million was different from the amount captured for general car loan for civil servants in the state which is domiciled in the Office of the Head of Service.
Peter Mrakpor while explaining the rationale for the special provision, said it was aimed at supporting legal officers to purchase their personal vehicles to ease their movement to court.
He said owing to the sensitive nature of their work which involves carrying of bulky sensitive case files and their personal safety, the Governor approved a head as car loan special provision for lawyers.
While congratulating the new executives of the Law Officers Association for a peaceful election and transition, the Justice Commissioner charged legal officers in the state to imbibe personal developmental culture and comply with the standard behavior expected of them as legal practitioners and that of the civil service.
He debunked the rumour that he was a tribalist as a result of certain decisions he took regarding the posting of some senior officers to some Agencies of Government as Executive Secretaries.
He explained that the decision was in the best interest of the Ministry and the beneficiaries as according to him, the status of the three Executive Secretaries appointed from the Ministry was equivalent to that of a Permanent Secretary.
He promised to deploy some legal officers those Agencies for the establishment of their Legal Departments.
On welfare of legal Officers and Staff, the Attorney-General maintained that he was irrevocably committed to staff’s welfare saying the Ministry had worked out modalities to disburse enhanced monthly imprest to all Departments and Zonal Offices for effective service delivery adding that the issue of payment of all backlog of claims was receiving priority attention.
He pleaded with staff who were yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so without delay even as he promised to increase the number of participants from the Ministry to the annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Earlier, the newly elected Chairman of the Law Officers Association of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter, MrThomas Anigara, told the Justice Commissioner that the visit was to formally introduce members of the new executive of the body to him.
Thomas Anigara, a lawyer, who presented various issues affecting Legal Officers ranging from training and retraining, and general welfare of his members to the Attorney-General, pledged their cooperation and loyalty to the Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.
The LOAN Chairman also expressed his willingness to partner with the Attorney-General for the mutual benefits and good of both lawyers and the Ministry.
NO.DTS 0546: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
SENATOR PETER NWAOBOSHI INAUGURATES CAMPAIGN TEAM, PLEDGES TO REPOSITION DISTRICT … AS NUJ APPOINTS PRINCE NED NWOKO PATRON
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi said the repositioning of the Delta North Senatorial District through effective representation is his priority.
Senator Nwaoboshi who stated this while inaugurating his campaign organization in Asaba, said that the campaign organization was inaugurated pending when campaigns for the 2019 general elections would start.
The Senator commended members of the organization for accepting to serve and prayed God to direct them.
He advised them to work hard and avoid negative campaigns against opponents, adding that the campaign team should also work for the reelection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has appointed Hon Ned Nwoko as one of its patrons.
The appointment was announced by the State Chairman of the NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, when the State Executive of the Union paid Prince Nwoko a courtesy visit in his country home, Idumuje Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Comrade Ikeogwu said the former federal lawmaker was one of the recipients of the 2017 Press Week/Award ceremony, by the Delta State Council of the Union, pointing out that the event was a formal presentation of the award to him.
He said the Union does not monetize its awards but bestows it on people with a track record in their public and private life.
According to him, Hon Nwoko was found qualified to be patron due to his selfless service to humanity and his input in the development of Delta and the nation at large.
He particularly thanked Hon Nwoko for his input in the Paris Club refund that helped many state governors to pay its workers including local government staff and enjoined him not to cease being a good ambassador of the state.
The Chairman appreciated the awardee for his philanthropic gesture to the needy in the society and urged him to see the award as a call to more services to the society.
In his acceptance speech, Hon Ned Nwoko said he was happy to be found worthy to be a patron of the Delta State Council of the NUJ and promised to continue to impact on humanity and total transformation of the state and the country at large.
Hon Nwoko challenged Journalists as the fourth estate of the realm to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in addition to using their reports to correct ills in the society.
He said that he would remain a friend of the press and anyone that believed in the good of the society irrespective of tribe, religion, and ideology.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of a plague to Hon. Nwoko a recipient of the 2017 Press Week/Award by Comrade Ikeogwu as a patron of the Union for his philanthropic gesture.
FROM THE LGAs
NO.DTS 0547: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
FORMER GOV EMMANUEL UDUAGHA ADVOCATES USE OF INFORMATION TO TACKLE SECURITY CHALLENGES
Immediate past Governor of Delta state, Dr Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, has said that information dissemination is key to overcoming security challenges in the country.
Dr Uduaghan who made this statement while on a private visit to Warri North Local Government Council Secretariat in Koko, said his visit was devoid of any political colouration but geared towards paying attention to grassroots development.
The former governor noted that security was a collective effort and should not be left alone for the State Governor and the Local Government Chairmen, saying: “When you see something, say something,” this according to him would make the security agencies succeed in tackling security issues in the country.
He commended the Warri North Council Chairman, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, for consulting with him and the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, when he was faced with security challenges immediately he assumed office as chairman, saying he would always be available to give advice on governance when sought for.
Dr Uduaghan also commended the council boss for fulfilling some of his electoral promises through ongoing projects and already completed ones awaiting commissioning despite of meager resources.
He added that there was still room to do more for the people of the LGA and urged him to always maintain that loyalty to the people and his opponents in the elections by accommodating all in his administration stressing that building family together was the hallmark of good leadership.
On his part, the Council boss thanked the former governor for his display of humility by paying an unsheduled visit to his office, and promised to always work with everyone irrespective of party affiliations in order to move the Council forward.
He however bemoaned the lack of a general hospital and functional health centres in the riverine communities in the LGA, and promised to make all health centres in the LGA functional, noting that drugs and medical equipment would be taken to four riverine communities next week.
Some of the dignitaries present during the visit were Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev. Mrs Omashola Williams, Hon. Irene Imilar, some former council chairmen and representative of the palace of the Olu of Warri, vice chairman of the council, leader, and councillors of Warri North legislative arm, and top management staff of the council.
The visit however climaxed at the residence of the Olaraja of Koko, Chief Victor Nana’s residence, where the former governor was warmly received and hosted by the community head.
NO.DTS 0548: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
WARRI NORTH LAUDS EBENCO GLOBAL LINK OVER RE-REGISTERING OF IWERE COLLEGE AS NECO CENTRE
The Leader of the Warri North legislative Arm, Rt. Hon. Jolomi Esiategiwa, has lauded the management of Ebenco Global Link for re-registering Iwere College, Koko, as an accredited centre for NECO examinations.
Rt. Hon. Esiategiwa who stated this during the presentation of funds for the re-registering of the school to the Principal of the school, Mrs Iyabo Agnes Enukpere, by the management of the said company, described the act as a step in the right direction and urged the company not to relent in keeping up with their corporate social responsibility to their host community, Koko.
On her part, the Principal of the school thanked the management of the company for always identifying with the college, noting that the school which had been de-registered as a NECO accredited centre since 2008 had now regained its status as a NECO examination centre, through the intervention of the company.
It would be recalled that Ebenco Global Link, an industrial waste management company in Koko community, early this year made chairs and desk donation to Iwere College, and also provided enrolment fees for SSCE examinations for indigent students of the school.
NO.DTS 0549: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
NIGERIAN FITTERS ASSOCIATION ACCUSES FG OF NON PATRONAGE, SWEARS IN NEW EXCO
Fitters Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has accused the Federal Government of not patronizing Nigerian fitters.
Comrade Ambaiowei Abaye Ambaiowei, the National Chairman of the association made the accusation while identifying some of the challenges confronting the
association in a media chat with newsmen during the delegate conference of the association in Warri last weekend.
The Chairman, who noted that patronage of fitters often involved foreigners in the execution of capital projects, maintained that Nigerian fitters were qualified and capable of doing the jobs like the foreigners.
In his words: “We are capable of reviving the ailing oil and gas industry. Our refineries are down and we are not involved in the turnaround maintenance. Capital projects are given to foreign countries. FG is talking about unemployment while it is creating unemployment by depriving qualified Nigerian of their jobs. We have presented this issue to the National Assembly several times and we are, yet to get any positive response.”
He had earlier disclosed that the delegate conference was held to elect executives of the Delta Chapter of the association that would serve for four years just as he praised members of the association in Delta State for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
The National Secretary of the association, Comrade Morrister Idibra who spoke to the press shortly after results of the elections were announced, congratulated the newly elected executive members of the association and urged them to work for the common interest of members of the union.
The high point of the event, which was graced by executives of sisters union and other labor leaders in the country, was the swearing of the newly elected executives of the association by the National Chairman of the association, Comrade Ambaiowei.
The new Delta State executives of the association were Comrade Samuel Tuoyo (Chairman), Godbless Iyarhe (Vice Chairman), Comrade Roland Idehen (Secretary), Abiodun Salami (Asst. Sec.), Balogun Samson (treasurer), Churchill Tuedon (Provost), Oghenekaro Mike (Financial Sect.) and Larry Imoh (PRO).
NO.DTS 0550: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
EX-SUPER EAGLES STAR EDEMA FULUDU DECLARES FOR ASSEMBLY SEAT
Ex-Super Eagles midfield maestro and Warri born Edema Fuludu, has declared his intention to run for the Warri South Constituency II Delta State House of Assembly seat.
Edema Fuludu who spoke to newsmen on his political ambition shortly after the monthly meeting of the Agbarha Warri League where he declared his intention at Igbudu last weekend explained that he was into the contest to better the lots of the people of the constituency.
He promised to attract developments to the area just as he expressed happiness that he has the full support of the foremost Agbarha socio/cultural club, Agbarha (Warri) League and indeed the support of the people of the constituency.
He said that he as a grass root person with sound educational background, he was in a better position to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people, saying that he was a sellable candidate for the Delta State ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and solicited for the support of party members for his political ambition.
Most members of the Agbarha Warri league who spoke to the press at the event commended Edema Fuludu, who is the incumbent Vice Chairman of Delta State Football Association for declaring his interest for the contest as they pledged their support for him.
NO.DTS 0551: MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
WARRI URHOBO POLITICAL APPOINTEES HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING FOR GOV OKOWA
Delta State Government Warri Urhobo political appointees last weekend at the ultra-modern town hall of Ogunu Community Agbarha Warri held a town hall meeting on sensitization on the achievements of governor Okowa so far in the Warri Uhrobo area of Warri South Local Government Area.
Those who spoke at the very impressive event were full of praises for governor Okowa just as they expressed appreciation to him.
They urged the people to continue to support governor Okowa and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In his written address, a Senior Special Assistant to governor Okowa on Political Matters Hon. Matthew Popo Opuoru remarked that governor Okowa’s managerial skill is unmatched and unparallel amongst the serving governors in the country.
He said that governor Okowa on assumption of office has executed myriads of projects in the Warri Urhobo area and across the state. He further listed the projects executed by the governor in the Warri Urhobo areas.
Another aide to the governor, Chief Westlen Adehor spoke in the same vain and also urged the Warri Urhobos to have their PVCs in order to vote governor Okowa again in 2019, calling for a harmonious relationship with the Warri Urhobo neighbors.
Chief Victor Okumagba an aide to governor Okowa and acting secretary to the group also gave governor Okowa a pat on the back for patronizing the Warri Urhobos as well as developing their area.
He, however, appealed for more from the governor for his people. The deputy PDP Warri Urhobo leader Chief Isreal Abido who is the Chairman Delta State Library Board was not left out in the words of commendation for the governor. He, however, urged the Warri Urhobosprove their majority strength in Warri by voting en masse for governor Okowa and the PDP in 2019.
Chief (Hon) Peter Agiri a Special Assistant to governor Okowa on political matters in his paper also solicited for support from the Warri Urhobos for governor Okowa and the PDP in 2019.
While Chief Isaac Emiforniye a member of Delta Security Committee who spoke to journalists shortly after the event noted that the success of the event shows that the Warri Urhobos are united for governor Okowa and the PDP.
A Special Assistant to governor Okowa on non-indigenes Affairs Nze Francis Onuora hailed the PDP Warri Urhobo government appointees for their initiative of holding the meeting just as he pledged the Igbo political forum’s loyalty to the Uhrobos of Warri and that the Igbos will support whoever the Urhobo group Warri support in politics.
The leader of PDP Warri Urhobo Chief Emmanuel Ono Okumagba (JP) urged the Urhobos of Warri to sustain their support for governor Okowa and the PDP in appreciation of their achievements in the Warri Urhobo areas of Warri.
However, in his thought-provoking speech, the President – General of Agbarha Warri Improvement Union High Chief Emmanuel Ememu (JP) advised that the Warri Uhrobos political appointees should get closer to the people at the grass root who he noted are not feeling their impact.
Governor Okowa represented by his Senior Special Assistant Hon. Hope George noted that the town hall meeting was the first in Delta State just as he commended the organizers for the initiative of holding the meeting which he noting that it was a show of support and loyalty to Governor Okowa.
The high point of the occasion was a vote of confidence passed on the governor.
The motion was moved by Chief Isreal Abido, seconded by Chief Victor Okumagba and reaffirmed by Chief Emmanuel Okumagba (JP), Chief Willie Atebefia (JP) was the chairman of the occasion.
The Otota of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, High Chief Wilson Eboh, High Chief Johnson Ejenewho, scores of PDP Warri South Constituency II Delta State House of Assembly aspirants and their supporters were amongst those that graced the very event.
Members of Warri Urhobo political appointees include: Chief Western Adehor (JP) – (Chairman,) Chief Isreal Abido (JP), Chief Isaac Emifoniye (JP), Chief (Hon) Peter Agiri, Olorogun Victor Okumagba JP, (Acting Secretary) Hon Glory Ayiwe, Hon Marvis Onojehwo,, Hon Austin Essi Ojakowo, Hon Matthew Poko Opuoro.