Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Nigerians to put aside their religious and political differences and push for a united country as Muslims mark the celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
He urged the Muslims to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the prophet.
Okowa, in a Sallah message by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu said Eid-el-Kabir was a season of love, peace, togetherness and sacrifice.
“I enjoin you to use the period to uphold the spiritual benefit of the celebration by extending a hand of friendship and solidarity across all divides and imbibing the spirit of sacrifice and obedience to the higher authority as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and upheld by Prophet Muhammed.
“This is an opportunity for us to reflect and pray for our nation; and for all those in leadership positions so that God in his infinite mercy will continue to guide them as they steer the affairs of the country,” Governor Okowa said.
He assured the people of Delta State that the state government would work with security agencies to ensure that all citizens celebrate the Sallah in peace and harmony.
While thanking the state Muslim community for the consistent support that they had always extended to his administration, Governor Okowa congratulated the Muslim community in Delta State on the Sallah celebration, assuring them that his administration would continue to partner them to move the state forward.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has emerged Best Governor – Grassroots & People Development- in the 2018 Nigeria’s Good Governance Poll organized by the African Leadership Magazine Uk.
Governor Okowa emerged winner in this category in recognition of his giant strides in the development of entrepreneurial and technical skills and job creation for youths, women and the needy in the state, as well as massive infrastructural development and creation of enabling environment for investment.
The organisers in a statement unveiled by the Publisher, Dr. Ken Giami, said that Governor Okowa emerged winner at the end of the collation of both offline and online votes across all the channels and platforms.
It stated further that Senator Okowa and other winners would be decorated and presented with the instruments of honour and award on September 25, 2018 in front of over 300 political, business and diplomatic leaders in New York, at the International Forum on African Leadership on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York.
Other winners in other categories are: Mr. Nyesome Wike, Rivers State; Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, Kaduna State; Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Gombe State and Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode, while Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, emerged as the Best Government Institution for the year.
The poll, which is in its third year, has become a veritable tool for measuring performance among Nigeria’s state and regional leaders.
bDelta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday extended his heartfelt condolences to the Kofi Annan family, the United Nations, the government and people of the Republic of Ghana on the demise of former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Atta Annan.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa described the death of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work winner as “a great loss to the international community where he led efforts to finding peaceful solution to conflicts globally”.
According to the statement, “We have lost a global statesman who was deeply committed to global peace and conflict resolution. The highly revered diplomat will be long remembered for his towering role and dedication to improving lives through peaceful coexistence among people of diverse race.
“Mr Annan was bold and fearless as Secretary-General and told truth to power which led to his declaration of American invasion of Iraq in 2003 as “illegal” under international law. As UN Special Envoy to Syria, he proposed a six-point plan, that would have led to the early resolution of the crisis in Syria which was however not implemented by the Syrian government which led to his resignation as Special Envoy.
The Governor noted that Mr Annan touched lives with his Kofi Annan Foundation that was committed to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights around the world.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, Governor Okowa extols Mr Annan’s extraordinary and committed leadership at the United Nations where he emerged as the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving from 1997 to 2006 and his exceptional stewardship that led to the successful war against the HIV/AIDS pandemic including the establishment of the social investment fund “The Global Fund” to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as the launching of the Millennium Development Goals.”
Governor Okowa expressed the hope that the international community and all those who mourn the late Kofi Annan will continue to honour his legacy of selfless service and commitment to human dignity and global peace.
He prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, well-wishers and the people of the Republic of Ghana in this period of loss and global mourning
The Delta State Government has ordered the contracting firm handling the construction of the 3.05 kilometers Ikpide-Irri Township Road in Isoko South Local Government Area, PortPlus plus Nigeria limited, to immediately remove a failed culvert on the road and subject the others to a thorough test.
Delta State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, who gave this directive while inspecting the road project, called on all contractors handling road projects in the State to adhere strictly to specifications and avoid cutting corners in the execution of their jobs.
Chief Augoye explained that the inspection of the project was to assess and evaluate the quality of job done so far on the road following petitions and allegations of shoddy job done by the contracting firm.
The Works commissioner who reiterated government’s committment to providing sustainable road infrastructure, assured that all anomalies detected in the execution of the project would be corrected immediately.
While commending the Ikpide – Irri community for exhibiting maturity and restraint in directing their observations and complaints to the appropriate authority, the commissioner charged other communities to take charge of projects sited in their communities and report any anomalies noticed to the Ministry for necessary actions.
He also advised contracting firms handling road projects to always engage youths of their host communities on their project sites as a way of building and sustaining cordial relationships.
Earlier, the Isoko Monitoring Group’s spokesperson, Comr. Sebastian Agbefe, thanked the commissioner for his quick response in coming to personally inspect the project.
Also speaking , the President-General of Ikpide Irri, Mr Micheal Onojefe, thanked the state Government for the road construction and commended the state government for bringing such project to the community saying that it will further open it up to more development.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie has assured farmers of more benefits to them if they are committed to the State Government SMART Agenda programme.
Hon. Chikezie gave the assurance when he commissioned a rice mill for the Igala Women Rice Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Society at Oko, in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Agric Commissioner said that the citing of the Rice Mill at Oko was in recognition of the commitment of the Igala Rice Farmers in the State in rice production and the State Government’s SMART agenda, even as he said that they have paid back the previous loan given to them in 2016/2017 for rice cultivation.
“The Igala women who were considered for the processing mills have shown outstanding performance in promoting rice production in the State. This prompted the State Government to consider their request for a Rice Processing Mill”, the Commissioner stated.
He explained that the rice mill was not for any individual but for every person in the area who was committed to rice production, saying the Mill was one of the five rice mills the State Government was determined to establish in the State.
He revealed that three of such mills were purchased by the state government for the 2016/2017 Rice Value Chain Development Programme which were installed at Obior, Onitsha-Ukwuani and Agbarho.
The Commissioner thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his passion and commitment for agricultural development in the State, especially rice production.
He further said that Delta State was now a rice producing state with zones good for rice cultivation, such as Illah, Oko and all the areas around the River Niger in the state.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiary, the leader of Igala in Asaba (ONU Igala), Alhaji Adamu Bakwondera thanked the state government for the gesture and assured that the mill would be put to judicious use.
Alhaji Adamu also called on more women to join in rice cultivation as it is a very good business.
Present at the occasion were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sir Austin Oghoro, Special Assistant to the state governor on Non Indigenes Matter, Alhaji Muktar Usman, the President, Igala Rice Farmer Multipurpose Coop Society, Mrs Salamatu Adamu among others.
Highpoint of the event was the commissioning of the rice processing mill by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie.
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, 2018, as public holidays to ensure public servants in the state participate fully in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Hon Festus Agas.
According to the statement, the declaration is informed by the fact that the ongoing voters registration exercise will terminate on Friday, 17th August, 2018.
It is expected that public officers who have not registered before now will take advantage of the work-free days to do so and ensure that they are not disenfranchised.
Similarly, officers that are yet to collect their permanent voters card should take advantage of the holidays to do so and conclude this important aspect of our political process.
Keshi peeped through the curtain of flags that adorned his portico into the neighborhood as he watched the traffic along Nnebisi road gradually gain momentum. The night had just made way for its counterpart; twilight just revealed the aquamarine skies and diurnal life expressed its joys to the horizon. With the back of his left palm, he managed to wipe the stream of tears that trickled down the contours of his face and shifting his gaze to his lush green bed that mimicked a newly mowed football pitch ready to host the World Cup, everything in the room echoed the absence of his heartthrob and the beating of his heart drowned the busyness of the streets. Flipping through the papers to sooth his pain, the screaming banners did not help matters. ‘How desperate” he managed a hiss.
Let me add my drops to the ocean of commendation that has submerged the entire landscape as a result of the successes of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba. The overwhelming crowd that came to witness the event in the Pentateuch of August symbolized the stamp of approval on Governor Okowa’s laudable efforts not just in the area of sports development, but saving Nigeria of colossal embarrassment that many of his critics would have preferred to the little imperfections of the event that defines humanity, except for those who are hell-bent on not seeing good in anything.
In my previous article which coincided with the grand finale, I made an attempt to explore the media conspiracies associated, though I did not exhaust them because I felt that some things are better not expressed in print. Nevertheless, I did not mince words when I stated that “I could not recover from the damage of witnessing how cantankerous my professional colleagues could be. We share different sentiments and orientations but I believe that we should not wash our dirty linens outside”. What I did not realize then was how tenacious naysayers could be, like the proverbial fly ready to follow the carcass into the grave. I still respect their writing prowess and opinions, what I found appalling and most repulsive of persons of with such expensive profiles was how cheaply they were priced.
In the heat of the event, a water tank fell, far from the cynosure and they chose to sensationalize it thus “Asaba Stadium Collapses”. The stadium was clad to host Africa in order to reap the goodness therein, yet they berate the Governor for wasting resources, as if the stadium would be used and dumped afterwards (God forbid). They said the tracks and facilities were substandard but when I interacted with Caster Semanya (I doubt if they know who), she admitted even before she set new records that the stadium is above average.
They were blind or rather deliberately refused to see the whole of Asaba2018 otherwise; thousands of schoolchildren who must have been inspired by the opportunity to witness such event firsthand and maybe fly our flags high on the world stage someday, missed their antagonistic analysis. If truly they were not too lazy to leave their arm chairs and tune their television sets, these critics, if they had any human sympathy, would have marveled at the economic boom that engulfed the venue.
One merchant shared the story of how he made nothing less than Fifty Thousand Naira everyday for the five days the games lasted. But they did not notice; they were too trapped by the snares of jealousy. Over a thousand persons were employed to render their services in various capacities during the event and if that too was less conspicuous, the social networking and friendships that were cultivated and sure to bear fruits that would last beyond the moment should not be.
Of course, I do not expect them to know that the International Association of Athletics Federation seized the avenue to train both local and international journalists on professional ways to report athletics and that includes dwelling less on its inevitable challenges and more on its possible development. For me, that perk is worth more than gold.
Before the event even commenced, they expressed all forms of dissent towards the host city for reasons best known to them but one thing I know is that if this event was hosted elsewhere, it would still have been far from faultless.
Anyway, all those are now history because against all odds, it was a huge success and every reasonable person appreciated the feat far above the shortfalls. Worse still, their whining can’t even dim the Governor’s shine; instead it continues to expose their puerilism.
Acknowledged, the games encountered turbulence but does that mean that the plane will crash? The event has long ended and these same athletes who innocently expressed their frustrations as a result of travel inconveniences without realizing that these wolves would jump at their words, have long retired to their lives in anticipation for bigger challenges. They have garnered the medals, the glory, fame and the riches as we have also savored the fun and passion. Some of them have even set records that might take another decade or two to equal or break but our darling pessimists who sold their consciences for a few notes of the Naira, are still busy throwing dirty everywhere.
I had watched as Stephen hosted the biggest party ever on the Niger. Leaning on the silver railings that stretched along the pavilion, I savored a bird eye view of merrymakers relishing the boom from the gargantuan speakers that measured with the heights of the confines. As if abetted by the gods, mild showers sprinkled from the heavens and fireworks competed with the stars that glistened away in the darkness.
The 21st African Senior Athletics Competition just ended but the effects ripples through the hearts of over 30, 000 per day live spectators for eternity. Just like all happy endings, the story had to endure the crucible, less it would not have worth the luster.
Retiring to his room, he picked up the paper and flipping through, he was consoled by this piece. “Alas!” he heaved and collapsing on his bed with the picture of Africa smiling at him, Keshi’s handsomeness reflected the radiance of the moonlight that escaped through the flags. “Sooner or later, we will meet again” she whispered.
FEW days to the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said only popular persons should emerge as candidates of the party to ensure that the party has landslide victory in the 2019 general elections.
Governor Okowa at a Delta North PDP stakeholders’ meeting held at Agbor stated that despite the popularity of the PDP, the wish of the people must prevail by fielding most acceptable candidates for the party.
At the meeting billionaire businessman, Chief Peter Okocha who contested the governorship position on another party’s platform returned to the PDP where decampees from the All Progressive Congress, Accord Party and others, also, declared for the PDP.
According to Governor Okowa, “this is the last stakeholders meeting we are going to have before the primaries, don’t engage in campaign of calumny, campaign of hatred, go out and tell the people what you are capable of doing, even after you have emerged as candidate of the party, don’t engage in campaign of hatred knowing that we are one people.”
“Continue to reach out to those in other political parties and bring them back to the PDP, we are one; as you go for the primaries, ensure that you give us the best for the purpose of having landslide victory in the elections, give us popular candidates, candidates that can win elections,” the governor said.
Governor Okowa re-echoed the call by the state Chairman of the party, Chief Kingsley Esiso that aspirants should search their conscience and if they are not sure of victory, they should step down for popular candidates.
“If you examine yourself properly and you know that you cannot make it, don’t bother to buy nomination form, it is not honourable to be referred to as former aspirant,” the governor asserted.
He commended those who have returned to the party and urged the chairmen of the party at the local government levels to always consult before taking decisions, reiterating, “there must be consultation with all relevant stakeholders in decision taking, party chairmen cannot be autocrats, decisions must be by consultation because, everybody in the party is important.”
Governor Okowa also used the occasion to take a swipe at those who has criticised the hosting of the African Senior Athletics Competition, observing that the multiplier benefits of hosting such a continental event will continue to be reaped for a long time.
Chief Okocha had said he did not decamp from the PDP but only left to show disenchantment following what transpired at the gubernatorial primaries of the party few years ago, stating, “three weeks ago, I returned to the party, the PDP, let us join hands with the Governor and make Delta a better place.”
Chairman of the PDP in Delta North Senatorial District, Hon. Moses Iduh had in an address, commended Governor Okowa for his developmental strides, observing that the PDP continues to record successes in its activities.
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has announced the creation of Social Media handles for effective information dissemination and interaction with Deltans and Nigerians.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the creation of the Social Media handles was in addition to the existing State Government website.
According to the statement, the website and social media handles will keep members of the public updated on the SMART Agenda, accomplishments and events of the Okowa led administration even as members of the public are encouraged to interface with the Governor on the different social media platforms.
“The state website offers a user-friendly functionality and rich content. The website as well as the official social media accounts offer quick and easy access to essential information and features to keep Deltans, Nigerians, the media and indeed the general public abreast of activities of the Okowa led government in Delta State”.
“Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and follow the Social Media handles.” the statement added
The new website and social media accounts are listed below:
It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans, that the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced that the result of the 2018 Cognitive and Basic Certificate Examination will be released online on Monday, August 13, 2018.
Accordingly, Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) are requested to visit the Exams and Standards Department, beginning fromFriday August 10, 2018 to collect the candidates’ pin numbers, which will enable candidates assess the cognitive placement result for their local government areas.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has said that the collection of the pin numbers shall be at no extra cost to the candidates.
The Ministry will sanction any person found to have sold the pin numbers to candidates.