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.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Okowa Meets Orode Uduaghan, Other Young Entrepreneurs; Harps On Consistent Mentoring Of Budding Entrepreneurs

TO consolidate on the success stories of his administration, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has met with a team of young entrepreneurs led by Ms. Orode Uduaghan where he harped on the need for beneficiaries of entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes to be mentored to ensure that desired results are achieved.

The governor who received the team at the Government House, Asaba, commended the young entrepreneurs for their commitment to changing the stories of Deltans with their different programmes where they train and empower the people, saying, “there is the need to monitor and mentor our youths in their entrepreneurial businesses.”

“What you are doing as young entrepreneurs is worthwhile, I will get you people involved in our programmes to talk to graduates of our entrepreneurial programmes, so as to improve their confidence,” he stated, adding, “a lot of our youths need people to talk to them, to get them out of where they are and the right set of people to do this is their peers.”

Governor Okowa who expressed joy that youths of the state have come together to partner on how to create job opportunities for the youths and women, stated, “In our job creation programmes, we have found out that it is not just to expose the people to entrepreneurial learning and skills but, to be role models and mentors to them so as to encourage them to be successful; we became role models for our today youths to impact on them the necessary skills to survive in the business world.”

He continued, “we will encourage entrepreneurial studies in all our tertiary institutions to prepare our graduates to become entrepreneurs while encouraging our technical school students to proceed to the polytechnics, improve their skills and utilize their technical and entrepreneurial skills after graduation.”

Ms. Uduaghan had said the team comprises young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to train other youths as entrepreneurs.

She disclosed that they were in Asaba to intimate Governor Okowa of the outcome of their youth stakeholders’ forum held in Warri and to partner with government “to change the narrative of the average Delta youth.”

“We are a set of Delta youths who studied abroad with a lot of innovative ideas who want to mentor our peers, create a platform for them to become innovative entrepreneurs,” she said.

Flood: Delta Govt Begins Move To Manage Effurun, Warri And Environs

Delta state government has stated that incessant flooding in Effurun, Warri and its environs would soon be a thing of the past.

The State Commissioner for Works and Chairman of the Effurun/ Warri-Environ Storm Water Control Measure Committee, Chief James Augoye stated this at the maiden meeting of the 11 man committee at the Government House Annex in Warri.

Chief Augoye said the committee was set up by the state government to look into curbing the incessant flood plaguing Effurun/Warri-Environ noting that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration was poised to ensure enabling environment for Deltans to carry out their day to day activities.

He added that the flood menace is a disgrace to the state given the fact that Delta has natural waterways that stormwater could drain in to.

The works commissioner said the committee has also set up a sub-technical committee that would carry out a field study of the flooded areas and report back to the general committee in two weeks time who would then process information and make an official report to the governor next month.

The meeting featured presentation of a google map to identify the flooded areas, blocked natural water channels and places where possible drains could be constructed to connect to the natural waterways.

The eleven-man Effurun/Warri-Environ Storm Water Control Measure committee further paid a visit to the Local government chairman of Warri South West and Uvwie Local government areas to intimate them of their plans and sue for their support especially in the area of security.

The Local government chairman of Warri south local government area, Honourable Michael Tidi and his counterpart in Uvwie, Honourable Ramson Tega both promised to support the committee to ensure that their mandate is carried out their mandate successfully noting that it is a project that would benefit the people living in Effurun, Warri and its environs.

Dankwambo, Okowa Preach Peaceful Nigeria; As Projects Are Commissioned in Delta

GOMBE State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo today commissioned some projects executed by his Delta State counterpart, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, using the exercise to urge northerners leaving in the state to obey the culture and norms of the people.

Dankwambo who commissioned Abavo Circular Road, Abavo phase 1 with a spur to Ogbekile Street in Ika South local government area and Owerre-Olubor/Ekwuoma Road in Ika North-East local government area of Delta State, stated that Nigerians should live in peace and unity.

According to him, “the Arewa Community should live in peace with the host communities, you (Arewa Community) must not do anything that is against the norms and culture of the communities, they should preach peace and accommodating spirit to their children and the host communities must be their brothers’ keepers, we must live as a peaceful, united people in this country.”

The Gombe State governor who was accompanied to Delta State by some members of his state esxecutive council, also inspected facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

He expressed surprise that within three years of Governor Okowa administration, a lot has been achieved in the state, emphasising, “for a new government faced with the challenges of funds to be commissioning series of projects, my brother, Governor Okowa, I commend you.”

“Road projects open up communities for development, you mean well for the people,” he said, observing at the stadium that, “the facilities we have inspected are of international standards, no wonder Delta State is always emerging as number one in sporting competitions.”

Governor Okowa disclosed the reason he invited Governor Dankwambo to commission projects executed by his administration, saying, “we need to build bridges of friendship across the country to strenghten our unity as a people.”

“We are proud as a state government that we are taking road projects to different communities, especially, to our people in the riverine communities, we will continue to work for our people,” he said, adding, “we thank our traditional rulers for ensuring peaceful kingdoms which have helped us to execute projects.”

Excited Deltans, traditional rulers were among those that witnessed the exercise.

Town Hall Meeting, Inspection, Commissioning Of Projects To Hold In Burutu Tomorrow

The 4th phase of the Town Hall meeting, inspection and commissioning of projects by the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will hold in Burutu Local Government Area tomorrow (21/06/2018).

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman of the organising committee of the event, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the Governor and his entourage will commission two projects and inspect three, before holding a Town Hall meeting with the people of the Local Government Area same day.

According to Ogbueshi Ukah, the Governor will commission Burutu Township Roads and upgraded facilities of Burutu Grammar School, Burutu.

He further revealed that the 18.5km Obutobo 1/Yokiri Road, renovation of Ogulagha Model Secondary School, Ogulagha, and the construction of Burutu Modern Market will be inspected.

The activities for the day will be rounded up with a Town Hall meeting that will hold inside Burutu Tent, Burutu.

Gov. Okowa Commissions More Roads; Charges Deltans To Partner Government On Waste Management

As part of efforts to beautify and carry out urban renewal in Asaba, the state capital, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned new roads in Asaba and urged Deltans to partner with government in the proper disposal of waste.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of Kanayo and Oboduku Streets, Akwuebulu Senator Okowa said that his administration is determined to provide infrastructural projects to the people of the state and urged Deltans to partner with the government on waste management to ensure a clean Delta.

“Deltans should desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse along the median of major roads and engage the Private Sector Partners (PSP) to evacuate their refuse. I call on the Waste Management Board and Oshimili local government to work out how best to properly manage waste in the town and enlighten the people on how to properly dispose of their waste to maintain a healthy environment,” he said.

While appealing to Deltans to engage the services of PSP and keep Asaba clean, Senator Okowa charged the waste management board and local government council to partner and enlighten Deltans on proper waste disposal, stating that if we need to keep our towns and cities clean we must ensure effective waste management.

The governor called on Deltans to continue to maintain peace in the state assuring them of more developmental projects even as he stressed that no part of the state would be left behind.

“We know what our people expect from the government and my administration is accessible to Deltans that is why we are executing people-oriented projects that are positively affecting the lives of the people, we are focused and will continue to pursue our vision of providing the dividends of democracy to the people.”

Earlier in their separate addresses, Mr. Sunday Obi, representative of Chairman Oshimili South Local Government and Mr. Godwin Okoye, representative of impact community, commended governor Okowa for the infrastructural projects in Asaba and assured him of their support and co-operation.

2018 CAA COMPETITION: Stephen Keshi Stadium To Be Ready In July – Gov. Okowa

As Delta State prepares to host the 2018 Confederation of Africa Athletics [CAA] Senior African Athletic Competition in Asaba in August, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship would be ready in July.

The governor who spoke during an inspection of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba expressed satisfaction with the pace and level of work at the stadium stating ” there is an appreciable increase in the pace of work at the site, a lot of coordinated work is going on as you can see. I will visit again next week, and I hope we will be talking about the finishing touches by then, I believe the stadium will be ready by the first week of July”

Senator Okowa speaking on the forthcoming 2018 Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia, which kicks off on Thursday, June 14th, 2018, charged Nigerians to pray for the success of the National Team, the Super Eagles as they participate.

Senator Okowa explained that the utilization of the stadium will announce itself to the outside world and attract a lot of international sporting activities adding that the state was grooming young athletes in local sporting activities and they will utilize the equipment in the stadium.




The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, today commissioned multiple road projects in Delta State and described the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as a man who represents hope for Nigeria’s democracy.

Senator Ekweremadu who commissioned the Nsukwa/Ndemili, Agbor-Alidinma roads, that criss-cross Aniocha South, Ndokwa West, Ika North-East and Ika South local government areas of the state, also commissioned the Bonsaac, Nze Francis Street/Uche Wemembu Street/Onwa Nwachinemelu Street in Asaba, Oshimili South local government area of the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, members of the National Assembly, members of the Delta State House of Assembly, commissioners, political office holders, traditional rulers, among others witnessed the commissioning exercise which made the Deputy Senate President to transverse parts of the oil-rich state for more than 5 hours.

‘I feel very pleased that you are instilling in the people what purposeful leadership is all about, with your performance in Delta State, from what we are seeing, there is a future for our country, there is hope for Nigeria and you (Governor Okowa) represent that hope’, the Senate Deputy President stated.

He continued, ‘I consider road infrastructure as the most important for our people because, I experienced the effects of bad roads for decades, I want to thank you (Governor Okowa) for changing the story of these communities where these roads are constructed, roads attract development as we can witness from the Petrol Station being constructed at the junction (Nsukwa Junction).’

“We must continue on the path of excellence and I want to thank the people for their support for Governor Okowa’s administration, you (Governor Okowa) are a man of the people and to God be the glory”, he stated.

Governor Okowa at places where the roads were commissioned amidst thunderous ovation and chants of “Ekwueme” (Okowa’s chieftaincy title) stated, “We make promises and we keep to our promises, I am happy that we have finished this road and drainage (Bonsaac, Nze Francis Street/Uche Wemembu Street/Onwa Nwachinemelu Street in Asaba), a lot more will be done, because of the dense population of people in Oduke, we have acquired land for the construction of Oduke Secondary School. Continue to support this administration because we will never let you down.

“I thank the Senate President for coming to commission projects in Delta State, we have constructed a lot of roads across the state, we have stayed very strong on our youth empowerment programme, we train and equip them to become entrepreneurs, and from the lots of success stories, we are moved to do more; we will continue to construct roads, build schools, encourage agriculture, our health insurance scheme has more than 200, 000 registered people as we believe that the state can show example that Nigerians can be beneficiaries of health insurance scheme.”

Chairmen of local government councils, representatives of different communities, among others who spoke at the venues, lauded Governor Okowa’s people-oriented programmes, which they affirmed were impacting positively on the communities and the lives of Deltans.

Delta Set To Export Palm Oil As Okowa Flags Off Distribution Of 220, 000 Oil Palm Seedlings

DETERMINED to make the people of Delta State prosperous through the production of palm oil for local consumption and export, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has flagged-off the distribution of 220, 000 palm seedlings to be planted in 1, 517 hectares of land.

The ceremony which was christened ‘flag off of the 2018 smallholder oil palm scheme’ took place at the Ejeme-Unor, Aniocha South local government area of Delta State.

“Prior to the advent of crude oil, oil palm played a leading role in the economic lives of our people, the significance of the commodity manifested in the part it played as a foreign exchange earner in the early years of independence and the Delta area of the former Mid-West State was noted for its leadership in the production of palm oil until attention was shifted from agriculture to crude oil in the mid 70’s,” the Governor said.

He stated, “this exercise is part of our effort to provide meaningful assistance to farmers towards boosting the production of palm oil in the State, it is meant to empower participants to key meaningfully into the SMART Agenda and a practical demonstration of my administration’s commitment to the prosperity of all Deltans through the production of palm oil both for local consumption and export.”

“My administration approved the raising of 220,000 elite seedlings in 2016 through the smallholder oil palm scheme to support 250 farmers, the 2018 planting exercise, for which we are here today, has 701 participants to cover about 1,517 hectares; the objective of the scheme is to support each beneficiary farmer to develop a minimum of five hectares of oil palm estate over time,” Governor Okowa said at the occasion which was attended by farmers and stakeholders from different parts of the state.

He continued, “successful participants in the scheme would be provided with seedlings, fertilizers and steel collars. Information on best practices and mentoring on oil palm production would be provided by Government through the Delta Agricultural Rural Development Authority (DARDA). Such assistance is intended to stimulate the production of oil palm through the Tree Crops Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to bring Delta State to its prime position as a leader in the industry.”

While urging farmers to utilize the opportunity provided by the scheme to start planting to enable them to reap the benefits, Governor Okowa assured the farmers that “all the support with regard to input, seedlings, steel collars and fertilizers are soft loans, which would be paid back under generous terms and conditions.”

Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Hon. Austin Chikezie had in an address, said, “this year, the three nurseries located at Ejeme-Unor, Oleh and Aragba Okpe have raised a total of 550, 000 seedlings,” adding that the farmers were also, supported financially by the Delta State government.

Gov. Okowa Gives Succour to the Ibusa PwD Sisters

The all-inclusive leadership style of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, was once again brought to bear with the empowerment of a family of five sisters living with disabilities through the state government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP).

Presenting starter packs to two members of the family, Chinedu Okolie and Amana Okolie on behalf of the state government at their family compound at Ogbeowelle Quarters,  Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area, the Coordinator-STEP, Mr Onyeisi Nkenchor, said their engagement in the STEP programme is a demonstration of Gov. Okowa’s commitment to taking youths off the streets into meaningful enterprises.

He pointed out that a total number of 3,069 youths have so far benefitted from the Job Creation Scheme through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), out of which 81 one of them are Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

He emphasized that these facts are proofs of Governor Okowa’s all-inclusive leadership style to engage youths meaningfully irrespective of status, whether physically challenged or not.

He recalled that the Governor has responded promptly to Linda Okolie’s call for government’s assistance to her family.

According to him, “At the Governor’s Town Hall Meeting at Akwukwu-Igbo last year, Linda Okorie solicited that they should be included in the STEP programme for PwDs. True to type, our Governor promised to intervene and in fulfillment of that promise, we are all gathered here to witness the presentation of starter packs to them.”

“It will interest you to know that the Okolie sisters, namely Chinedu, Amana, Franca, Rita, and Linda have successfully trained themselves in Fashion Design & Tailoring and in Hairdressing and Makeover. As a result, Chinedu and Amana were enrolled for a refresher course in the Brown STEP to improve their proficiency. Like their counterparts, they are being presented their starter packs today and will begin to enjoy what others are enjoying,” he added.

Responding on behalf of his siblings, Linda Okolie, expressed their gratitude to the state Governor for the wonderful works he is doing in the state, especially for coming to their aid; the family of 5 physically challenged sisters,  and prayed God to bless him.

Also speaking, a member of the extended family, Madam Comfort Okolie, who expressed profound joy over the Governor’s magnanimity commended him for the training and the starter packs presented to her orphaned nieces, stressing that this singular act is a clear indication that Governor Okowa is a governor for all.