OKOWA SUPPORTS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S OIL SECTOR REFORMS

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Refineries, Mr Anibor Kragha
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Refineries, Mr Anibor Kragha

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has thrown his weight behind the reforms being carried out by the Federal Government in the oil sector.

The governor who received the management of Warri Refinery and Petro-Chemical Company (WRPC) led by the company’s Chief Operating Officer (Refineries), Mr. Anibor Kragha, in Asaba, observed that though, the reforms would cause immediate pains for Nigerians, the long-term benefits cannot be quantified.

According to him, “if the refineries succeed, Nigeria succeeds and different states succeed because the importation of fuel has negatively impacted the revenue of government; all the state governments are in support of the liberalisation of down-stream oil sector of the economy because, we are caught in a web as the price of oil is very low and there is no foreign exchange to continue to import fuel.”

“I sympathize with all Nigerians, as we did not anticipate this situation, I believe the Federal Government will find ways to cushion the effects of this decision, but, above all, there are lessons to be learnt from the situation; we need to diversify our economy as quickly as possible,” he stated, adding, “the restructuring of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the liberalization of the down-stream oil sector if followed through thoroughly will impact positively on the economy and create jobs for the citizenry.”

Governor Okowa used the occasion to decry the activities of pipeline vandals, observing that these activities had negative effect on the environment and the resources of the country.

Earlier, Mr Kragha thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment towards providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

DSC: OKOWA DIRECTS JOB CREATION OFFICE TO DEVICE PROGRAMMES FOR STAFF OF DSC

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the Job Creation Office to create programmes to ameliorate the sufferings of staff of the Delta Steel Company.

The Governor gave the charge (28/02/16) when the Parish Priest of St. Michael Catholic Church, Steel Town/Delta Steel Complex. Rev. Fr. Ezekiel Awore gave a gory tale of the sufferings of staff of DSC who have not received salaries for years.

Governor Okowa who disclosed that he was aware of the plights of the DSC workers, observed that it was a Federal Government project and that there were legal issues while AMCON (……) was in position to offset the bills being owed the workers.

“We will need to create a programme through the job creation office to render assistance to some of the families, we don’t have the capability to run the company as a state and we are aware that government is divesting interests in running business organizations,” he said while calling for cooperation for the company that have taken over the operations of the DSC because of the numerous benefits derivable from having the company operating optimally.

He stated that jobs will be created while the socio-economic life of the people would get a boost when the DSC is fully operational.

The Governor who was in the church for a special thanksgiving Mass by the family of Comrade David Ofoeyeno, Chairman, Delta State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and state President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) called for prayers for his administration to succeed.

He congratulated Comrade Ofoeyeno for giving thanks to God for His goodness to him, stating, “I am glad that my friend, Comrade Ofoeyeno is celebrating openly today and you people have shown love to him; what we truly need as a state and as a nation is repentance and reconciling with the Almighty God; we need to check what we do; we need to have faith in God; should trust in Him and put our faith in Him; I believe that we should give our lives to God.”

Comrade Ofoeyeno in his speech, thanked God for His mercies, for keeping him alive to give the thanksgiving and commended the Governor and other Deltans for standing by him during his travails.

“God in His infinite mercies made it possible for me to stand here to give this thanksgiving; God has been so faithful, so merciful to me,” he added.

While Rev. Fr. Awore called for efforts to assist the staff of DSC, Rev. Fr. Lucas Eke in a sermon at the occasion which was also attended by an array of Catholic Priests, called for repentance among Nigerians to enable them make heaven.

“We need to repent in our political life, our socio-economic life, we need religious repentance because, if you fail to repent in Christ, you will perish,” he said, adding, “the word of God wants us to repent, most of us are looking at what will benefit us here and now; we should turn from our evil ways and turn to God, we should avoid pleasure that lead to self destruction.”

The Priest commended Governor Okowa for working towards prosperity for all Deltans, emphasizing that it was important for political office holders to only make promises they can keep to boost the waning confidence of the electorates on the political class.

High point of the celebration which also featured thanksgiving was the commissioning by Governor Okowa the school for special children, Centre for Children with Neurological Disorder (AUTISM) donated by Comrade Ofoeyeno.

Okowa Urges Nigerians To Impact Positively On Society … As PDP Chairman, Uzor Buries Mother

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Nigerians to ensure that their lives impact positively on the society.

The Governor made the call (19/02/16) while speaking at the burial ceremony of Mrs. Christiana Uzor, mother of the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Chief Edwin Uzor at Oko, Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State.

“In your various communities, in your places of work and wherever you find yourself, do the best you can to impact positively on the lives of the people because, when you are long gone, the impact of what you have done will remain.” Governor Okowa advised politicians.

“In our various communities, what will you be remembered for?” Governor Okowa rhetorically asked at the ceremony which was attended by his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and prominent politicians and political office holders both in the state and beyond.

He lauded the large turnout of the people for the event describing it as show of love for the party chairman, emphasizing, “we will definitely leave this world but, what will we be remembered for? That is the question each and every one of us should ask and it is important that we look up to God while impacting positively on the lives of those around us.”

The Governor described the deceased as “a hardworking woman who strived through farming and trading to train her children despite losing her husband at an early age.”

Chief Uzor at the occasion, thanked members of the PDP and well wishers for coming out to give his mother a befitting passage, disclosing, “my mother was a hardworking woman who believed in truth and honesty.”

Earlier in a sermon, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu said people should know that every step they take brings them closer to their graves and as such, they should be conscious of their lifestyle.

“It doesn’t matter the position you have attained in life, one day, God will ask you to account for what you did in life,” he said, adding, “any life outside Jesus Christ is a wasted life; whatever you do, have time for God otherwise, you are, a fool.

OKOWA LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR PDP GUEST HOUSE … Charge Party Faithful to be Committed

FOUNDATION laying ceremony for guest house of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State was laid (12/02/16) by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who described the state as a trail blazer in strengthening political party’s structure.

According to Governor Okowa, Delta State plays host to the best political party’s secretariat in the country with the completion of the ultra-modern secretariat in Asaba, noting that the party was setting another pace by constructing a guest house for the party.

Senator Okowa who performed the foundation-laying ceremony of the guest house in the presence of the Vice Chairman of the party in the South-South geo-political zone, Dr Cairo Ojougbou; state chairman of the party, Chief Edwin Uzor and other party stalwarts, observed that the main structure of the party was the strength of its membership in the state and urged them to contribute to the construction of the guest house.

“We thank Deltans for their support for the PDP; there is no other state that has the type of Party Secretariat we have in the state; the PDP Secretariat in our state is the best in the country and it is our prayer and hope that this Guest House will be completed during the course of this year,” he said, adding, “we know that the greatest structure of our Party is our membership and as it concerns this project, no single person will fund it but, it must be funded by all of us as members of the party; whatever you have, the party will accept it, we should support this project, we should support our party.”

The Governor used the occasion to urge all political office holders to be conscious of the fact that the position they were holding was in trust for Deltans, warning that anybody found wanting in his activities would face necessary sanctions.

Chief Uzor in a welcome address said the guest house had become “necessary for members who may sleep over when in Asaba and it will be a veritable source of revenue for the party.”

The PDP Chairman called on all PDP faithful to support the project and lauded Governor Okowa for delivering on democratic dividends which had given a boost to the fortunes of the party.

ALI MODU SHERIFF, OKOWA, FAYOSE, WIKE, UDOM STORM ABIA STATE FOR GOV IKPEAZU SUPREME VICTORY THANKSGIVING AND RE-DEDICATION OF ABIA STATE TO GOD.

PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Ekiti State Governor, Gov Fayose, Rivers State Governor, Gov Wike and other top dignitaries today storm Abia State .

WE’LL REPLACE BUHARI IN 2019; NOTHING WILL STOP US, PDP CHAIRMAN, SHERIFF, VOWS

Newly-appointed national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday vowed to lead the party to regain control of the federal government in 2019.

Mr. Sheriff said nothing would stop his party, which lost power in 2015, from ousting the current All Progressives Congress’ administration.

Mr. Sheriff is a founding member of the All Progressives Congress. He defected to the PDP in 2014 ahead of national elections in 2015.

He gave his remarks on Wednesday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, during a thanksgiving service organised to mark the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Supreme Court.

The ceremony took place at Umuahia Township Stadium

OKOWA, OTUARO IN AN INTERACTIVE SESSION BETWEEN INFORMAL SECTOR GROUPS , STAKEHOLDERS AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT.

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa with his Deputy, Barr Kingsley Otuaro , Secretary to the State Government, Hon Festus Agas , Commissioner for Finance, David Edevbie and other top government officials today in an interactive session between Informal Sector Groups, Stakeholders and the State Government on Partnership for a Greater Delta.
The Interactive Session was held at Delta State Government House, Asaba today.

ABAVO GENERAL HOSPITAL SETS FOR COMPLETION – CONTRACTOR

Part of the completed doctors and nurses quarters, including part of the ongoing internal roads

The construction of the Abavo General Hospital in Ika South Local Government Area, seems to be moving at a very fast pace, as the project is expected to be delivered very soon, Fresh Angle International has learnt.

According to the representative of the contracting firm handling the project, Servik Int’l Services Ltd, who also doubles as the project site engineer, Engr. Timothy Bernard, the job is expected to be completed in a few months’ times.

He disclosed that the buildings and other structures have been completed, except the internal and access roads, which are currently receiving serious attention.

“During the visit of the state governor to the project site, it was observed that the access road leading to the hospital was un-motorable, which prompted the governor to instruct the Ministry of Works to ensure that the road is made motor-able and tarred so that members of the community could easily access the facility when completed and put into use,” he explained.

Engr. Bernard commended Abavo community for their cooperation since commencement of work at the site, saying that the people have shown understanding and friendly disposition, which has helped in the speedy execution of the project.

Some members of the community, who pleaded anonymity, expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work at the site, adding that the hospital, which the governor brough to their community, when completed will save them the stress of having to travel to Agbor to access health care.

Okowa Approves N372 Million For WASSCE, NABTEB

THE Delta State government is to spend the sum of N372.9 million for the payment of fees for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and National Business and Technical Board (NABTEB).

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah made the disclosure yesterday (09/02/16) while briefing the press on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held in Asaba.

According to Mr Ukah who was flanked by the Commissioners for Works, Chief James Augoye; Mr. Chiedu Ebie and Arch. Joseph Ogeh, Basic and Secondary Education and Housing respectively, payment of the examination fees were in line with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s free education policy for primary and secondary school students.

“EXCO agreed to pay the enrolment fees and incidental cost for SSS 3 and Vocational Students in Delta State Public, Senior Secondary School and Technical Colleges,” Commissioner Ukah said, adding, “the total number of students to be enrolled for the 2016 SSCE and NABTEB (National Board for Technical Examination) Certificate Examination for Vocational students in the state is 28, 898.”

While stating that EXCO approved the construction of a new central Ultra-Modern Secretariat Complex in Asaba to house all Ministries, Department and Agencies ( MDA) operating from rented structures for administrative convenience, Mr Ukah said EXCO approved the revocation of the contracts for the construction of Palace road Igbodo in Ika North East local government area of the state; construction of Afiesere/Ofuoma-Ughelli road; the construction of section A and B of the Warri/Effurun Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

In his contribution, Commissioner Ebie lauded the large turn-out of Deltans and stakeholders for the recently held education summit in the state, noting that far-reaching decisions on way forward for the education sector was reached.

According to Mr Ebie, a post-summit implementation committee would be set up to ensure that resolutions reached at the summit impacts positively on the people, assuring that Governor Okowa was very passionate about the future of Deltans through quality education curriculum.

OKOWA CONVOKES EDUCATION SUMMIT: CALLS FOR ROBOUST EDUCATION SYSTEM

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, (26/01/16), flagged off the first Delta State Education Summit with a call for student-centered and transformative educational system that is responsive to the constantly expanding socio-political milieu.

“I believe that all children deserve a chance to achieve their full potential in life which can only happen when they are given the right kind of education that is not only based on universal access but also anchored on innovation, rigorous standards, teaching excellence, digital learning and continuous improvement”, Governor Okowa, told a gathering of intellectuals and other stakeholders who attended the Summit, chaired by the renowned legal Icon, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN).

The two-day summit is aimed at repositioning Education in Delta state with emphasis on improved teaching methods, innovation, better learning outcomes, community involvement and social transformation.

According to Governor Okowa, funding gaps, out-dated curriculum, lack of continuous teachers’ education and inadequate participation of parents and community leaders in the education system are part of the challenges confronting the education sector in the state.
He charged participants at the summit to evolve ways of meeting the challenges and promised his government’s commitment to give education the priority it deserves.

“Our goal is to provide the best education available for every student with strong emphasis on science, vocational and technical education, as we hope to harness the power of technology to empower our children with rigorous, high quality, customized education necessary for them to thrive in today’s dynamic market place.” This, he said, is to avoid the scenario of the prevalence of high school leavers and adults who do not possess the knowledge and critical thinking skills required for the technically complex job of the 21st century.

The chairman of the summit, Are Afe Babalola (SAN) represented by Prof. Isaac Oltoboloye, commended Governor Okowa’s administration for the initiative and assured that the summit would provide a platform for the cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas on how to reposition education at the primary, secondary and the tertiary level in Delta state.

In his welcome address the chairman, planning committee for the summit, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare had observed that the summit was all about identifying what was wrong in the education sector and proffering solutions to them.

Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Pai Obanya while Prof. John Enaohwo, Prof. Cecilia Okobiah, delivered lectures on the way forward for the education sector.

OIL AND GAS: OKOWA CALLS FOR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO PROTECT FACILITIES … As Delta Holds Stakeholders Summit On Vandalism Of Oil And Gas Facilities

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for strategic alliance between host communities in oil producing areas, the international Oil companies (IOCs) and security agencies in securing oil and gas investments in the state.
The Governor made the call (13/01/16) during a one-day stakeholders summit on vandalism of oil and gas facilities and installations with the theme, “security and environmental challenges in oil and gas sector in Delta State – the way forward,” at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) conference hall, Effurun.

According to Senator Okowa, while the downward trend in crude oil price had led to a sharp drop in allocation to the state from the Federation Account from N20 billion to as low as N6.7 billion, the Governor said, “our problem is further compounded by the recurring decimal of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalization which by most accounts, about 400,000 barrels of oil are stolen daily, accounting for trillions of naira loss to the economy and when we add the value of the gas condensate lost also, the figure become astronomical.”

He stated, “the  summit should provide insight and proffer solutions to the types of threats faced by oil and gas installations because, we need to have a clear understanding of the various threat groups, the dangers they represent,  their goals, capabilities, opportunities, past attacks and possible future attacks,” reiterating,  “to boost our earnings from oil – which is what this summit is all about – we should construct creative and enduring strategies that will enable strategic alliances among the host communities in oil producing areas, the IOCs and security agencies in securing oil and gas investments in Delta State.”

“I must also stress the need for appropriate sanctions to be meted out to oil thieves when they are caught, we need to deal decisively with these economic saboteurs,” he asserted, noting that “they need to be fished out and the full weight of the law brought to bear on them to deter others.”
Governor Okowa who stated that his administration was committed to maintaining law and order to boost investor’s confidence, decried the relocation of some oil companies, especially, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) which led to the state losing “a billion naira in monthly revenue from royalties and taxes,” while more than N2 billion monthly was also, being lost in taxes and royalties as a result of some oil companies operating in Delta State failing to domicile their offices and staff in the state.

Governor Okowa assured the people of his administration’s determination to develop the non-oil sector, disclosing that the Export Processing Zone which was being developed by the Federal Government  which has the capacity of creating 100, 000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs when fully operational was still on course.

Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, former Minister of Information commended the Delta State government for organizing the summit and called on the National  Assembly  to revisit the Petroleum Industry Bill which he said would proffer solutions to some of the challenges facing Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector.

Lectures were delivered by resource persons while officials of oil and gas companies and representatives of security agencies gave talks on different issues on the way forward.