Okowa Commissions Isoko Unity House

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has sued for the cooperation of the different ethnic nationalities in the state to enable him to execute more people-oriented projects as encapsulated in his administration’s SMART agenda.

Governor Okowa was speaking in Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State at the commissioning of the Isoko Unity House.

Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori performed the tape cutting ceremony to commission the edifice which was conceived in 1984 and constructed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

According to Governor Okowa, “we need the cooperation of all Deltans to achieve desired goals because working together, we will achieve a lot for our people.”

“Government will work optimally when people cooperate with the government,” Governor Okowa reiterated.

While commending the Isoko people for their peaceful disposition and unity which has earned them a lot of developmental projects, Governor Okowa disclosed that Chief Ibori was invited to commission the multi-million naira edifice because the former Governor laid the foundation for a united Delta State.

He stated, “God used Chief Ibori to lay a solid foundation for a united Delta State, in unity, we are stronger.”

Speaking shortly before cutting the symbolic tape that signified the official commissioning of the project, Chief Ibori said, “I am glad that our Governor, Senator Okowa is doing what he is supposed to do.”

“We need to pray for our Governor, we need to pray for the state, our Governor needs prayer to enable him to continue to deliver democratic dividends, I do know that the elders and youths of Delta State will always support him,” Chief Ibori said, adding, “I thank the Isoko people, they are very truthful, vibrant and very happy.”

Earlier in an address, High Chief Iduh Amadhe said, “Your Excellency, your love for the Isokos has turned our hope to reality, you have demonstrated capacity in turning our illusion to eternal assets; history has been made today, and I plead that you see us from that perspective of people who yearned from prehistoric to contemporary season to own a common architectural heritage called Isoko Unity House, which is worthy of celebration. “

Former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, political leaders, traditional rulers were among thousands of Isoko indigenes and their admirers who witnessed the event.

Okowa, Ibori Say Integrity, Hallmark Of Good Politicians

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa,and former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori has described integrity as the hallmark of successful politicians.

They gave the description at the 80th birthday celebration of Chief Michael Adiotomre JP at Effurun, Uvwie local government area of Delta State.

According to Governor Okowa, politics can be played honourably as political positions are platforms for rendering selfless service to humanity.

He described Chief Adiotomre as “an honourable man, you have proven that you are a man of integrity. “

While congratulating the celebrant, the Governor wished him more years of service to humanity.

To Chief Ibori, politicians should be consistent, observing that Chief Adiotomre does not waver on issues he believes in.

“Once you say this is where I am, and where I want to be, you stand by it,” Chief Ibori said, while the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Andrew Onokerhoraye described ChiefAdiotomre as an achiever.

DELTA LG POLLS: Okowa Predicts Landslide Victory For PDP

Delta State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that with the massive turnout of party faithful in all the PDP campaign rallies, party candidates will win by a landslide in the Local Government Elections in 2018.

Speaking during the Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP] Local Government Election campaign flag off in Koko, Oghara and Sapele for the January 6, 2018 in Warri North, Ethiope West and Sapele local government areas, Governor Okowa called on party leaders to remain united and committed to the ideals of the party for it to emerge victorious in the elections.

According to Governor Okowa, “PDP is a party that believes in planning hence the vigorous campaigns to ensure victory for all our candidates”, adding “with the crowd of party faithful here today, there is no doubt that the party candidates will win landslide come January 6th,”

The Governor assured that DESOPADEC will be empowered to carry out more projects in the areas in 2018.
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Governor Okowa commended the people for their support for his administration, assuring the people that the PDP government will continue to deliver on its electoral promises, assuring that the Sapele Road Dualisation and Market projects will be completed before May 2018.

At Oghara, Governor Okowa acknowledged the sterling contributions of Chief James Ibori to the growth of the PDP in Delta State stating “Chief Ibori built a solid foundation for all of us in Delta State and by the grace of God the foundation will remain solid,” stressing the strength of the PDP lies in Ethiope West local government.

Former Governor James Ibori who spoke in Urhobo thanked the people for their support for the PDP and urged them to turn out en masse to vote all PDP candidates in the oncoming Local government elections.

At Koko, Immediate Past Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan noted that Warri North has always been the center of PDP and thanked God that there was no loss of lives in the choice of the Chairmanship candidate of the party. He called on Governor Okowa to use his good office as Governor, to seal the peace process already initiated in the Local government area.

Chairman of the PDP in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso expressed confidence that the PDP will win in the polls, asserting, “there is no other political party in the state; other political parties should come out and campaign if they trust in themselves.”

Receiving decampees from other parties led by Keke Omuvwie and Abel Efe in Oghara, and Sapele, Esiso assured the decampees that PDP accords equal opportunities to all members.

Barr. Esiso had earlier presented party flags to the Chairmanship candidates Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, Solomon Golley and Eugene Inoaghan at Koko, Oghara, and Sapele respectively.

Okowa Assures Deltans Of More Projects, As Wike, Ibori Commission Projects in Asaba

GOVERNOR of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, commissioned and inspected some projects executed by his counterpart in Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.

Wike, former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori and other top politicians were taken round the projects by Governor Okowa who beamed a satisfactory smile as he moved to the project sites in Asaba and its environs.

Some of the projects inspected and commissioned include, the storm drainage project which will channel flood water from the Direct Labour Road, Jesus Saves Road and others to the River Niger, the Cable Point dual carriage way and Madonna School/Joseph Ebolo Roads in Okpanam, Oshimili North local government area of the state.

Wike who marveled at the quality of projects executed in the state, described Governor Okowa as a performer, a promise keeper and dependable personality.

“I identify myself with people who have something to show, I want to thank Governor Okowa who invited me to commission this project, I know Governor Okowa is doing very well, when you make a promise, fulfill it, Okowa has fulfilled his promises to Deltans, my coming here today has shown me the level of development in Delta State, particularly in Asaba; I am impressed with what I saw today, and happy with the quality of the projects and contractors,” Wike said, shortly before cutting the tape signaling the commissioning of the road.

Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori had unveiled the statue of Nnebisi, the founder of Asaba before the road was commissioned at an event, Governor Okowa described as important to the people of Asaba.

Governor Okowa disclosed that the road project was a request made by the Asagba-in-Council during his campaign visit to Asaba, assuring that his administration will continue to execute projects in Asaba and different parts of the state.

Chief Ibori commissioned the Madonna School/Joseph Ebolo Roads in Okpanam, Oshimili North local government area of Delta State.

A representative of the Asagba of Asaba, the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Isioma Onyeobi in his speech at the commissioning of the Cable Point road, went memory lane, describing Asaba as one of the first capitals of Nigeria.

He commended Governor Okowa’s administration for his commitment to the development of the state capital while the former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and member representing Oshimili South constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya in a welcome speech, said Governor Okowa has endeared himself to the people through the execution of quality projects.

MSMEs, Easiest Means Of Reducing Poverty – Okowa

MORE than 400 beneficiaries of the skill acquisition programmes of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in Delta State had an exhibition program with Governor Okowa saying investment in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) is the easiest means of reducing youth unemployment and poverty.

The exhibition program which took place in Asaba was witnessed by the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, wife of the Governor of Delta State, Dame Edith Okowa, Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and his wife, Ebi; former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori and many others.

“Globally, it has been established that certain economic sectors and activities hold the highest potentials for job and wealth creation for the economy; these are agriculture, agribusiness, agro-based industries, vocational skills-based micro enterprises, cottage enterprises, small and medium scale enterprises as well as public works such as environmental sanitation, housing and road construction; in fact, interventions in these sectors are generally cost-effective and go a long way to reduce youth unemployment and poverty, while ensuring social inclusion, positive economic growth and sustainable development as has been observed in many countries in South Asia, South East Asia and Latin America,” the Governor said.

He continued, “through our flagship Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), we have achieved what many thought was unthinkable; after two programme cycles, two thousand, three hundred and twenty four (2,324) previously unemployed youths are now small business owners and employers of labour.”

The Governor who lauded the products exhibition and business fair organised by the beneficiaries of Job Creation Scheme of his administration, disclosed that the beneficiaries were “trained and established in various enterprises including but not limited to ICT, hair dressing and makeover, catering and confectionary, cosmetology, craft/home care products, decoration and event management, electrical installation and repairs, fashion design and tailoring, shoe making, upholstery, welding and fabrication and auto-mechanic while the agricultural enterprises covered aquaculture, poultry, crop production, agro-processing and piggery.”

Chief Ibori at the event, said, “the people of Delta State did not make mistake by choosing you, Senator Okowa as their Governor, they believe you will deliver and you are delivering, thank you for remembering our youths because, at the end of the day, when we are gone, they will be the ones to take over from you and I.”

“I am indeed a Deltan and I have an opinion concerning issues in Delta State, I want to make it very clear, you have done very well and at the end of your eight years (Governor Okowa’s eight years as Governor), Deltans will be proud of you. Continue with your good work, we are solidly behind you and I want to call on all Deltans to continue to maintain the peace and security in the state so that this present level of development will continue,” Chief Ibori said.

Commissioner for Economic Planning in the state who is the Chairman, Steering Committee on Job Creation, Dr Kingsley Emu and the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh said the exhibition would provide the beneficiaries of the skill acquisition programmes the opportunity to make vital business contacts, create business relationship with investors and communicate their business vision to financial institutions.

Okowa Calls For Actions That Will Strengthen Bond Of Unity; As Ibori Is Honored In Isoko

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the people to engage in actions that will strengthen the bond of unity no matter the political divide.

Governor Okowa made the call at Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area of Delta State at a grand reception organized in honour of former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori by Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay.

According to the Governor, “the more united we are, the better for our state, we should play politics that will engender unity.”

“Most of us have being looking forward to an event like this where our leader is honoured, there is no doubt that Chief Ibori is a leader in its true sense, he built a strong political family and by the grace of God, the leadership of the state today is still within the family, the family is still intact and most of the things we have achieved in the state today can be traced to the foundation laid by him,” Governor Okowa said, adding, “I must thank him for laying a foundation that we are building on, there is no state in the country today that has the type of road infrastructure we have in Delta State, Chief Ibori has a big heart, he is bold.”

Chief Ibori at the event, thanked Comrade Macaulay for organizing the reception and urged leaders in the country to be courageous in standing on the part of the constitution and working for the people. “When you are in office, people will abuse you, allow them, that is the beauty of democracy, you must be courageous to stay on the part of the people, no matter the price; if there is any constitution breach, you must stand up and oppose it,” Chief Ibori said, “as an elder statesman, I will be happy if this democracy which we all fought for is deepened.”

Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan urged the people to avoid pulling down those who are in the position of authority, rather, such people should be encouraged to succeed, reiterating, “Chief James Ibori is up and he will never go down again.”

Former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in his speech, described Chief Ibori as a bridge builder while Comrade Macaulay said the event was in honor of “a giant in the struggle, a resilient fighter for the rights of the Nigerian workers and the masses, a courageous and selfless social crusader.”

Chairman of the occasion, General Alexander Ogomudia (rtd) thanked God for the life of Chief Ibori and commended Comrade Macaulay for organizing the event.

Chief Ibori’s Deputy, Chief Benjamin Elue, former acting Governor of Delta State, Prince Sam Obi, Admiral Dele Ezeoba, former Chief of Naval staff, former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, among others, attended the ceremony.

Okowa and 2019; My Position Remains Unchanged – Ibori.

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has asked the general public to disregard the wild and spurious reports claiming to be his stand on Delta State’s Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and 2019.

In a press statement issued by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, Ibori said: “my stand on His Excellency, Sen (Dr) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa’s re-election in 2019 was made publicly, and it has not changed. The things some people manufacture but attribute to me only show the level of their desperation and deserve no direct replies.”

Team Ibori For Okowa 2019 Inaugurates Patani Chapter

Following the quest for the return of Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa to Government house in 2019, a social political pressure group, Team Ibori For Okowa 2019, has embarked on the inauguration of Local Government Chapters of the group round the state.

The inauguration of the chapters is a follow-up of the constituted but yet to be inaugurated pioneer State Working Committee to complement efforts of the state, local governments, wards and units working committees as contained in the group’s operational scope.

The State Coordinator of the group, Hon. Edmond Guanah, in his welcome address during the inauguration of the Patani Local Government Chapter, reeled out the philosophy that informed the formation of the group.

He noted that as admirers of the State Governor Okowa, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, members of the group assembled themselves with every noble effort to accelerate the pace of existing peace, progress and development in the state.

Recounting the gains of the present administration over the pains that comes with the economic recession, the State Coordinator noted that Governor Okowa is a leader who is more than prepared to pilot the state’s ship in the direction of peace, security, prosperity for all, progress and development.

He therefore advised those to be inaugurated to conduct themselves and their affairs in both private and public in decent manners to attract commendations of all, noting that the two names that bears the group (Ibori and Okowa) are notable and respected names that needs to be protected and defended in character and service to the world around them.

Those inaugurated include: Comade Prince Onos Oniovoghare- Coordinator, Comrade Blessing Enodeh – Secretary, Stanley Seseri – Assistant Secretary, Comrade Favo Akpodiete – Financial Secretary, Comrade Ebipaipri Torugbene – Assistant Financial Secretary, Douye Apena James – Treasurer, Comrade Helen Abeki – Women Leader, Comrade Calvin Onoharhigho Williams – Organizing Secretary and Mrs. Happy Tina – Director of Media, Others are Comrade Ebi Mathew Wonzu – Director of Mobilization, Engr. Aghogho Akpibere – Provost, Holykeme Justin Ebaretobonfa – Director Of Operations, Comrade Rock Vincent Preye – Youth Leader, Ebi Odisi – Ex-Official, Okosuere Brike – Ex-Officia, Datimiebi Nduku – Ex-Official, Omokenu Oscar Okpokunu- Ex-Official and Comrade Sunday Emerhuvwun – Ex-Official.

National Interests Take Centre Stage As Okowa, Wike, Udom Meet In Asaba

GOVERNORS of Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike and Emmanuel Udom respectively have resolved to work for the interest of the nation.

Rising from a closed-door meeting, the three Governors stated that the meeting was in the interest of the nation and to boost economic activities in the South South region,  stressing that it is important that the area is peaceful for economic growth.

Briefing the press after the meeting which took place at the Government House, Asaba, Governor Udom of Akwa Ibom State who was flanked by his colleagues disclosed that security of the region and the revival of the BRACED (Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Edo, Delta) Commission were the main issues discussed at the meeting.

According to him, “we are principally here to discuss economic issues as it affects the region; on behalf of our colleagues in the South South states, we met to see how we can revive the BRACED Commission and boost security in the region.”

“There is the need for us to ensure that the area is safe, with the increase in the quantum of oil production, there is need to boost security in the region, in the interest of our region and the country,” he said.

He emphasised, “mainly, we looked at economic issues, how to revive the BRACED Commission and the issue of security in the region.”

Governors Udom and Wike arrived Government House, Asaba through the Asaba International Airport and were received by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at exactly 2pm from where they entered closed door meeting.

No Feud between Okowa, Ibori Says Fovie 

The Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta Central Senatorial District, Chief A. P. Fovie, has confirmed the bond of unity between former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, and the incumbent governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

He made this confirmation on Monday at his residence in Warri when members of Team Ibori For Okowa 2019 paid him a courtesy visit in furtherance of the group’s strategies to get a formidable footing in the grassroot across the state.

Chief Fovie, who expressed overwhelming admiration over the formation and activities of the group since its birth in the state, said he was happy to have them physically around him, and commended the group for toeing a new dimension by tying the group’s name to Chief Ibori, who is widely acknowledged as the foremost political leader and progenitor of modern politics in the state.

Against the rumour of crack in the political relationship between Chief Ibori and Senator Okowa, he said that the news is a dirty lie from the pit of hell and described their relationship as very healthy and robust.

Chief Fovie stated that Chief Ibori, in a meeting  on Sunday, said that the bond between him and Senator Okowa is too concrete for anyone or anything to effect a crack, saying they have come a long way with a long distance yet to be covered in their journey of friendship.

He said that Governor Okowa is a very humble and repectful governor who is neither puffy nor carried away by the luxuries and authority attached to power which in most cases gets others off the track.

Chief Fovie described the All Progressives Congress (APC) propagandious attempt to take over the state as day dreaming which can only manifests in the world of imagination, adding that there is no vacancy in Government House, Asaba.

The group’s aims and objectives was presented to him by the State Coordinator of Team Ibori For Okowa 2019, Hon Edmond Guanah.

The state Secretary of the group, Comrade Mathew Oji, who described Chief Fovie as a political philosopher and an embodiment of political wisdom, prayed God to sustain his life to continue to make impacts in the state’s politics and promised to come back to him and others whom the group have so far visited, to say thank you after fulfiling the task of ensuring the governor’s  success in 2019.

Hon. Mackson Ukoli, who gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the group, thanked Chief Fovie for his fatherly counsel and entertainment  and described him as a political father who has done so much in sustaining the party.