Osinbajo, Okowa, Dangote, Others Say Africa, Making Progress

NIGERIA’S Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, erudite scholar, Dr. Christopher Kolade, among others, graced the launch of the book, ‘Africa Arise and Shine’, authored by the founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr Jim Ovia, where they observed that Africa was making steady progress.

Speaking at Lagos where the event took place, Prof. Osinbajo observed that the fact that democratically elected Presidents are in charge of all the countries in Africa was a clear testimony that Africa is making progress.

While calling for the rebranding of Africa to project the continent in positive light, the Vice President described the story of Mr Ovia as inspiring, stating, “Mr Ovia is a great contributor to nation building, his investment in education and the training of thousands of people, he is humble and a self effacing man; I am not surprised he tells his story from humble beginning; his story gives ample room for grace and the Nigerian dream is captured here; a man who built from N20 million to N6 trillion enterprise, Jim have nurtured leaders.”

“It is not about how the figure looked in the first few days, it is about character, integrity, fidelity to service over self,” the Vice President stated.

Governor Okowa at the event, stated, “I want to appreciate all of you for coming to this great event, we are proud of what Mr Ovia has done for our nation and also back home in our state, Delta, we will continue to appreciate him for the great things he is doing for our country.”

The governor who attended the event with such Deltans like the Dein of Agbor, HRM Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi I, members of the National Assembly, among others stated that the book will inspire Africans to always aspire to bring out their best.

Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Christopher Kolade had in his opening speech, said the book by Mr Ovia was an opportunity for Africans to tell their own stories, noting that the description of Africa as a dark continent was as a result of outsiders telling the story of Africa.

“Africa was described as a dark continent and I am happy that I am not leaving this world believing that Africa is a dark continent; one problem with Africa is that other people tell our stories and I am happy that one of the brightest is telling the Africa story and it is remarkable that Jim Ovia is telling his own story and I believe it is an interesting story for us to read,” he said.

Different personalities including State Governors, the Governor of Central Bank, Mr Godwin Emefiele, Alhaji Aliko Dangote who was represented by his daughter, Halima, Mr Akintola Williams, Mr Tony Elumelu, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Folunronso Alakija, Chief Tony Momoh, among numerous others read different passages from the book and also, spoke glowingly about how Mr Ovia grew an enterprise of N20 million to more than 16 billion dollars.

NPC COMMENCES DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY IN DELTA

The National Population Commission has commenced the 2018 round of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) programme in Asaba.

The State Director of NDHS, Mr Sunday Enwelim who made this known in Asaba, stated that the commission had already enumerated four clusters in the state and that the survey commenced since August 15 and would last till December 15, 2018 in all the states of the Federation.

According to Mr Enwelim, the NDHS was part of the Worldwide Demographic and Health Surveys Programme conducted periodically in countries and designed to provide data for monitoring population and health situation across the globe.

He revealed that the 2018 NDHS was the sixth to be conducted in Nigeria since 1990, saying that this year’s exercise in Nigeria was a national sample.

“It is designed to provide up to date information and reliable estimates of the fertility levels and preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and child health, knowledge and behaviour regarding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), female genital cutting, fistula and domestic violence,” the NDHS Director said.

He also stated that the 2018 survey would provide estimate of anaemia and malaria prevalence among children between 6-59 months and adults and sickle cell disease patients.

Explaining further, the 2018 NDHS Coordinator, South-South Zone, Mr Tellson Ojigun stated that a complete listing of household had been carried out in each of the 1,400 selected enumerated areas in the country and that a representative sample of approximately 42,000 households had been selected for the survey, saying that 14, 000 households was a selected

He also stated that the survey would focus on women between 15-49 years living in all selected households and men of age bracket 15-59 years living in the selected household, saying that the data collected would be used by programme managers and policy makers to evaluate and improve existing programmes.

FLOOD ALERT

31st August, 2018.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned that fresh flooding is imminent in Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Niger and Kogi States which magnitude is comparable to that of August 29, 2012.

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and NEMA’s warnings of imminent flooding are predicted on the alert raised by the Niger Republic River Basin Authority (NBA) that the dam at that end is already full and this gives cause for serious concern.

Also, the rivers downstream and dams in Nigeria, especially in Benue, Lokoja and Kebbi States are also full and the Kanji and Jebba dams have started spilling water which will find its ways to the Atlantic Ocean through the River Niger and its tributaries.

Communities in Delta State will most certainly be affected by flood especially communities along the banks of River Niger.

Local Government Areas most prone to flooding are Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Ndokwa East and West, Isoko North and South, Ughelli South, Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Aniocha South, Sapele, Warri North and South and Udu Local Government Areas.

In view of the predictions and the warnings by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) and National Emergency Management Agency, the Delta State Ministry of Environment, has by this announcement advised people living in river banks and low land areas to move to higher lands or places of safety.

Accordingly, authorities of Local Government Councils in the State, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders are advised to step up preparations against the flood prediction to reduce the level of destruction of properties and avoid loss of lives.

Members of the general public should be guided, please.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Buhari, Okowa, Coe, Preach Friendship As Asaba 2018 Opens

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the President of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Lord Sebastian Coe have urged athletes participating in 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, tagged Asaba 2018 to harness the event to build friendships that will consolidate peace and unity in Africa.

They gave this call at the opening ceremony of the event in Asaba.

According to the President whose address was read by the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Mr Solomon Dalung; “Sports has become a veritable vehicle for friendship and building relationship among African nation.”

“If Africa must excel in sports, private bodies must be involved in the sponsorship of sports championship,” the President said while thanking Governor Okowa, the government and people of Delta State for hosting the championship on behalf of the country.

The President urged the governor to keep the flag flying as his good works were highly appreciated.
Governor Okowa in a brief speech, thanked God that 52 African countries were in Asaba for the championship, stating, “I welcome all of you to Asaba and it is my prayer that you enjoy your 5-day stay. Championship of this nature is vital in building friendship.”

“It is a thing of joy that we have provided a befitting stadium for the championship, enjoy your stay in Asaba,” the governor asserted.

Lord Coe had commended Governor Okowa for providing a befitting venue for the championship, stating that the Stephen Keshi Stadium “is a legacy for generations to come.”Delta State

President of Confederation of African Athletics, Mr Hamad Malboum also, thanked Okowa for providing a venue for the championship and urged athletes and officials participating in the events to respect the rules of the game.

The first Gold medal was won at the championship by an Ethiopian, Jamal Mekonnen in the 10, 000 metres race.

Renowned musicians and fire works added colour to the opening ceremony which saw the 23, 000 capacity Stadium filled by spectators.

Anioma Nation Adopts Okowa As Sole Candidate; As Ekweremadu, Secondus, Wike, Ibori, Uduaghan, Others Laud Okowa

THE Anioma Nation in Delta state yesterday (21/04/18) endorsed the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term, an endorsement the Governor said will spur him to do more for Deltans.

This endorsement was given at the grand reception held in honor of Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa by the Anioma nation.

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, former Chief Economic Adviser to former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Philip Asiodu, former Governors of Delta State, Chief James Ibori and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, renowned nationalist, Chief Newton Jibunor, among others, also endorsed Governor Okowa for second term at the occasion which was attended by former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, the Ide of Ahaba, Chief Sunny Odogwu, traditional rulers, President-Generals of different ethnic nationalities, among others spoke at the event which took place at Asaba.

According to the Governor, “today, my people of Anioma put up this show and I thank you all for this wonderful event. In 2015, Delta State did something that strengthened the unity of our people, that though we are diverse in ethnic, we believe that we are one people; one Delta State; they realised that if the unity of Delta State must remain, they must speak with one voice and they did that through their votes and I won in the total votes cast in all the ethnic nationalities.”

“That obviously sent a message that we are one people and we will continue to live in unity because, in that unity, we will blossom; in that unity, we will succeed,” the Governor said, adding, “we came at a time there were challenges but, because of the support of all, we were able to wade through the turbulent days; the dark days are over and we shall grow to greater heights.”

He continued, “as we move on as a people, I must count on your support for us to sustain the peace that we enjoy, with peace, we will do well as a people, we will continue to build the roads in this state.”

“As Deltans, we need to continue to pray and build on the trust that exists among us, I listened to President General of Isoko, the President General of Urhobo nation and the President General of the Ijaws endorsing me, so, who should I be afraid of, when I have the Lord and all these good people on my side? I thank you for adopting me as the sole candidate for the governorship election and I assure you that we will remain focused and resolute in developing our state, “ he said.

At the well-attended event, renowned nationalist, Chief Newton Jibunor moved a motion for the adoption of Governor Okowa as the sole candidate of Anioma Nation for the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Delta State which was unanimously endorsed by the people.

Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Nwike, said, “as far as we are concerned in Rivers State, Okowa should be preparing for swearing-in because, if any other party is coming to Delta State to contest against Okowa, they should first tell the people what they have done for the people, because, Okowa is a gentleman, he is dependable and he has done very well in Delta State.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, lending his voice said, “I enjoin you the people of Delta State to take the decision to return Governor Okowa in 2019, I thank the Delta people for bringing an example of bringing justice to every part of the state for Nigerians to emulate, I commend Governor Okowa for doing justice to all manners of people and ensuring justice, fairness, and equity in his activities.”

Speaking at the occasion, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Secondus averred that no amount of political intimidation, arrests and detention would cow the party from taking over the Presidency and winning most of the elections in 2019. He  said, “we are proud of your son, we are proud of his achievements, on behalf of the national working committee, we salute our Governor, this is a new PDP and by the special grace of God, we will regain our lost grounds, no amount of intimidation, no amount of blackmail will stop Nigerians from voting PDP in 2019.”

“The PDP is set to take over because, the APC is a sinking ship, our youths are not lazy at all, our youths are leaders of tomorrow, they are resourceful, they are intelligent and they are there for the interest of this country.”

He called on all to observe one minute of silence for those who had lost their lives to the herdsmen and Boko Haram rampage saying, “we sympathize with our people in states where people are being attacked.”

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Philip Asiodu described Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as an illustrious son of Anioma Nation who has delivered dividends of democracy in all parts of Delta State and deserves re-election for a second term in office.

Chairman of the planning committee for the event, Prof. Epiphany Azinge said, “the decision to receive our son, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa 3 years into office is purely deliberate, we recognise that he is more the son of Delta State, the entire Delta State remains his constituency; his commitment to actualization of his campaign promises is resolute and irreversible.”

“His track record as an expert in prudent financial management has helped him to navigate the early challenges of inheriting the treasury of a state with lean resources, that he is able to stabilise the ship of a state amidst these challenges is not only a cause for admiration but also a reason for commendation.,” he said, emphasizing, “Anioma nation has resolved to adopt our son, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as the sole candidate of Delta North for re-election as Governor, come 2019, he has the blessing of entire Anioma nation to proceed as our candidate for 2019 governorship election for Delta State.”

Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Minister of Information, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, Alaowei Broadrick Bozimo spoke on behalf of the Ijaws, Chief Iduh Amadhe spoke for the Isoko nation, Chairman of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Obi Efeizomor whose address was read by the Obi of Ubulu-Uku, HRM Kikachukwu, the Itsekiri nation who spoke through Chief Solomon Areyenka, the Anioma Congress whose speech was delivered by former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, Ndokwa Neku Union through its National President, Chief Johnson Opone, Mr Kester Ifeadi and others who spoke at the occasion gave reasons why Governor Okowa should re-emerge as the Governor of Delta State in 2019.

The occasion which was very colorful witnessed a large turnout of people from different parts of the state.

Schedule For The Nigeria Award Federal Scholarship Selective Examination

6th April, 2018

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Students of Delta State Origin that the Nigeria Award Federal Scholarship Selection Examination earlier postponed will now hold from Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13, 2018.

The examination will take place at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Permanent Site, along Ibusa Road, Asaba at 8.00 am.

Accordingly, the Delta State Scholarship Board has by this announcement advised students to take note of the date and be guided.

The Board regrets any inconvenience that the change of venue may cause the applicants.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

No Land For Cattle Colony In Delta – Okowa

Delta State, Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has declared that the state does not have land for cattle colonies

The Governor made this declaration Asaba while addressing stakeholders at a meeting involving Herdsmen, Farmers, Community leaders and Heads of security agencies.

He decried what he described as the inability of the Federal Government to disarm armed herdsmen who perpetrate crimes and other vices and called on the Federal Government to come up with a clear-cut policy direction on this issue.

As part of interim measures to address the recurrent clashes between herdsmen, farmers and host communities, Governor Okowa tasked Chairmen of local government councils to set up a special task force on security comprising of necessary interest groups in their various councils, within one week.

The Governor expressed concern over the occurrence of incidences where cattle are led by minors.

“Some of those who are also looking after the cows are so young that most times, they are not able to take decisions concerning the cows, as long as they carry arms and ammunition, there is a major security issue at stake”.

He used the occasion to buttress the fact that Delta State has no land for the Federal Government’s proposed cattle colonies, disclosing that most Deltans are moving to neighboring Edo State to farm because of inadequate land in the state.

“By next week, we need to have an interventionist committee on security in all the local government areas of the state while we await a definite policy direction from the Federal Government. Chairmen of the local government areas must ensure that names of members of the committee gets to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) who is the Chairman of the Central Coordinating Committee and ensure that minutes of their inaugural meetings are also, sent to the SSG,” the Governor said, noting that it was wrong for anybody to hide under the guise of herdsmen to perpetuate crime in the state.” He said.

He emphasized, “the Nigerian constitution does not allow anyone to graze on somebody’s else farm, it does not permit you to forcefully take over someone’s house, we can co-exist as a people but, as we co-exist, there must be mutual respect for one another, whoever you are, when you engage in crime, the law takes its course.”

While calling for caution and peaceful co-existence among Deltans, Governor Okowa urged the Police and security agencies not to be compromised in ensuring justice for all, asserting that they should not allow the communities to lose confidence in their abilities to check crimes, especially those committed by herdsmen.

The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr. Muhammad Mustapha assured Deltans that their security will not be compromised by the Police in ensuring peaceful co-existence in the state.

Those who spoke at the meeting including traditional rulers, farmers, Myetti Allah and Hausa/Fulani representatives commended Governor Okowa for ensuring that the situation has not snowballed into major crisis despite issues of killings, rape of women, armed robberies, among other vices.

Some of those who spoke at the meeting called on the state government to take actions towards stoppage of grazing in the state, noting that the people could survive without beef and its by-products while others stated that efforts should be geared towards peaceful co-existence in the state.

Okowa, Others Attend Ekwueme’s Funeral Service

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led top government functionaries and politicians to attend the burial ceremony of one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigeria’s first democratically elected Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

The burial ceremony which took place at Dr Ekwueme’s hometown, Oko, Anambra State was also, attended by Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Patience; former Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Governors of different states of the country, Chairmen and members of different political parties, among others.

Governor Okowa was among the first dignitaries to arrive St. John The Divine Church, Oko, Anambra State venue of the funeral service for the late Dr. Ekwueme who Prof. Osibajo at the occasion, described as principled, brave and “set an excellent example of loyalty as Vice President.”

“He was a man of impeccable integrity,” Prof. Osibajo said, stating that the federal government has renamed Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State as Dr. Alex Ekwueme University.

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku in an emotion-laden tribute at the occasion described the deceased as a “cerebral politician who did not play politics of bitterness.”

The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Nicholas Okoh had in a sermon challenged political office holders to ensure that Nigeria’s independence goes beyond “paper”.

According to him, Nigeria should be independent in providing basic amenities for its people, noting that it is wrong for Nigerians to leave their kits and kins to seek medical services outside the country and in most cases, lose their lives in such whereas, those in authority can make the hospitals in the country functional.

“Our independence is only on papers, our leaders should deliver us from running to other countries for medical services, whatever the deficiency in the medical profession, the government should help us, let our people stop dying abroad,” the Primate said.

Speaking on the topic, “Get Into The Ark,” Most Revd. Okoh urged all evildoers in the country to repent and get into the ark of God, observing that the late Ekwueme achieved so much in the academia, politics and did so much to transform his community, Oko which political office holders deserve to emulate.

He emphasized that political office holders should be men of integrity and avoid cheating the electorates by coming to them only when they need their votes.

PDP Convention: PDP Inaugurates National Planning Committee

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday inaugurated the National Planning Committee to conduct its Dec. 9 national convention.

The committee headed by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta was inaugurated by the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, in Abuja.

At the ceremony, Makarfi announced that the committee would take full charge of the convention and ensure that the process was free, fair and not hijacked by any individual or group.

Makarfi called for support for the committee, and urged members of the party to cooperate with the members to build a stronger PDP.

He noted that political big-wigs were defecting to PDP and assured of free and fair platform for all.

Speaking on behalf of PDP Governors, the Governor of Taraba, Dairus Ishaku, said that the party had done a lot for the country and that it was time to work hard and return it to power for further development.

Ahead of the convention, Ishaku reminded party members that only one person would occupy an office at a time.

He urged aspirants who would come victorious at the convention, to work with other contestants to keep the party united.

In his remarks, Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen. Walid Jibril, said that the board did not have any favourites.

He said that the BOT was ready to work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free convention.

Responding, Chairman of the convention committee, Okowa, appreciated the party for the confidence vested in the committee.

He said that the convention was only four days away and that there were lots to be done.

Okowa expressed confidence in the capacity of the committee members, assuring party members of a free and fair convention.

PDP Convention: PDP will be stronger force – Okowa

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Committee and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday expressed optimism that the party will be more united, following its upcoming convention on December 9.

He said as a result, the PDP will be a much stronger force to contend with in the 2019 presidential election.

Governor Okowa made this known on Channels Television’s program Politics Today while addressing issues that have so far been raised as the convention date draws near.

He said: “Our party is getting much stronger and this convention definitely is going to lift us up into the future, I believe so because this convention is purely conciliatory and unifying and we believe that the resolutions will lead us strongly into the future.”

Reacting to reports that the Chairman of the electoral panel, Gabriel Suswam, who is also the former governor of Benue state, had declared support for a candidate, he said: “I’m not aware that he has declared support for any particular candidate but even if he has any sentiments for anyone, he will not be in a position at all, on the convention day to do anything that is unjust. We are going to adopt the open secret ballot system of voting.

“We have also put in place a credible team to ensure reconciliation of party members who may feel aggrieved during the convention,” he added.

Speaking further and reacting to the defection of a former Head of State, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP, Governor Okowa noted that there was strength in numbers and that the party will always welcome as many persons as possible.

“We believe that as many persons that come into the PDP is good for us as it will help to strengthen the party because politics is one that is inclusive, the more persons you get into the party, the greater the strength of the party.

“So we will welcome him into the party just as we will look forward to many more persons who will want to come over to join us as a family. It will be a welcome idea because it will help to strengthen us going into `2019.”