Ukah Credits Okowa For Developments In Okpanam

Delta State Commissioner for Information,Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, has said that he was grateful and happy that the people of Okpanam Kingdom in Oshimili North Local Government Council, appreciated his efforts, even as he gave the credit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who made such developments possible.

Ogbueshi Ukah, who spoke when he went to felicitate with the Ugoani of Okpanam Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu, on his 2018 New Yam festival on Sunday, stated that just as the thoughts of God are good for His people, he knows that the thoughts of Governor Okowa for the people of Okpanam, Oshimili North and the entire state are of good.

The Commissioner for Information expressed happiness that the people of Okpanam appreciates the little he has been able to do stressing that it is only through the help of God and the State Governor that they were done.

Ogbueshi Ukah revealed that the developments in Okpanam would not have been possible if the Governor did not give his approval or supported it adding that the entire cabinet of the Government of Delta State led by Governor Okowa made them possible.

He noted that his prayer is that Deltans will continue to appreciate these goodness that we experience today adding that this is just the beginning.

Speaking during the festival, the Ugoani of Okpanam Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu, insisted that he enjoys cordial relationship with the Omu of Okpanam and called for the revamp of Asaba Textile Mill.

The Monarch said that the media has sensationalized his relationship with the Omu, stressing that his rapport with the Omu has been devoid of rancor or ill will.

“I enjoy an excellent relationship with the Omu, what you read on the pages of the newspaper is what I refer to as media hype. There is no quarrel whatsoever between my person and our illustrious Omu” he said.

He commended the Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, for attracting transformation to the community, even as he said “that was why we considered it to confer chieftaincy title on him. As of today he is the Enyi of Okpanam kingdom”.

The Ugoani passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, stressing that given the meager resources, he has performed creditably well evident in the massive infrastructural development, sports development and agriculture, even as he appealed to the Governor to revamp Asaba Textile Mill as he did to the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Ukah Assures On More Developments In Okpanam Axis

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, has thanked the Landlords’ Association of Pat Okonkwo axis (Okotomi Layout) Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area, saying that he is indeed happy with the positive feedback he has received from them on the achievements of the Governor Okowa led administration.

The Commissioner, who stated this when they paid him a courtesy visit  at his country home in Okpanam, assured them of more developments to be seen in the community and its environs as the state government has a listening ear and is attentive to the needs of the people.

Mr. Tunde Obado Oliogu, who led the delegates, described Ogbueshi Ukah as an astute and pragmatic politician, who has through his official position attracted developments to their community.

The association pledged their unalloyed support for the Commissioner for Information’s political goals while declaring that they would mobilise en masse to return the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in 2019.

Earlier, the Yoruba Community living in Okpanam, Hairdressers Association, Artisans’ Association of Okpanam and Oshimili North Traditional Rulers, had paid visits to the Commissioner in appreciation of his good works in the Okpanam community and in Delta State and pledged their allegiance to the Governor Okowa led administration.

State Govt Warns On Madonna School Land Encroachment  

The Delta State government has warned all trespassers on the land where Madonna School for Children with Special Needs is located in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government, to desist from further encroachment.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, gave the warning when he visited the school to ascertain the extent of encroachment on the premises.

Hon. Agas said the state government has decided to engage all the stakeholders, including the traditional institutions in Okpanam, youths, management of the school, and some of the trespassers to find an amicable solution to the problem.

He said the school has been shut down temporarily as a result of the massive encroachment and reminded all the developers on the land that any development there must have relevant permit and approval from the government.

The SSG noted that the management of the school was rendering humanitarian services. and therefore should  be encouraged.

He warned that any breach of the state government’s warning would amount to a breach of public safety and security, adding that government would not hesitate to act accordingly.

The SSG was accompanied on the visit by the State Surveyor General, Mr. Joseph Ogabu.

Thousands Embrace God As Okpanam 3-Day Crusade Ends

It was a glorious ending to a 3-day interdenominational crusade and praise night held for Okpanam citizens at St. Mulumber College, Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

Residents of the town and environs trooped out in large numbers with many of them bringing their chairs as the venue was full to capacity early.

The Founder of Lumen Christi Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. David-Mario Dibie, who rounded up the programme, told the people to embrace God and believe in prayers as that will remove the ugly pattern in the community and in their lives.

He reminded them that the very potent alter of God of several years ago is still the same alter of today, warning that people should live righteous lives to avoid the wrath of God.

The Ugoani of Okpanam, His Royal Majesty, Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu, expressed satisfaction with the turn out of his subjects to the crusade describing it as very successful.

He said that traditional system of bringing peace and prosperity to the community did not achieve the desired results hence the decision of the people to run to God.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that it was a good thing that the people of the community decided to hand their affairs over to God, adding that the presence of the Traditional Ruler of the town and his Chiefs during the programme showed the seriousness attached to it.

Mr. Ukah advised the people to hold on to God and see how peace, prosperity and progress will come into the community as God does not disappoint those who trust in Him.

The Ihono of Okpanam, Chief Dominic Anyasi, called on the organisers of the crusade to make it an annual event to draw the people nearer to their creator.

High points of the night was the blessing of the Ugoani and his Chiefs by Rev. Fr. Dibie, who also burnt several charms, fetish objects and idols brought by some persons that needed deliverance from satanic bondage.


Delta Restates Determination To Tackle Flooding 

The Delta State Government has taken short and long term measures in its determination to tackle the flooding problems in the state capital and other parts of the state.

A statement signed by the Media Assistant to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sam Ijeh, stated that as part of the short term measures to ameliorate the effects of flooding in the state, old canals have been cleared and are still being cleared,  while new ones have been created in flood prone areas in the state.

He disclosed that a 10 kilometre canal from Mgbalamgba to Iyeti rivers for onward discharge to river Ase have been created in Isheagu, Aniocha South Local Government Area and another one in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.

Existing canals in Koko, Agbor, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbarho, Anwai Camp 74, Warri as well as other towns have also been cleared to ensure free flow of water.

According to the statement, regular disiltation of drains along Okpanam Road and the Core Areas, the creation of ‘catch pits’ in strategic locations (i.e. Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, front of old Secretariat and Airport View, off Okpanam Road) are also part of the short term measures put in place by the government to check the menace of flooding.

The Ministries of Lands, Surveys and Urban Development and that of Environment are tackling the issues of buildings erected on natural waterways and appropriate action will be taken in the not too distant future, particularly in the state capital territory.

The statement explained that the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Delta State chapter, is collaborating with state government in finding a lasting solution to the incidences of flooding in the state, especially in Asaba and environs. In addition a Storm Water consultant, Jefcon Consultant, has been engaged to provide lasting strategies to tackle the problem.

As a long term measure, the state government in May this year, reviewed the scope and cost of the continuation and completion of the construction of Storm Water Control in Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road/Jesus Saves Corridor, Asaba.

Work on the project will commence immediately the rains subside as advised by the contractor in charge of the project, CECC, who opined that some buildings in the area might cave in if the work commences during the rains.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had earlier warned that 16 states of the Federation, which included Delta, will experience heavy flooding this year.

This prompted the state government to embark on massive sensitization program to intimate inhabitants in the state living in flood prone areas to relocate to safer grounds so as to avoid negative consequences and also to desist from throwing refuse into the drains.

The statement said that the state government is doing all in its power to deliver on its campaign promises by providing good governance and called on citizens to continue to support the government.


desilted-orogodo river, Agbor
Cleared Canal , Osubi
Cleared canal, Oghara

Okpanam Obodogba Land Dispute; Attorney-General Told Parties To Obey Court Order

Parties in the Obodogba Land dispute in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the State have agreed to comply with an earlier Court ruling that ordered for the composition of an Audit Committee to audit the entire Obodogba Community Land under contention as a pathway for the final resolution of the impasse.

The resolution to comply with the Court ordered was announced by the parties involved in the dispute at a mediation meeting held at the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice who was assigned with the responsibility to mediate and amicably resolve all the contending issues and restore peace back to the area.

Barr. Peter Mrakpor while addressing a cross section of parties involved in the land allocation impasse, attended by His Royal Majesty, Michael Ogbolu, the Ugo-Ani of Okpanam, the representatives of all the Diopkas in the village and Obodogba sons in diasporas particularly those in Lagos, Asaba, Onitsha and Benin who instituted legal proceedings in court seeking for the enforcement of their rights to allocation of land, told the disputant to obey the Court order that ruled in favour for the audit of the entire Obodogba Community land with boundaries with Ibusa, Oghwashi-Uku and Issele-Azagba hectares as a panacea for peace.

He assured that the Delta State Government on its part will not relent in ensuring that the matter was amicably resolved and peace restored back to the area. The Attorney-General charged both parties who later expressed their readiness to cooperate and work together towards the amicable settlement of the lingering dispute that has resulted in unending court litigations and violence, to focus on how to successfully carry out the audit exercise.

Speaking further, the Justice Commissioner urged them to ensure they obtain the survey plan of the area and set a time line for the conclusion of the exercise. He quarried why contractors engaged to demarcate the vast area of land have not been paid. He also urged them to address all genuine grievances and alleged injustice meted on some persons by not allocating them lands even after fulfilling all requirements including payments of the prescribed levies.

In order for the land audit to succeed and achieve its purpose, the Justice Commissioner counselled the Okpanam monarch to engage all parties through an all-inclusive meeting by ensuring that an amicable solution without bitterness is laid on the table.

On his part, the Ugo-Ani of Okpanam, His Royal Majesty, Michael Ogbolu while thanking the State Attorney-General for the peace initiative and for the timely intervention of the State Government, gave an assurance to initiate another round of meetings to resolve the matter. He said as the Royal father of the area, he was duty bound to protect the interests of his subjects and ensure the security of lives and property in his domain.

While throwing his support for an audit to be carried out to verify the extent of land already allocated, the Okpanam monarch did not spare some of his subjects as he lampooned some elders for abdicating their responsibilities by allowing their children to be in the driving seat, a situation he described as dangerous and unhealthy.