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Delta Commissioner tasks LG chairmen on market utilisation



The Delta Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr Chika Ossai, has urged local government chairmen across the state to ensure that traders make judicious use of the modern markets built in their respective areas.
Ossai made the call on Thursday when he led the management team of his ministry to inspect the ongoing landscaping of Owa-Alero modern market in Ika North-East Local Government area of the state.
The commissioner, who frowned at the way the market was being under-utilised, urged the traders to justify the huge amount spent by the state government in building the market by trading inside it.
He warned against trading at the park and on flower pots around the market.
The commissioner, who expressed displeasure at the filthy condition of the market, called on Ika North-East Council Chairman, Mr Victor Ebonka, to ensure that those saddled with the responsibility of keeping the market clean were up and doing.
He noted that all the markets built across the state by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration were of international standard and should be put to judicious use to justify the good intentions of government.
He promised to meet with the council chairman to work out some things in the market for the traders.
Some of the traders, who spoke, thanked the commissioner for the visit but complained that most of the stalls in the market were allocated to persons who were not traders.
They claimed that the allottees were, in turn, renting out the stalls to them at higher rates.
The traders appealed to the governor to come to their aid before the commencement of rain, saying that the market was just wasting away.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Delta govt. to put necessary measures in place for schools’ resumption – Commissioner



The Delta Government on Monday said necessary measures would be put in place before academic activities could resume in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, made this known at a media briefing held in Government House Annexe, Warri.

Aniagwu said that government would among other things fumigate the schools before students resumed.

“Schools might not resume in the next one week. We will put all measures in place before children will be allowed to resume academic activities.

“We will fumigate the schools to ensure safety of our children. So schools might not resume in the next one week,” he said.

The commissioner said that the state government had upscaled its healthcare facilities.

He said that the state now had six isolation centres with two donated by corporate bodies.

“We are not just upscaling our health facilities because of COVID-19, we are looking beyond the pandemic to the benefit of our people,” Aniagwu said.

The commissioner said that amid the challenges of the global pandemic, the state government was still committed to building a stronger Delta through infrastructure development.

He said that the state government was about to float a domestic security outfit codename ‘Operation Delta Hawks’ to complement the existing security apparatus in the state.

According to him, the security outfit would deal with domestic security issues in the state.

The commissioner said that the state government was committed to regional security outfit.

“Regional security outfit will deal with security issues across the region, while state security will deal with security issues within the state,” he said.

Aniagwu, however, urged the people of the state to continue to support the government to enable it deliver on its promises.

The commissioner was accompanied by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and some government aides.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Birthday: Delta Speaker felicitates with Dame Okowa



Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, the Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, has congratulated the wife of the state governor and founder of 05 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, as she celebrated her 59th birthday on Monday.

A statement by Mr Dennis Otu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker in Asaba, quoted Oborevwori as describing the governor’s wife as an epitome of humility and one, who had positively impacted on the lives of Deltans through her pet project.

According to the Speaker, the establishment of sickle cell clinics across the Local Government Areas in the state by the wife of the governor through the 05 Initiative has helped Deltans greatly.

Oborevwori said that Dame Okowa had brought happiness to many disadvantaged individuals and families in the society.

”As a good wife, God-fearing and a caring mother, we celebrate her birthday today, it is my prayer that God will continue to protect her and give her the strength to continue to serve the people.

“On behalf of my family and constituents, I congratulate the wife of the governor and founder of the 05 initiative. May God continue to protect her life,” Oborevwori said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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Delta has witnessed unprecedented development under Okowa – Lawmakers



Some members of the Delta House of Assembly have commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for delivering good governance to the people of the state.
They also assured the people of the state of more dividends of democracy in years ahead.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Asaba, the lawmakers said that the five years of Okowa as governor of the state had witnessed unprecedented development.
They attributed such development to the governor’s desire for good governance and excellence.
The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Christopher Ochor, said that the nickname of the governor as the ‘Road Master’ was not just for the fun of it.
He noted that it was in recognition of the strides recorded by his administration in road infrastructure, even in riverine communities.
Ochor called for more support of citizens for the Okowa-led administration.
Also, Mr Festus Okoh, Majority Whip of the Assembly, representing Ika South constituency, said that there was no local government area in the state without, at least, one development project executed by the present administration.
”Despite the economic recession and the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor never stopped initiating programmes, geared toward enhancing the quality of lives in the state.
The lawmaker expressed optimism that greater development would be provided by the governor in the years ahead.
On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Anthony Elekeokuri, described the five years of the Okowa-led administrationt as commendable.
Elekeokuri, representing Ika North East constituency, noted that the primary function of any government was to ensure the welfare and security of the people.
He said that the governor had done well in the two areas, and more importantly, in the area of poverty alleviation.
The lawmaker urged the people of the state to remain resolute in their confidence and prayers for the governor and his administration.
Elekeokuri, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to open up the economy for more meaningful development to thrive.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Anniversary: Delta Speaker salutes Gov. Okowa 



The Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, on Saturday congratulated Gov.Ifeanyi Okowa on the first anniversary of his second term in office.

Oborevwori in statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba described Gov. Okowa as a tested, trusted and visionary leader with much achievements.

“I wish to, on behalf of my family and constituents, congratulate our governor, who has done so much.

”The governor has justified the mandate given to him by the people with the enviable transformation of the state.Today, Delta has become first choice for investors.

“As we mark another anniversary of our visionary governor in office, it is my appeal to our people to continue to support his administration. Our people should continue to live in peace and harmony.

”We are one big family despite our different tongues and ethnic affiliations. I wish our governor a happy anniversary and God’s protection,” he said.

Oborevwori, who also described the governor as a grassroot politician, commended him for his giant strides in governance and provision of infrastructure in the state.

Edited /Ejike Obeta

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Police confirm kidnap of 4 persons in Delta Community



The Police in Delta on Saturday confirmed the kidnapping of four persons in Boji-Boji Owa community, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

Command spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba that the victims were reportedly abducted by gunmen.

“The police got a report late on May 29, that gunmen abducted four persons yesterday in Boji-Boji Owa.

“The case was reported late but, however, this morning our officers have mobilised and are on the trail of the kidnappers.

“We are doing everything possible to rescue the victims,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

NAN, however, gathered from community sources that the kidnappers were suspected invaders.

A source in Boji-Boji Owa, who gave his name as Benjamin Okwudi, told NAN on Saturday that cases of incessant abductions had been rampant on the Benin-Asaba expressway.

“Over the last three years, we have been at the mercy of kidnappers. These criminals parading as herdsmen have been terrorising our community.

“This latest incident is just one of the many cases of kidnapping we have been experiencing on the expressway.

“This yesterday, we gathered that the suspects ambushed their victims who went to inspect a parcel of land along the expressway.

“The kidnappers reportedly shot sporadically and forced their captives into the bush at gunpoint,” Okwudi said.


Edited By: Chidinma Agu (NAN)

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Niger Delta youths condemn alleged attack on Akpabio’s integrity



Niger Delta Youth Council and Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum have unanimously condemned the alleged attack on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio’s integrity.

The Coordinator of the groups, Comrade Livinus Chinedu, condemned the attack in a statement he issued on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the groups had watched with concern the attack on the person and office of the minister and the interim management committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Chinedu said it was shocking to know that such attack was coming from the National Assembly.

He said the groups viewed such attack as being orchestrated with the aim of derailing the repositioning of the commission and the Niger Delta ministry.

According to him, the role of the legislature in a democracy is to make laws for the good governance of the country and the performance of oversight functions.

He said said that the invitation of the minister by the Senate over the alleged disbursement of N40 billion contract funds approved by the president amounted to a breach of due process.

“We believe that there are unattended issues of national emergency like the ravaging insecurity that are all begging for legislative attention.”

The groupsurged Akpabio to remain focused and resolute, adding that they were solidly behind him in his capacity to rewrite the narrative of the ministry.

“We affirm our implicit and unwavering confidence in his onerous task of leaving the Niger Delta better than he met it,” the coordinator said.

The groups commiserated with Akpabio on the demise of Chief Ibanga Bassey, the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NDDC, in the wake of the ongoing forensic audit of the organisation.

Chinedu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister and the interim management of the commission for bringing the transformation the people of Niger Delta “yearned to see and feel”.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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5 vessels laden with fuel, wheat await anchorage at Delta ports – NPA



The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says five vessels laden with fuel and Wheat are awaiting anchorage at the Delta Ports.

The NPA made this known in its daily report, Shipping Position, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Warri.

NPA said that the ships were awaiting anchorage at the Escravos, Koko anchorage and the Bennett Island.

It listed the vessels to include: Remi, MT St Ilhaam, MV Shark Island, Ocean Progress and Matrix Pride.

MT St Ilhaam, MV Shark Island, Ocean Progress laden with PMS, Wheat and Gas oil respectively are to discharge inward.

Matrix Pride conveying AGO is to discharge and Remi vessel is awaiting maintenance,” it stated.

It added that three ships laden with PMS and AGO were waiting at the Fair Bouy to discharge inward.

It also said that 17 vessels laden with bitumen, AGO, Containers, Tiles/Float glass among others were being expected at the Delta ports between May 23 and June 6.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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MURIC calls for release of detained Delta journalist 



The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for the release of Mr Mathew Omonigho, a journalist working with Daily Post newspapers who was arrested by the police in Delta.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, made the call in a statement in Lagos on Friday.
The Inspector General of Police Squad on May 26, arrested Delta Correspondent of Daily Post, at the premises of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondents’ Chapel.
“Three other journalists who came in solidarity with him were arrested and later released.
“The arrest of Omonigho allegedly for having the telephone number of a suspect is not only laughable but also illegal, unlawful, illegitimate and unconstitutional.
“The search of his telephone is a breach of his privacy. It is a contravention of Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Section 37 says that the privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is guaranteed and protected,” he said.
He added that article 12 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Nigeria was a signatory stipulated respect for that the right of every individual to privacy, family and correspondence.
“We remind the I-G Squad of Section 23 of the Police Act which stipulates that suspects cannot be detained beyond 24 hours after which the person should be charged to court.
“This is in conformity with the basic constitutional rights of citizens.
The I-G Squad should note that Article 7(b) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights stipulates the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court or tribunal,” he said.

He added that democracy cannot thrive where freedom of the press was not guaranteed.
“We call for his immediate and unconditional release or arraignment before a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We charge the police and other security agencies to desist from constant intimidation and harassment of members of the press,” he added.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Delta govt. records 51 COVID-19 cases, lauds media support



Delta Government on Thursday said it had recorded 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and commended media practitioners for their support against the pandemic in the state.

Mr Charles Aniagwu, State Commissioner for Information disclosed this when he visited the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Asaba, Correspondents’ Chapel.

Aniagwu said: “As at today we have 51 confirmed cases of the virus while 30 are active and receiving treatment; 14 have been discharged with seven patients dead.

“Our medical personnel have been up and doing and that is the reason the government is doing a lot to make life comfortable for them.’’

The commissioner in company of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and other media aides said they were at the chapel to interact with journalists and to thank them for their role in the fight against the pandemic.

He said that the state government appreciated the efforts of the journalists in informing Deltans on what the government was doing to combat the virus.

He urged the media practitioners to intensify effort at sensitising the people to the reality of the pandemic as many citizens still believed that issues of the virus was a scam.

“We have come here this afternoon to let you understand that even in the midst of the COVID-19, we still appreciate the role you have been playing in the fight against the pandemic.

“It gives us that sense that you have been working behind the scene; we appreciate the chapel and other journalists for the adequate reporting of the enormous achievements of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

“You have made tremendous contributions and we are happy that you have continued to partner with us without placing any burden on us and we don’t take this support for granted,’’ Aniagwu said.

He said that the state government had done quite a lot in the management of the pandemic in the state.

He, however, appealed to the media practitioners to do more by projecting the state activities and to keep the people informed about the realities on ground.

“We still appeal to you to help us to educate those who think that coronavirus is a scam. We have seen the effect of the virus in developed countries and we don’t want that to happen to our people.

“The accolades we have received from media houses were because of the reports some of you had written, especially in our management of COVID-19 in Delta.

“Beyond that, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) rated us second behind Lagos in standard of living index. Our target is to move the standard of living of all Deltans to an enviable height,” Aniagwu said.

On his part, Ifeajika reminded journalists that as members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, it was their responsibility to partner government in development and also to make it accountable to the people.

He thanked members of the Correspondents’ Chapel for representing the profession well, especially in their contributions to developmental journalism.

Ifeajika, however, urged them to be circumspect and not to lift unverified reports from the Social Media.

Earlier, Chapel Chairman, Mr Paul Osuyi, said journalists in the state would be more thorough in their reportage.

He, however, called for more support for journalists in the state to enable them function effectively without intimidation.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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