Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday inaugurated two committees on community policing to address the rising spate of insecurity in the state.
Inaugurating the committees in Asaba, Okowa said that the security committees were constituted as a response to yearnings of residents for local policing apparatus to check rising security challenges in the state.
He said that raising the committees was to deepen the security architecture in the state to nip crimes in the bud.
According to him, the committees will help to bolster community policing to check criminal activities and assist the police and other security agencies to provide and ensure sustainability of a crime-free society.
“The last six weeks or so have been very tasking and challenging, not just with the existential threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic but also of emerging security risks confronting the various federating units.
“Notwithstanding the steady progress made by this administration in partnership with relevant security agencies to ensure peace and safety of individuals, communities and public property in the state, there is a compelling need to continually deepen and expand our security architecture.
“Of weighty consideration in this regard is the necessity to bolster our community policing apparatus as the monsters of farmers and herdsmen clashes, cultism, small arms and light weapons proliferations, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes appear to be on resurgence.
“Urgent steps are therefore, required to avert possible breakdown of law and order.
“Community policing provides us with a strong platform to leverage on this partnership.
“Through the collaboration of the police, the people and the government, it enables us to improve the processes and structures that engender peace-building, preserve our collective security, enhance the credibility of our criminal justice system and deliver better policing services.”
He recalled that community policing was the subject of the South-South Security Summit, held in Asaba in November, 2019 facilitated by the inspector-general of police.
The governor explained that inauguration of the committees was one of the many steps his administration was taking to build on the momentum generated at the summit.
He noted that members of the committees reflected the qualities of professionalism, character, competence, leadership, maturity, experience and the diversity expected of such a high-powered assemblage.
Expressing his confidence on members of the committees, Okowa said: “I trust in the abilities of these men to liaise with not just the police but all relevant stakeholders to advise, identify and nip problems in the bud before they escalate into full-blown security challenges.
“I want to emphasise that the three major partners in the community policing process are the people, the police and the government.”
“As l congratulat members of the committees, l urge them to be guided by the zeal to make the society crime-free,’’ Okowa said.
Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said the inauguration marked the commencement of community policing in Delta.
He was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Mr Micheal Ogbizi.
Adamu commended the governor for his proactive steps in ensuring security of lives and property in the state, noting that an atmosphere of peace was evident in the state.
He charged the committees to take right steps to ensure peace and to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.
Members of SCPAC committee include: the Chairman of Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II (co-Chairman); Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa (co-Chairman); Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Jallo (Nigerian Army), Mr Ademola Adebiyi (DSS).
Also in the committee are Commandant Chike Ikpeamaonwu (NSCDC), Ocheja Ameh (FRSC) and Comptroller Ibrahim Liman (Immigration), Mr Friday Ovie (Nigeria Correctional Service) and Prof. Epiphany Azinge (Representing Delta North).
The SCPC has the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien as Co-Chairman, Mr Mamman Rijau, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations (Co-Chairman); Alhaji Billamin Emiko (NSCIA), Rev. Ejiniewe Joseph (CAN), Marshall Prosper-Ojoh (PCRC), Dr Kehinde Taiga (Civil Society Organisation).
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
We stemmed militancy in Delta through infrastructure, youth empowerment – Okowa
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Tuesday, said that his government was able to halt hostilities and militancy in coastal communities in the state through infrastructural transformation and youth empowerment.
The governor, who spoke in a live programme via Skype, said that solution to hostilities in the Niger Delta remained the provision of infrastructure and youth empowerment.
Okowa said that the provision of basic amenities, such as roads, bridges and other infrastructure, stemmed the hitherto incessant hostilities in the riverine communities of the state.
He recalled that on assumption of office in 2015, when the country was undergoing recession, coupled with security challenges in oil-producing communities, he braved the odds by embarking on projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people.
Okowa said that a committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, brokered peace that brought the attacks on national assets, like oil pipelines, to a halt.
The governor said that what the coastal communities lacked previously was infrastructural development.
Okowa assured that more projects would be executed within the limit of funds available to the state government for development.
“We have been in good communication with our people; we engage all stakeholders and ensure that they understand the need for us to give peace a chance.
“As at today, a lot of our youths have been engaged in intelligence work and in other aspects of governance, while some of them are also being trained.
“They are beginning to see a lot of things from proper perspectives and they are happy about it.
“Secondly, we have done a lot of construction of infrastructure in the various riverside areas, which have enabled them to buy into our programmes on peace.
“A lot of roads have been constructed in various areas like Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Burutu and Ogulaha; these are all oil-producing communities.
“In Ogidigben, we are also doing road construction and these are things they never saw before, and because they saw development being brought into their places, they began to see the need to cooperate with government to ensure peace and for more development to take place.
“The deputy governor led a stakeholders’ committee to engage the people and we also have the advisory committee of the state, made up of very prominent members in the state.
”They all did great jobs as opinion leaders, engaging the people,” Okowa said.
The governor added that traditional rulers and various youth formations had also been engaged, adding that this had helped a lot.
”More importantly, our people have begun to see that it is possible to bring development to their areas.
“When they start to see it, then there will be no need to continue with disruption of oil facilities; the whole thing was going on before because the people felt neglected, even when they were producing the oil.
“There is no neglect at the moment,as they are seeing a lot of infrastructural developments,” he said.
On the judicial and legislative autonomy, Okowa hailed the executive order recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that it had long become a law in the state.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Gov. Okowa salutes Clark at 93
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday congratulated the Ijaw national leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, as he clocks 93, on Monday, May 25.
The governor’s felicitation is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Sunday in Asaba.
Okowa described the nonagenarian as “a fearless and patriotic leader’’, who cares for the interests of his people and the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
He said that Clark had worked so hard to place his name in the annals of history, as a great fighter of the Niger Delta course.
The governor noted that the elder statesman’s voice on national issues and his unrelenting service to the nation had made him stood out as a “great, patriot and fearless leader”.
He said that the nonagenarian’s wise regular counseling and leadership acumen, contributed immensely to the stability, growth and development of the Niger Delta region in particular and the entire country in general.
”On this occasion of your 93rd birth anniversary, I heartily rejoice with you and your family, on behalf of the government and people of Delta.
”In the past 93 years of a life of outstanding accomplishments and great personal fulfillment, you have not only served our nation at different levels, but with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, to its peace and unity.
”Till date, you have continued to give yourself in the service of our fatherland, through your wise counsels and comments on national issues.
“As an enviable and notable voice in the call for the restructuring of the nation, you have made indelible footprints through your remarkable contributions to the Niger Delta struggle and we owe you a great deal of appreciation,” Okowa said.
The governor joined Chief Clark’s family, friends and well wishers to thank Almighty God for Clark.
He also prayed that the Lord continue to bless Clark with robust health and imbue him with His continued guidance, protection and enduring provision in the years ahead. .
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Gov. Okowa mourns Justice Karibi-Whyte
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed deep sadness over the demise of a legal icon, author and Professor of Law, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.
The governor’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.
He noted that Karibi-Whyte, renowned retired Supreme Court Judge, who hailed from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, died at the age of 88, on Friday in Port Harcourt after a brief illness.
Okowa commiserated with the people of Kalabari Kingdom, Rivers Government and Abonnema community over the passing of the renowned scholar, jurist and elder statesman.
He described the late judge as a quintessential jurist, scholar par excellence and intellectual colossus whose judicial pronouncements on the bench had continued to resonate in Nigeria and beyond.
According to the governor, the deceased was a well-respected scholar and a man of stellar accomplishments who was driven by his passion for justice according to law, firmly resolute with unassailable and reputed integrity.
“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Abonnema community in particular as well as the government and people of Rivers on the passing of the renowned elder statesman and retired Justice of the Supreme Court.
“As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great wisdom and insight, a leader of leaders, he contributed immensely to the development of our country’s jurisprudence in the several capacities he served.
“As a government, we acknowledge his role and efforts as Chairman of the Nigerian Constitutional Conference of 1994-1995.
“As a scholar, Justice Karibi-Whyte authored 13 books and over 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals, which till date remains an indelible contribution to the academic world,’’ the governor said.
According to him, in acknowledgement of his outstanding accomplishments in life, he was honoured with the Hallmark of Labour award as well as two national honours.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a great elder statesman, Honourable Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, whose fountain of knowledge has remained an inspiration to many.
“He will be sorely missed, especially for his dissenting opinions on judgements which had become illuminating judicial guides for the Supreme Court in subsequent similar cases and the basis of legislative intervention,’’ Okowa said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Okowa felicitates with Muslims, lauds decision to pray at home
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Saturday.
He urged the Muslim faithful in Delta and Nigeria to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which were love, peace and justice to their daily living.
The governor noted that through this, they were contributing to the development of the nation.
The governor said that the importance of respecting the faith and belief of all Nigerians as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria could not be overemphasised.
He, therefore, charged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid-el-Fitr in Delta, Nigeria and around the world.
“I congratulate all our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the month-long Ramadan fasting.
“It is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all,’’ Okowa said.
“We commend your courage and sacrifices in agreeing to celebrate and pray from your various homes as directed by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all.
’’And positively influence our attitude toward our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or place of origin and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
“It is my hope that the spiritual journey and celebration bring joy to all of your homes, both here in Delta, Nigeria and around the world,” Okowa said. .
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Gov Okowa appoints Imide as Provost
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has approved the appointment of Dr Israel Imide as the Provost, College of Education, Mosogar, for a single tenure of five years with effect from May 21.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muohoghare, made this known in a statement in Asaba on Friday.
Until his appointment, Imide was a Chief Lecturer at the College of Education, Agbor.
While congratulating Imide, the commissioner urged him to use his wealth of experience to bring development to the institution.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Stronger Delta project: Lawmaker seeks more support for Okowa
Mr Anthony Elekeokuri, Chairman, Delta House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts, has called for more support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa in his strive for a stronger state.
Elekeokuri, representing Ika North-East constituency, said in an interview with newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday that every sector of the economy in the state had felt the impact of the Okowa-led administration.
”There is no local government area or constituency in the state without, at least, two projects to show,” he said.
Elekeokuri noted that even during the economic recession, the governor navigated through the trying times, with much impact on human capital and infrastructural development in the state.
He attributed this fear to what he called the prudent management of the state’s resources by the governor.
The lawmaker said that Okowa, in his quest for a stronger state, had built legacies that would outlive his administration.
According to him, the several finance-related bills introduced by the administration have helped to shore up the revenue of the state.
”The Audit bill, the Public Procurement bill, the Fiscal Responsibility bill and the Consolidated Revenue bill, among others, have helped to block loopholes and address lapses in the state’s financial system,” he said.
Elekeokuri expressed optimism that the state would witness more development, with increased revenue.
He also advocated for a constitutional review that would relieve the Federal Government of some of the items in the exclusive list, particularly the control of the oil and gas sector.
The lawmaker said that the state had a lot to offer in terms of human and natural resources.
He, however, said that the problem had been the right and powers to harness the resources without offending the law of the land and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Elekeokuri urged the people of the state to be more committed to the fight against its spread.
He emphasised that the state must be safe and healthy for its economy to grow and for an all-round development to thrive.
Elekeokuri assured that the legislature would sustain the existing harmonious relationship with the executive arm of government to enhance good governance in the state.
Edited By: Moses Solanke and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Okowa mourns Nwakaudu, condoles with Wike
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed sadness over the death of Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.
Okowa, whose condolence was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Monday in Asaba, condoled with Gov. Wike and Nwakaudu’s family.
He noted that the Late Nwakaudu died on Sunday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) after a brief illness.
He said the late Simeon Nwakaudu was a dedicated media aide, who contributed immensely to the Gov. Wike’s New Rivers Vision.
Okowa on behalf of his family, the government and people of Delta condoles with the bereaved family, Gov. Nyesom Wike, the government and people of Rivers on the passing of the media strategist.
“I received with shock, the news of the untimely death of Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, a dedicated Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers.
“His death at this time is coming when his services is needed not just by the government of Rivers but the entire journalism profession.
“While he served as Media Aide, he used his good office to propagate the New Rivers Vision of the Wike led administration.
“He was the face of the government House media in Rivers for some time and he will be sorely missed for his professionalism and prompt dissemination of information, especially from the Wike’s led River Government.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with his family, my brother Governor, Nyesom Wike, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the untimely demise of the promising Simeon Nwakaudu who was unfortunately cut down in his prime.
“It is my prayer that God grants his family, the government and people of Rivers the fortitude to bear the great loss,” Okowa said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Okowa condoles with Makinde, Tambuwal over death of commissioners
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday commiserated with his counterparts in Oyo and Sokoto States on the death of two serving commissioners in their respective states.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, sympathised with the families, the governments and people of both states on the passing of the two serving commissioners.
He noted that the late commissioners Kehinde Ayoola, aged 55, was in charge of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Oyo State and Surajo Gatawa, aged 62, held sway at the Ministry of Lands and Housing in Sokoto.
He said that the deceased commissioners had rich history of service to their states and the nation, adding that they would be remembered for their good deeds while alive.
According to Okowa, the commissioners’ demise came at a time when their services were most needed in their respective states.
“The late Kehinde Ayoola was a Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly in the Fourth Republic and served the people well before emerging as Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in the state.
“He served his state and country diligently and will be remembered for his highly cerebral, versatile and patriotic disposition. His death remains a colossal loss to family, friends and the good people of Oyo State,” he said.
For Gatawa, Okowa described him as “an outstanding grassroots politician’’ and said that he would be sorely missed by his people whom he served sincerely over the years.
“As an astute grassroots politician who grew from the ranks to attain political heights in the state and country, Surajo was indeed a man of the people and worked so hard to better their lots.
“He served diligently as a Councilor in Sabon Birni Local Government Area between 1988 and 1989 and Chairman of the local government area from 1991 to 1993.
“Due to his sterling performance in office, he was elected member of the House of Representatives, representing Isa/Sabon Birni constituency, from 1999 to 2007.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with my brother Governors, Mr Seyi Makinde and Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, on the unfortunate and shocking passing of two serving commissioners in their various states.
“Their deaths will remain colossal losses not just to their families, state and country, but to all those whose lives they have affected in several positive ways.
“It is my prayer and that of the people of Delta that afflictions like this shall not arise again,” he stated, adding that God would give the governors and families of the deceased the courage to bear the losses..
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Okowa’s spokesman donates face masks to Illah community in Delta
Mr Olisa Ifejika, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Thursday donated more than 2,000 facemasks to Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
Ifejika, while presenting the masks, said it was in response to the call by the governor on well spirited individuals to assist government in the “#MaskUpDelta” campaign by providing facemasks to vulnerable persons in Delta.
He said that he was in Illah to heed the call by supporting the gesture of the Okowa-led government in providing facemasks for the people of his community.
The face masks were presented to the police, health centre, Catholic churches, commercial motorcyclists, traditional institution, vulnerable persons as well as the nine villages and sub quarters of Illah.
Ifejika said: “When Gov. Okowa was launching food palliatives for vulnerable Deltans, he called on well-spirited individuals to complement the state government’s effort by assisting the less privileged.
“The governor made the same call during the launch of the one million free facemasks by calling on well-meaning Deltans to assist in the #MaskUpDelta campaign as part of the measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am harkening to that call today by supporting the governor in that direction and I am here to present over 2,000 facemasks to the community.”
Responding to the gesture, the Parish Priests of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church, Illah, Rev. Fr. Steve-Mario Edward and Rev. Fr. Dr Peter Mokwunye, said they were grateful to Ifejika on behalf of parishioners.
The Divisional Police Officer of Illah Division, Mr Apu Torukeregha, said the presentation was timely as men of the division were more exposed to the virus because “Illah is a boundary division.”
“We are more exposed being a boundary division and on behalf of the officers and men of this division we thank you, CPS, for this laudable presentation,” he said.
Receiving the masks at the Comprehensive Health Centre, the Matron, Mrs Ifechukwude Okafor, thanked the governor and his aide for always remembering them in the health sector and the Illah community in general.
On his part, Mr Frederick Odoh, Chairman of Illah Okada Riders Union, who received themasks on behalf of his members, thanked Ifejika for his kind gesture.
He assured him that members and passengers would make good use of the facemasks.
Also speaking, Chief Mike Ofili, Vice President-General of Illah Development Union of Nigeria and Chairman of the Community Palliative Committee, commended Ifejika for his kind gestures over the years.
“On behalf of Illah community we appreciate you, Mr Olisa Ifejika, for your contributions to the growth and development of the community.
“Over the years, we have known you to be an illustrious son of this great community and it is our prayer that God will continue to elevate you in your career to do more for our people,” Ofili said. .
Edited By: Vivian (NAN) Ihechu/Mufutau Ojo)
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