25 Feb

FRSC training school in Delta ready Sept – Okowa

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, said Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) training school under construction in the state, would be ready in September, 2020.

He told journalists after inspecting the project located at Owa Oyibu, on Tuesday, that the contractors handling the project had assured that it would be completed in June.

Work commenced on the project being financed by the state government in January, 2020.

The governor who also inspected construction work at Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Owa Alero, assured Deltans of his administration’s commitment to executing projects that would impact on the people.

He disclosed that the projects would be delivered on schedule and to specifications.

“I am impressed with the pace of work at the Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre and this FRSC inspectorate school we have inspected today.

“The contractors are building to approved standards and for the FRSC school, the contractor has given the assurance that the work will be completed before the end of June which means that it will be operational from September.

“For the Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, we have a similar hospital nearing completion at Ekpan as our desire, as a government is to have a healthy and industrious people.

“We will continue to execute programmes and projects that will make our people to be prosperous,” Okowa who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor and Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said.

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25 Feb

Delta Exco Approves Construction of more roads, auditorium

The Delta State Executive Council (Exco) on Tuesday, approved the construction of a 500-capacity auditorium and more road projects across the state.

At a post-exco briefing in Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed that the decisions reached at the meeting on the projects and other issues would impact positively on the lives of the people.

Aniagwu, who was in company with his Works and Urban Renewal counterparts, Chief James Augur and Chief Arthur Akpowhowo, said, “today, at Exco meeting presided by our Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, a lot of projects were approved for construction and with me here are the Commissioners in charge of concerned ministries, including Director-General, Warri/Uvwie and Environs Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, whose agency is working hard to transform Warri, Uvwie and environs.

“At the meeting, a 500-sitting capacity auditorium was approved for School of Health Technology, Ofuoma and soon, you will see our men working on our roads to ensure that motorists plying the roads are happy.

“Also, Exco approved the furnishing of the multi-billion naira Central Secretariat Complex which implies that civil servants will before the end of this year, move into the secretariat complex.”

Explaining, Akpowowo said that in line with the urbanization programme of Okowa’s administration, Isiokolo internal roads and roads at Obinomba, Owa-Eke, among others, had been approved.

He added that the council also reviewed the Estate road project at Ugbolu.

On his part, Auguye disclosed that the construction of Ekuku-Agbor/Agbor Obi road, Obomkpa road, Omene Street connecting Akintola Road, Sapele, Darfruks Road, Otefe and other strategic roads were also approved for construction.

Macaulay thanked the governor for his passion to develop the state, noting that 11 roads were approved for rehabilitation in Warri and Uvwie.

He added that the government also approved construction of an 11-kilometre drainage project in the area.

He assured that with the approvals, Warri and Uvwie would witness tremendous transformation.

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24 Feb

2023: Delta govt cautions against distraction in governance 

Delta Government has urged political appointees and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials to eschew acts capable of distracting governance in the state.
Specifically, the government cautioned politicians to be mindful of their attitudes in consultations and issues relating to 2023 general elections.
A statement by the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, on Monday in Asaba, stated that such actions of the politicians were not just premature, but capable of undermining the administration’s resolve of bequeathing a Stronger Delta to the people.
It said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa was not averse to anyone pursuing an ambition but insisted that such persons must stop dropping his name in the process.
The government cautioned that all who engaged in political consultations must ensure that their conducts did not interfere with their official responsibilities in a manner that could weaken governance.
It announced that the Office of the Senior Political Adviser had been mandated to monitor the activities of all officials in the administration to ensure compliance with the directive.
The statement reads:”It has come to the notice of the Governor that some officials of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and in particular, some members in position of responsibility in this administration, have begun consultations on their political ambitions, especially for 2023 general elections.
“Reports indicate that some of these persons have even resorted to dropping the name of the Governor in these consultations thereby portraying him as teleguiding the emerging processes.
‘This is quite unfortunate as the actions of these persons could cause stampede and needless tension in the political space.
“While His Excellency, the Governor, is not averse to anyone pursuing an ambition, it becomes out of place when such actions are commencing barely nine (9) months into the second term of his administration.
“Such premature politicking is capable of undermining the unity of purpose of this administration and distracting it from the set vision of bequeathing a Stronger Delta to the people of Delta State.
“In view of the foregoing, the Governor has directed that members of Government, who are engaged in these actions under reference, should exercise caution.
“They should ensure that their conduct does not interfere with their official responsibilities in a manner that can weaken governance.
“Consequently, I am to state that appropriate sanctions await anyone whose aspirations become obstructive of or distractive to Government.
“In this connection, the Office of the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor has been mandated to monitor the activities of all officials of the present administration to ensure compliance with the Governor’s directive.”

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24 Feb

HERDSMEN MENACE:  Let The Federal Government Speak Up – Okowa

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Federal Government to give the direction on what should be done to properly check the menace of criminally-minded herdsmen.
The governor made the call on Monday in Asaba while presenting 35 pickup vans to security agencies in the state.
He condemned the brazen attitude of the herdsmen who usually invaded communities and attempted to take them over or took their cows into people’s farms for grazing, wielding AK 47 rifles.
He said that with strong statements from the Federal Government, security agencies would know what to do.
According to Okowa,  as it concerns herdsmen menace, on the part of the Federal Government, a lot needs to be done; we need strong statements on what should be done for the security agencies to further do their work.
He said “if you are going into any particular place, it is only just fair that you don’t walk into a community and  seize the place, that is not right, and for anybody carrying arms in the name of being a herdsmen, it is obviously wrong.
“They are not licensed to carry arms, not to talk of AK 47 assault rifles, and anyone seen carrying arms is a criminal.
“Beyond those that carry arms, you don’t walk into a farm and begin to graze on it, that is not the way it should be; so, there are a whole lot of issues and we need strong voice from the federal authorities which will assist the security agencies.
“In this state, we will continue to do the best that we can. A lot of criminals have been apprehended and one thing that we have said is that we are not giving any land for settlement.
“So, we need to continue to work hard and to liaise with other state governments in the South-South and at the national level to ensure that we are able to achieve a more conducive environment for investments to take place.”
He commended the security agencies in the state and urged them to continue to do more, particularly during this dry season.
The governor stated that there was need to find ways to curtail the criminalities involved in cattle-rearing, noting, however, that people were aware that some herdsmen were civil in their approach.
“We are also aware that there are Hausa/Fulanis who have been in Delta for decades, but the criminal elements who are out to maim our people must be apprehended.
“This will enable us and those who have been settlers over several years in this state to continue to be at peace with each other.
 “It is on this note that I will formally handover the vehicles to security agencies realizing that as the years go by the various vehicles that they have begins to wear out.
“We thought that it was necessary to begin a process of replacement to improve on their ability to move from one point to the other and today, for a start we are going to give 35 pick up vans for the various security outfits and we hope that we can add a few more in the next few weeks.
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate what they have been doing because, I do know that we have some security challenges and we know that the incidence of criminal activities have grossly reduced in the last few months.
“I want to urge that the partnership between the security agencies must continue to be strengthened; there is a need for us to continue to share intelligence and to work together as a team because that will definitely help us to further achieve peace in this state,” he said.
The Brigade Commander 63 Brigade, Nigeria Army,  Asaba, Brig Gen. Ibrahim Jallo; Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Hafiz and the Director of Department of State Security (DSS), Mr Ademola Adebiyi, received the vehicles on behalf of the security agencies.
In a brief remark, the Commissioner of Police said, “this is a testimony to show that the  governor cares for the security of lives in Delta as these vehicles will boost security in the state and I want to assure you that the vehicles will be fully utilised.”

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16 Feb

Uwheru Crisis: Okowa commends army, police for prompt intervention

Governor of Delta, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday commended the Nigerian Army and the Police for their prompt intervention in the clash between suspected herdsmen and Uwheru communities in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor expressed gratitude for the peace that had been restored to the communities through the instrumentality of the security agencies.

He, however, said that he was saddened by reports of persons, including security agents, feared to have lost their lives.

Okowa restated the confidence of the state government in the security agencies to rise to security challenges in the state.

He thanked the army authorities for the sustained support to the state in providing security and protecting public facilities across the state.

The governor called on the communities affected in the crisis to maintain the peace that had been restored, assuring that the security agents would investigate the cause of the clash and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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16 Feb

Okowa hails el-Rufai at 60

Governor of Delta, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, as he turns 60 years on Feb. 16.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, eulogised el-Rufai for his tremendous contributions and sterling accomplishments in the service of his state and country.

According to him, the city of Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory are what they are today due to the courageous acts of el-Rufai, who stood firm to ensure proper implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.

Okowa pointed out that the governor also contributed significantly to the growth of the nation’s economy when as Director-General of Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), he saw to the unbundling of several comatose government-owned companies.

According to him, el-Rufai turned the moribund firms to viable public enterprises, contributing greatly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

“Your impressive public service record and outstanding accomplishments in office have placed your name on the sands of time as a leader worthy of emulation.

“The people of Kaduna State can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in statesmanship as exemplified in your civil service reforms, which include revamping of public schools and lighting up major cities in the state.

“Indeed, you have proved beyond measures that you are a worthy political leader and an emerging nationalist,” he said.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a gentleman politician, an outstanding public servant, a leading light of this generation, a courageous democrat and my brother governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, as he clocks three score years on Feb. 16.

“On this auspicious occasion of your diamond birth anniversary, I join your family, friends and well-wishers and the people of Kaduna State to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by enviable accomplishments and enduring fulfillment,” Okowa added.

el-Rufai, a first class Quantity Surveyor and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, was first elected Governor of Kaduna State in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

He was Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) from 1999 to 2003 and Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from 2003 to 2007.

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15 Feb

Herdsmen Attack: Okowa calls for calm in Uwheru

Delta governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has decried renewed attacks by suspected herdsmen on Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities of Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports from the communities, herdsmen accompanied by unidentified army personnel stormed the communities in an unprovoked attack that has become an annual routine, killed no fewer than eight persons and injured many others.

The reports revealed that the crisis started on Thursday and that as at Saturday, lives and property, including farms, had been lost.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor flayed the crisis which had resulted in unwarranted killings of innocent locals.

He called for restraint from the warring parties, saying that he had directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Asaba, to as a matter of urgency ensure that peace was restored to the communities.

Okowa also charged authorities of the Nigerian Army to investigate the alleged involvement of its personnel in the crisis and fish them out.

He appealed to the communities to remain calm and peaceful while security agencies “investigate the root cause of the crisis with a view to bringing the culprits to justice’’.

“The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected criminal herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless.

“I, however, appeal to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. I commiserate with the communities and families on the unfortunate loss of their loved ones.

“I have directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice.

“As a state, our people have been very receptive to herdsmen and other visitors, but our hospitality and welcoming disposition should not be taken as act of cowardice.

“The state government will continue to encourage peaceful and harmonious relations between Deltans and their visitors, but will not watch outsiders attack and kill our people any longer,” the governor stated.

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14 Feb

Okowa congratulates Diri on his inauguration as Bayelsa Governor

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Bayelsa Governor, Senator Douye Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on their successful inauguration in office on Friday.

Diri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced winner of the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, following Thursday’s Supreme Court disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the election over certificates forgery.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, on Friday, Okowa described the emergence of Diri as “an act of God” and called on protesting people of Bayelsa to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.

He stated that he understood the pains of the people, because the apex court’s ruling shattered their choices but urged them to leave everything in the hand of God, assuring that Senator Douye Diri will not disappoint Bayelsans.

“It is heart-warming to see you emerge as Governor of Bayelsa against all odds and I am grateful to the Supreme Court and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for doing the right things as required by the laws of our land.

“We have also been inundated with news of violent protests trailing your emergence as Governor, and
I appeal to the good people of Bayelsa to take the ruling as an ‘act of God’ and give peace a chance, knowing sincerely that you will not disappoint them,” he said.

The governor urged Diri to immediately commence the process of reconciliation and bridge-building within and outside the PDP, saying that he should be “governor for all Bayelsans’’.

He advised the governor to adopt peace and unity as prime components of his mantra, insisting that Bayelsa deserved good leadership “which I am certain you will provide’’.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother Governor, Senator Douye Diri and your deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on your successful assumption of office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa respectively.”

“It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom, knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to Bayelsans,” he added.

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14 Feb

Data4Governance: Improving Accountability and Service Delivery

The World Bank is sponsoring a data challenge in Lagos next week through CCHub called Data For Governance.

The challenge is focused on improving accountability and service delivery.  The CN for this challenge is attached.

One key outcome is to get apps developed that can take the Kobo data that we have digitized and get an attachment that  allows citizens feedback.

Information regarding the challenge is available at the following link:

Data4Governance: Improving Accountability and Service Delivery

The first prize is $10,000, second prize is $6,000 and third prize is $4,000.

This is for Phase 1. The same level of prizes are there for Phase II.



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11 Feb

Adhere to good governance principles always, Okowa charges public officers

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged political office holders to be guided at all times by good governance and leadership principles.

The governor made the call on Tuesday in Asaba while swearing in a former member of House of Representatives, Evelyn Oboro as Special Adviser and chairman and members of the state’s Sports Commission.

Also sworn in is a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, Chief  Lucky Ekayama Loyibo.

Sports Commission has Chief Tonobok Okowa as Chairman and Rev. Omatshola Williams, Chief Chinonye Daphey and Chief Ernest Juweto as members.

Okowa congratulated the appointees and said that they were well chosen as “men and women with strong work ethic, discipline and commitment’’

According to him, it is a good mix of motivators and technocrats, enthusiasm and experience, passion and temperance.

The governor urged the officer to be diligent in their responsibilities, saying “it is imperative that your decisions, actions and utterances as political office holders are guided by the principles of good governance, leadership by example, prudent management, effective public communication, excellent service delivery and collective responsibility.

“You should discharge your responsibilities in accordance with section 196 sub-sections 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and work for the good governance and development of the state.

“To the newly sworn-in Special Adviser, it is imperative that you get yourself thoroughly acquainted with the policy direction of this administration by getting a copy of my Inauguration Speech and digest it properly.

“It goes without saying that you are required to render advisory services to the Governor and work in close liaison with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

“I welcome sound and professional advice that will put the administration on the path of delivering the dividends of democracy and finishing strong

“This administration is ever ready to listen to good advice and work with it as long as it will further our developmental aspirations and impact positively on the lives of our people.’’

He commended the Sports Commission for the outstanding work it did in the first term of his administration, recalling that Delta retained its front-runner status in athletics, coming first in all National Youth Games and the National Sports Festival 2019 by a very wide margin.

“It is also gratifying to note that the State successfully hosted the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, also known as Asaba 2018, at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium and it is expected that this board will strive to sustain this momentum and break new grounds.

“I am delighted with the coming of the Delta Sports Festival and football competitions for our primary and secondary schools; hopefully, these competitions will help us to discover new talents in the areas we have competitive edge such as athletics, football, boxing and hockey thereby, putting the Stephen Keshi Stadium to good use.

“The Sports Commission will need to do more in terms of attracting national and continental sporting events aside from their great entertainment/recreational value.

“These also have the multiplier effect of impacting positively on the hospitality industry and the retail economy as we saw with Asaba 2018 and the Aiteo Cup Final 2018.

“I assure you that this administration shall continue to give the necessary support and cooperation that all appointees require to be able to discharge their duties to the utmost of their individual abilities and in an environment that is empowering and liberating,” the governor said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oboro thanked Gov. Okowa for deeming them fit to serve in his administration and assured that they would work to see that dividends of democracy got to people at the grassroots.

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