02 Mar

Okowa celebrates Ayade at 52

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Cross River counterpart, Prof Ben Ayade, as he turns 52 years on March 2.
In a statement in Asaba by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, his Chief Press Secretary, Okowa described the Cross River Governor as a “brilliant and courageous leader with great accomplishments”, recalling that he won the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Ibadan in 1994.
He said that the contributions of Ayade to academics, especially in his work in groundwater remediation in Nigeria, where he invented a sewage treatment plant powered by solar energy, had remained remarkable.
Okowa said “as an academic, you saw it all having risen to the rank of a Professor and as a lawmaker, you were outstanding as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As a Governor, you are a leading light and a role model for upcoming politicians.
“My brother governor is a man of many parts. He is a lawyer, an administrator, a Professor and a leader of impeccable character.
“There is no doubt that he is doing great things for the people of Cross River and I am glad about his bullish drive for the industrialisation of his state.”
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I write to felicitate with you, Prof. (Sen.) Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade on the occasion of your 52nd birth anniversary, today, March 2, 2020.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to bless you with good health and many more years of great accomplishments,” he added.

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28 Feb

Inculcate moral values in children, Okowa charges stakeholders

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged parents, guardians and teachers not to relent in teaching their children moral values and principles that would shape their future and produce a better society.

He made the call in Asaba at the maiden edition of “Time Out with Role Model’’, a workshop organised by the State Orientation Bureau, and urged children to emulate people with responsible behaviours as models and mentors.

Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, insisted that as future leaders, the youths needed to be taught good morals.

In a keynote address, the Commissioner for information in the state, Mr Charles Aniagwu, called on the participants at the workshop comprised mainly of students from public and private schools, to make genuine difference in life through their behaviours.

Aniagwu advised the children to imbibe core moral values and shun vices capable of making them wayward in life.

Earlier in his remarks, Director-General of the State Orientation Bureau, Mr Eugene Uzum, said, “In line with Gov. Okowa’s ‘Stronger Delta Agenda’, we have understudied the attitudinal complexities and mindset of our youths, and created this platform to properly guide them.

“We are guiding them in the area of mental infrastructure, mindset and value orientation, role modeling and value appreciation in the actualization and sustenance of the Stronger Delta dream and self-emancipation.

“We believe that with the rise in moral decadence, societal vices and loss of core values to trends, especially in an era when disorientation of young people has led to increasing menace of internet fraud, ritual killings, illegal migration and human trafficking among others, the need for role modeling cannot be over-emphasized.

“Time Out With Role Model’, is a platform where role models are invited to interact with young persons, heart-to-heart exchange of values and reveal life principles that will help to shape children’s mentality, vision, belief-system and create needed mental structure for sustainable development”.

Uzum thanked Okowa for “accepting to be our principal role model, and the Managing Director of Conoil Producing Limited, Mr Michael Madoghwe, for appearing as a role model for this maiden edition”.

In an address, Madoghwe narrated his experiences with different guardians that made life unbearable for him, while growing up.

He said that there were different kinds of people who could be role models, but advised that children should follow the right people.

“For example, your parents and teachers can influence you, but be very careful what kind of influence that you emulate,” Madoghwe.

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27 Feb

Okowa condoles Rita Lori-Ogbebor over husband’s death

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday sent condolences to frontline Itsekiri leader,

Chief (Mrs) Rita Lori-Ogbebor, on the passing of her husband, Col Paul Ogbebor (retd).

Ogbebor, who died at 80, was a Nigerian civil war veteran and the first cadet to enroll at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor recalled that the deceased was an elder Statesman, who played key role in keeping Nigeria as one indivisible entity.

He added that late Ogbebor’s contribution to nation-building was laudable and worthy of emulation.

Okowa also commended the deceased for documenting his professional life in a book, “Nigerian Defence Academy: A Pioneer Cadet’s Memoir.”

He said “the passing on of retired Col. Paul Ogbebor is a great loss to the people of Niger Delta considering his outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the region, especially through his vocal contributions under the aegis of PANDEF and ELT.

“As a civil war veteran, his contributions to the service of his country is commendable and worthy of appreciation.

“His passing at this time is a great loss to our country as his untiring voice on national issues will be sorely missed.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I condole with his beloved wife and our leader Chief (Mrs) Rita Lori-Ogbebor, on the passing of the elder Statesman and leader.

“It is our prayer that God Grant her and the entire family the fortitude to bear the loss of their patriarch.”

Until his death, Ogbebor was Chairman of Edo chapter of PAN-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and leader of Edo Leaders of Thought (ELT), a Benin socio-cultural group.

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27 Feb

Okowa mourns Uche Okpuno

Governor of Delta, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed sadness on the passing on of Chairman and Managing Director of ULO Consultants Limited, Chief Uche Okpuno.

Chief Okpuno who hails from Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, reportedly died at his Abuja home on Wednesday. He was aged 65.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa said that the demise of Chief Okpuno was a great loss considering his contributions to humanity and to the growth and development of Delta.

The governor stated that Okpuno’s death had created a huge vacuum among indigenous construction companies, which his firm, ULO Consultants, was a critical stakeholder in the state and country.

“The news of the passing of Chief Okpuno came to me as a shock because he wasn’t reported to be sick.

“He lived a life of service to his state and country and will be long remembered for the legacy projects his company handled for the state government.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I condole with the Asagba in Council, his family and the good people of Asaba on the demise of their illustrious son, Chief Uche Luke Okpuno.

“Although death is the way of all mortals, our prayer is for God to keep us further to attain our glorious destinies in Christ Jesus.

“May God grant the family and all those he left, the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

The deceased’s company was responsible for the construction of the Asaba Airport and the Old Government House among other landmark projects in the state.

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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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