Court Strikes Out Ruling Sacking Delta APC EXCO


The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has struck out a judgement of the Asaba High court, which sacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) exco in the state in March.

The court held that the High Court in Asaba lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter and also that the initial suit was filed outside the 14-day period allowed by law.

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Asaba Airport Will Be Completed In July, Says Okowa

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On Projects


The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the Asaba International Airport will be ready in July.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the airport, the governor expressed satisfaction that the contractor handling the reconstruction of the runway, had proven that the project could be delivered within three months

He assured that work will be completed on schedule according to specifications.

“After the voluntary withdrawal of the old contractor from the project a new contractor has now taken over and in less than a month, a lot has been achieved in terms of ongoing repairs and construction works at the runway, construction of stormwater drainage to control flooding and erosion as well as the construction of crash routes.

“It took two years for us to construct 900 metres of the runway but, it gladdens my heart that in just three weeks, the 1.1 kilometres of the runway has been done.”

“From the work programme, it may be possible for the company handling the project to complete it in three and half months, the speed with which they mobilized to the site is wonderful, we thank god for intervening which made us to re-award the contract.

“We are confident that in another four months, there will be a lot of bigger planes landing here.”

The Federal Government had downgraded the airport in 2016 following the failure of the Delta state government to comply with safety measures including issues of ditches on the airport’s runway, lack of the required strip, perimeter fencing, drainage, and lack of adequately trained technical personnel, with this downgrade, flight operations were limited to only dash 8-q 400 aircraft.

Motorists Decry Poor State Of Asaba-Onitsha Expressway

Motorists plying the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway have decried the poor state of the road and called on the government to come to their aid.

As a result of how bad the road has become, gridlocks have become a constant and motorists spend hours just to get through.

This has taken a toll on their activities and their businesses and many of them do not think they can continue to go through the nightmare.

In reaction to the gridlock, security operatives have been drafted to the area to ensure order and improve the flow of traffic.

Unfortunately, some of them take advantage of the situation.

Apart from the potholes on the road, some motorists accused the security operatives of worsening the situation by stopping trucks to collect money from the drivers.

The Delta State government believes that the devolution of powers to states will help solve the problem.

Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said, “The Federal Government tends to have carried so much load that they cannot shoulder. If you have an amount of federal roads across the 36 states and you don’t have enough time to attend to them, why not leave those roads for the states and then let the money you are taken on account of that also move to the states in which case the states are able to address them?”


Okowa Vows To Tackle Flooding In Asaba

Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has reassured residents of Okpanam, a community in Asaba, the state capital of his intentions to fix the problem of flooding in the area.

The governor gave the assurance while inspecting the ongoing dualization of the section (II) of the Asaba/Okpanam road designed specially to guard against flooding.

Okowa promised that by the end of his 8 year tenure, the Oshimili-North Local Government Area in which Okpanam is located would have witnessed a remarkable change.

“We want to reassure you that by the grace of God at the end of our 8-year tenure, that there would be a remarkable presence of government here.”

He also inaugurated the 6.5 kilometre Oza-Nogogo road.

Delta State Records Second Case Of Meningitis

Delta State Records Second Case Of MeningitisFollowing the confirmation of the first case of meningitis at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Delta State has recorded a second case of the disease at the Central Hospital, Warri.

Briefing reporters in Asaba, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, dismissed reports of outbreak, adding that the situation is under control.

“At the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, one case has been confirmed as caused by neisseria meningitidis, the organism that is usually associated with meningitis outbreaks. The second case is yet to be confirmed because of certain complications the patient has.

“The case in Warri was confirmed to have been caused by streptococcus pneumonia, this is a form of bacterium that is hardly associated with outbreaks.

“This is why the one in Warri is not an outbreak, it is a case of meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumonia which is different from the type of bacterium that causes outbreak of meningitis.

“The unconfirmed case in Asaba and the case in Warri responded satisfactorily to treatment and have been discharged. Currently, it’s only one case being managed at Federal Medical Center, Asaba and we are monitoring the situation,” he said.

The Commissioner asked the people not to panic, saying the State Government is ready to combat any possible outbreak of meningitis in the state.

NAFDAC Raids Abraka Market In Asaba

As portrayed in the mission statement of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to safeguard public health by ensuring that only the right quality of food, drugs and other regulated products are manufactured and consumed, the agency inspected a liqour factory and raided the popular Abraka market in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

The agency said it is conducting the raid following a tip-off about some people who had local liquor production sites, where adulteration was going on as well as unauthorised individuals involved in the sales and distribution of drugs.

The Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate Agency of NAFDAC, Mr Kingsley Ejiofor,  led the team to raid petty kiosks illegally involved in the sales of fake and unauthorised drugs at two popular Hausa communities, both along the Asaba- Onitscha expressway Oshimili south Local Government Area of Delta state.

The drugs confiscated are majorly fake aphrodisiac manpower drugs like Tramadol of 200mg, 225mg with high strength which is not meant to be sold at the market.

One of the NAFDAC officials explains the effect some of the drugs could have on the people using them; “Considering the nature of this environment, it is possible to have frequent cases of rape because of these kinds of drugs. All they just need to do is to administer a little portion of it into any drink, the lady drinks and gets unconscious, even when she wakes up, she cannot recall whatever it is that may have occurred”.

Earlier on, the team had inspected a liquor factory involved in the production of local gin.

Seemingly displeased with the production environment, Mr Ejiofor who led the team had asked the management of the factory to ensure that the production environment is clean and safe at all times, to ensure the safety of its consumers

While stating that the raid was carried out as a result of a tip-off by some individuals, Mr Ejiofor, however, advised the public to stop patronizing unauthorised drug sales shops, to avoid buying potentially dangerous and expired products.

“We are using this as an opportunity to encourage members of the public to report to us when they feel or consume any bad product harmful to their health.

“This particular raid came as a result of a consumer’s complain, who consumed a product and began to stool blood”, he said.

Sanitizing the Nigerian Society of Fake and Counterfeit Drugs, remains a top priority for the agency as it reassures Nigerians of a healthy and safe environment.

Okowa Calls On Dangote, Other Investors To Explore Nigeria’s Gas Industry

Okowa Woos Dangote, Investors To Tap Into Nigeria's Gas IndustryDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has asked investors to tap into the abundant gas resources in the state, in order to boost the state’s economy and that of Nigeria.

The Governor made the call while commissioning an ultra-modern office complex and warehouse of one of the biggest distributor of Dangote Cement in Asaba, the state’s capital.

The event had in attendance, Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group of Companies, Mr Aliko Dangote.

Governor Okowa stated that Mr Dangote has done a lot in the area of boosting not only Nigeria’s economy, but the economy of West Africa, stressing that the greatest benefit of such investments is job creation.

While some State Governments depend on the Federal Government for allocations to handle capital projects, Dr. Okowa stressed the importance of gas in Nigeria’s petrochemical industry.

He expressed confidence that with the help of investors, the natural gas in Delta State is capable of turning the state’s economy into a more viable one.

Governor Okowa reiterated the readiness of his administration to encourage prospective investors, adding that Nigeria is blessed with natural resources to be a huge importer of finished products.

He emphasized that there will be a lot of derivable benefits, if investors tap into the gas industry of Delta State.

“We have a lot of gas in Delta State and gas is very important to the petrochemical industry.

“As a nation, we cannot continue to import finished products and we strongly believe that we will play host to the next multi-billion Naira project of the Dangote Group in Delta State.

“As a state, we want to see a lot of actions beyond the cement industry, because it will create a lot of job opportunities for our youths,” the Governor said.

Gas Is Better Than Oil

The prospect appears to be bright as Mr Dangote disclosed the possibility of the company to invest in the natural gas that abounds in Delta State.

“We are an industrial company and what we concentrate on is agriculture; we do rice, sugar, cement, limestone, but the strength of Delta State is gas and gas is better than oil.

“Once there is gas, we will be able to do a lot in the petrochemical industry. We are doing an oil-based one in Lagos which is the most expensive way of doing petrochemical.

“The cheapest way is gas, if we can get the gas here, we will definitely come and invest a lot of money in Delta and employ unemployed youths,” Dangote said.

Delta State contributes about 29.98% of the total oil production in the country, as natural gas is associated with crude oil.

According to the Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group, estimated reserves amount to 800 million cubic meters of the total gas production of about 2000 million cubic meters a month.

Only 12 million cubic meters are used as fuel, while 11 million cubic meters are sold with the balance flared.

Reports also reveal that crude oil revenue, which accounts for a lump sum of the Federal Allocation, has recently depleted due to the activities of militants in the Niger Delta region and the persistent fall in global oil prices.

Africa To Get More Space In FIFA Competitions – Pinnick

pinnickPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, says plans are ongoing to get more space for African teams in FIFA competitions.

The newly elected executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed that the number of teams in CAF competitions would also be increased.

On the development of football in Nigeria, he gave assurance that Nigerian referees would be given their pride of place in the comity of nations during his tenure.

Mr Pinnick made the remarks when he visited the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba, the state’s capital.

He thanked Governor Okowa for his support in the development of human resources in the state, south-south Nigeria.

“l am in the state to say a big thank you to you and the people of the state for your encouragement and support for my election,” the NFF President said.

Governor Okowa, on his part assured Pinnick that his administration remains committed to the development of human resources and sports infrastructure in Nigeria.

He congratulated the NFF President on his election into the CAF Executive Committee, and his appointment into the FIFA Organising Committee.

“We give glory to God for your success in your election. I believe that when God has blessed a process to be, no one can stop it. I want to urge you to continue to look up to God and stay committed to your duty as you move on.

“We as a state look forward to greater things that will come your way but be rest assured that we will continually give the best of our support. We are confident in your ability and understanding of the game of football and we believe that you will perform very well.

“Always look up to God and stay committed as you move up in sports administration. We pray that God will guide you to remain focused in carrying out your new functions; when you progress, Delta State is progressing,” he said.

FG Approves Intervention Fund For FMC Asaba

resident doctors2The Federal Ministry of Health has approved an intervention fund to the tune of 120million Naira, meant for the upgrade and improved service of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire during an official tour to the hospital in Asaba the Delta state capital.

The Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has called on the Federal Government to increase its funding of primary health care centres.

The Acting Chief Medical Director of the FMC Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuma, leveraged on the opportunity to enumerate some of the achievements and challenges of the hospital, most especially infrastructural challenges.

Giving the reason of the huge drop in oil revenue as the cause of scarcity of funds, Mr Ehanire says his optimistic that funds will be made available to address major challenges facing the health sector of the nation.

While advising health workers on total dedication to service to the patient whom he described as ‘king’ he made an announcement for an intervention fund approved for the hospital.

According to the minister, the FMC Asaba is over burdened with ailments which would have been taken care of by primary healthcare.

He also promised that the hospital will maximize the use of the intervention fund for the sole aim to improve healthcare service delivery in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa stated that the inability of the Local Government Councils to meet with their payment of salaries of their workers was important for the Federal Government to increase its funding of the primary health centres, in line with the primary health care law of the country.

Incessant strike actions have not helped the image of the health sector with many of the agitations centered on inadequate funding, welfare, lack of infrastructure and many others.

Okowa Calls For Availability Of Kerosene At Proper Price

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has called for necessary actions that would ensure regular supply and appropriate pricing of petroleum products, to ease the suffering of Nigerians.

Okowa made the call while commissioning an ultra-modern oil and gas filling station owned by North-West Petroleum and Gas Company Limited in Asaba, the state capital.

However, the governor observed that it was unacceptable that most Nigerians buy kerosene above the official price, yet the product was not readily available.

He stated that any action which would ease the suffering of the masses would be welcomed, especially in Delta state.

While expressing satisfaction that investors are having more confidence in establishing their business in the state, he urged them to consider the option of establishing modular refineries both in Delta state and the country at large.

He added that his administration was ready to facilitate acquisition of land for such investment.

Delta Govt. Scores Administration High On Empowerment Programme

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has scored his administration high, in its empowerment programme.

Okowa, in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 had said, the performance of his administration would be predicated on a SMART agenda, which is an acronym for Strategic wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all residents of the state.

The governor said, “I came in with the SMART Agenda and I have continued to stay on course despite the economic recession; yes I agree that we are supposed to move much faster than we are doing today, but, the fact remains that though the economy is bad we have continued to keep hope alive and we will continue to stay focused on our programs.”

“In the year 2015, we had two main programs for the youths; the Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program(YAGEP) and in that year, we had 256 youths that were trained in agricultural production, we are happy to announce that they have all been established; we have visited some of them and they are doing very well, and we are glad to announce the success of the program,” He said.

“In the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) we engaged 1044 youths, we have had a continued monitoring and mentoring program; and the reports we have received have been very positive.”

The governor also disclosed that, “In 2016, the YAGEP program, we trained 342 persons while in the STEP program, we trained 557 persons; the programs had their starter packs put in place and we had a micro-credit adjustment.

“We believe that if we continue to meet the people’s need, things will be better for them, so, while we are providing them with starter packs, we are also introducing them to work with the micro-credit scheme”

“We have also started a program for people with disabilities, they have been engaged in the programs and they are currently doing very well.

“We had the graduate employment enhancement scheme; most of the youths in the agricultural scheme are in clusters because we realized that it was the best way and we have been doing very well with the cluster system,” He said.

2017 AFCON: CAF Gives Countries Preparation Grants


2017 AFCON: CAF Gives Countries Preparation GrantsThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF), has given the 16 countries that would feature in January’s AFCON in Gabon, $237,500 each to prepare for the tournament.

The money forms part of CAF’s responsibility to ensure that participating teams at the nations cup get the needed funds to partake in the competition.

The amount released is 50 per cent of the total amount all participating teams will get from CAF.

Each participating federation is expected to receive a total amount of $475,000.