Three Children Die In Delta Flood

 

Three children have lost their lives in a recent flooding that ravaged communities in Warri North council area of Delta State.

The children – a girl and two boys, from two separate families, were aged two, four and five years old.

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While their parents and members of the community have been mourning the loss, they have also called on the Federal Government to put measures in place to prevent future tragedies caused as a result of flooding.

Flood: Residents Call Govt To Intervene After Death Of Teenagers In Delta

 

Residents of some communities in Delta State are calling on the government to immediately address the issue of flooding.

The appeal recently became intensified, following the death of some teenagers in the state who were flushed away by floods.

About a week ago, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly swept away by the flood in Okpanam Community after a downpour which lasted several hours.

A similar tragedy occurred days ago in Alibioba community, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area where two brothers, Testimony and Godwin Okwuokenye were swept away by a ravaging flood in the area.

11-year-old Godwin reportedly fell into a gutter right in front of their home and was swept away by the flood. In an attempt to rescue him, his brother, Testimony, also lost his life.

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At their home, a crowd of sympathizers were seen mourning the deceased.
Speaking to Channels Television, the parents pleaded with government to come to their aid and create more drainages to prevent a recurrence.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, has visited the family to commiserate with them.

He said while the government will continue to do its best to improve the state’s infrastructure, residents should also apply caution in the rainy seasons.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted that most states would experience abnormal amounts of rainfall.

Some of the state include: Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Niger, Plataeu, Nasarawa, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Cross River.

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles To Resume Camping On Sunday

 

Nigerias final preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt will begin on Sunday, when invited players, alongside the technical crew and administrative staff, will start arriving in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Delta State, nicknamed The Big Heart, has eased into the forefront as the nations football capital, since hosting the 2018 AITEO Cup finals and the international friendly between the Super Eagles and Ugandas Cranes in November 2018.

Since then, the Super Eagles have played Seychelles in Asaba in an AFCON qualifier and hosted Egypt in a friendly, and the city was also the setting for the U-23 National Teams thrashing of Libya in an U-23 AFCON qualifier in March 2019.

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On Sunday, the Eagles backroom staff members are expected to be complete, with some players also expected, while the larger population of the playing body should hit the town on Monday.

This first phase of camping will also take in a friendly match, against equally Egypt-bound Warriors of Zimbabwe, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, 8th June.

Players and officials will travel to the Egyptian city of Ismailia the following day aboard a chartered flight, where they will stay at the Hotel Mercure and spend a full week perfecting tactics and strategies, before taking on Africas number one ranked team Senegal in another friendly in Ismailia.

On January 7, 2019, the three-time African champions will travel to Alexandria venue of their Group B matches against Burundi, Guinea, and Madagascar.

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr had invited 25 players to the camp, with six other players among them three home-based professionals on standby.

25 EAGLES FOR AFCON 2019 CAMP

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)

Inauguration: I Took An Oath To Build A Stronger Delta, Says Okowa

 

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro on Wednesday took their oath of office, birthing their second term.

The event was held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Governor Okowa in an address after being administered the oath of office by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, said that the oath he took was for him to build a stronger state.

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He scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration embarked on massive road constructions.

The governor also reeled out the achievements recorded during his first administration. He added that plans have been concluded for the construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college.

According to Okowa, this will encourage skill development and the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people.

‘Technical Problem’ Led To Forcados Trunk-Line Explosion, Delta Government

 

The Delta State Government has said that the recent fire incident at the Forcados trunk-line was caused by a technical problem, as per preliminary reports.

According to Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, who spoke to journalists after a stakeholder meeting with protesting host communities and a delegation from Chevron Nigeria Ltd on Saturday, confirmed that the blast had casualties.

“Preliminary reports have it that it was a technical problem that led to the explosion.

“There were indeed casualties.”

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He assured both parties that there is no cause for alarm and the government is looking into the incident.

“The requisite offices from the government are looking into it. For now, major work has been suspended on the trunk line to allow for proper investigations.”

Appeal Court Upholds Judgment Nullifying Omo-Agege’s Election

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Friday reaffirmed the nullification of the re-election of the Senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ovie Omo-Agege.

The court also nullified the election of Francis Waive, who was declared winner of the Ughelli North, South and Udu House of Representatives seat on the APC platform.

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In a judgement delivered by Justice Tosin Adegoke On March 18, the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had sacked the Great Ogboru/Ovie Omo-Agege factional State Executive Committee of the APC led by Jones Erue and upheld the O’tega Emerhor faction led by Cyril Ogodo as the authentic state executive committee.

The Federal High Court also nullified all actions taken by the sacked Erue-led executive, including ward and local government congresses, party primaries and the list of candidates that emerged from the primaries.

Following the judgement of the Federal High Court, Omo-Agege and Waive thereafter, approached the Court of Appeal to seek the leave of the court to appeal the judgment nullifying their candidatures and re-election.

At the hearing of the case on Friday, the Court of Appeal, however, dismissed their applications, saying it lacked merit.

Consequently, the court awarded a fine of N300,000 each to the two candidates.

INEC Suspends Announcement Of Delta Governorship Election Results Till Monday

 

 

The announcement of the governorship election results in Delta State at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre in Asaba, the state capital, has been suspended till Monday, March 11, 2019.

With the results of 18 local government areas already announced and seven more to go, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, is leading in 17 local government areas.

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His closest opponent, Great Ogboru, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won one local government area.

During the announcement of the results, APC representative, Mr. Turner Ogboru, raised some objections on the alleged disparity in the figures for the number of accredited voters for most of the local government areas declared.

But the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, said the commission had noted the observations made and called on all parties with complaints to direct their grievances to the appropriate quarters.

Delta PDP Criticises Buhari Ahead Of Warri Visit

FG Engaging In Guesswork To Tackle Insecurity, Insurgency – PDP

 

The Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of his visit to Warri.

The president is expected in Warri today (Monday) for a town hall meeting ahead of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on March 9.

But the PDP believes that the trip is aimed at concluding plans to rig the elections on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued on Monday, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr. Ifeanyi M. Osuoza, said it is the second visit in about two months.

Osuoza also asked why the president has always “limited his visits to a microscopic Warri and ignoring the larger areas of the state”.

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The statement read in part, “Already, the entire Delta State is abuzz with claims and insinuations and it is being openly said that the President and indeed the whole gamut of well-known election manipulators and hatchet men in the national APC leadership, are visiting Delta State ostensibly to perfect an APC rigging plan and subvert the electoral process and the ultimate democratic decisions of Deltans who have sworn to return Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a well-deserved second term and vote for all the PDP candidates in the March 9, 2019 State Assembly elections.

“It is indeed a thing of shame that President Buhari will ignore other very important and urgent state matters to come to Warri to be at the head of a despicable scheme to manipulate and swing votes in favour of the unpopular APC and its candidates.

“We condemn the president’s insensitivity to the sensibilities of the people of Delta State who have taken PDP as their party.”

The party also alleged that the President plans to “secretly get the various agencies of the Federal Government, namely, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police, the military and other security agencies to intimidate and harass PDP supporters.”

The president is, however, yet to respond to the claims.

Those expected to attend the town hall meeting, later on, include traditional rulers, opinion leaders, politicians, market men and women, National Assembly members, candidates for the March 9 elections, and stakeholders in the Nigerian and Delta Project.

Uduaghan Calls For Cancellation Of National Assembly Elections In Delta South

Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file)

 

A former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called for the cancellation of the National Assembly elections in Delta South.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said he had made the call after the electoral umpire (INEC), announced the results of the Delta South senatorial district in which he lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, James Manager.

According to him, the elections were fraught with a lot of electoral malpractices, irregularities and violence.

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Consequently, he said he petitioned INEC during the collation of results and the final announcement at the Senatorial Collation Centre in Oleh, Isoko South LGA after which he called for the cancellation.

Uduaghan, however, thanked the people of Delta South Senatorial District “for their overwhelming support throughout the period of electioneering”.

He also asked his supporters to remain calm and peaceful, saying further directives would be communicated.

The PDP candidate who is the incumbent in the senatorial district beat Uduaghan by securing 258,812 votes.

The former governor polled less than half of the figure with 125,776 votes.

Read the full statement below.

PRESS STATEMENT
Following the result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Election in Delta South Senatorial District, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, we wish to state as follows:
1.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan wishes to express his profound appreciation to the people of Delta South Senatorial District for their overwhelming support throughout the period of electioneering.
2.   His Excellency, Dr, Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan wishes to state that the above election was fraught with a lot of electoral malpractices, irregularities, ballot stuffing and further crippled with electoral violence in some parts of Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Warri North and Isoko North LGAs.
3.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan had already petitioned INEC in respect to paragraph two above during collation of results and the final announcement at the Senatorial Collation Centre in Oleh, Isoko South LGA.
4.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan in the petition called for the cancellation of the Presidential/National Assembly election held in Delta South.
5.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan calls on his supporters and the good people of Delta South to remain calm and peaceful as further directives would be communicated.
6.   Thank you all.
Monoyo Edon,
Media Assistant to Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan

Okowa Promises To Sustain Peace, Development In Delta If Re-elected

 

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says if he is re-elected in the coming general elections he will ensure sustenance of peace, development and equity in the state.

The governor said this on Saturday during the flag off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) campaign in Koko (Warri north) and Sapele (Sapele), Local Government Areas of the state.

Okowa said he is confident that his administration has delivered on the promises made during the 2015 campaign.

He, therefore, stated that better days lie ahead for the people, if he is given the opportunity to run for another four years.

“I thank the people for the large turnout for the rally; the people of Warri north are always reliable, great followers, members of the PDP, I am here to tell you that I am going for second term.

“We have done a lot of projects; during the administration of our leader, Chief James Ibori, we worked for him for two terms, in the last administration, I was the Director-General of the campaign, as a government, we have executed a lot of projects, we enjoy peace in our state and if we take the line of equity, we will complete two terms.

“We promised to dualise the road, it has been done and will be commissioned soon. We promised to complete the market, it has been commissioned, the Sapele Technical College has been revamped and in the next four years, we will do more,” he said.

The governor also called on opposition politicians to engage in campaigns to sell their manifestos rather than making plans on how to disrupt the electoral process in February.

“Our opponents will not campaign, they will be at home planning bad things, but they will not succeed, we will get unprecedented number of votes in Sapele and all over the state; the opposition should come out and campaign, they should not be planning on how to disrupt the elections,” he said.

Okowa Promises To Take Advantage Of Dry Season To Complete Road Projects

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

 

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has promised that the dry season will be fully utilised to complete roads projects across the state.

The governor said this on Monday during the inspection of some road projects in Boji-Boji Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.

He noted that contractors handling different road projects in the state have fully mobilised to sites, adding that there is a mapped out strategy for their payments.

“I am happy with the quality of projects. Our people in all parts of the state deserve necessary infrastructure.

“Contractors have been mobilised to sites. As a government, we always utilise the dry season to the fullest to construct roads.

“The contractors are world class, once they give you their words, they deliver and we are comfortable doing business with them,” he said.

Some of the roads inspected by Governor Okowa on Monday, November 10.

 

Governor Okowa also inspected roads at Queens Street and roads at the Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) estate.

Speaking about the storm drainage projects in Asaba, he promised that the contractors will meet the February 2019 deadline.

He added that some of the drainage projects have been completed while others were at different stages of completion.

Ex-Militants In Delta Protest At Govt House Over Jobs

 

Former militants from several communities in Delta State have laid siege to the Government House protesting over an alleged attempt by some contractors to take over their jobs.

The youths, under the aegis of Host Communities of Nigeria (Oil & Gas), who are captured in the Federal Government’s amnesty programme, marched out on Friday in their hundreds with placards to express their displeasure on the issue.

They barricaded the Government House, preventing movement in and out of the premises while chanting solidarity songs and calling on the governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to come to their rescue.

“Your excellency, we feel that this is the point at which you, as the chief security officer of our dear state, must rise up to take steps to nip this madness in the bud to avert the impending danger that this greedy set of ‘soldiers of fortune’ is about to impose on not just our communities, but also our dear state.

“You may wonder how this is our concern. It has become our concern because we have sat down to imagine what the picture will look like when ocean marine successfully takes our jobs away from us, using either traditional rulers or president generals of our communities as fronts, how many youths with bustling capacities and abilities will be rendered jobless,” they said.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor, who addressed the protesters said their grievances would be communicated to the governor.