Delta Workers To Receive New Minimum Wage From January

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Delta State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who is the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee disclosed this on Friday after signing the minimum wage documents on behalf of the state government.

Ebie said the implementation of the minimum wage would commence from November 1, 2019.

He added that the state government would commence payment from January and pay the arrears of the new minimum wage with the January and February salaries.

The SSG gave an assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.

According to him, the governor is passionate about workers’ wellbeing and enjoins the state workforce to reciprocate the government gesture by redoubling their commitment to their duties.

Ebie thanked both the government and the labour teams for their resilience in making the outcome of the negotiations fruitful.

In his response, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Delta, Goodluck Ofobruku, commended the state government for its transparency towards the smooth conclusion of the negotiation exercise.

Kidnapped Medical Doctor Jerry Isogun Regains Freedom In Delta

 

Dr Jerry Isogun, a medical practitioner who was kidnaped by gunmen in Delta State, has regained freedom from his captors. 

The doctor who is also President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State), was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.

However, a communique by Comrade Dr. Harrison Adja a spokesperson of the ARD DELSUTH, states that Dr. Isogun has been released.

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The statement, however, did not specify the terms upon which the release was granted, neither did it say what had transpired while the doctor was in the kidnappers’enclave.

The Association used the medium to call on the Delta State Government, Security Agents, Chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around certain areas prone to such attacks within the state, as to forestall future occurrences.

Delta Govt Fixes Benin-Sapele, Asaba-Onitsha Roads

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Delta State government has commenced work on the rehabilitation of some dilapidated Federal Government roads in the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this at an event, the government said on its Twitter handle on Sunday.

According to a series of tweets, Governor Okowa spoke at a thanksgiving service by the deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, in Effurun.

The governor noted that the state government had gotten approval from the Federal Government on Thursday last week to fix the roads.

He added that the stated government has since drafted contractors to the affected roads to commence rehabilitation works.

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Governor Okowa stated specifically that work had already begun on the Benin-Sapele Road as well as the Asaba side of River Niger Bridge on the Asaba-Onitsha Highway.

He said measures were being put in place to also rehabilitate the Agbor-Abraka-Eku Road which noted was also in a deplorable state.

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Uduaghan To Appeal Tribunal’s Ruling Despite Lauding Judgement

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Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file).

 

 

The former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has reacted to the judgement of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which sacked Mr James Manager as the senator representing Delta South senatorial district.

Shortly after the Tribunal’s ruling on Saturday, Uduaghan who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lauded the judgement, although he said he would appeal the judgement.

A three-man panel led by Justice Chioma Onyeabor had nullified the victory of Senator Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 poll over non-compliance with electoral guidelines in some parts of the district where the election held.

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It, however, ordered the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election for Delta South senatorial district within 90 days.

Reacting in a statement by his media assistant Monoyo Edon, Uduaghan vowed insisted that he won the election and vowed to challenge the Tribunal’s judgment at the Court of Appeal.

He said, “While we are happy with the Tribunal’s judgement which affirmed my party’s position that the election was rigged and characterised with electoral over voting, we are not entirely satisfied with the judgement as the Tribunal ought to have deducted the excess illegal votes and declared me and my party rightful winner of the election.”

“In view of this, we shall be challenging the Tribunal’s judgement at the appeal court to declare us as the outright winner of the February 23rd, 2019 National Assembly Election for Delta South Senatorial District,” the former governor added.

He thanked the people of Delta South and his supporters who stood by him, with an assurance that they would get their deserved victory at the appeal court.

NNPC Boss Dismisses Reports Of Pipeline Explosion In Delta

A file photo of NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari.

 

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has dismissed reports of an explosion on the Abura Crude Trunk line operated by the Corporation.

The line, situated at Otu-Jeremi town in Ughelli, Delta State, which is operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), NNPC’s Upstream subsidiary, was reported to have gone up in flames yesterday by a section of the media.

Speaking shortly after teeing off the 2019 NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament in Benin City on Saturday, Mele Kyari described the incident as a mere rupture on one of the Corporation’s pipelines which would be fixed within three days.

“It was not an explosion. It was a rupture on one of our pipelines. Our team of engineers have since moved to the site. In three days, we should be able to fix it. We have since contained the spill coming out of that pipeline. There was no fire anywhere on the pipeline. So there is no cause for alarm,” Mele Kyari stated.

The GMD, who assured that the incident would have no impact on the nation’s power supply, also called on host communities within the area to disregard the rumours and go about their normal activities.

On the Upstream Golf Tournament, he said the Benin Golf Club very important for the NNPC because it availed the staff of the various operations of the Corporation in Benin City the opportunity to work and maintain a healthy lifestyle through the game of golf.

“Our operations require the support of all stakeholders to succeed. We see our relationship with the Benin Golf Club as very crucial in helping us achieve our key targets of growing production, increasing the nation’s reserves and ensuring peace in the Niger Delta,” the GMD maintained.

Earlier in his remarks, the Captain of the Benin Golf Club, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa said NNPC had an age-long relationship with the Club which was in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

“We are very honoured to have the GMD coming down here to tee off this year’s tournament even though he has very tight schedule. We are very pleased and we hope this relationship continues for years to come,” the Captain added.

Over 200 golfers from the country were expected to participate at this year’s tournament, which also saw the commissioning of some projects executed by the NNPC at the Benin Golf Course.

Explosion Rocks Crude Oil Pipeline In Delta

 

A crude trunk line operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has exploded at the Abura crude trunk line in Otu-Jeremi town Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Channels Television gathered that the oil pipeline exploded on Friday, dumping crude oil into the surroundings of Otu-Jeremi community, causing tension for residents, especially those living metres from the affected line.

It is not clear yet the extent of damage caused by the explosion or if there are casualties.

Sources in the area say security agencies have already taken charge of the scene of the incident, and that firefighters are trying to put out the resulting blaze.

As at the time of this report, NNPC has yet to comment on the incident.

Delta APC Was Formed In My Parlour – Keyamo

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Festus Keyamo, says the chapter of the party in Delta State was formed at his house in Effurun.

He stated this while he was being screened as a ministerial nominee by members of the Senate on Friday in Abuja.

“I was a foundation member of the APC in Delta State,” Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) told the lawmakers.

He added, “The first major meeting held in Delta State, involving the national leaders that came, because we didn’t have a government, it is a PDP state and we didn’t have a government; that meeting was held in my house in Effurun, in my parlour.

“So, I can say APC was formed in my house in Delta State. It is not a surprise that I’m standing here today as a nominee of the APC for Delta State.”

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Delta APC Was Formed In My Parlour – Keyamo

Keyamo said that he joined politics because of the need to be part of the group that would fix the numerous challenges facing the nation.

He was of the opinion that getting results for recommendations aimed at addressing the major issues in the country was hasty than being on the other side.

For the senior lawyer, “It is a natural inclination of governments all over the world to see critics on the outside as enemies, so they take your views with a pinch of salt.”

He explained, “It was then I took a conscious decision some years ago to be part of a political process that could get us into power.

“That conscious decision I took was because I discovered that what you can be screaming on the outside for 10 years to achieve because you are breaming with all kinds of solution to our problems on the outside…, you can achieve that in 10 minutes when you are part of government and part of a political process.”

Keyamo is one of the 43 ministerial nominees whose names were forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for confirmation.

Several Feared Dead, Many Trapped In Delta Building Collapse

Several Feared Dead In Delta Building Collapse

 

Several people are feared dead while many trapped under rubble after a building collapsed in Abraka, Ethiope East Council Area, Delta State.

The building is a yet-to-be completed structure meant for a hotel which is located along Aghwana Avenue.

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Although the causalities are uncertain but eyewitnesses say the incident occurred on Saturday morning following a heavy downpour.

According to the eyewitness four workers who had arrived early for the day’s job were trapped and feared dead.

However rescue efforts are still ongoing at the scene of the incident.

Delta Communities Decry Deplorable State Of Major Roads

 

Residents of some communities in Asaba, the Delta State capital have asked the state government to adopt proactive measures in fixing dilapidated roads around the city.

Of particular concern is a major road just by the entrance to the capital city, leading to many other communities, which according to residents has been in a deplorable state for over six years.

Speaking to Channels Television, a resident of the area, Ebere Jaga, noted that the bad roads make people wonder as it’s located in the heart of the state.

“We want the government to help us. This is the heart of Asaba. You will imagine people passing and asking what is happening. Is that a road or what? People are surprised that this type of place is in the heart of Asaba,” he stated.

Another resident, Chikwe Matthew, feared that if the government does not address the issue urgently, it might be worse considering the rains that are coming.

He said, “This is the second time we have this rain and you can see how the road looks like. It means that in the next due season of serious rain, it’s going to be terrible.”

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But reacting to the development, the state government blamed the situation on inadequate funding, noting it has been a major challenge.

According to the Director General of the State Capital Territory Development Agency, Clement Ofuani, the state government is determined to fixing the road despite being faced with the challenge of paucity of funds.

The Director-General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Clement Ofuani

“We are aware of their challenging situation and we are working day and night to see how we can ameliorate the situation.

“But the truth we cannot run away from is that the primary problem is funding constraint,” he stated.

Five-Year-Old Kidnapped In Delta Rescued In Nasarawa – Police

Five-Year-Old Kidnapped In Delta Rescued In Nasarawa – Police

 

A five-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Delta State by yet to be identified persons has been rescued by the police in Nasarawa State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He explained that the minor, who was abducted on March 16 in Warri, was rescued unhurt at Bukan-Kwatu area of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Mba said the girl was reunited with her father Mr Ibrahim Abdulmalik at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday last week.

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“The obviously elated father was exclaiming “I thank God o! I thank police o! I have even lost hope! I just received a call I should come to Force Headquarters to collect my pikin!” as he showered encomiums on the Nigeria Police Force for the intense follow-up which led to the quick rescue of his daughter who was kidnapped while returning from school on the said day,” he said in the statement.

He added, “On receipt of the information, police detectives from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, acting on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, swung into action which led to the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victim.”

The two suspects arrested include one Abdullahi Abubakar,30, and his mother, Mrs Jummai Salihu, 62, both of Bukan-Kwatu, Lafia.

According to Mba, Abubakar who is well-known to the family of the victim abducted the girl under the pretext of helping the victim to cross the road and took her from Warri to Lafia.

The suspect was alleged to have kept the minor with his mother while he contacted the parents of the victim for ransom.

The police spokesman said the suspects have made useful statements on the roles they played in the kidnap of the victim.

“Efforts are ongoing to apprehend other persons, particularly one Inusah Ibrahim ‘m’ 58yrs of No.7 UCC Road, Hausa Quarters, Warri, Delta State, connected to the crime,” he added.

Reacting to the incident, the IGP asked parents and guardians to be aware that most criminal harms done to children, including child stealing, trafficking, and rape, among others were usually carried out by familiar people.

He advised them to pay close attention to their children and wards, especially on their movements to and from school in order to prevent any untoward situation that may endanger the children.

APC’s Ogboru Rejects Delta Governorship Election Result

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Mr. Great Ogboru, has rejected the outcome of the just concluded governorship election in the state.

He faulted the result of the poll while addressing journalists on Monday in Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.

Ogboru described the exercise as a sham and called for an outright cancellation of the governorship election in Delta.

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He alleged that the process was marred by “massive rigging and violence,” stating he has the support of his party to challenge the outcome in court.

The APC candidate claimed that there was a disparity in the number of accredited voters as against the official record of data from INEC.

He also alleged that the ruling party in the state was aided by security operatives to disrupt the process and thereby, prevent a free and fair contest.

Ogboru insisted that the exercise was marred with a lot of irregularities across the 25 local government areas of the state.

Okowa Re-Elected As Delta State Governor

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A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa, winner of the governorship election in Delta State.

Professor Seth Acrajaja of the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa state, who served as the Returning Officer declared the results at the INEC office in Asaba

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Governor Okowa won 23 Local Government Areas, polling 925, 274 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Great Ogboru who emerged second with 215,938 votes.

Ogboru won in two Local Government Areas in the state.