The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on Muslims and all Nigerians to use the occasion of Ed-el-Fitr celebration to imbibe the culture of peace, unity and love among one another.
Governor Okowa, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Aniagwu Ehiedu, urged Muslims in the state to adhere strictly to the teachings of the great Prophet of Islam, Mohammad and to sustain the ideals of the month of Ramadan beyond the Ramadan period.
The Governor said: “Islam is indeed a religion of peace and the true essence of the religion is to unite the entire mankind in love and harmony.
“We must all continue to pray and work hard towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria”.
While calling on Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to build a peaceful, united and virile nation, Governor Okowa urged Deltans both at home and in the Diaspora to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity across the state to ensure the smooth implementation of the SMART agenda programme in the state.
He also seized the opportunity of Ed-el-Fitr celebration to restate his commitment to the actualisation of the prosperity for all.
The Delta State Police Command has assured residents of the state, particularly those living in the oil city of Warri, that the command will not spare any effort in reducing all kinds of criminality to the barest minimum.
The Commissioner of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, said that the command patrol teams are located on the various parts of the highways to ensure that Warri and environs are safe for travelers.
While parading suspects who engaged in robbery, cultism and kidnapping in Warri, the Police Commissioner appealed to residents of Delta State to continue to cooperate with the Police by giving useful and timely information about any criminal activity.
He also used the opportunity to advise parents to monitor the activities of their children and wards, so as to check and curtail possible nefarious activities.
Among those paraded were four robbery and kidnappings suspects and 35 suspected cultists. Also, 11 cartridges and two vehicles were recovered from the suspects.
Some of the suspects paraded denied involvement in cult activities.
As political campaigns continue with few days to Nigeria’s general elections, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its campaign to Delta state in the south south region of the oil rich nation.
At the campaign venue on Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, promised that the state would encounter more support from his government in all areas of the economy if voted in.
The Delta State Government has asked schools to close down on Wednesday as President Goodluck Jonathan visits Asaba, the state capital, for the presidential campaign rally of the PDP.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, confirmed that Wednesday had been declared a public holiday to enable citizens of the state to welcome President Jonathan.
The declaration of the public holiday came as the Goodluck Support Group said it would shut down the entire state to welcome the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign team to the state.
The national chairman of the party is confident that Deltans are in support of the Jonathan and Sambo bid. This is corroborated by the PDP governorship flag bearer in delta state.
The president, who spoke in an official language in the Niger delta, promised to improve the maritime sector in the state.
His wife, Patience Jonathan, wooed the women and youth to cast their votes for the PDP.
Music artistes and members of the Nollywood were also at the venue to throw their weight behind President Jonathan and his Vice for another term in office.
They say the entertainment sector had had 100 per cent improvement since the Jonathan administration kicked off.
The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has facilitated the setting up of small-scale businesses for unemployed youths.
The commission last weekend formally opened an industrial catering outfit, which is one of the new business enterprises it is sponsoring, at Rumuola in Port Harcourt for one of the female repentant agitators in the region.
Speaking at the ceremony, the NDDC Managing Director, Dan Bassey Abia, said that the governing board of the commission was not leaving any stone unturned in the effort to change the lives and fortunes of women and youths in the Niger Delta.
He advised the youths to remain focused on positive activities and direct their energies to productive ventures rather than militancy. He stated that besides physical infrastructure, the NDDC was also making significant difference in the lives of Niger Deltans through various human capacity development programmes.
He appealed to all the women and youths who had benefited from the NDDC empowerment programmes to ensure that their businesses were successful so as to encourage others to follow their foot-steps, noting that youths were very critical to the socio-economic and political development of any country.
He assured Niger delta citizens of the commission’s continued youth-oriented programmes that would equip the youths and make them self-reliant.
The Rumuola Youth President, Comrade Ebere Henry, together with the owner of the property and landlord of Ms Cyril Hart, expressed delight at what he described as the practical way the NDDC had intervened in the lives of the youths. He lauded the Federal Government’s efforts at alleviating poverty and urged the beneficiaries to make the maximum use of the opportunity.