Elder Statesman, Samuel Ogbemudia Laid To Rest

ogbemudia3The remains of late elder statesman and two-time Governor of Mid-Western State and later Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd), has been laid to rest.

Dr. Ogbemudia was buried at his residence in Ihaya Street, Benin City, following an interdenominational service held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the Edo State capital.

A combined team of clergymen from the Christian Association of Nigeria, Edo and Delta chapters took charge of proceedings at the venue.

Family, friends, close associates, past and serving Governors of Edo and Delta states, as well as members of National Assembly and their state counterparts also witnessed the ceremony where they paid their last respects to the two-time Governor.

In a sermon titled “the man and his works”, Bishop Oyonude Kure said the late Ogbemudia by his laudable achievements as an administrator lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Shortly after the sermon there were tributes from former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro among others.

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Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday, March 9 at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Delta State Targets 6,000 Jobs Through Entrepreneurship Schemes

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is hopeful that young indigenes of the state will embrace the programmes.

The Delta State Government has rolled out six entrepreneurship schemes with an assurance from the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, that 6,000 direct jobs would be created in the next six months through the schemes.

At the unveiling of the programmes on Tuesday, the State Government listed them as Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP); Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP); Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP); Tractorisation; Extension of Loans; and Development of Agro-industries.

Addressing the chairman and members of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, the Governor, who spoke through his deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, said the initiatives would create jobs and wealth, diversify the economy, engage youths in productive enterprises, nurture entrepreneurs and leaders, and promote communal peace and security.

He stressed that the Government was determined and poised to deliver prosperity to everyone in Delta State through the S.M.A.R.T agenda.

Briefing the press, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on job creation and Commissioner-Designate, Dr Kingsley Emu, explained that under the YAGEP scheme, participants across the 25 local government areas would be screened and selected by a team of consultants after which they would undergo one month training at Songhai Farms for life skills, attitudinal change, and hands on management.

The areas of focus, according to Emu, are piggery, poultry, fisheries, and vegetable farming. He revealed that upon completion of the training the participants would proceed on a one-month internship after which they would be given starter packs to start their own farms.

Election Litigations Hampers True Democracy In Nigeria

ProfessorAmos Utuama Deputy Governor of Delta State.The lack of true democracy in Nigeria is as a result of frequent litigation over elections, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Utuama, has said.

Addressing a gathering of legal practitioners in Abuja on Tuesday, Professor Utuama said that elections in Nigeria were yet to be free and fair in accordance with the rule of law.

The Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge, urged legal practitioners to stop encouraging unnecessary and distracting election litigations.

‘Nigeria’s Democracy and the Role of the Legal Profession,’ was the topic of discussion in the 2013 fellows lecture that had in attendance, jurists, legal practitioners, scholars and their families.

Emphasis was also laid on the need for legal practitioners to desist from encouraging ceaseless election litigation.

Nine persons were made fellows of the institute in recognition of their achievements in the bar.

The new fellows were tasked with expanding the frontiers of law in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians would reap the dividends of democracy.