Delta Commences Linkage Of Warri Canals, Clears Drainages

Delta state, warri, drainage clearingThe Delta State Ministry of Environment has commenced work to link all canals in Warri to the river in the commercial city.

The ministry also threatened to demolish all illegal structures blocking the drainages as part of measures aimed at solving the flood problem in the city.

Commissioner for Environment, John Nani disclosed this when he led a team from the ministry, on inspection of the clearing exercise on the canal in Ajamimogha community, Warri South Local Government Area.

Although Warri has managed to maintain its position as the commercial hub of the oil rich Delta state, over the years , flooding has remained an impending challenge especially in coastal towns such as Effurun, Ughelli, Sapele, among others.

The Okowa-led administration has however taken up responsibility to tackle the problem head-on.

While on site, Mr Nani also lamented on indiscriminate refuse dumping in the canal by some residents.

Members of the community such as the Chairman of the Warri South Local Government Council, Mathew Adema, and one of the youth leaders, commended the initiative.

“If natural canals are being cleared, the water would flow freely and that will reduce flooding in the city”.

The government therefore expects the joint efforts of residents, expressing that they should also rise up to the task of keeping their environment clean always.

Nigerian Government Still Dialoguing With Niger Delta — Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu, Niger Delta, DialogueNigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said that it is not true that the Federal Government has abandoned the people of the Niger Delta region.

The Minister made the clarification on Saturday in an interview at the end of the 2016 Convocation Ceremony of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, in Delta state.

He explained that the dialogue between the Federal Government and the people of the region to find lasting solutions to the lingering violence and pipeline vandalism in the region was ongoing.

He said that the President was very supportive of the project of ensuring that government reached an agreement with the people through dialogue by ensuring that the old model which failed was restructured.

Meanwhile, the Minister has ordered the award of scholarships and immediate employment to the best graduating students of the Petroleum Training Institute, which according to him is to help them further their education.

Stakeholders Meet To Resolve Niger Delta Crisis

Niger Delta MilitantsMajor stakeholders in the Niger Delta have met to curtail the continued militant attacks on Nigeria’s oil facilities in the region.

The stakeholders converged on Delta State, south-south Nigeria to hold an all-inclusive Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative meeting to further curtail the recent tension that has gripped the region.

The convener of the meeting and elder statesman, Dr. Edwin Clark, stressed the importance of the meeting.

He said it would enable concerned parties air their views on issues affecting the security of oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region.

Dr. Clark further stated that efforts to bring the destruction of pipelines to a halt gave rise to the meeting held at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun which was attended by many delegates from different state of the region, including the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa

In his remark at the meeting held on Friday, Governor Okowa emphasised the need to work in synergy in the selection of representatives to ensure they speak in one voice at any discussion or dialogue with the Federal Government.

Various participants at the meeting also said it was imperative for the militants to channel their grievances to the government, rather than engaging in the destruction of facilities.

However, they called for the implementation of the recommendations at the last National Conference, the commencement of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko and the adequate funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) among others.

In spite of efforts to stop militants’ activities, two pipelines operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) were attacked by suspected militants on Friday.

The attacks were said to have occurred in Owhrode community which was about 20 kilometres from the venue of the stakeholders’ meeting.

A technical team of the NPDC and security officials have been deployed to the area to prevent the spread of crude to other communities.

House Adopts Report To Establish Petroleum University

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The House of Representatives has considered and adopted a report on a bill to establish the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State.

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Evelyn Oboro, during the 7th Assembly, but was not assented to by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

The university, which is already existing and has even graduating students, will now have legal backing.

With its passage by the House of Representatives, it will now be forwarded to the Senate for further legislative action.

Okowa Flags Off Delta State Traffic Management Agency

Traffic ManagementThe Delta State Government has inaugurated the Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA).

The agency is saddled with a responsibility to improve traffic compliance, ensure safe reliable and incident free transportation on roads in the state.

According to the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, DESTMA has been modelled after the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) in recognition of its laudable achievements in Lagos.

For eight days, pioneer officials of the agency, drawn from the civil service and the public have undergone an induction programme comprising paramilitary training and conducted by the Army and Police in preparation for the job ahead.

While congratulating the newly inducted officers of the agency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the setting up of the agency was meant to check bad behaviour by road users and enhance free flow of traffic, safety and security on Delta roads.

The operations of the agency would commence in three stations; Asaba, Warri/Effurun and Ughelli, while others stations would come up in due course.

Oil And Gas: Okowa Calls For Strategic Alliance Among Stakeholders

OilDelta State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for a strategic alliance among various stakeholders in securing oil and gas investments in the state.

The Governor made the appeal during a one-day Stakeholders Summit on Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities and Installations.

He called for tactical cooperation among the host communities in oil producing areas, the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and security agencies in safeguarding petroleum investments.

Governor Okowa also assured the people of his administration’s determination to develop the non-oil sector.

He hinted that the Export Processing Zone being developed by the Federal Government was still on course, disclosing that it has the capacity of creating 100,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs when fully operational.

Some of the delegates at the summit insisted that members of the various communities should have been carried along to ensure success in the fight against pipeline vandalism.

The summit with the theme, “Security and Environmental Challenges in Oil and Gas Sector in Delta State – The Way Forward,” took place at the conference hall of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) in Effurun, Warri.

Chaired by Professor Sam Oyovbaire, the meeting was expected to provide insight and proffer solutions to the numerous threats faced by oil and gas installations.

It was also billed to have a clear understanding of the various threat groups, the dangers they represent, their goals, capabilities, opportunities, past attacks and possible future attacks.

Bayelsa State Governor Declares Interest For Second Term

gov seriake dicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has officially declared his interest to run for a second term in office in the governorship election that will hold on December 5.

Governor Dickson, on Friday, submitted his nomination form at the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, with men, women and youth of Bayelsa State singing, drumming and dancing to celebrate the number one citizen of the State.

Governor Dickson was described by leaders of the party in the state, as ‘a good product to sell’ to Bayelsans. They said he deserved a second term in office.

He has promised Bayelsans that his campaign during the electioneering process would be issue-based.

The Governor, who had been accorded a welcome fit worthy of a winner in a battle that has not yet been fought, handed over the form to the officials of the PDP at their national secretariat.

Governor Dickson, in company of most of the political and traditional leaders of Bayelsa State, then paid the Acting Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, a courtesy visit in his office, assuring him of the party’s victory in the coming election.

He said that the presence of the bigwigs at his submission of nomination form was an indication of victory for the PDP in the polls, giving the statics of elective offices presently occupied my members of the party.

In spite of the overwhelming support for the Governor, the Acting Chairman insisted that the party would conduct primaries in the state, while wishing the Governor a favourable outcome.

Some of the party’s leaders in Bayelsa that were present , were a former Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, former Deputy Governor Peremobowei Ebebi and a former Senator, now Pro-Chancellor of Federal University of Petroluem, Effurun, Senator Amange. They were optimistic that the PDP was a party to beat in Bayelsa State.

Group Protests Alleged Disengagement By PTI

ptiA group who claimed to be workers of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) in Effurun, Delta State, are protesting their alleged unlawful disengagement by the management of the institute.

The said workers took to the streets of Effurun while appealing to the Federal Government to look into the issue.

They demanded for their reinstatement into the institution and payment of their entitlements.

Reacting to the protest, the Assistant Director, Public Affairs of Institute, Mr Brown Okanifelime, debunked their claims, insisting that the institute is not indebted to them.

Mr Okanifelime also said that the PTI had no contract staff among its personnel.

Exxon Mobil Donates Equipment To Six Nigerian Universities

exxonOil giant, Exxon Mobil has donated equipment worth 50 million naira to six tertiary institutions in the country through its Universities Partnership Programme (UPP).

The donated items includes: analytical equipments, digital cameras, mosquitoes nets for field trips and the sum of 5.777 million naira to each of the universities.

The beneficiaries includes; Akwa Ibom State University, Anambra State University, University of Jos and Federal University of Technology, Akure. Others are University of Ilorin and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta.

According to the General Manager, Operations (Technical) of Exxon, Mr Micheal Udoh, the company has since the inception of the program in 2007, provided support worth over one billion naira.

”Since we started the University Partnering Programme in 2007, we have donated vehicles, Geo-sciences equipment to 14 universities, to facilitate Geological fieldwork training and analysis for students.

He said the program is aimed at ensuring that Nigeria stands on equal competitive footing with the best universities in the world in the study of Geo-sciences.

”We commenced this partnership Eight years ago in the area of Geo-sciences education in our collective and determined quest to help advance the quality of education in Nigeria to internationally competitive levels.

“To date, we have committed over N900m to the UPP and our long term goal is to ensure that every public university in Nigeria offering Geo-sciences benefits from the programme.

Commending the company, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, asked other companies to emulate the good examples of the company, as the government cannot adequately fund education on its own.

The gesture by the company also received the support and commendation of players in the Geo-sciences sector, such as the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Education.

The beneficiaries also promised to ensure that the equipments are properly used and maintained.