Uduaghan Links Party Defection To Desperation

Emmanuel_Uduaghan_Governor_Delta_State The Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has linked defection of individuals from one party to another to desperation, stating that most politicians that have defected did so as a result of impatience.

“The impatience that they have exhibited in the PDP is the same they will exhibit in their new party, it is the new party that will suffer it more than the PDP,” he told Channels Television on Tuesday.

He stated that the politicians were moving not because of the crisis in PDP but because of their personal nature.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Governor Uduaghan explained that it was necessary to have fallouts in every political party, but stressed that how it would be managed was the most important.

He cited cases of some individuals who came into PDP and were made governor and later left for the opposition party.

“It is not because of the crisis in PDP but it is their nature to be impatient.”

There were several defections in 2014, with the speaker of the House of Representatives defecting to Opposition All Progressives Congress.

Governor Uduaghan stressed the need for stakeholders to sit together and look into issues that could trigger violence during or after the general elections.


He added that the meeting should not be for just the candidates alone but for council chairmen, traditional rulers amongst other stakeholders.

“They should sit and analyse the cause of post-election violence in 2011.”

On the issue of corruption in Nigeria, Governor Uduaghan said that the government had been doing its best in tackling corruption, quoting President Goodluck Jonathan as saying that his administration had prosecuted more persons on cases of corruption more than previous administrations.

He stressed that why it seemed some  persons indicted for corrupt practices have not been prosecuted was as a result of the time required for investigation, which he said could take up to 10 years.

“There is this political prosecution of people in office while they are still in office. Whatever they are doing people will see something wrong with it and call for their prosecution.

“If you put a case of corruption on somebody and you say whether true or false, the person should leave office, it is not right and you may end up punishing people unnecessarily,” he said.

The Delta State Governor also spoke against the use of jungle justice in punishing persons that had been indicted for corrupt practices.

There have been several committees set up to investigate corrupt practices, but persons indicted never get punished even after the committee submits its reports.

Governor Uduaghan said that the reports of the committee was not enough for prosecution of persons indicted, as no committee had the ability to finish a given investigation.








Delta State Commissions Olympic Sized Swimming Pool In Warri

Olympic-size swimming pool in WarriThe Delta State government recently commissioned an Olympic sized swimming pool in Warri.

The event started of with the grand finally of the 6th edition of the Annual Chief of Naval Staff Open Swimming Championship sponsored by the Nigerian Navy in conjunction with the Delta State government and the Nigeria aquatics federation taken place at the newly constructed Olympic sized swimming pool.

At the event was the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Chief of Naval Staff, Real Admiral Usman Jubril.

It was jubilation when the final result was announced with Delta State retaining its leading title, which they have been winning for five years running.

The athletes won 23 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals to bring their total haul to 48 medals.

With the victory, the state government decided to host the athletes as well as the Chief of Naval Staff to a befitting banquets to appreciate them for a job well done.

Still in the spirit of appreciation, the Chief of Naval Staff and others were given awards after which they all relaxed and enjoy all the fun of the evening.

Nigerian artistes Dr. Sid and Seyi Shey were on hand to entertainment the guests and the contestants.

Commonwealth Games: Credit Governor Uduaghan For Okagbare’s Success – Pinnick

BlessingThe Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick, on Friday, attributed the success of Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games to the support by Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan,

During an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Pinnick said that the Governor “gave her everything she needed to succeed.”

He revealed that GovernorUduaghan played a major in the comeback of Blessing as he gave her regular words of encouragement, pep talks and financial assistance, which included approving a training grant of 10,000 dollars monthly for her.

Pinnick,who also lauded Blessing as an excellent athlete who had a vision and mission, maintained that the role of State Governments in achieving better performances in sport was very important.

He cited Governor Uduaghan’s support for Blessing as an example of how State Governments could help improve the standard of sports in Nigeria.

He, however, also said that the success of Blessing’s wins was also as a result of the support from President Goodluck Jonathan.

“After the Olympics which Nigeria performed badly in, the President called a summit, (and) that was the beginning and launch pad to Nigeria’s success in sports. He emphasized on funding, which the country hardly has a problem with now”, he said.

Mr Pinnick also stressed that if there was a  proper structure in Sports Medicine, the case of Amalaha, who was suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test, may have been prevented.

He claimed that Amalaha might have been a victim of using malaria drugs that have some form of banned steroids in them.

He, however, advised that there should be more concentration and establishment of a National Sports Commission were there would be a proper structure in making sure that there are technocrats working in all d various departments.

Mr Pinnick urged the Senate President to help put this factors into the law establishing the National Sports Commission.

Delta Commissions Taskforce To Monitor Fulani Herdsmen

cattleThe Delta State Government On Thursday said that it had taken pre-emptive measures aimed at curtailing the menace of cattle rearers ravaging parts of the country, by constituting a high-powered security committee to control the movement of cattle in the state.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed this to journalists after an expanded Security Council meeting, comprising principal officers of the State House of Assembly, heads of security agencies in the state, traditional rulers, council chairmen and religious leaders and northern leaders, which held at the Government House Annex in Warri.

Dr. Uduaghan, who raised alarm about the influx of strange persons into the state, stated that while the State Government welcomed genuine strangers, it would not fold its arms and allow the state to be overran by people with criminal intentions.

According to the Governor, the State Commissioner of Police would head the task-force with two members of the State Assembly, two commissioners, representatives of security agencies, traditional rulers, council chairmen and the northern community as members, while the Office of the Secretary to the State Government would serve as secretariat.

The task-force would, among other things, control the movement of cattle into and within the state with a view to nipping in the bud any attempt by herdsmen to cause a breach of the relationship.

It was observed that the state has a peculiar security challenge between cattle rearers and farmers, and the situation in recent times had taken a new dimension with the influx of herdsmen carrying arms which they have been using in terrorising farmers, snowballing into killing and raping of women.


Delta State Committee On Environment Flags Off Cleanliness Exercise in Warri

WarriThe Delta State Committee on Environment has flagged-off cleanliness exercise in Warri.

Members of the Committee, made up of the State Deputy Governor as Chairman, all state commissioners and special advisers to the Governor converged at Enerhen Junction in Warri as early as 6:00am, to flag off the exercise of ensuring cleanliness across the state.

The Deputy Governor, Professor Amos Utuama, who flagged off the exercise in Warri, said that the exercise had commenced in Warri North, Warri South and Uvwie Local Government before moving to all local governments of the state.

According to him, the move was to restore environmental order in the three Warri local governments, as well as to ensure the removal and clearing of illegal structures, markets, and dump sites.

He said that the move was to ensure cleanliness in a bid to attract investors to the state and further consolidate on the ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ initiative of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, as he warned that any individual or body who violates the new initiative of the State Government would face prosecution.

Shortly after the flag-off, the committee commenced with the removal of illegal structures.

Some members of the Committee, Commissioner of Information, Chike Ogeah and the Commissioner of Environment, Frank Omare, commented on the development.

Navy Chief Warns Warri Warring Factions

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, has warned the warring factions in Ugborodo community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State to desist from violence or face the law.

He stressed that the Nigerian Navy would not hesitate to apply the full force of the law on anybody making trouble in the community.

A struggle over the leadership of a community trust fund has led to the loss of several lives in the community, as two factions clashed over who should negotiate for compensation over the siting of the Federal Government proposed multi-billion dollar gas city in the Escravos region in the area.

At a mediation meeting with the warring factions in Abuja, Vice Admiral Ezeoba, said that the project is for the benefit of the people and the leaders of the community must see it as so.

He urged the factions to express their grievances in a non-violent manner while bearing in mind the wish of the people.

President Jonathan Visits Warri, Speaks Of Economic Gains

The President has visited Warri in Delta State to join in the celebration of the 26th Jubilee Festival of the Word of Life Bible Church and the birthday of the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor.

President Goodluck Jonathan during his address assured Nigerians that the country is on the right path to development in spite of its present challenges, adding that there are evidences of the improvements.

President Jonathan said the Transformation Agenda is on course and urged Nigerians to continue to support his policies and programmes for the betterment of the country.

He said Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen a leap by about seven percent, adding that the growth has been confirmed by several international rating agencies.

The President and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor however disagreed on compensation for victims of Boko Haram attacks in the North.

While the CAN President asked the Federal Government to immediately set up a compensation committee for victims, President Jonathan insisted that his administration would not pay compensation but would only assist victims of the Islamic sect’s onslaughts.

On efforts to restore sanity in that part of the country, President Jonathan said the State of Emergency declared in some states of the North has recorded significant progress.

He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would continue to do its best to flush out the insurgents and restore sanity and commended the military for being proactive in the war against terrorism.

President Jonathan also assured Nigerians that the country would witness stable electricity supply with the recent privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and its subsidiaries.

The service was attended by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, his counterparts from Cross River and Plateau states, Liyel Imoke and Jonah Jang respectively as well as representatives of Bayelsa and Benue governors, traditional rulers and other eminent Nigerians.

Delta Government To Clamp Down On Crime By Youths And Cattle Rearers

The Delta State Government has said that any cattle rearer who allows his cattle to destroy farm crops or kill or cause bodily harm to farmers in the state would be arrested and expelled.

The Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay who briefed journalists at the end of the State Security Council meeting held in Oghara, Ethiope west local government council, presided over by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, said that the decision was reached because of the increase in criminal activities of cattle rearers.

He added that the Hausa-Fulani leaders in such communities will be made to fish out the culprits.

The secretary to the state government, Comrade Ovuzuorie Maculay pointed out that the state government has decided to remind youths in the state agitating for a third phase of the Federal Government amnesty programme that the programme is over and anyone caught disrupting the peace in the name of amnesty will be treated like a criminal.

Comrade Maculay further stated that the government has reiterated its decision to demolish any house and confiscate any land where kidnap victims are discovered to have been kept in the state.

The state government has also banned all youth activities in Oghara kingdom especially in Ogharaefe and Oghareki because of threat to peace by the youth bodies.

Companies operating in the area have also been warned of dealings with youth groups in Oghara community and have been advised to be cautious lest they fall victim of criminal activities.

Court Sets 21st June To Hear Ogboru’s Revival Suit

The Supreme Court has set the 21st of June, 2013 to decide if a fresh application filed by Mr. Great Ogboru challenging the election of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as governor of Delta State is an abuse of court process.

Mr. Ogboru had through his counsel, Dickson Osuala, filed a fresh application to revive a suit withdrawn by his former counsel, Mr. Sebastian Hun, against Governor Udughan in October 2012.

According to Mr. Osuala, Mr. Hun, who was the counsel at the time, did not obtain the authority of Mr. Ogboru before withdrawing the case.

He further told the court that he had petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria on the conduct of Mister Hun, whom he accused of compromising his professional calling.

However, Governor Udughan, through his counsel Wole Olanipekun (SAN)  objected to the revival of the suit by Mr. Osuala.

Mr. Olanikpekun argued that if the suit was to be revived, Mr. Ogboru’s counsel ought to have applied for the dismissal of the earlier submission by the court.

He further argued that the concession by the previous counsel and the subsequent orders by the court were still binding, as such the action of Mister Ogboru was an abuse of the court process which should not be allowed by the court.

His position was supported by both counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).



PDP Ward Congress:Elections conducted across the country

In line with the agenda of the ruling political party in the Nigeria the PDP to hold ward congresses,party faithfuls filed out in vaious states in the country to exercise their franchise.