Africa To Get More Space In FIFA Competitions – Pinnick

pinnickPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, says plans are ongoing to get more space for African teams in FIFA competitions.

The newly elected executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed that the number of teams in CAF competitions would also be increased.

On the development of football in Nigeria, he gave assurance that Nigerian referees would be given their pride of place in the comity of nations during his tenure.

Mr Pinnick made the remarks when he visited the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba, the state’s capital.

He thanked Governor Okowa for his support in the development of human resources in the state, south-south Nigeria.

“l am in the state to say a big thank you to you and the people of the state for your encouragement and support for my election,” the NFF President said.

Governor Okowa, on his part assured Pinnick that his administration remains committed to the development of human resources and sports infrastructure in Nigeria.

He congratulated the NFF President on his election into the CAF Executive Committee, and his appointment into the FIFA Organising Committee.

“We give glory to God for your success in your election. I believe that when God has blessed a process to be, no one can stop it. I want to urge you to continue to look up to God and stay committed to your duty as you move on.

“We as a state look forward to greater things that will come your way but be rest assured that we will continually give the best of our support. We are confident in your ability and understanding of the game of football and we believe that you will perform very well.

“Always look up to God and stay committed as you move up in sports administration. We pray that God will guide you to remain focused in carrying out your new functions; when you progress, Delta State is progressing,” he said.

Governor Okowa Tells Youths What To Do To Succeed

Okowa Inaugurates Assembly Service Commission, Demands DisciplineYouths in the Delta State have been advised to consistently work towards achieving success patiently and without losing faith in themselves.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State gave the advice in Asaba when the winner of the MTN Project Fame, West Africa, Season 9, Miss Okiemute Ighorodje, from Delta State and the 2nd runner up in the contest, Mr Okiemute Okotete, another Deltan paid him a courtesy visit.

Governor Okowa said: “Hard work pays. We can achieve things for ourselves. We must start thinking outside the box. As youths, we must start thinking of how to succeed. Success is difficult to attain but with the right frame of mind and commitment, success will come.

“Youths should try to fend for themselves and realise that they can start small and make it big”.

He congratulated the winners for being good ambassadors of the state, asserting; “we believe that this type of thing can inspire other youths who are ready to work to excel”.

“I want to truly congratulate both of you for the victory you brought to Delta State. We are proud of you as Deltans. You can use this as springboard for a better future and I want you to use this position that you are in to act as mentor to other youths because, the life you live and influence the youths on a positive note will count for you in heaven if not on earth here,” Governor Okowa emphasised.

Earlier, Miss Okiemute who was accompanied by her relations on the visit, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for his support for the youths in the state.

“Thank you your excellency for providing an enabling environment for the youths to harness their potentials which makes it possible for them to emerge victorious in all that they do.

“I dedicate these awards to the governor and the people of Delta State and I pledge that we will judiciously work to make the youths more focused in achieving their desired goals,” she told the governor.

Niger-Delta Region: New Army Division Established To Improve Security

Nigerian army in Niger delta region A new division of the Nigerian Army, Six Division, has been established in Port Harcourt to take care of the security issues in the Niger Delta region.

The division is headed by Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim.

The development was made known to reporters in Delta State after a meeting between the Governor of the State, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, Major General Abdulkarim.

Major General Abdulkarim said that they were in Asaba to brief Governor Okowa on the establishment of the new 6 Division with Headquarter in Port Harcourt and the new brigade in Asaba and to seek his support in meeting the challenges of the establishment.

He explained that the new Division, which would cover Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Delta States, would handle the security challenges in the region and help improve security.

The head of the division also told the Delta State governor that a new brigade would be established in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

On his part, Governor Okowa called for synergy among stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to tackle myriad of security issues.

He told the army that it was imperative for the stakeholders including the security agencies, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, elders and youths to partner together to improve peace and security in the region.

“I am glad that a new division has been established to take care of the security issues in the region.

“Also, that a new brigade will be established in Asaba, Delta State, this will help improve security in the state. I want to commended the synergy among the security agencies in the state which has led to improved security and ensure peace,” he said.

Governor Okowa commended Major General Abdulkarim on his appointment as the GOC of the new Division and assured him of the government’s support in the provision of the necessary infrastructure for the takeoff of the Division and the brigade in Asaba.

The army has increased military presence in the Niger Delta region to quell resurging militancy which has forced the oil output of the nation to drop below two million barrels per day.


Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja Crisis: Fight No More, Okowa Tells Communities

ifeanyi-okowa-speaksThe Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has warned that the government would no longer tolerate any further outbreak of crisis among communities in Ogbe Ijoh and Aladja.

The warning was issued to put to an end to killings and maiming as well as curb the worsening security situation in the area.

Governor Okowa gave the warning during an extended Security Council meeting in Asaba that had traditional rulers and youths from Urhobo and Ijaw communities in attendance.

He said that the government was losing its patience with the perpetrators of the crisis and would not allow the crisis to degenerate into an inter-tribal war.

The meeting is coming on the heels of deteriorating security situation and the alleged beheading of people by suspected youths in the communities.

Not Ready For Peace

Reading a riot act to the warring communities, Governor Okowa said he would not hesitate to deal decisively with leaders of both communities in the outbreak of another crisis, urging them not to take the state government for granted.

He explained that the government had made frantic efforts to broker peace between the two communities which have not yielded any positive results and directed security agencies to arrest the President Generals, Women and Youth leaders if any further crisis erupts.

“We have been doing a lot to stop the crisis but it appear these our brothers are not ready for peace and are ready to drag us into an ethnic war which will not help anybody.

“We cannot close our eyes to the inherent danger in their actions.

“I have directed the security agencies that the President-General, Youth and Women leaders of the communities should continue to report weekly to the Naval Base and they should be held responsible if there is further escalation of the crisis,” the governor said.

The Governor appealed to the traditional rulers, especially those of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijaw communities, to cooperate with the government and security agencies in enthroning lasting peace, warning that appropriate actions might be taken against them if the crisis continued to escalate.

“I have not gotten enough cooperation from the traditional rulers of Ogbe Ijoh and Aladja communities and we have a lot of respect for your office, but I wish to caution that that respect would be withdrawn if we have further crisis.

“I will not hesitate to take appropriate actions against the two traditional rulers if we hear any further crisis.

“We cannot continue to act in this manner, it is time to maintain law and order in the area,” Governor Okowa said.

He further described as worrisome, security reports which indicated that the crisis was degenerating into a full scale war between the Urhobo and Ijaw ethnic nationalities and appealed to traditional rulers in the state to compliment government’s efforts at ensuring the restoration of peace as “it is difficult to maintain peace without the royal fathers”.

Okowa Inaugurates Board Of Development Agency In Delta State Capital

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentThe Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has inaugurated the Chairman and Members of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) Board.

At the inauguration on Tuesday, Governor Okowa advised the board members to faithfully implement the master plan of the state’s capital, Asaba.

The four-man board has a former Commissioner for Works in the state, Mr Tom Amioku, as the Chairman and three other members – Austine Igbine, Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju and Honourable Sunny Emeyese.

Meanwhile, Mr Clement Ofuani has earlier been sworn in as Director General of the Agency.

During the inauguration ceremony, which took place at the Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa pointed out that though the country was facing financial challenges, the chairman and members should think outside the box, get investors and ensure that Asaba wears befitting look as the capital of oil-rich Delta State.

“We believe that an Agency has to be established to give Asaba a befitting look as a capital city. We have tested gentlemen and a woman to pilot the affairs of the agency.

“It is going to be a great challenge based on the current financial situation in the country and our state, but it is time for us to implement the master plan of Asaba, address the problems of infrastructure and tackle the issues of waste disposal by liaising with Oshimili South Local Government Council and the Waste Management Board.

“The foundation requires that we must engage the private sector to develop the capital city which is well located as it is within the reach of many places. I strongly believe we can develop Asaba as a state capital,” Governor Okowa reiterated.

He congratulated the Chairman and members of the DSCTDA, urging them to also look at the Industrial Park located within the capital city with a view to ensuring that it was put to proper use, especially, by industrialists.

Responding on behalf of members of the DSCTDA, the Chairman, Mr Amioku thanked Governor Okowa for finding them worthy to serve the government and people of Delta State in that capacity, assuring him that they would do their best to carry out their functions effectively.

“As members of the newly inaugurated Board, we share Your Excellency’s vision for a full and ramified development of Asaba Capital Territory’s infrastructure, environment, ecology and aesthetics.

“A full and all round development of the state capital territory will no doubt promote tourism in the state, provide more comfort to all Deltans and non-Deltans alike that come to the state capital for one reason or the other and ultimately boost business and commercial activities in the state capital, thereby, enhancing the economic viability of the state,” Amioku asserted.

South-South Governors To Meet With Buhari Over Security Issues

South-south governorsFive Governors of Nigeria’s south-south states plan talks with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss various security issues affecting the zone, including the menace of herdsmen.

The governors, who are members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met on Sunday in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

At the meeting were Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, that of Akwa Ibom, Gabriel Udom Emmanuel, Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson and Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade.

They discussed security challenges posed by Fulani herdsmen and condemned the recent pipeline vandalism in the Niger delta.

Discussions were also focused on the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State and the governors resolved to reposition the party to be victorious.

At a press conference after the meeting, which took place at the Delta State Government House, Asaba, the host, Governor Okowa, said that far reaching decisions were made.

He said: “We discussed issues concerning our great party, the PDP. You will recall that our convention has been fixed to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on May 21 and we are putting plans in place for that convention.”

“The Chairman of the committee for the convention is Governor Wike of Rivers State and we use this medium to call on all our supporters and members of the PDP to desist from any form of crisis before, during and after the convention. We accepted, as a party, and the leadership of the party agreed that the national convention should hold at Port Harcourt. We stand by that resolution,” he added.

Senator Okowa stated that issues bothering on the PDP in Edo State and the governorship elections coming up in September, 2016 were also discussed, asserting that had tried to map out strategies in order to strengthen the PDP in Edo State.

Asked about the strategies to muscle power from the All Progressive Congress-led government in Edo State, Governor Okowa, beaming with smile alongside his colleagues said: “We will not let the cat out of the bag because we are putting things in place at the moment”.

Okowa Asks Emerhor, Ogboru To Apologise To Deltans

Delta governor OkowaThe Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has asked the governorship candidates of the All Progressive Congress and the Labour Party in the last general election to apologise to Deltans.

The Governor made the demand after the Supreme Court dismissed appeals against his election as the Governor of Delta State filed by the APC’s Olorogun Ortega Emerhor and Labour Party’s Great Ogboru who were candidates of the parties in the 2015 election.

Governor Okowa said that the apology was for distracting residents of Delta State with legal battles they knew were not justifiable.

He made the statement in Asaba at a thanksgiving service held on Tuesday shortly after the Supreme Court upheld his election as the duly elected Governor of Delta State.

According to the Governor, who was flanked by his wife, Dame Edith, his Deputy and his wife, Mr Kingsley Otuaro and Mr Ebi respectively, “they knew they did not win in the elections, yet, they went to the Elections Petition Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and then to the Supreme Court”.

They subjected Deltans and lovers of the state to uncertainties, he stressed.

In the Tuesday ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed appeals contesting the election of  Governors of Delta, Yobe and Oyo States.

In a unanimous judgment, the seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen dismissed the appeals filed by Mr Ogboru and Emerhor of the.

Gov. Okowa Condemns The Killing Of Ubulu-Uku King

OkowaThe Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned in strong terms the killing of the monarch of Ubulu-Uku, His Royal Majesty Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue III.

Governor Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, said that the death of the monarch has opened a sacrilegious chapter in the history of the state and vowed that the state, under his watch, would ensure that the incidents of the abduction and his subsequent death would be thoroughly investigated.

The Governor further said, “It was sad that a reigning king was abducted but an unheard-of fact was his murder in the most dehumanizing circumstances by his abductors, in the forest.

“I have directed an inquiry into this abominable act and call on Deltans; particularly the kingdom and the security agencies to work harmoniously to unearth the culprits.”

Mr Okowa vowed that King Edward’s death would mark a new vista in the battle against kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state.

He called on parents to warn their wards about the companies they keep as the state was out to make a guinea pig of anybody found to be culpable in related crimes.

His Royal Majesty, Obi Akaeze Ofulue the III, was held for about two weeks by his abductors but his body was found in the thick bush of Umunede, Ika Local Government Area on Thursday morning.

Okowa Inaugurates Government Agencies’ Boards

DeltaThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated Boards of Government Agencies and the Delta State Sports Commission.

At the ceremony held at the Unity Hall Asaba, Governor Okowa said appointment of people into boards and commissions would ensure decisive implementation of policies to ensure quick delivery of his agenda.

Responding on behalf of the appointed board members, Dr. Chris Oghenechovwen, thanked Governor Okowa for giving them the opportunity to serve the state in their respective boards and commission, pledging that they would carry out their functions diligently.

They also assured citizens of the state, diligence and hard work in handling the affairs of the state.

NBA Conference: Lawyers Asked To Consider Electoral System Issues

Nigerian_lawyers_Conference2014Nigerian Lawyers have been asked to ensure that issues relating to the electoral system and other meaningful issues that will uplift the nation should top talks at the 54th Nigerian Bar Association’s annual conference holding in Imo State.

The governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, in his address at the opening of the conference on Monday, said that discussing such relevant issues would help sustain the nation’s democracy, even as the 2015 general elections draw nearer.

The conference holding in Owerri, the state’s capital, had in attendance, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke and the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan.

The chairman of the occasion is a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and also present were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha and the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere.

Over 10 thousand lawyers from across the country are attending the conference, with the theme, ‘Nigeria; 100 years after’.

Before gaining access to the venue of the event, each participants had to be screened of the Ebola virus with the test kit.

Okey Wali says politicians in Nigeria try to draw the Bar into political bickering

The President of the NBA, Wali said that even though the efforts of the Federal Government and security operatives needed to be commended, they still need to do more in safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians in the face of all the insecurity challenges.

He stressed that there should be concerted efforts by stakeholders to ensure free and fair election at all times as it was the only way good governance could thrive.

Mr Wali advised politicians to step up their game in ensuring that the nation’s democracy gets to an enviable level.

While commending the Nigerian Bar Association for organising the conference, General Gowon lamented that 100 years after, Nigeria had not achieved its full potentials but expressed hopes that with the resolutions made in the just concluded national conference, the journey for a new Nigeria had commenced.

In his speech, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, stressed that delivering good governance to the people was not to be negotiated.

He called on participants at the conference to ensure that at the end of the 5-day conference, issues that would be of great benefits to Nigerians and also promote the nation’s democracy would be discussed.

This is the third time the Nigerian Bar association is hosting her annual conference in Imo State 1982, 1991 and 2014. The conference is expected to last for five days and on the last day, August 29, the present NBA President, Okey Wali, will officially hand over baton to the newly elected Bar Association’s President, Augustine Alegeh.


Uduaghan Urges Labour Employers To key Into Pension Scheme

emmanuel uduaghanThe Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has urged employers of labour in Nigeria to key into the Contributory Pensions Scheme.

At the opening ceremony of the World Pension Summit for Africa taking place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday, Governor Uduaghan emphasised that the scheme was beneficial to both the employer and the employee.

Dr Uduaghan told journalists that with the scheme, funding of infrastructure projects would be made easy for developers in Nigeria.

He said that Delta State had contributed over 60 billion Naira to the scheme.

The Delta State Governor expressed satisfaction over the way the scheme was handled by the administrators and mangers, expressing confidence that it will no longer be easy for pension frauds anymore.

Earlier, on the sideline of the summit, the Chairman for the World Pension Summit, Harry Smorenberg, said that by learning and sharing best practices, Africa could set a new pace by being a leader in social security and pension market development in the nearer future.

“The agenda for the pension market development  for Africa is challenging and this is the first step where we provide a platform where we can exchange truly, expertise from not mainly African countries but also from outside Africa because in my view, Africa can really leapfrog on the development taking place in other countries,”  he said.

Mr Smorenberg told Channels Television that there would be a lot of messages in the summit on strengthening the Social Security System as it was the base for securing people. He explained that it was all about managing people, having equal right and avoiding social unrest which makes pension market development crucial and important as people have to feel safe to save money for their future.

Be More Vigilant, Uduaghan Tells Nigerians

Emmanuel UduaghanThe Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has asked Nigerians to complement government’s efforts at combating insecurity by being vigilant about strange movements and personalities in their environment.

In his Easter Message, Dr Uduaghan, stressed that the Federal and State Governments were doing their bests to deal with the rising insecurity.

He condemned the Nyanya Motor Park bombing, the Chibok, Borno State students’ abduction and other negative incidents in the country.

The Delta State governor pointed out that the citizenry and parents had tremendous roles to play in stemming the rising insecurity, explaining that there was the compelling need for people to be watchful and vigilant.

At the Easter Sunday Service of the First Baptist Church, Warri, Dr Uduaghan tasked parents to take responsibility towards moulding the character of their children and wards to forestall the tendencies of engaging in criminal activities, as it has been observed that most of the crimes and deviant behaviours of people have their origin traced to the form and nature of values their parents and guardians inculcated in them.

The governor admitted that although Delta State was presently facing the challenge of cattle herdsmen whose activities had prevented some farmers from going to farm, explaining that measures are being put in place to deal with the issue.

He said that a committee had been inaugurated on the movement of cattle rearers in the state to curtail the excesses of herdsmen.

The Governor noted that that of the strange happenings and phenomenon around the world; like the missing Malaysian plane, were indications that human beings were limited in knowledge. “It also shows that there is a supreme being that is above all of us as human beings,” he said.