Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa

Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged community stakeholders particularly traditional institutions to engage in peace building in their areas for development to thrive.

He made the call at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area during the grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of Okpe monarch, His Royal Majesty Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom.

Governor Okowa said that only a peaceful environment would bring development and investment to the society.

He emphasized the need for traditional institutions to partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development would thrive.

“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. Today the Okpe kingdom has been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this has secured oil activities in this axis,” he said.

He appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism as this has impacted negatively on communities and the state and has also hampered meaningful development in the various oil bearing areas.

“Deltans have suffered enough of pipeline vandalism, we should give peace a chance, it has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa maintained.

He thanked the Okpe people for supporting their royal father to maintain the peace in their community and secure the oil facilities in this area.

The Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, Delta State House of Assembly members led by the Speaker, Monday Igbuya, as well as former military administrator, Waiter Feghabor, were among the dignitaries at the event.


Diebiri People Want Relocation After 21 Years Of Displacement

Diebiri-KingdomThe people of oil producing Diebiri Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State have cried out to the state government to urgently include them in the settlement of the Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja boundary dispute, having suffered the same destruction during the crisis.

According to the paramount ruler of Diebiri Kingdom, Mr James Orubu, in 1995 when the crisis between Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja started, Diebiri Kingdom suffered a great loss to the frontal attacks by the two warring communities, leading to the sack of the kingdom.

He said Diebiri people have been neglected since the crisis 21 years ago despite being an oil producing community.

The development led to the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry by the then Military Administrator, Ibrahim Kefas, but till date nothing has been done by the successive governments to help their situation.

He noted that despite several petitions and position papers sent to the government to help provide protection and rebuild the devastated oil producing Diebiri Kingdom, the case has remained the same.

In a swift reaction, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, appealed to the aggrieved community to further make their position known to government while the peace efforts of the state government on the Oge-Ijoh and Aladja crisis would continue.

The people of Diebiri Kingdom, who have now relocated to neighbouring Batan community due to the attack by the warring factions produces over 40,000 barrels per day from oil exploration by various oil firms.

Despite ongoing exploration of oil in the area, there are no basic amenities, such as schools, health facilities and pipe-borne water.

This development led to a peaceful protest by the people of Diebiri kingdom who called on the state government to assist them in returning to their ancestral home.

Some of the protesters expressed dissatisfaction with what they called neglect by the state government in spite of their peaceful clamour for attention.

Wada Unveils Hummel Kits For Kogi Football Teams

governor wadaKogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has unveiled the Hummel jerseys and logo for the Kogi State Football Teams.

The Governor on unveiling the jersey, said though the team may not have won, their performance had been very impressive.

Wada also congratulated the Female National Football Team, Super Falcons, for their performance in the ongoing Female World Cup in Canada. The Falcons crashed out of the championship in the group stage, after losing to Australia and US and securing a draw against Sweden.

To improve performance of the State’s football teams, the Kogi United and Confluence Queens Football Clubs which were formed in 1993 and 1994 respectively by the then Military Administrator, Colonel Pun Omeruo, has been restructured by the incumbent Governor

While unveiling the new jerseys and appending his signature on the football, Captain Wada commended the Humel of Denmark for kitting the state’s teams.

He also urged the players to value the jerseys and slogans of the team by remaining focused, persevere and disciplined, as they file out for matches, wearing the new jerseys.

The Governor also described football as a social instrument for the promotion of unity, social development and tourism, as he promised to continue to support the game while appealing to all stakeholders to buy and wear the new jersey as a mark of respect and support for the team.

In their separate speeches, the manager of one of the clubs, Mallam Abdul Sule, and the Chairman, Kogi State Football Association Umar Isah, commended the Governor for re-branding the football team in line with football best practices in the world.