Fourteen #EndSARS protesters arrested by the Police in Ughelli, Delta State in connection with the killing of a Police Corporal during the agitations have been released.
“In line with our commitment to meet all the legitimate requests of the #EndSARS protesters in Delta State,” Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa tweeted on Thursday, “all the protesters that were previously detained by the Police in Ughelli have been released.”
In line with our commitment to meet all the legitimate requests of the #EndSARS protesters in Delta State, all the protesters that were previously detained by the Police in Ughelli have been released. pic.twitter.com/CYwxK47Z3z
Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.
He said that industrialisation of Nigeria was one good strategy to grow the nation’s economy, but observed that “challenges are actually so much that in the world today when you talk about our nation Nigeria, it’s like there is a question mark that follows and tends to limit the investing public from coming to us.
“The challenges of insecurity which is very key and very importantly, challenges of power failure which is also very significant limit industrialization.
“But, we must put our trust in God and allow Him to lead us because His wisdom is greater than the wisdom of the world.”
Governor Okowa acknowledged the benefits of a new state and said that Asaba and the entire state would have been less-developed than it is today if the state had not been created.
Brighter Days Ahead
He thanked religious leaders for their prayers for the state and the people, saying “brighter days surely lie ahead of our people’’.
The governor recalled that “29 years ago, this state was created out of the former Bendel State; we all rejoiced and we still rejoice till date. The Lord has done great things for us as a state and as a people in the past 29 years.
“I recall that even with the creation of the state and the joy, there were challenges that came with it. But 29 years later, we have realised that staying together we are able to develop our state, ourselves and our families, and to God be the glory.
“It is important that we continue to stay together because we have achieved reasonable peace and unity.
“When I recall at the creation of Delta state how Asaba was and what it is today, we can definitely say that we have had lots of changes and as a nation we have had our challenges and today, we have more challenges than we ever had and we cannot wish ourselves away from the Nigerian nation because we are part and parcel of the Nigerian nation.”
It is my fervent hope and prayer, that we will continue to build on the foundation that has been built in the past, in order to secure a greater and more stable future for the generations that are still to come. pic.twitter.com/cKQaverI8s
“Challenges of the time, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, have suppressed economies of the world. The nation is troubled and Delta State being part of the nation, is also troubled and I believe that there is only one way we can distinguish ourselves in a nation that is challenged as we found ourselves.’’
In his sermon entitled “Break camp and move on”, Archbishop of Bendel Province, The Most Rev’d Cyril Odutemu, said that Delta had achieved a lot from creation, but called for serious efforts in the industrialisation of the state.
“We have crossed the hurdles of tribal crisis and we are moving to the promise-land even though we are yet to arrive where we should be.
“We must break camp in the industrialisation of Delta State and in doing so, we must see every Deltan as brother and sister for the sake of our dear state,” he stated.
The thanksgiving service featured prayer sessions for the nation and the State as well as for all those in the position of authority.
Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor announced this on his Twitter handle today, saying he and his wife are well and remain in isolation.
This development comes on the heels of tests conducted on the governor’s family after a few days of self-isolation.
The governor and his family went into isolation on Friday after one of their daughters tested positive for the virus.
The two heads of the First Family in the state, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, are stable and have commenced necessary treatment, and further isolation.
The governor thanked Deltans for their prayers for his family and called for continued supplications for all patients undergoing treatment for the pandemic.
He assured that his administration would not relent in its efforts at combating the virus in the state, and urged the public to support the government in that regard by complying with prescribed protocols by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Okowa reiterated that “COVID-19 is real. The rate is increasing in our state and the virus is taking the lives of some of our people.
“I, therefore, again call on every Deltan to observe the protocols on the virus while in public, to curb further spread of the virus, especially in the communities.”
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Wednesday disclosed that three suspected cases of the COVID-19 in the state had tested negative.
Okowa made this known via his verified Facebook page.
The governor had in a Coronavirus Update broadcast on Tuesday, said that the state was expecting results of three patients who reportedly exhibited symptoms of the virus from Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo, where their samples were taken for investigation.
He said the state would continue to be on red alert to forestall any outbreak of the disease in the state.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Great Ogboru, against the election of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the Governor of Delta State.
A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu, reserved judgment on Monday after the lawyers to the parties in the appeal adopted and argued their final briefs.
Chief Ogboru is seeking a reversal of the decision of the Delta State governorship election petition tribunal which returned Senator Okowa as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.
He had raised 37 appeals through his lawyer, Mr Nicholson Ichekor, upon which he is asking the court of appeal to set aside the entire judgment of the tribunal.
The APC candidate alleged over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Friday upheld the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, declaring him as the authentic winner of the March, 9, 2019 governorship election.
Chairman of the three-man tribunal which sat in Asaba the state’s capital, Justice Sulaiman Belgore, dismissed a petition by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Great Ogboru, for lack of merit.
Mr Ogburu had in a petition challenged the victory of Okowa at the poll, alleging that the election was marred with irregularities, over-voting and substantial non-compliance with the electoral act and guidelines.
He prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh exercise or declare him winner on the ground that he scored majority of lawful votes cast during that exercise.
His petition was however dismissed on all grounds by Justice Belgore who stated that the petitioners did not prove their case beyond reasonable doubts as required by law.
Among the newly sworn in commissioners include Barr. Peter Mrakpor, Hon. Chika Ossai, Patrick Ukah who were part of the first tenure of the Okowa administration.
The governor who congratulated the commissioners observed that the expectations of deltans are high and urged them and other political appointees to see themselves as people who are representing the entire delta people in the cabinet.
He admonished the commissioners to embrace the concept of team leadership and collective responsibility.
Responding on behalf of all the commissioners, Mr. Patrick Ukah thanked the governor for the opportunity to be part of his cabinet pledging to join in the effort to build a stronger Delta.
He assured that they will discharge their duties effectively.
He scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration embarked on massive road constructions.
The governor also reeled out the achievements recorded during his first administration. He added that plans have been concluded for the construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college.
According to Okowa, this will encourage skill development and the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people.
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has confirmed the death of a third person in Udu Local Government Area of the state.
The governor described the incident as unfortunate, calling on security agencies to beef up security ahead of the governorship and state assembly elections.
Governor Okowa blamed the electoral violence which led to the death of the victims on the opposition party, accusing them of hiring thugs to disrupt the voting process.
He said, “It is the other party that got involved in thuggery in the few places that we had (violence).
“This particular place in Sapele, the report was that two boys came out of a house and shot two boys trying to vote and ran back into the house, by the time we were able to get security men into the house, the boys had run away through the river”.
The governor noted that the violence in the Sapele area of the state was not an issue of ballot snatching.
On the third death, Governor Okowa explained that the incident occurred when another set of thugs from an opposition party came to disturb the process of counting, thereby killing the person that confronted them.
“Some thugs were coming to disrupt the process of counting of the elections and this boy just came and said no you can not disrupt and that was how they used a cutlass on him, it was a very unfortunate incident”.
He stressed that his party was not involved in any violence.
Meanwhile, the state police command has earlier confirmed the death of two people at a polling unit in Amukpe Sapele LGA of the state on Saturday.
According to the police, unknown gunmen stormed the polling units when the voting was still ongoing and sprayed bullets on voters leaving two persons dead while one other was injured and is currently receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.
The 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has been inaugurated in Asaba with Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa stating that sharing of information among security agencies is very vital to addressing security challenges in the country.
The governor who spoke at the inauguration ceremony opined that the country will be more secured when proactive measures are taken with the aid of the timely sharing of information by security agencies.
He said, “I congratulate the Nigerian Army for setting up the 63 Brigade; Delta State is a peaceful state, but, we welcome actions that will consolidate on the existing peace.”
“Sharing of information among security agencies will have a lot of impact on checking security challenges in the country; security agencies have done a lot for us to have peace and secure oil facilities in our state, but, I must appreciate the roles played by our traditional rulers and stakeholders who also, assisted us in achieving peace,” Governor Okowa said.
He continued, “with the coming of the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, we will have more men to secure our state, we will continue to assist in whatever ways we can for you to carry out your functions,”
The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai represented by the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham said the establishment of the 63 Brigade was necessary for the continual protection of the nation’s interest stating that Operation Python Dance III will take place in the state.
He commended the Delta State Government for providing temporary takeoff for the Brigade.