Okowa Commissions Delta State E-Government Academy

Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based Development, revenue generationThe Delta State government has advocated a paradigm shift from dependence on revenue from oil to revenue from knowledge-based development.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, dropped the hint at the public presentation of the Delta State Innovation Hub (DS-HUB) and commissioning of Innovation Hall of Fame and the E-Government Academy in Asaba the State capital.

An elated Governor Okowa commended ICT experts for their interest in partnering with his administration to develop an innovation hub and create job opportunities.

“Delta State Innovation Hub – from Oil to Knowledge-based Development is important in our state because, innovation is critical for long-term economic growth and sustainable development in both developed and the developing world.

“In moving away from oil to a knowledge-based development, there is a comprehensive economic development blueprint and strategy to build technologically based skill capacities, support and empower entrepreneurs, generate new employment model for our youth, create wealth and reduce poverty,” the Governor said.

Guests who spoke at the occasion lauded the state government’s initiative in diversifying its economy through ICT, pledging to support the initiative and provide the platform for the growth of ICT in the state.

He specifically, called for sponsorship to enable the state establish a Delta State Innovation Development Fund – IDF; encourage all youths to acquire computer skills and encourage e-governance and digital literacy skills in the civil service and other institutions.

The Director-General of DS-HUB, Mr Chris Uwaje, performed Induction of Pioneer members into the Technology Innovation Hall of Fame, which included Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The Innovation hub aligns with Governor Okowa’s SMART agenda and the DG reiterates, “DS-HUB is a unique knowledge factory with an enabling environment specially designed for originating innovation, building inno-passion, developing creativity and promoting information sharing for building functional new knowledge for the delivery of all-inclusive technology solutions and support services.”

Communications Minister, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, was accompanied by leading names in Information Communication Technology (ICT) world to Asaba for the programme.

They included Leo Stan Ekeh of Zenox Computers, Ms Funke Opeke of Mainone, Prof. Pat Utomi, and Prof. Sola Aderounmu.

Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold On April 22

entertainmentMo Abudu, Davido, Joke Silva, M.I, Jason Njoku, George Thorpe, others will speak at the third edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday April 22,

This is according to a statement issued on Monday, by organizers, NET Newspaper.

The umbrella conference for the Nigerian entertainment sector which debuted in 2013, would see everyone come together again at Eko Hotels in Lagos, for a full day of deliberations, workshops, exhibitions and master-classes.

Past editions have featured renowned celebrities including 2face Idibia, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Amaka Igwe, Kenny Ogungbe, Jimmy JATT, Basketmouth, M.I, Don Jazzy, Kunle Afolayan, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Lagbaja, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, D’banj and Ali Baba; as well as respected executives like Aina Kushoro, Emeka Mba, Chris Ubosi, Ayo Animashaun, Olisa Adibua, Colette Otusheso, Steve Babaeko, Ifeoma Williams, Efe Omorogbe, Frank Nweke, Gab Okoye, and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Speakers and facilitators for this year include acclaimed Nigerian actress and trainer Joke Silva; BET and MTV award winning pop star, Davido; Afrinolly’s Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu; IT entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; rapper and business executive, M.I Abaga; iROKO TV founder, Jason Njoku; music distributor, Uba Pacific; media administrator, Deji Awokoya; marketing icon, George Thorpe; entrepreneur Ayo Makun, founder of NotJustOk, Demola Ogundele and Quilox Chairman, Shina Peller.

Session moderators include Bukky Sawyerr-Izeogu (Classic FM), Zainab Balogun (Ebony Life), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Oreka Godis, Dayo Odulaja (NET), Olamide Adedeji (Soundcity), Ehiz Okoeguale (MTV Base) and others.

The event will be hosted by Tee A for the third year running.

This year’s conference, according to NEC founder, Ayeni Adekunle is themed: ‘Buying And Selling Nigerian Entertainment And Everything In-Between’

Criticism Is Not Helping Nigeria – Pat Utomi

A former presidential candidate, Mr. Pat Utomi has blamed the lack of progress in the battle against Nigeria’s security problems on the criticisms being traded between stakeholders.

While sharing his concerns about the security issues, in an interview with Channels Television, he pointed out the constant criticism that has continued to trail the current security challenges in the country.

He added that Nigerians and security analysts need to take a cue from the international community, which he says seems to be more interested in helping Nigeria find a lasting solution to the problem.

He went further to warn that the future of the country is at stake if the challenges aren’t handled properly. “If they (the challenged that face us) are not well managed, the great promise of Nigeria will be lost.” He said.

“How can we solve the problem?” He asked; stating that Nigerians need to ask themselves the question.



FLOOD VICTIMS: Utomi calls for focus on post camp strategy

The challenging health conditions in areas affected by the flood disaster should be the critical emphasis of policy makers as the floods begin to recede.

This was the call made by the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Prof. Pat Utomi, at the presentation of relief materials to officials of Delta State Government at St Patrick’s College, at the Asaba camp for displaced persons.

He noted that houses that have been inundated for so long tend to incubate the growth of fungus and other parasites that can later result in lung diseases.

Presenting the materials that included mattresses, food items, bottled water, clothing and toys for children, Prof Utomi told the camp commandant that he believed the displaced persons should stay in the camp until their houses and neighborhoods have been fumigated, citing rampant cases of snake bites, mosquito aggressiveness and epidemics possible from the decaying bodies of drowned animals.

He reminded state governments that the floods are not gone forever, as he urged them to be proactive in helping the flood victims.

Prof Utomi called for an improvement in the resourcing of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to improve emergency response capacity so that Nigerians do not suffer needlessly.

He revealed that the three part CVL flood relief support which included immediate relief; medical missions; and housing rehabilitation assistance will see CVL partnering with faith based agencies for service delivery.

On another visit to flood victims in Onitsha, the former presidential aspirant presented another truck load of materials at the Basilica of the Holy Trinity for distribution through the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.

He also stated that CVL will also work with the Lutheran Church in Adamawa state, the Anglican Church in Delta and the Catholic Church in most of the states to reach the needy.

The CVL founder also lamented the failure of the media to focus on the extent of the disaster which he said exceeded Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans, in terms of human misery, number of the displaced persons and those who lost their lives, adding that nearly 400 lives have been lost in the floods with more than two million displaced persons and billions of Naira of assets trashed away.

Prof Utomi praised Nigerians who had been generous in supporting the CVL initiative on human solidarity which has been tagged Pat’s Flood Relief Programme.

Delta state inaugurates committee to manage N500 million flood fund.

Governor Emmanuel Udughan of Delta state has inaugurated a 12 man committee to manage the N500 million flood fund released by the Federal Government.

The Committee is expected to coordinate and put in place structures, support facilities and systems to bring succour to the flood victims in the state.

It is also to plan and implement long term programmes for the rehabilitation of victims and manage the Post-Impact Resettlement of the affected persons and communities and relate with other persons, organizations and donor agencies to raise additional funds to provide urgent relief for victims of the recent flood disaster across the state.

While inaugurating the committee, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan charged the committee to prudently manage the grant as well as design a road map that will make for easy resettlement of the flood victims.

The committee would oversee the flood disaster and the post flooding rehabilitation of victims; advice the government on the judicious utilization of the funds provided by the federal government for the rehabilitation of the displaced persons and undertake the management of the funds.

Uduaghan enjoined the committee to liaise with Delta State University (DELSU) Technical Committee on the flooding and use the data gathered to facilitate their process as DELSU Technical Committee was assembled to give professional advice on how best to handle the rehabilitation of the flood victims.

Members of the committee were reminded that the state government had managed the needs of the displaced persons since the flood issue started with its own resources and appealed to them to “note that there are high expectations from Deltans and should therefore use the fund for resettlement purpose only”.

Chairman of the committee, Justice Francis Tabai, (Rtd) promised that the committee would work hard to meet the expectations of Deltans.Justice Tabai described the flood as monumental and assured the governor that the committee would tackle the problem selflessly and produce result.

Members of the committee are Prof. Pat Utomi, Arch-Bishop God-Do-well Awomakpa, Mrs. Florence Ehinlaye, Dr. Thomas Okpaku, Pharm Pual Enebeli, Dr. Asanuvwie S. Oberhiri and Dr. M. O. Osarenkhoe.

Others are Engr. Owen Mordi, Olise Ifejika, Barr. Oghenejabor Ikimi and Onyeisi Nkenchor who would serve as secretary.