Delta Communities Hosting Ogidigben Gas City Pledge Support For Project

Emmanuel UduaghanThe Communities that make up the $16 Billion Ogidigben Gas City [Export Processing Zone] have resolved to stop further acrimony and inciting actions to ensure that the project is peacefully executed.

At a meeting held at the Government House, Asaba presided over by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the communities resolved to stop all negative publications against the Ogidigben Gas City project and continue to live peacefully among themselves.

Speaking at the parley, Governor Uduaghan said it was important for the people of the area to see the Gas City project as a project which will not only be beneficial to the host communities, the state, and the nation but, also of great importance to the international community.

The Governor, who commended the host communities for agreeing to stop all forms of hostilities, set up a fact-finding committee headed by his Deputy, Professor Amos Utuama to consolidate on the resolutions reached at the Town Hall meeting.

Dr Uduaghan also lauded the determination of President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure successful take-off of the project, stating that as an individual, he is fully in support of the programmes of President Jonathan’s administration.

Members of the committee, which included five persons from each of the host communities are, the Commissioners for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pira; Lands and Survey, Sir Patrick Ferife; State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Charles Ajuyah, representatives of the Police, Navy and the State Security Services.

Those who spoke on behalf of the host communities at the meeting which was attended by the Ugborodo Community, Gbaramatu Community, Sekegboro/Yokro Community, Kpokpo/Fregene Family and the Ilaje/Ilesame family commended Governor Uduaghan for attracting the project to Delta State, stating that they are aware of the devastating effects of war and as such, they would toe the line of peace at all times for them to have full benefits from the Gas City Project.

It is hoped that the Gas City project will bring many other projects to the host communities especially, gas processing facilities, petrochemical industries, deep sea port, among others when it finally takes off.

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.

Election Litigations Hampers True Democracy In Nigeria

ProfessorAmos Utuama Deputy Governor of Delta State.The lack of true democracy in Nigeria is as a result of frequent litigation over elections, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Utuama, has said.

Addressing a gathering of legal practitioners in Abuja on Tuesday, Professor Utuama said that elections in Nigeria were yet to be free and fair in accordance with the rule of law.

The Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge, urged legal practitioners to stop encouraging unnecessary and distracting election litigations.

‘Nigeria’s Democracy and the Role of the Legal Profession,’ was the topic of discussion in the 2013 fellows lecture that had in attendance, jurists, legal practitioners, scholars and their families.

Emphasis was also laid on the need for legal practitioners to desist from encouraging ceaseless election litigation.

Nine persons were made fellows of the institute in recognition of their achievements in the bar.

The new fellows were tasked with expanding the frontiers of law in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians would reap the dividends of democracy.