Two Killed Following Electoral Violence In Delta State

 

Two people have been reported dead with several others injured after unknown gunmen opened fire at a polling unit in Amukpe, near Sapele in Delta state.

Channels Television gathered that the deceased were voters trying to cast their votes along Old Eku road Amukpe when the attack took place.

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According to the police, the gunmen stormed the polling units when the voting was still ongoing and rained bullets at the voters leaving two persons dead on the spot while several others were badly injured.

Those injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are being tendered to.

The police say investigations are underway, assuring that those who carried out the attack will be apprehended.

Delta Commences Linkage Of Warri Canals, Clears Drainages

Delta state, warri, drainage clearingThe Delta State Ministry of Environment has commenced work to link all canals in Warri to the river in the commercial city.

The ministry also threatened to demolish all illegal structures blocking the drainages as part of measures aimed at solving the flood problem in the city.

Commissioner for Environment, John Nani disclosed this when he led a team from the ministry, on inspection of the clearing exercise on the canal in Ajamimogha community, Warri South Local Government Area.

Although Warri has managed to maintain its position as the commercial hub of the oil rich Delta state, over the years , flooding has remained an impending challenge especially in coastal towns such as Effurun, Ughelli, Sapele, among others.

The Okowa-led administration has however taken up responsibility to tackle the problem head-on.

While on site, Mr Nani also lamented on indiscriminate refuse dumping in the canal by some residents.

Members of the community such as the Chairman of the Warri South Local Government Council, Mathew Adema, and one of the youth leaders, commended the initiative.

“If natural canals are being cleared, the water would flow freely and that will reduce flooding in the city”.

The government therefore expects the joint efforts of residents, expressing that they should also rise up to the task of keeping their environment clean always.

Okowa Flags Off 2016 Delta Empowerment Scheme

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has inaugurated the 2016 cycle of his administration’s job creation scheme.

This was done at the Songhai-Delta Training Centre, Amukpe, Sapele, in the company of top government officials from the state.

The wealth creation programmes are tagged Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP).

Flagging off the training, Governor Okowa said that entrepreneurship is the way out of the unemployment challenges facing the country, encouraging the new intakes to passionately devote themselves to learning.

The scheme which admitted about 1,000 people is geared towards solving the incessant unemployment challenges facing the state and the country at large.

Unemployment in Nigeria assumed a greater dimension with the over-dependence on oil, as young school leavers are forced to abandon their communities in search of employment in the urban centres.

The Delta government decided to tackle this problem by empowering youths to acquire skills, for self-sufficiency and to become employers of labour. The participants include young school leavers, graduates and others carefully selected.

Graduates of the 2015 cycle gave testimonies of the business exploits they have made after graduating, justifying the state government’s investment in the project.

The Chairman of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efeizomor II, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers who attended the ceremony, expressed satisfaction with the success stories of the empowerment programmes encouraging the incoming trainees to take their training seriously.

Many Delta citizens have also expressed hope that international development partners and non-governmental organizations would give their technical support and collaborate with the state government to tackle unemployment in the state.

U.S. Officials Meet With Stakeholders In Niger Delta To Resolve Crisis

Niger Delta, US GovernmentOfficials of the American Embassy, led by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr David Young, are in Delta State in Nigeria’s south-south for an all-embracing dialogue involving all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.

At a meeting with the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, held in Asaba, the capital of the State, Mr Young said that their visit was part of measures toward finding lasting solutions to the crisis in the region which had crippled oil production.

Addressing reporters after the visit to the Delta State government, Mr Young said that the U.S. government believed that dialogue was very important in resolving grievances and there is a need to encourage Nigerians to exploit mechanisms for dialogue in moving forward.

The Governor of Delta State suggested the creation of an environment that would foster peace and tranquility, adding that the state government have also made efforts to forestall peace in the delta region.


The Niger Delta region encompasses about 8% of Nigeria’s landmass and with oil drilling in the region, the nation’s economy was stimulated.

Numerous multinational corporations also established oil operations in the region with very high stakes.

The activities of the oil companies have caused several environmental and economic issues in the region, leading to militancy in the past.

In recent times, there has been a resurgence of militant activities in the region with new groups taking up arms and attacking oil installations in the region.

A militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on oil-producing facilities causing the shutdown of oil terminals and a fall in Nigeria’s oil production to its lowest level.

Burutai Asks Niger Delta Militants To Speak With One Voice

Army, Tukur Buratai, Niger Delta MilitantsThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai, has asked militants in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria to speak with one voice, if they expect to be taken seriously.

The Army Chief made the call on Monday on the side-line of a closed door meeting with security heads including the police, Department of State Services and representatives of oil companies in south-south Nigeria.

He told journalists in Rivers State that the proliferation of groups, who claim to be Niger Delta militants, do not come across as a genuine move for peace.

General Burutai stated that the “Exercise Crocodile Smile” should not be mistaken for an invasion in the region.

However, he maintained that the army would not hesitate to clamp down on any action that threatens the peace of the Niger Delta.

The call is coming barely two weeks after the Nigerian Army formally launched the new military exercise in the Niger Delta region.

The exercise has a mandate to provide adequate security for residents as well as critical national economic assets in the region.

General Buratai, who flagged-off the exercise in Sapele, Delta State, had urged military personnel to respect the rights of law abiding citizens in their areas of operation whom he said were critical to the success of the exercise.

Okowa Inspects Ongoing Projects In Delta state

Delta-okowaDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has inspected some on-going road and market projects in Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas in the state.

Governor Okowa was accompanied by the Commissioner for Works, James Augoye, Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, Commissioner for Housing, Joseph Ogeh and the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mary Iyasere on Thursday.

The Governor urged the contracting firms especially indigenous construction firms to justify government’s confidence in them.

He decried the slow pace of work at some of the road projects and urged the construction firms to speed up their pace to meet the project specifications and time schedule.

Governor Okowa, however, promised to embark on regular inspection of projects in the state to ensure strict adherence to set standards.

Members of the Community also expressed their gratitude to the Governor for the development of roads in their community.

While promising that the rural communities would feel the impact of government in the distribution of projects, Governor Okowa explained that his administration has worked out modalities for the funding of projects to a completion and as such, no project would be abandoned.

Police Nab Eight Suspected Arms Dealers

PoliceThe Police have arrested eight suspected arms dealers alleged to be the major arms supplier for bank robbers in Lagos and Ogun states.

The feat was achieved by a Special Intelligence Response Team from the Force Headquarters in Abuja inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase.

An Army corporal, who is serving in Borno State and presently detained by military intelligence alongside eight suspected arms dealer have been arrested by the Police.

The arrest of the suspects, according to the Police, came as a relief as the suspects narrated how they delivered seven riffles to suspects in the creeks of Lagos.

A 46-year-old suspect, Monsuru Adisa, told reporters how he used a locally fabricated compartment of his vehicle to convey guns for delivery.

A notorious gang had earlier in the year attacked two banks in Ebute Ikorodu through the waterways in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The Police said they had arrested four leading members of the group at a function in Sapele, Delta State in November 2015 and this led to the discovery of how arms were supplied.

Crazy Love! THAT Moment A Female Fan Strips For Music Star, 2Face

2face faceMusic star, 2Face Idibia is no stranger to LOVE.

He gets it everywhere… from his wife, actress Annie Idibia, to his children and his fans!

However, the ‘African Queen’ got more love than he expected at a music concert, recently.

As the star was performing on stage in Sapele, Delta State, a female fan got on stage in excitement and started removing her clothes, not minding that his wife was watching in the crowd.

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Entertainment News on Channels TV caught up with the musician recently and he shared the experience, admitting that he called it ‘crazy love’.

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Branama Queen, Kefee To Be Buried In Sapele On Friday, July 11

kefee2The remains of the late Pop-Gospel singer, Kefee (Irikefe Don-Momoh nee Obareki), would be laid to rest on Friday, July 11, 2014 in her hometown— Okpara-Inland, Ethiope East local government, Delta State.

The family disclosed this to members of the Kefee Memorial Committee (a collection of artists and entertainment personalities) who paid a condolence visit to the late singer’s parents in their Sapele, Delta State home on Wednesday, July 2 2014.

A statement released by her publicist in Lagos on Thursday states that Kefee’s husband, Teddy Don-Momoh, has been making arrangements to bring her body back from the U.S. and would arrive the country first to receive her body before taking her down to Delta State for burial.

Teddy had earlier indicated that his wife’s family had requested that she be buried in their hometown, with a celebratory service in Sapele afterwards and he was comfortable with the arrangement.

The condolence team who travelled to Sapele from Lagos included Sammie Okposo, Nikki Laoye, Annie Ibrahim, Gordons, Princess, Linda Etukudo, Rex Anighoro, Noah Momodu, Covenant and Chika 100%.

Sammie, who spoke on behalf of the committee, told Kefee’s family that the delegation was in Sapele to commiserate with them on their loss and harmonise the arrangements of the Kefee Memorial Committee with the preparations of her family.

He expressed his sadness to be visiting on such a mission but that the contributions of their daughter to the entertainment industry meant that entertainers in Nigeria wanted to celebrate and pay their last respects to one of their own.

“We will perform the last respects we owe our sister to the best of our abilities. We will let the world know that a queen was here and she will always be celebrated.

“She brought peace, happiness and love to the world even in her passing and even though we are heartbroken, we will be comforted in the fact that God knows best and we cannot question him”, he said.

Anny, a Gospel artist and close friend to Kefee, spoke of how Kefee introduced her into the entertainment industry and said that she had stopped mourning but was now celebrating Kefee’s life.

Comedian, Princess, said: “Kefee was a huge gift put in a small container for all of us and we didn’t even know how powerful she was. She made such a huge impact in her short life that some men of 50 years have not achieved. You are a lucky man to have had her as your child,” she told Kefee’s father.

Nikki Laoye, a Gospel Artist spoke of their friendship and further shared: “Kefee was a fighter and unapologetically passionate about her music and her art. Till her last breath, she spent her time and energy sharing her message of love, strength and peace across the world.”

She promised the family that the entertainment industry would continue to support them and prayed for their continued good health, especially, in times like this.

Other members of the delegation spoke in the same vein and afterwards Kefee’s father, Mr Andrew Obareki thanked them for the visit.

He said the visit had reduced their grief and prayed that God would continue to guide and guard the entertainment industry so there will be no similar occurrences like the untimely death of his daughter.

“I stand on the authority of the word of God and use the key of David to shut the gates of death from the entertainment industry; there shall be no more sudden, tragic, premature and untimely deaths.

“I’m glad Kefee touched the lives of many and her memory will continue to live on. Sometimes it’s not easy to give God thanks but we have no choice”, he said.

Kefee was a well-liked Pop-Gospel artist who had been active in the entertainment industry for the past ten years. She was born on Feb. 5, 1980 in Sapele, Delta State and was known as the Branama Queen, in reference to her debut hit track and album, ‘Branama’.

She also scored a hit with the track, ‘Kokoroko’, featuring Timaya and had four albums to her credit— ‘Branama’ (2003), ‘Branama 2’ (2005), ‘A Piece of Me’ (2009) and ‘Chorus Leader’ in 2013.

Kefee passed away on June 13, 2014, in the United States of America.

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Delta Commissioner Speaks on Achievements in Health Sector

The Commissioner of Health in Delta State, Joseph Otumara says that the state in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health is working on the reduction of mortality (death) by providing quality, qualitative, accessible and affordable health care to indigenes of the state.

He stated that in Delta state” there is about 540 primary and comprehensive health care centres, with a region of 5km there is a health care centre which is equipped to standard, provided by the government of the state while the local government council run the health centres”, he added.

The commissioner pointed out some of the issues that are affecting health care services such as lack of nurses and doctors in some rural areas, drugs amongst others. He also noted that there are 65 general hospitals across the state, as the government has ensured that in every local government area there must be a general hospital.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme,Sunrise Daily, live from Oghara, Delta state, Dr. Otumara revealed that out of these general hospitals about six of them are specialist hospitals in Warri, Agbor, Kwale, Asaba, Sapele, stating that these hospitals are rebuilt, restructured and equipped.

He mentioned that the state now specializes in certain areas such as orthopaedic, kidney transplant, and some other surgeries which have brought referrals to the state.

He also emphasized the need for children to be immunized especially in the primary health care which he said cannot be avoided and added that the state distributed insecticide treated nets to the people  to help curb malaria in the state and also provided clean water to prevent cholera.

Maternal Mortality

Speaking on the reduction of maternal mortality, Dr. Otumara explained that death in childbirth has reduced to about 241 from 1000 deliveries in the state and that 2013 which is yet to be known will be lower.

He stated that children between the ages 1-5 are  entitled to free medications and same applies to them during delivery and attributed more success to the maternal mortality than child mortality.

FG moves to boost gas supply to power plants

The Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke has announced some emergency plans to address the problem of gas supply to power plants across the nation which has being responsible for the fall in power supply.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister said the short-term interventions would result in almost 90 per cent of the outstanding shortfall to power being addressed over the next 12 months.

According to the Minister, “since 2005, when the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), were kicked off, there had been no alignment between the planned NIPP and the necessary gas supply to power them.”

These projects, she noted are all in very advanced stages and should be completed within the timeframe of 12 months, as she claimed that appropriate steps are being taken by authorities in power sector to address all outstanding debts and commit to payment for future gas supply as well as other terms stipulated in the Gas Supply Agreements (GSA).

She explained that the problem with the gas supply is accentuated in the western part of the country when compared to the east, where she claimed there is an excess of gas.She blamed this on the non-alignment of the NIPP projects and the gas supply to power them.

“Today, the challenge of gas supply is essentially localised around the western axis, as we currently have a situation of excess gas availability in the Eastern axis. As we speak, there is over 300mmcf/d (equivalent of about 1000 megawatts) worth of gas available in the Eastern axis but currently not utilised.”

“This is due mainly to the aforementioned misalignment and also the underperformance of existing PHCN power plants.”

“As we develop the East-West pipeline, we will be able to leverage this gas in the West” she stated.

The minister said in total, 800mmcf/d of gas was being produced in the western axis of which 520mmcf/ is deployed to the power sector (an equivalent of about 1800MW on average). The balance is supplied to domestic manufacturing industries such as the cement plants, etc, and the West African Gas Pipeline project.

“In total, over the next 12 months, we will be adding 500mmcf/d (equivalent to 2000MW) to the grid. This will have a direct major impact on the overall power situation in the country” she said.

She further explained that about 700MW of power will be added to the nation’s power crid by June.

“Specifically, about 180mmcf/d (about 700MW) of this additional 500mmcf/d is due within a few weeks, by June 2012. This will come from Escravos, Utorogu, Ughelli and Oredo. Ongoing activities such as laying of the Olorunsogo pipeline, the completion of the ELPS A pipeline and the completion of the NIPP pipeline around Oredo are key elements of this addition.”

According to her, these projects are all in very advanced stages and should be completed within the timeframe, adding that with the addition, the identified shortfall in supply to Sapele, Geregu and Olorunsogo power plants will be addressed.

She also noted that, “beyond the immediate timeframe, the balance of about 320mmcf/d (about 1300MW) will be delivered through the next 12 months” adding that “new power plants are continually coming on stream, therefore, in addition to the 180mmcf/d, a further 320mmcf/d will be delivered and deployed to these plants over the next 12 months.”

Mrs Alison-Madueke stated that to achieve the 320mmcf/d, a few critical projects will be deployed by the intervention team, including leveraging the excess processing capacity in PanOcean to process gas that will be re-routed from Oredo by NPDC, as well as accessing additional gas at Escravos and major expansion of the Utorogu hub.

“These are the projects that will collectively add 320mmcf/d (1300MW) over the 12-month period.” “I am confident that the steps we are taking will have a visible impact on gas sustainability and supply, and therefore will positively impact on the power aspiration of the nation,” she noted.

The Minister further stressed that the government had directed the deployment of a pragmatic contracting strategy to enable expedited procurement of critical items such as the line pipes and related accessories.

“These interventions will require additional funding which is being sourced through government’s public-private funding initiative, she added.


 

 

 

Blast Rocks Mosque In Sapele, Delta State

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Area of Delta State as worshippers were gathering for the morning prayers. This was the first record of an explosion in a mosque in the southern part of the country.

Though there were no reports of deaths from the incident, an injured victim, identified as Tanko Musa, was said have been rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, where he is receiving treatment.

Musa was said to have initially been taken to the Delta State Teaching Hospital in the neighbouring Oghara town where he was reportedly referred to the UBTH.
The blast damaged the interior of the mosque with a large part of the ceiling and portions of the roof blown off.

There were, however, conflicting reports on what caused the explosion, with some people claiming that a Niger-Delta militant group planted the explosive device that caused the blast. Others feared that the blast might have been the handiwork of Boko Haram.

Sources say that there has been some misunderstanding in recent times over the mode of language in which official prayers in the mosque should be conducted.

It was unknown whether Saturday’s blast was connected with the disagreement, which allegedly arose when the Imam of the mosque introduced prayers in Hausa, English and Arabic.

The Chief Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, said the blast was targeted at worshippers.

He, however, denied that it was associated with the Boko Haram sect and did not confirm whether there was any disagreement among the worshippers on the mode and language of worship.

Police spokesman,Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Charles Muka, said the police were investigating the incident with a view to unravelling the perpetrators.

He said it was an insignificant incident that should not be overblown as it was not a bomb that was thrown in the mosque.

His words, “If it is a bomb, we will see the particles, we have combed the place, we found nothing to show it is a bomb”.