Senator Okowa Wins Governorship Election In Delta

OkowaSenator Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the April 11 governorship election in Delta State.

The result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Professor Bio Nyananyo of the Federal University, Otuoke, at the commission’s headquarters in Okpanam Road, Asaba the state capital.

Professor Nyananyo said that Senator Okowa was declared winner after he had polled a total of 724,680 votes.

The result sheets were duly signed and accepted by the party agents of all candidates in the election.

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa Wins PDP Governorship Ticket In Delta State

Ifeanyi OkowaA federal lawmaker, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has won the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State, south-south Nigeria.

Senator Okowa got 406 votes in the primary election of the party held on Monday.

He defeated over 15 other aspirants in the election.

In the results read out by the election returning Officer, Hon Karim Sunday Steve, from the House of Representatives, David Edevbie got 299 votes, the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Victor Ochie got 185 votes, Mr Ndudi Elumelu got 50 votes and Godwill Obielum 22 votes.

Dr Festus Okobor got 5 votes, Professor Sylvester Monye garnered 10 votes, Ngozi Elejeme got 10 votes and Sir Tony Obuh 5 votes.

With Senator Okowa’s victory, it is the first time that a candidate from the Igbo speaking region of the state, popularly called Anioma,  is winning the governorship ticket of the state.

Jonathan Goes For ECOWAS Summit, State Visit To Cote D’Ivoire

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yamassoukrou, Cote D’Ivoire, for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

Ongoing efforts to restore peace, democracy and political stability to Mali and Guinea-Bissau in which President Jonathan and Nigeria are playing key roles, will be top on the agenda of the two-day summit, just as a new ECOWAS Chairperson is expected to be elected at the meeting.

President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will also receive and consider the 2012 annual report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the report of the 69th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.

At the conclusion of the Summit on Thursday, President Jonathan will embark on a three-day state visit to Cote D’Ivoire, accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, some governors, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and other government officials.

It is expected that various agreements aimed at fostering trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire will be concluded and signed in Abidjan before the end of the visit.

President Jonathan, whose entourage also includes representatives of the Nigerian Private Sector, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Cote D’Ivoire before returning to Nigeria on Saturday.

National Health Bill passes second reading

The bill which will regulate, develop and manage the country’s National Health System scaled through second reading on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday and it was subsequently referred to the Committee on Health for further legislative work.

Disturbed by the decline in the health care delivery system in the country, the Senate is set to pass a bill for an Act to provide a framework for the regulation, development and management of a National Health System and set standards for rendering health services in the country to sanitize the health sector.

In his lead debate, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Health and sponsor of the bill, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said the health industry has been left unregulated without norms and standards.

He added that the bill when passed will improve the quality of lives of the citizens.

The bill enjoyed the support of majority of lawmakers as other lawmakers that joined the debate admitted that inadequate health system infrastructure, poor service delivery and lack of skills are some of the problems confronting Nigeria’s health care sector.

With maternal mortality rate of 545 per 100,000 live births, an under five mortality rate that is one of the worst in the world, and Nigeria having the fourth highest tuberculosis burden in the world, the bill to regulate the country’s health industry is long overdue.