Former Delta Governor Backs Call For Creation Of State Police

Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan

 

Former Governor of Delta State, Mr Emmanuel Uduaghan has backed the call for the creation of state police.

He stated this on Monday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“These security challenges got worse because the management method is not in full control by the governor,” he said.

“A lot of the security challenges that we are having now would have been either minimal or not there at all.”

Uduaghan explained that the rising spate of insecurity borders on the management issues by state governors unable to handle the police seen as a federal structure

He is of the opinion that when established, it would help contain the security challenges in parts of the country.

The former governor also denied claims arising from the fear that some state governors might want to use the state police to intimidate people.

His argument was based on the fact that before such would arise, there must be an offence strong enough to warrant such arrest.

Uduaghan added, “No governor will tell policeman (to) come to Channels and arrests Chamberlain without your having committed an offence. These days on social media, it is difficult to oppress anybody. For that to be possible, there must have been an underlying offence that you committed.

“You don’t need a police officer to oppress people, I am telling you this from my experience as a governor. If I want to oppress you, I don’t need the police to oppress you.”

Recalling his experience as governor, Uduaghan explained that once a newly posted Commissioner of Police arrives a state, he reports to the governor.

For the issue of effective policing to be achieved, he stressed, was for a balance to be struck between the CP and the governor.

He, however, regretted a situation whereby a CP refuses executing a decision reached at the State’s Security Council at the instance of the Inspector General of Police.

Uduaghan believes such was the avoidable tragedy that plagued Benue State, leading to the death of over 70 indigenes of the state.

“There was a security council meeting, the decision was taken but the Commissioner still needed the order from the IGP to act. That is the problem we are talking about,” he averred.

Okowa, Uduaghan Jointly Commission Projects In Delta

OkowaFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has joined his successor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to commission projects at Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.

One of the projects is the commissioning of upgraded facilities at Ogbemudein Model Secondary School, Agbor, which was performed by Dr Uduaghan.

Governor Okowa recalled that the project was started by former Governor Uduaghan’s administration.

He thanked the former Governor for leaving the United Kingdom to attend the commissioning exercise and gave the assurance that he would consolidate on the projects initiated by his predecessors,

The ex-Governor, in return eulogized Governor Okowa for what he called giant achievements within one year of being in office and also commended the Governor for inviting him to commission projects as part of activities to mark his one year in office.

Uduaghan

Governor Okowa promised that his administration would not compromise on the delivery of projects to specifications and at the stipulated time.

The Obi of Agbor, HRM Keagbokuzi I, who spoke through Dr Emmanuel Tibi, said that they were excited that Governor Okowa had such numerous projects to commission in his Kingdom within his one year in office.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, Mr Chiedu Ebie, noted that 12 of such legacy projects were embarked upon by the previous administration and the present administration has duly completed and put them to use.

Okowa had earlier inspected the construction of Alisimie-Ozanogogo Road as well as the dualization of Old Lagos-Agbor Road, and also commissioned Orikeze Street, with a spur to Orikeze Close, Agbor, Upper Imudia/Dr Whyte Streets, Agbor.

Uduaghan Reiterates Need To Generate Alternative Income

UduaghanGovernor Emmanuel Uduaghan has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards creating alternative source of wealth for Delta State.

Governor Uduaghan noted that this is the driving force behind the Delta Beyond Oil vision.

He stated this during an inspection of some facilities, including a leather shoe factory at the Delta State Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Base under construction in the Issele-Uku area of the state.

The governor said the project, which is in partnership with the United Nations International Development Organisation (UNIDO%2

Ibori’s $15m Bribe: Court Strikes Out Motion To Stop Case

The Court of Appeal has struck out a motion seeking to stop a Federal High Court in Abuja from further hearing the ownership tussle of the $15million said to have been offered as bribe by former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.

The motion was struck out by Justice Amiru Sanusi for being defective and incompetent.

A Lagos based litigant, Olalekan Bayode had brought a motion to the appellate court seeking to stop Justice Gabriel Kolawole from the legal action on the money said to have been offered to former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu as bribe to compromise in the probe of James Ibori.

Olalekan Bayode had earlier at the High Court applied to be appointed as manager of the $15million to be used for widows and orphans.

Justice Kolawole on November 23, 2012 dismissed the application on the grounds that it was baseless, frivolous and that the said Olalekan didn’t show sufficient reason why the said money should be released to him.

Not satisfied, Olalekan went to the Appeal Court to appeal against the ruling of the High Court.

By striking out the motion seeking to stop the court from further hearing the case, the coast is clear for the proceeding at the High Court to continue and Olalekan Bayode can appeal his case.

The motion was filed on behalf of Olalekan by John Olufemi Aina, a UK based practitioner.

Akpabio Distributes N1 Million To PDP Chairmen For ‘Mr Biggs’

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio on Sunday gave N1 Million each to the six Chairmen of the Peoples’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-South geopolitical zone who had converged in Port Harcourt for a party reconciliation session.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio

Mr Akpabio’s cash gift followed a speech by the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, who had said that poverty is widespread among party members in the zone and that action needed to be taken to reduce the hardship faced by party members.

“If you want to prevent our members from straying to other parties, you must put food in the stomach of our supporters,” Mr Uduaghan had said.

Shortly after Mr Uduaghan spoke, Mr Akpabio announced he would distribute N1million each to party chairmen at the venue as lunch money as a way of placating them not to leave the party.

He said, “My brother Governor, Uduaghan, said our members are hungry and that we must put food in their stomach so that they don’t stray to other parties. I am giving all the state chairmen of the party N1 million each for Mr Biggs. Our members must not be hungry.”

Over 65 Percent Of Local Council Revenue Used For Teachers’ Salaries – Uduaghan

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Monday said about 65 percent of local government council’s revenue is used to pay the salaries of primary school teachers.

Mr Uduaghan, who was a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, said those calling for local government autonomy must consider the problem of funding the third tier of government.

Watch the video below for the complete interview on local government autonomy with Mr Uduaghan.

Uduaghan recruits Aki and Paw Paw to motivate flood victims

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Monday explained the rationale behind inviting Nollywood actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly known as Aki and Paw Paw, to visit flood victims in the state as motivational speakers.

Aki and Paw Paw were reportedly present during the inauguration of the 12-man committee on the management of Federal Government fund released to the state over the flood disaster and the Post-Flooding Rehabilitation of Victims, headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Tabai, at Government House, Asaba, by Mr Uduaghan.

The governor said he invited the duo after he visited the Institute of Continuing Education, where some flood victims’ were camped on a certain day and discovered that the displaced person, who were watching a Nollywood movie, were so engrossed that they barely gave him attention when he walked in.

“As I walked in, half of the population were watching television; you know we provided a giant television for them,” he said.

“I tried to attract their attention. Some looked at me and greeted me, but they turned to continue watching the television. When I looked at the television, I saw it was Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu that they were watching.

“You see, because they were watching Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu, they forgot their pains. For them, these Nollywood actors were helping them to ease their pains. That was why I invited them to go to the different camps as motivational speakers because the victims require a lot of motivation, while they are preparing to go back home,” the governor added.

He said the victims needed psychological support, adding that he was optimistic that Aki and Paw Paw would provide it for them.

“That is why they are here as motivational speakers. I believe that the few minutes they will spend will ease the pains of our IDPs. Those who have ability to ease those in pains, please help, it is not about food alone for the victims – that will not ease their pains.”

PHCN Privatization: Introduce the National decentralized grid system in Nigeria – Advocacy group

On the privatization of the power sector as a form of reform in Nigeria, the radar was on the Benin PHCN distribution companies as it faced serious criticisms from governors Oshiomhole, Fayemi and Uduaghan all echoed their dissatisfaction as the entire process was not transparent, an allegation the technical committee chairman of the National Council on Privatization; Peterside Atedo was quick to respond to.

Looking the issues surrounding the Disco bidding process, the President of Nigeria for Energy and Advocacy Group; Joseph Inyang said his group has been pushing for the country to get a national decentralized grid like what the United States is presently running on, as it will allow both government and others to be participants.

Mr. Inyang who was a guest on Channels Television’s business programme ‘Business Morning’ said the governors will be midwives in the delivery of power to their people in the different states as each states will have their management agencies if the national decentralized grid can be introduced.

 

Watch the interview for more details.

PHCN Privatization Bid: Governors had more than one avenue to protest

Looking at the privatization of the power sector, the radar was on the Benin PHCN distribution companies as it faced serious criticisms from governors Oshiomhole, Fayemi and Uduaghan all echoed their dissatisfaction as the entire process was not transparent, an allegation the technical committee chairman of the National  Council on Privatization; Peterside Atedo was quick to respond to.

Olubunmi Ajayi; a specialist in infrastructure planning and financing said the governors had other avenues where they can air their grievances and they didn’t take to the other options like speaking to the President Goodluck Jonathan before taking to the newspapers.

Watch interview for more details.

Peterside says no winner yet for Benin Disco

The Chairman of the Technical Committee on power sector reforms, Atedo Peterside has denied allegation of corruption in the privatisation of the power sector by governors of Delta, Edo and Ekiti states.

The governors had on Thursday rejected the announcement of Vigeo Power Distribution as the successful bidder for the Benin Distribution Company by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

The states are investors in the Southern Electricity Distribution Company which lost out in the bidding process.

Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State insisted that the process that led to the emergence of Vigeo Consortium lacks transparency.

However, briefing newsmen on the privatization process in Lagos, Mr Peterside said the allegation of fraud by Misters Oshiomhole, Fayemi and Uduaghan were pre-emptive as the Disco has not been handed to any of the bidders.

He said: “The 3 Governors appeared to be making their “complaint” because they feared that the Southern Electricity Distribution Company Consortium (Southern Consortium), which they favoured, might be edged out of the race to be declared as preferred bidder for Benin Disco by Vigeo Power Consortium (Vigeo). Obviously they presumed the latter to be the likely winner based on the outcome of the televised Commercial Bid Opening Ceremony which took place in Abuja on Tuesday 16th October, which event I presided over.

“It is pertinent to mention here that the NCP has not even declared a result yet and so no consortium has been announced as being the preferred bidder for any of the 11 Discos in Nigeria. At the end of the Commercial Bid Opening Ceremony, I explained that we still had to subject all the bids to a “material consistency/feasibility test” before making recommendations to the NCP.”

Mr Peterside, who said his team needed to clarify on the four allegations made by the governors, noted that “Southern Consortium is the only one of the 16 consortia that participated in the bid opening to have submitted multiple commercial bids for the same Disco.

“Their envelope contained two different commercial bids, both of which were signed by a Mr. Matthew Edevbie. The first bid was dubbed the ‘primary’ bid, while the other was dubbed an ‘alternate’ bid.”

He added that the alleged fraud was “a clear contravention of the Request for Proposal, RFP. We did not make a big issue of this on live TV because both the primary and the alternate bids fell below the bid submitted by Vigeo, and so neither bid would alter Southern Consortium’s ranking on the large screen. Instead, this matter was brought to the attention of the Technical Committee of NCP, which considered the breach and made recommendations to the NCP.”

Delta State NLC urges Uduaghan to intervene on teachers strike

Following the strike embarked by teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Delta state, the state leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday pleaded with the State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan to intervene and stem the industrial crisis.

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan

The strike which commenced on Tuesday had crippled academic activities in public schools in the state.

In a letter to the Governor titled: “An appeal to avert The on-going strike action by teachers in Delta state,” the state Chairman of the NLC, Williams Akporeha urged the governor to quickly intervene in the matter to avert the on-going industrial action by primary and secondary school teachers in the state.

The letter, which was made available to journalists, reads in parts, “We write to passionately draw your kind attention to the above mentioned subject and to humbly appeal for your quick intervention towards averting the on-going industrial action by primary and secondary school teachers in the state.

“Your Excellency Sir, you will recall that the issue at stake have actually lingered for so long and deserve your immediate intervention to ensure continued peaceful industrial climate in the state”

Mr Akporeha said that the available records with the state council of congress indicates that the issue at stake include; non-restoration of the 27.5 percent teachers peculiar allowance, non-promotion of stagnated school principals on SGL16 in the state to SGL17, continued stagnation of
university graduate teachers in primary school system on SGL14.

Others, he noted are; non-payment of arrears of minimum wage to primary school teacher s, non-payment of arrears of the consolidated salary structure to primary school teachers in the state.

He said Labour was equally worried about inadequate classrooms for displaced students from schools recently handed over to missions in the state.

Mr Akporeha held that the issue may create another source of crisis in the state if not immediately addressed, as it tends to negate the policy of education for all (EFA).

He therefore urged Governor Uduaghan to “act in his usual labour friendly disposition to address the issues raised without further delay. “