Month: December 2018

BREAKING: The first civilian executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari is dead

The death of the elder statesman was announced by his grandson, Bello Shagari, via his Twitter handle.

“I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.ETh Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after a brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja,” he tweeted.

The deceased was president in the second republic, from 1979 to 1983, before he was overthrown in a military coup by Muhammadu Buhari, the current president of Nigeria.

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2019 Polls: Burutu Youths Speaks,Throw Weight Behind Ozobo Candidacy

It appears that 2019,Delta state house of Assembly Burutu North elections will not be a game as usual as Burutu youths have decided to vote against recycled candidates of the big political parties in the LGA.

The youths who speak through Comrade Paul Akpowaide and others said this,when they paid a courtesy call on Comrade Ozobo Austin, the NPC DTHA candidate,Burutu North at Oasis,Warri,Delta state during the weekend.

The youths who throw their weight behind Comrade Ozobo Austin candidacy told our correspondent that they would not vote for a candidate that has contributed to the underdevelopment of Burutu north over the years and that their visit was to affirmed their strong support for Ozobo candidacy.

The youths lamented that over the years they have been used and dumped by some sets of political leaders who are metamorphosing again with goat faces to deceived Burutu people.

They said those who have wasted several opportunities of Burutu people which would have turned Burutu to a Dubai should not be considered for any appointive or elective positions any more.

They added that some people have turned Burutu to their personal property and failed to considered the youths for empowerment and other political benefits and that they would only vote youthful ,vibrant and credible candidate that has Burutu people at heart.

While responding to the assertions of the youths, Comrade Ozobo Austin assured Burutu youths that Burutu would experienced rapid development under his watch.

Ozobo said both women and youths would be empowered and that Burutu youths would not regret in voting him to power.

The NPC candidate urged Burutu youths to vote and defence their votes and ensure that their vote counts.

He said Burutu youths should prepared against money temptations, and that some unsaleable candidates are ready to buy their votes with stolen public funds and thereafter would dump and treat them as condemned engine oil.

Ozobo advised that even they want to accept the money,they should accept it wisely and vote against such candidates as the money was part of the stolen Burutu people money,Comrade Ozobo stated.

CHRISTMAS: EREYITOMI CONGRATULATES CHRISTIANS, PREACES PEACE, LOVE

Chief Thomas Ereyitomi

Peoples Democratic Party PDP Candidate for Warri Federal Constituency Seat House of Representatives in the forthcoming general elections in 2019, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi JP has congratulated Christians in Warri Federal Constituency as they join their brothers and sisters to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Chief Ereyitomi JP, while felicitating with Christian faithfuls urged them to continually live in peace, shun tribalism and show love among their neighbours because the reason for the season is Christ birth anniversary which is greeted with giving and exchange of gifts items to people and to less privileges in the society.

The Prominent Warri Chief harped on the Christmas celebration to appeal to his constituents to return the Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and also vote massively for him and all other PDP candidates in the coming general elections in 2019 so as to get robust, closer representation as like never before in history of Warri Federal Constituency.

He called on Christians to pray for Warri Federal Constituency, Delta State and Nigeria even as the country approach 2019 in order to experience a credible, free and fair polls.

Pyrates Confraternity bemoan nation’s state of insecurity ahead 2019 polls

The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has expressed worry over insecurity challenges in the country and their implications for the 2019 general elections.

The group which made reference to the kidnap and murder of Major Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) in Jos, Plateau State; former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh (retd) by gunmen along Abuja/ Keffi road, about 3,500 persons killed by Boko Haram insurgents and about 1,500 others killed as a result of clashes between farmers and herdsmen, said it is “profoundly apprehensive about this widespread state of insecurity.

“It appears that Federal government has completely lost capacity to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.”

The NAS Capon, Mr Kwaghbunde Gbahabo, in a statement titled: “Before insecurity becomes the epitome of Nigeria’s socio-politics,” noted that “this near-total breakdown of law and order is an ominous sign for national peace and stability, especially, given the imminent 2019 general elections.”

Gbahabo explained that to curb insecurity in the country, the Federal government should commence addressing the plethora of socio-economic problems that fuel the challenge.

He tasked the Federal government to wake to the reality that the security situation was getting out of control and move to salvage the situation by putting in place a strategic plan to tackle security challenges through mopping up arms and controlling arms proliferation.

Gbahabo, regretting that perpetrators of these killings were yet to be brought to justice said there was an urgent need to restore the confidence of Nigerians in government’s ability to protect lives and property.

“For completeness, law enforcement must play a very strategic and critical role in rebuilding the trust and confidence of the citizenry in government’s capacity to provide security.

“A situation where the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are never apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and severely punished, if found culpable, ends up providing incentive for reprisals and emboldens criminal elements and miscreants to be contemptuous of the law and regard for the sanctity of life.

“A resolute and well-resourced investigation must be expeditiously launched to identify, prosecute and punish the killers of Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh. Other murders, high or low must be vigorously investigated, and their perpetrators brought to book.

“By failing, the Federal government will be inadvertently degrading its capacity to secure and protect the lives and property of its citizens. Guaranteeing security should be made a priority of governance.”

Delta 2019: Over 10,000 youths converge in Warri yesterday to declare support for Okowa/Otuaro

*As Guwor promises excellent leadership when elected*

Not less than ten thousand youths in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta converged yesterday in Warri to declare their support for the Okowa/Otuaro ticket come 2019.

The youths under the aegis of Warri South West Youths rally for Okowa and Otuaro 2019 had vowed to mobilized themselves to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates in the constituency.

In his welcome address during the rally, Amb. Edwin Aken, Chairman of the planning committee had charged the youths not to be deceived, noting that the PDP remains the only trusted party in Delta and beyond.

In his words: “We don’t know any other party besides PDP in Warri South West, any other political party is fake, our amiable governor and his deputy have done well, so we shall return them, just take a look at Delta state, everything is moving very well, youthful appointments are more in this government, there is peace in Delta state, infrastructural development, road networks, villages are transforming into cities, no wonder our governor is called the road master, he is truly delivering and working, we are happy with his productive leadership”. Aken stated.

However, Sir Dennis Emomotimi Guwor, reigning flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Warri South West, Delta State House of Assembly come 2019 had promised people of the constituency of providing excellent leadership when elected.

Guwor told the over 10,000 youths of Warri South West that had gathered at the Atuwatse primary school that when elected as the house of Assembly member, representing the constituency in the state house of Assembly come 2019, he will continue to role out youth empowerment packages, talent development and will operate an open door policy.

The Warri South West candidate had also charged youths of the constituency to get their PVCs, adding that such is the only way of deciding who represents them in the various political positions in the state and beyond.

Meanwhile, representing the governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, his special assistant, Chief Joel Ogbona had hailed the Ijaw and Itsekiri youths for their coming together to support the re-election bid of the governor and his deputy.

Ogbona had assured the youths of Warri South West that the Governor and his deputy will remember them, stressing that the governor is aware of the rally and would work with the youths through its leadership.

He had particularly noted that, the governor is ready to continue in transforming all nook and crannies of the state to become a hub for commercial activities, stressing that the governor will continue to be youth friendly in the administration of the state.

Chief Fregene, an astute Itsekiri politician had also cautioned youths of Warri South West not to be deceived by what he describes as ethnic politics, stressing that anybody can represent the people of Warri South West in the Delta State House of Assembly.

He had further stated that the time has come for Guwor, an Ijaw man to represent the constituency, adding that there is no difference between the Ijaws and Itsekiris.

Nevertheless, the event was well attended by Warri South West political class, youth leaders from Isaba, Gbaramatu, Itsekiri, Ogbe-Ijoh, Diebiri and others too numerous to mention.

Mulade Commends Okowa Over Roads Construction, Maintenance In Delta – Main News

Comrade Sheriff Mulade

By Nigbeke Perekontei West

Felicitates With Christians At Christmas

A Niger Delta Human rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the construction and maintenance of several roads in different part of Delta State, stating that the transformation of the roads will make movement easier when completed.

Comrade Mulade who spoke with newsmen at the weekend in Warri, Delta State noted that good roads are among the numerous infrastructural developments which Deltans are yearning for, adding that roads construction in riverine communities are more important to give people of oil producing communities a sense of belonging.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

He felicitated with governor Okowa and Deltans on the Yuletide season and urged Deltans to be security conscious so as to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and properties during the Yuletide.

Comrade Mulade who is also Environmental activist appealed to security agencies to be more proactive and diligent with intelligence gathering so that security breach could be tackled before it becomes obvious.

He also urged leaders at various levels to extend good will and cheerful giving to the needy, adding that those experiencing difficulty to feed need to be assisted with food items so that the joy of the season can spread to even less privileged.

In his words; “I wish all Deltans a happy Christmas and new year in advance. I urge all our people to remain peaceful and law abiding, though many people are experiencing hardship and low-key Christmas celebration due to bad economy, we are hopeful that the clamour for good governance through our advocacies and programmes will usher in better times and a Prosperous New Year. So, we should keep hope alive”.

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Chevron commissions over N400 million projects in Delta – Main News Blog

The Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC)/Chevron Joint Venture has commissioned 10 projects worth over N400 million as part of the N5.56 billion invested in Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation (EGCDF) since its inception.

The over N400 million projects commissioned in December under the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) included 10 Rooms’ Guest House at Ogbinbiri Community, 10 Rooms’ Guest House at Akekoromo Zion and a-500 metre Access Walkway at Opuama, all in Egbema, Warri North Local Government Area.

Also commissioned were a-30 Room Hostel Block at Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Rigid Pavement and Drains Extension at Binikrukru, a Concrete Landing Jetty at Oporoza and A-Six Rooms’ Public Toilet facility at Kunukunuma all in Gbaramatu, Warri South-West Local Government Area as well as the redesigned EGCDF office block.

Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), while commissioning the projects on behalf of the management of Chevron Nigeria limited, said the achievements recorded were another expression of the determination of the company to improve the lives of people in its host communities.

He commended the leadership of EGCDF for its resolve to fulfill the objectives of the GMoU, which was initiated by CNL in 2015.

Brikinn, who was represented by Tony Emegere, PGPA Superintendent Warri, expressed delight that the GMoU was meeting its objectives of making communities take up their own development as well as ensuring significant empowerment and capacity building opportunities to the people.

He stated further that the new improvements on the GMoU concept, which was GMoU+, would help to monitor and evaluate the impact of the GMoU on various stakeholders’ communities, adding that it would focus on business development and economic empowerment programs, third party partnership/collaboration, delivery on sustainable Development Goals, SDGs as well as Human Rights and Operational Excellence.

The PGPA boss commended “Delta State government for creating enabling environment for its operations”, just as he thanked Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun 2, the Pere of Egbema Kingdom for their fatherly support in actualising the projects.

Amb. Jude Ukori, chairman of Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation (EGCDF), stated that the projects commissioned would contribute to the development of communities under EGCDF and help in alleviating sufferings of the people in terms of basic infrastructural needs in areas of transportation, access roads, healthcare, shelter, water hygiene and sanitation, as well as create better teaching and learning environment in the riverine communities.

Not less than 15 persons were killed and over 20 injured as gunmen attacked on Sunday night swooped on wedding guests

Women and children were also killed. The incident took place in Pah village, Jama’a Local Government Area, in the southern part of Kaduna State, where gunmen had been terrorising people for long. The incident occurred at about 7:45 p.m., when the wedding was winding down.

Over 20 others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots and were rushed to the Kafanchan General Hospital. A community leader, who did not want his name mentioned, said that he witnessed the horrific incident. He explained that the gunmen, numbering over 10, burst into the wedding ceremony, just as guests were beginning to leave and opened fire on the crowd. Many of those left behind when the gunmen struck were mostly women and children. According to him, 10 people were killed on the spot while five died on Monday at the Kafanchan General Hospital, where others are still receiving treatment.

According to the eye witness further said: “There was a wedding that took place in the community and the celebration lasted till evening as people, mostly women and children were still dancing. At about 7:45p.m., or so, the gunmen, about 10 of them, I cannot precisely say, came and started shooting sporadically at the crowd. Everybody was terrified at the sound of gunshots and ran for safety. Unfortunately, 15 people died as a result of injuries from the gunshots. Ten of them died on the spot while five died on Monday in the hospital. We’re really shocked by this development because we assumed that peace has returned to our communities.”

Persistent calls and a text message sent by our correspondent to the Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yakubu Sabo, did not yield any result. Sabo did not pick his calls and also didn’t respond to text messages sent to him. However, reacting to the attack in a statement yesterday afternoon, Hon. Shehu Nicholas Garba, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Jama’a/Sanga Federal Constituency, said the attack was an affront on the fragile peace in the area. He also disclosed that there had been a brewing crisis between indigenous Fulani and some communities in area, which led to the killings of 12 persons.

He, however, added that there had been, “frantic efforts by the local authorities, including notable leaders within the communities to contain the situation and prevent it from escalating.” Garba stated: “Our communities were denied the joy of Christmas celebration last year. We should refuse to be pushed into taking retaliatory measures which the enemy wants to exploit, so as to deny us yet another Christmas and New Year celebrations and perhaps peaceful elections next year. I urge the security establishments to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act for the law to take its course.”

The Kaduna State government said troops have been deployed to the area to ensure security of lives and properties. A statement from the State Security Council disclosed that the deployment of troops was intended to, “further secure the area and provide the atmosphere for extensive investigation of the sad incident, and the apprehension and prosecution of the culprits.” The statement, which was signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the governor condemned the attack. He added: “The governor has sent a message of condolence to the community, expressing his deep sadness at the loss of lives and his sympathy for the victims and their families.

The government also urged that anybody with useful information on the attack to kindly contact the security agencies.” The statement added that the governor has also directed Jema’a local government council and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to, as a matter of urgency, work towards taking care of victims receiving medical attention and provide relief materials to the community as a whole.

JUST IN: Buhari finally speaks on ASUU strike, reveals what he will do – Main News Blog

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its on-going industrial action in the interest of the country.
Buhari gave the charge on Tuesday during the 3rd Convocation Ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme-Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) Ebonyi.

MAIN NEWS BLOG had reported that the ongoing strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues as the leaders of the union and the Federal government failed to reach an agreement again.

According to NAN, Buhari, who was represented by Mr Victor Onuoha, Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) said government was aware of the challenges confronting the sector.

“We are not unmindful of the funding challenge faced by the education sector, occasioned by dwindling resources and other competing national needs.
“We will, however, continue doing the needful to improve the nation’s educational sector within available, limited resources,” he said.
The President said that his administration realised the importance of education in nation building and pledged its continued support and provision to the sector.

“We will continue providing specific infrastructure through annual appropriation and other interventions such as the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) Fund, NEEDS assessment, among others.
“Universities have critical roles to play in nation building as they must justify their establishment through excellent, production-based research activities, innovative ideas, empowerment of youths among others,” he said.

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