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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Ijaw right protection group in Delta State, Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, (IPDI), yesterday expressed displeasure over claims made by the Delta State Commissioner of Urban Renewal, Hon Julius Takeme, published in the National dailies.

The spokes person of the group, Comrade Daniel Ezekiel in a statement made available to Main News said, “Our attention has been drawn to a purported and unguided statement made by Hon Julius Takeme, the current commissioner for Urban Renewal Delta State which was published in the national dailies and that Delta Ijaws have benefited much from the current Okowa led state government, arguing that Okowa has spread his projects across all Ijaw Kingdoms in Delta state”

“It is not our style to respond to issues that lacks iota of truth, however, we deem it fit to respond so as to guide the gullible public as to set the records straight”

“Governor Okowa has only few projects in Ijaw Communities in the state, namely Ayakoromo bridge (Ngbile kingdom ), awarded by his predecessor,(ongoing) ,Obotebe Kingdom, where the Hon. Julius Takeme hail from, no Okowa project has been sited, Ogbolubiri Kingdom,Nil, Burutu road (Eduwin Kingdom ), Ogulagha and Sokobulou roads in Ogulagha kingdom, Isembiri Kingdom Nil, Akugbene Mein Kingdom Nil, Oporomo Kingdom,Nil, Tuomo Kingdom, Tuomo /Torogbene roads, no contractor has been mobilize to site. Isaba Kingdom Nil, OgboIjoh Kingdom, Nil. Gbaramatu kingdom, Okerenkoko road, Egbema Kingdom Nil, Kabor Kingdom Nil, Kumbor Kingdom Nil, Diebiri Nil etc”

“This shows that the Commissioner for Urban renewal lied and not all Ijaw kingdoms in Delta state have benefited from Okowa’s administration”

“It is disgusting as Takeme who ought to uphold public truth and show integrity has condescend so low to create wrong impressions in public places. Such a person lacks the impetus to speak or tell Governor Okowa the truth”.

The group further noted that under Julius Takeme’s watch as an appointee who is from Burutu LGA as a commissioner, Ijaws in Delta State were excluded from 70 road projects shared in the state recently. We expected him to be remorse over such betrayal as it shows his ineffectiveness as member of the state executive council.

IPDI further added that it was distasteful that despite the appointment of Julius Takeme as a commissioner, Ijaws in the state cannot boast of relieve from the oppressive aged long marginalisation.

“It is no longer a news that Delta state is sustained with oil revenue from Ijaws of Burutu, Gbaramatu, Egbema Kingdoms. Ijaw gave Okowa the highest support in his 2015 elections”.

“Ijaws are suffering under Okowa’s administration, we are being relegated and given selective treatments despite our enormous supports. Ijaws deserves the best treatment from Okowa, we expected all Ijaw communities to have recorded tangible project but the revise is the case”.

IPDI demanded that Takeme should withdraw his unguided public statement and render unreservered apology to Delta Ijaws for misleading the public with lies.

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JUST IN: Catholic Church women Frown, show displeasure over Omo-Agege empowerment – Says we’ll not sell our votes for N20,000

UGHELLI – SS Peter and Paul, Saint Theresa’s Catholic Women Organization, CWO and God’s Delight Gospel Assembly, aka Free Indeed, Udu local government area were on Sunday lamenting, frowning and unhappy as the Senator Representing Delta Central at the National Assembly, Barr. Ovie Omo-Agege, tried to buy their votes with a token of N20,000 , all in the name of empowerment.

Most of the women invited jealously refused to be bought with such token as an empowerment. The SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church Auditorium was empty because majority of the women invited simply refused to honor the PVC buying, says they we not sell their conscience again.

According to an eye witness , “she said most of the Catholic women are teachers, headmistress and retired nurse” not traders nor widows, that the total number of women present were not more than 50 women and they decide to write the names of some women twice.

One of the supposed beneficiaries, who refused to participate describe the scheme as mortgaging her right and that of her children’s future. That ( N20,000 ), Cannot mortgage her future, ” tell me! what will I do with such lean amount of money , those money belongs to everyone with in Delta Central not some selected Catholic women leaders, I do not need the money, there are aged mothers, widows and women who are children have no good job, those are the kind of people that needs to be mortgaged with such amount. Not me a retired head mistress.

“The essence of this empowerment is to encourage the women who are into petty trading but have no much money to put into it, rather buy some of the goods credit with promise to pay back but with this N20,000 given to them, they can now get their goods, sell and make their little gains.

” Am so ashamed of Omo-Agege giving women and youths N20, 000 as an empowerment. That is an insult to urhobo people. Of what use is such amount of money to vulnerables how much more market women. That over the past three years he has been seen given N20,000 each to 6,000 petty traders in 20 markets but this Sunday, l have to extend the programme to churches by empowering over 50 women to boost their working capital as my contribution to humanity playing politics with our lives, it must stop.

Okowa approves completion of Ogwash -Uku/Asaba road, Others “As Assembly approves N27bn supplementary budget for 2018”

By Akpovoke Otiti

ASABA-The government of Delta State Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has approved the completion of the dualisation of Ughelli/Asaba road (section C2) and Ogwash-Uku to Asaba axis.

Speaking briefly after the (SEC) , State Executive council meeting in Asaba yesterday, presided over by the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa at the state Capital, Asaba, government house. The commissioner for information, Chief Hon Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, hint Aljaziralreporters that the majority of the decisions taken were in line with the determination of the government to take full advantage of the dry season in other to achieve a smooth a better road construction for our people.

Okowa also approved the construction of kwale -Beneku bridge and other connected roads in Ndokwa west and East local government Area Of the state with the inclusion of Olomoro road in Isoko south local government area.

Also in his words that the construction of oyubu Godspowerstreet to link ibori road in Oghara and that of kpakiama link roads in Bomadi area were all equally approved.

Main while the supplementary budget of N27. 585billion was on Wednesday passed by the Delta State House of Assembly for the 2028 fiscal year.