Commander Biggy To Be Honour Award Of Excellence On Youth Personality Of Inestimable Value Of The Year In The Niger-Delta Region

By Francis Tayor, Yenagoa

A Niger-Delta based philanthropist and freedom fighter,Double Chief. Ebi Pinapinawei,popularly known as Commander Biggy is to be honoured with Award of Excellence on Thursday the 13th of December 2018 by the National Association of Niger-Delta Students.

In a statement made available by the Senate President,Niger-Delta Students,Comrade Francis Bolokor said,the award became necessary based on Commander Biggy selfless contributions towards the emancipation struggle of the Niger-Delta people from oppression,coupled with his philanthropic lifestyle in the society.

According to Bolokor said;” after thorough investigation and observation of the person of Commander Biggy antecedents in the Niger-Delta region,the students body discovered that Double Chief.Ebi Pinapinawei merits the Award,having impacted the lives of over 500 youths to study in the University through the award of Biggy Foundation Scholarship to the less privileged ones in the society.He reaffirmed that the Niger-Delta Students Association 2018 edition Award of Excellency is tagged:Youth Personality Of Inestimable Value In The Niger-Delta Region,stressing that Commander Biggy philanthropic works over the years endeared him the recognition.”

However,Commander Biggy who hailed from Ekeni and Olobia in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State,is known for his philanthropic kind gesture in the Niger-Delta region beyond ethnic line.Just last month, over six students under the Biggy Foundation Scholarship graduated from different higher institutions across the country for NYSC.
Commander Biggy and his Foundation is really doing great job in the Niger-Delta region,hence this Award from the students community does not comes as a surprise, rather it is a well deserved privileged to the recipient.



The Principal Heaven’s Mandate Hon Godwin Masah aka Okadigbo has congratulated Rt Hon. Chief Funkekeme Solomon on his appointment/Inauguration as Director General of Delta State PDP Campaign Organisation 2019.

Addressing newsmen in Asaba after the Inauguration yesterday at the Unity Hall of Government House Asaba. Hon. G. Masah; a former DTHA Aspirant/Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters said the choice of Funkekeme is a right one and a square peg in a square hole with regards to his wealth of experience as a Ex-Minority Leader in the State House of Assembly, Ex-Deputy Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Ex-Secretary General PDP Campaign Council 2011 and Immediate past Commissioner for Works and presently Chairman Governing Council of the Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro has paid his dues over time in terms of Party politics. He’s an astute scholar and an Administrator per Excellence. He said he’s not in any atom of doubt that Rt. Hon Chief Funkekeme Solomon has proven himself to be a dependable hand, a very high profiled strategist of reputable standard that cannot be overlooked and to say that he’ll bring his wealth of experience to bear on this Herculean task will be to say the least.

We believe and affirm in strong terms that this is the best news for us not only as Burutu people/the Ijaw ethnic nationality of Delta State but to the entire PDP family and we have no iota of doubt as to what this will translate into in the days, weeks and months to come.
He also congratulated His Excellency the Governor for choosing other notable/dependable political juggernauts accross the state without sentiment that are coming together as a crack team to midwife this onerous task in lieu of taking the SMART AGENDA to an enviable height in 2019.

Hon. Masah thanked the leadership of the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the state under the leadership of Barr Kingsley Esiso, the Delta South Senatorial District Chairman Prince Emma Amgbaduba, His Excellency the Deputy Governor Barr. Dcn Kingsley Otuaro and our SMART GOVERNOR His Excellency Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa THE ROAD MASTER for finding our illustrious Son , our Quintessential leader and a Burutu son worthy of this great Honour/Privilege to write his name in the annals of History to Surgically transmit the PDP of Delta State to electoral Victories in all the upcoming elections in 2019.

Once again , congratulations to the Ogiribo of Mosogar kingdom and the Angribio of Ijawland, the White Leader as we fondly call you.You have our total and unwavering support and in the days to come doubting Thomases will agree that Yes Indeed the Governor has choosen the Very Best. God bless Delta State.

Heaven’s Mandate
Media Dept.

Nsima Ekere: Infrastructure, law and order key to Niger Delta development

Nsima Ekere

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says that infrastructure, law and order are vital in achieving lasting development in the region.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Nsima Ekere stated this Monday when he spoke at Rivers State University (RSU) during the opening of the second edition of the Annual Inter-University Moot Court and Mock Trial Competition for law students in the region.

The Commission organised the competition in conjunction with Velma Foundation, Peace and Development Projects, and others.

Ekere, who was represented by Dr Princewill Ekanin, the Director, Special Projects, office of the MD, NDDC, said the competition presented an opportunity to shape and influence the future of legal practice in the Niger Delta.

“Critical to the development of Niger Delta is the strengthening of law and order infrastructure, to ensure that all stakeholders contributing to regional development operate within the limits and expectations of law,” Ekanin stated.

“Legal education and the legal profession, therefore, continue to contribute to our development strategies, while becoming, over the years, a bulwark of our democratic ethos.”

He added that “the Niger Delta Development Commission will continue to play its strategic statutory role in developing and supporting other efforts to develop education.

“We can only truly facilitate sustainable development if we build human capacity, strengthen livelihoods, reduce poverty, as well as contain violence and crime in our region.”

The NDDC, it was assured, would continue to support the development of education and legal studies, and to create and improve capacity.

Meanwhile, the representative of Velma Foundation, an organising partner for the competition, David Ashaolu, said the essence of the project was to strike a balance between education, play, learning and leisure.

Ashaolu said moot and mock trials among law students have become more important because of thee wide range of changes in the administration of criminal justice system in Nigeria.

Among the tertiary institutions participating in the competition were the University of Benin, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, University of Uyo, Benson Idahosa University, University of Calabar, Abia State University, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akure, Imo State University, Niger Delta University, Delta State University and Rivers State University.




Following incessant complains about being allegedly abandoned on board crude oil crisis looms in Niger Delta as ConOil platforms in Ondo and Bayelsa States ConOil workers have threatened to sell produced crude oil from their various platforms in order to have funds to feed themselves access medical care and other social welfare while onboard.

Workers of ConOil on its platforms offshore have cried out sending ‘Safe Our Soul message’ to the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Nigeria Labour Congress to come to their assistance due to what they described as the company’s abandonment of workers onboard.

The workers who are left on board stranded said they don’t have medical, no drugs in the store, no food to eat and are subjected to use their money to buy food from nearby far away community in the field.

It was also gathered that workers and security personnels are threatening to pull out of locations because of lack of food and better working conditions.

The Amalgamated ConOil workers through Mr. Oiku Eromosele Dickson and Erastus Komela Secretary and PRO respectively are accusing top management of Conoil, prominent Warri Chief name withheld, servicing companies namely Godvics and Global Manpower for their nonchalant and insensitivity to workers welfare.

Warri to boom as Pondy, Bumor get ready to exchange marital vows tomorrow – Main News

Mss Pondy Josephine and her heartthrob, Mr. Bumor Jidere have perfected all plans to keep the city of Warri booming tomorrow.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri.

In giving a breakdown of the marriage, the duo had noted that the white wedding will take place at the Pillar of Life Bible Church located at 17 Erikowa street, Itsekiri off NPA bypass, Warri, Delta State by 10:00am.

They had hinted journalists that reception follows immediately at the NNPC Junior Staff Club, Off Airport Road, Effurun.

Meanwhile, It was further learnt that the payment of dowry will commence today at First Marine Gate, Warri at Mr. Friday Pondy’s place by 10am.

Nevertheless, the prospective couple had invited members of the general public to grace the epoch making occasion with them.

2018: Barrister, Allen, Izon-Ebi to flood Burutu for mega end of year party

As Opukiri, Soso draws battle line

Top Ijaw musical chieftains in the Niger Delta region, Chief Barrister S. Smooth, Chief Allen Alabor and Alfred Izon-Ebi will be storming the ancient city of Burutu, the Island of no regret December to mark the mega 2018 end of year party.

This was contained in a press statement made available to newsmen in Warri by the duo of Comr. Perepigha Podoki, Chairman planning committee and Comr. Joseph Wurusibewei, secretary of the committee, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper to Main News

The duo had particularly noted that while Chief Allen Alabor, the Seipere 1 of Ijaw music industry would entertain guests at the second day of the four days mind blowing mega end of year party on the 18th of December 2018.

Chief Barrister S. Smooth, the paddle of Niger Delta would perform on the last day of the programme which is the gran finale on 20th of December 2018, while Alfred Izon-Ebi, alias Junior King Robert would continue at the night of the gran finale till dawn.

However, Wurusibewei, Podoki had called on Niger Deltans and the general public to grace the epoch making occasion, stressing that all is set for the programme to commence.

It would be recalled that the programme will officially begin on the 17th of December 2018 to end on the 20th of December with varying exciting activities to be experienced on the different days of the programme.

Some of the programme include Burutu must progress crusade, wrestling context between champions Opukiri Angala Vs Tamarau Soso, football matches, talent hunt, canoe race, lecture presentation, cultural display with the host of other events too numerous to mention.

Meanwhile, there are already indications that several political bigwigs, business tycoons, rights activists, youth leaders and many dignitaries would be flooding Burutu for the programme.

I am not campaigning for any party or candidate and I won’t do that – Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Nigerians to vote wisely in the 2019 general elections, saying he’ll not campaign for any particular candidate, Punch is reporting.

The former president made this known on Saturday whilse speaking at the 27th annual Owu National Convention which took place in Iwo, Osun state.

Speaking in Yoruba, Obasanjo said:

This is not a political gathering, but we can talk politics a little. Last year, we had this event in Ibadan. This year, we’re having it here in Iwo. Next year, we may go to Kwara because we also have Owu people in Kwara.

Another election is near, open your eyes and vote wisely. Vote only the party that won’t add to your suffering. The economy must return to a better state. Look at parties that have governed this country and choose that one that will return Nigeria’s economy to a better state.

I am not campaigning for any party or candidate and I won’t do that. But I urge you to open your eyes and vote wisely. Only credible leadership can guarantee good governance and that is what the country needs now.