President Muhammadu Buhari is to inaugurate the 17-storey headquarters of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), located at Swali, Yenagoa, in Bayelsa, on August 13.
A statement by the board’s management said on Friday in Abuja that the president would perform the ceremony virtually, after undertaking a virtual tour of the edifice, together with other accompanying facilities.
The other facilities include the 1000-Seater Capacity Auditorium, Four-Level Car Park and 10 megawatts gas Independent Power Plant at Elebele.
“Other outfits expected to benefit from the power supply are the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park being developed by the board at Emeyal 1n Bayelsa, and select structures in the state,” it said.
It quoted the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, as explaining that a part of the event would be held in Yenagoa.
“The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, will lead the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, and Bayelsa governor Douye Diri to the site for the ceremony.
`Most of the invited dignitaries will be given opportunity to join Mr. President via the zoom virtual meeting platform where they will witness the inauguration of the buildings,” the statement said.
It further quoted Wabote as confirming that the board had concluded arrangements for live telecast of the event on the NTA, Channels Television, TV Continental and Arise Television from 11.30 a.m.
The wide media coverage, he said, is to create ample opportunities for members of the public to witness the event.
The ultra-modern Nigerian Content Tower, whose construction started in 2015, was built by an indigenous company, Megastar Technical & Construction, using mostly locally sourced materials and labour.
The project generated over 250 direct and indirect jobs and created vast opportunities for artisanal skill development.https://nnn.ng/buhari-to-inaugurate-ncdmbs-17-storey-hqtrs-aug-13/
ACF mourns Emir of Zaria
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), says it has received with shock and sadness news of the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zauzau.
The National Publicity Secretary, ACF, Mr Emmanuel Yawe made this known in a statement obtained by News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday in Kaduna.
Yawe said the Emir died at the age of 84.
According to him, until his death the monarch was one of the oldest and highest ranking traditional rulers not only in the north but the whole of Nigeria.
“The deceased was the 18th Emir in the Zazzau Emirate, recalling that in February the late Emir celebrated his 45th year on the throne.
“He ruled his Emirate through a period of rapid political, economic, social changes, but never lost his focus on his primary responsibility of maintainance of peace and progress in his Emirate.
“The late emir played a prominent role as one of the five emirs, who founded the ACF with its headquarters located in his domain – Kaduna.
“The Arewa Consultative Forum Condoles with his immediate family, the Zauzau Emirate and the Kaduna State government over this tragic loss,” the statement read.
The forum said its would miss his fatherly advice on all issues that were tabled before him.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Felix Ajide
Edo 2020: Gov. Okowa congratulates Obaseki on his re-election
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has joined other governors in congratulating his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, on their re-election.
Obaseki, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 307,955 votes to defeat his main challenger, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 223,619 votes.
Okowa gave the congratulatory message in a statement by Mr Olisa lfeajika, his Chief Press Secretary on Sunday.
He described the re-election of Obaseki as the confirmation of the will of the people, while calling on Nigerians to always stand for good leaders as Edo people just did for Obaseki.
Okowa said that the people of Edo, across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, spoke loudly and clearly in their reaffirmation of the choice of Obaseki as their governor.
Okowa, who is the Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum, said that with the re-election of Obaseki, the entire region was now being ruled by the PDP.
“Let me congratulate my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, on their victory in the Sept. 19 Governorship Election in Edo.
“It is heart-warming to see you re-emerge as Governor of Edo against all odds and I am grateful to the people of Edo for shunning the entreaties of retrogressive forces who were deviously-bent on subverting the wishes of the people.
“Let me also thank INEC for being truly independent as required by the laws of our land.
“The most significant aspect of this victory is the peaceful outcome of the election as Edo people proved pundits wrong by ensuring that the elections were devoid of violence,” he said.
Felicitating with the PDP on the victory, Okowa said, “Let me also congratulate our great party, the PDP and the Chairman of the PDP, the National Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers, Mr Nyesom Wike.”
He also congratulated other members of the PDP campaign council for their efforts which led to the victory of the party in Edo.
“The brotherhood displayed by the governors of the PDP and other party members towards the re-election of Obaseki is what the country needs to take the nation to greater heights in 2023.
“Going forward as a nation, we can only develop further if the people are allowed to choose their leaders at all levels without any hindrance.
“It is therefore a clarion call on INEC to continue to do the right thing as an unbiased umpire.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and your Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, on your resounding re-election by the resilient people of Edo who displayed honour, dignity and courage.
“It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom, knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to the people,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Ejiofor)
Gov. Ishaku’s wife commends Fidelity Bank’s free medical outreach to 829
Mrs Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba, has commended Fidelity Bank Plc for providing free medical assistance to 829 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kona community of the state.
Mrs Ishaku gave the commendation in a statement signed on Sunday in Lagos by Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, the Managing Director (MD) and the Chief Executive Officer ( (CEO) of the bank.
The three-day outreach was organised by Hope Afresh Foundation in collaboration with the bank’s employees as part of Fidelity Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
According to the statement, the foundation and the bank, driven purely by altruistic values and an innate desire to make the world a better place, pulled their resources together to offer free qualitative healthcare to the people.
Also, Ishaku was quoted in the sratement to have advised the beneficiaries of the outreach to always go for regular medical checkups in order to reduce cases of diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, and high blood pressure.
Ishaku, also the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hope Afresh Foundation, encouraged other organisations to emulate the bank.
“I urge other corporate bodies, non-governmental and governmental organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the bank by giving back to the society,” she said.
Okonkwo, who was represented by Mr Chris Nnakwe, Head, CSR & Sustainability, said that corporate philanthropy remained an effective way to positively influence the society.
He said that the bank had invested in the health sector through infrastructural development, medical outreach and others.
“At Fidelity Bank, we understand that good health and well-being are fundamentals to sustainable development.
“As much as the world has made significant progress in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, basic access to healthcare remains a challenge in Nigeria,” he added.
Also, Chief (KURU) of Kona,Augustine Njenmang Vengkani , expressed gratitude to the bank and the foundation for the kind gesture.
The statement stated that the outreach provided opportunities for employees of the bank to bond and build mutually beneficial relationships with the people of Kona community and the state.
“By collaborating with Hope Afresh Foundation, the bank provided a variety of medical tests and prescribed drugs that will help promote the general health and well-being of IDPs in Kona community of the state,” it added.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Peter Dada
Edo Election: Senate minority caucus hails Obaseki over victory
The Senate Minority Caucus has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki over his resounding victory in the governorship election in Edo State.
The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia), on Sunday in Abuja said the victory signalled a new dawn and ultimate end of Godfatherism in Nigeria politics.
Abaribe also hailed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidation.
He said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belonged to the people and not to some individuals who think they could play god and toy at will with the wishes of the people.
“Going forward, I believe that Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Gov. Obaseki and PDP sent the right signal across.
“It has affirmed that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machination of some few, who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.
“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people but also for the entire country, especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people,” Abaribe said in a statement by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom.
He congratulated the PDP family and urged the people of Ondo State to be ready to replicate what had happened in Edo.
This, Abaribe said, would return Nigeria to genuine and people-oriented democracy.
Obaseki had, in a keenly contested election polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet contender Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who pulled 223,619 votes.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Peter Ejiofor)