A coalition of Niger Delta youths has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing ministers of high pedigree from the area and urged him to leverage their competence to achieve greater national development.
The youths, operating under the auspices of Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NDYPP), made the remark in a statement signed by their President, Mr Olayinka Tiedor, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Tuesday.
The group expressed delight that the president appointed credible leaders to drive his development plans.
It stated that the appointment of competent ministers was an indication of the president’s genuine intentions to take Nigeria to the next level.
“Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress thanks Buhari for the appointment of well-grounded, distinguished sons of Niger Delta into his cabinet.
“These appointees are well-known achievers, whose appointment brought about wide-spread jubilation across party divide throughout the region.
“Chief Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, is remembered for midwifing the Amnesty Programme, which has restored peace to the region.
“He is a better person to drive progress in the oil and gas space.
“With Sen. Godswill Akpabio in charge of the Niger Delta Ministry, being supported by Festus Keyamo, another patriot with passion for development, he will re-enact infrastructural revolution that marked his tenure as governor of Akwa Ibom.
“Rotimi Amaechi, well-loved by the Niger Delta youths for making giant strides in the infrastructural rebirth of the once moribund railways, has a policy that will drive the rail system to a logical conclusion,’’ the group further stated.
It pledged to collaborate with the ministers to ensure that they had a conducive environment to develop the region and appealed to Sylva to lead the way.
“Sylva should quickly convene a strategic youth stakeholder’s policy-dialogue to point the direction of the federal government clearly and assertively so that everyone would queue behind him to achieve set targets.
“Sylva has earned the respect of Niger Delta youths because he has manifest passion for their well-being and he can tackle youth involvement in vandalism of pipelines and other violent acts.
“The dialogue can come up with clear policies and programmes that would stamp out violent behaviour from the creeks of the Niger Delta, by providing alternative legitimate means of livelihood for the people.
“Although he is still early in office, this is an auspicious time for him to engage the people to feel their pulse and tap from their pool of ideas.
“Such ideas can even turn things around for the good of all,” the group added.
(Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Sam Oditah)
World Bank, EU, collaborate with Delta govt. on SEEFOR project
The World Bank, the European Union (EU) in collaboration with the Delta Government on Tuesday trained some beneficiaries of the State Employment and Employment For Result (SEEFOR) project.
The state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Barry Gbe, who was represented by his Special Adviser, Dr Alex Ighoro, declared the training open in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is geared towards money management and entrepreneurship for the beneficiaries of the project.
It is also aimed at preparing the beneficiaries for the next phase of their lives after being engaged by SEEFOR for 12 months.
Gbe advised the beneficiaries not to look at the size of the start – off grant but they should look at the principles of money management they were trained to apply in managing their businesses.
”So, it is not the amount of money given to you that matters, but the attitude you bring to bear in managing that money,” he said.
Gbe urged the beneficiaries to make use of the training in planning the next phase of their lives.
The State coordinator of SEEFOR, Mr Frank Apokwu, said that the training was part of the closing formality of the six batches of the public works section of the project.
Apokwu said that the public works, which commenced in 2019, had 13 contract ‘LOTS’ across cities and communities in the state out of which three were located within Asaba.
The coordinator said that sweeping of roads, construction of concrete pavements, laying of interlocking concrete and desilting of drains were carried out in the various LOTS by the beneficiaries.
Apokwu, who commended the participation and commitment of beneficiaries, urged them to take the training seriously, adding that it would assist them in their engagements.
He commended the state government for providing the necessary support for the programme to thrive in the state.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria said the programme gave them the opportunity to have sources of livelihood.
Miss Anna Aniye said that ”apart from the monthly stipend we were paid, we were also trained in different skills where I learnt how to make liquid soap. I make as much as N15,000 monthly from the soap business” .
On his part, Mr. Friday Okoli, a father of three said, ”since I was engaged by SEEFOR in the last 12 months, I am no longer idle”.
NAN reports that a total of 19 supervisors and 215 road managers attended the training.
Edited By: Deji Abdulwahab/Razak Owolabi
Delta Commissioner urges students to leverage teleclass programme to excel
Mr Ukah who gave the advice while monitoring the examination on Tuesday, told the students to avoid examination malpractices and any act that could affect their future negatively.
Teleclasses are live interactive training classes conducted over the telephone, using a telephone bridge line that allows groups of people up to hundreds to be on the line at the same time.
The system has been in practice in Delta to enable students to continue studying during at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
While expressing optimism that they would perform well in the examination, Ukah said that so much had been done by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to give the state’s education sector a facelift.
The commissioner, who said that all necessary COVID-19 preventive materials had been provided for the schools in line with the stipulated guidelines, enjoined them to always put on their face masks.
NAN reports that schools the commissioner visited included West-End Mixed Secondary School and Government Model Secondary School, Asaba.
Others were St. Mulumba’s Secondary School, Bright Stars International School, All Saints Secondary School, Creative Field College, Good News Secondary School and Joyce International School, all in Okpanam, near Asaba.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ejike Obeta
Run people-oriented programme as `godfatherism` ends – Ex-agitator tells Obaseki
Mr Kingsley Muturu, a peace ambassador and leader of Amnesty Phase II in Delta, has described Gov. Godwin Obaseki`s victory as the final blow to godfatherism in Nigerian Politics.
He, however, called on the governor to carry everyone along and ensure that his administration ran a purposeful and people-oriented programme.
Muturu said this in a congratulatory message to Gov. Obaseki following his victory at the just concluded Edo governorship election.
He noted that Obaseki`s victory in the election was an indication that no godfather could succeed whenever the people were determined to take their fates in their hands.
According to him, the era of godfatherism in politics is finally coming to an end as people can effectively protect their votes in spite of all odds.
“I congratulate the governor of Edo who is now the governor-elect on his hard fought and well deserved victory.
“The people of Edo have spoken with one voice and that should be respected.
“After this victory comes the hardest part, which is remaining focused and keeping his social contract with the people by delivering more infrastructure for the benefit of the people.
“There must be something he did in his first term that made the people to vote for him massively in spite of the seeming intimidation and odds stacked against him.
“The resilience of Edo voters is particularly remarkable given that they not only voted in a largely peaceful atmosphere, they also protected their votes.
“There is no victor and no loser in this election. The greatest winners are the people who want their governor to continue the good things he has been doing.
“The governor should extend the olive branch to those that contested against him, especially his main challenger, Pastor Ize-Iyamu,” Muturu said.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC who polled 223,619 votes.
The governor-elect also won in 13 of the 18 local government areas of the state.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Donald Ugwu
Commissioner urges students to leverage on ‘teleclass’ to excel in exams
Delta Government has advised JSS3 students to take advantage of the Tele-Class education programme introduced by the state to prepare and excel in the coming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)
Mr Patrick Ukah, the state Commissioner for Education gave the advice while monitoring the BECE, on Tuesday in Asaba.
Ukah urged the students to avoid examination malpractice and any act that could affect their future negatively.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme, tagged “Delta State Tele-class”, in partnership with the state Ministry of Information, is a television and radio open distance learning programme.
“The programme is aired on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Asaba from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Warri television and radio stations from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Bridge Radio, Asaba from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and Crown FM, Warri from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
While expressing optimism that the students would perform well in the examination, Ukah said that so much had been done by the Okowa administration to give the education sector a facelift in the state.
The commissioner said that all necessary COVID-19 preventive materials had been provided for state schools in line with the stipulated guideline.
He enjoined the students to always put on their face masks.
NAN reports that schools visited includes West-End Mixed Secondary School and Government Model Secondary School, Asaba.
Others were St. Mulumba Secondary School, Bright Stars International School, All Saint Secondary School, Creative Field College and Good News Secondary School.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde