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Okowa tasks Nigerians on national unity

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has tasked Nigerians on the need to engage in actions that will help to further cement the bond of unity and cohesion in the country.



The governor gave the charge on Friday when the Class of 81of the Nigeria Air Force School, Jos, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.


According to him, the unity of Nigeria should supercede every other interest and people should shun acts capable of fanning the embers of distrust and disunity among Nigerians.


He said: “We are at a very difficult time in our national life and starting to hear the negative voices, which are unfortunate and ought not to be.


“The negativity is growing continuously and we are beginning to become suspicious of one another, and it should not be so.


“I believe that this type of association, where each of you still relates with one another after all these years of leaving school, is something that we can build on.


“It will help to build the nation as it is based on unity and oneness.


“Oneness and unity have to be projected in our nation, because in that strength of unity, we will be able to move our nation forward”.


The governor attributed the relative peace and security currently enjoyed in the state to government’s deliberate action in positively engaging the youths via its different job and wealth creation programmes.


Earlier, Mr Ayodeji Olusina, the leader of the delegation, thanked the governor for appointing one of their members, Mr Chiedu Ebie, as Secretary to the State Government.


He said that they were in Asaba for a reunion of all members of the Class of 81 of their school.


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(Edited by Sam Oditah)

 

 

 

 

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Navy flags off OKUN ALAFIA II to intensify territorial waters security

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The Nigerian Navy on Friday flagged off OPERATION OKUN ALAFIA II (Calm Water) to ensure that the country‘s waters remain safe and free from criminals.


Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, during the ceremony on board NNS UNITY, in Lagos said that the exercise would enhance human capacity development.

Daji said that the 30 days exercise which would be in three folds was also to ensure that the backwaters was safe.

“We have been conducting series of exercises at the command level. The purpose of OKUN ALAFIA II is in three folds; one, to consolidate on the gains of the previous operations.

“Western, Central and Eastern Naval Command to have handshake at sea, so that criminals from the west to central and vice versa does not have the leeway to do that,” he said.

“We are carrying out operations in our backwaters to ensure that those that are already at sea does not have the freedom to be terrorising people in the backwaters.

”Every activity that is taking place at sea, the ultimate goal is on land and the benefits.

“Within the creeks, the channels and the adjoining land areas, the operational basis and the forward operational bases will be conducting clearance operations to take the battle to the criminal hideouts,” Daji said.

The FOC reassured the public that the command was ready to provide necessary conducive environment for legitimate businesses on the waterways.

He urged members of the public to freely divulge credible information to get rid of criminals in their localities.

Some of the evolutions conducted include, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS– Opposed Boarding), Fleet Maneuvers, Communication Drills, Medical Evacuation (MEDEVA), Lowering and Recovery of Boat.

A total of eight ships, two helicopters and a detachment of Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (SBS) participated in the Exercise.

The ships include: NNS PROSPERITY, NNS EKUN, NNS NGURU, NNS EKULU, NNS OSUN, NNS OSE, TUG RIMA and TUG CDR UGWU as well as two NN helicopters and a detachment of NN SBS.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command had earlier engaged in exercises and operations such as OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN; EXERCISE SWIFT RESPONSE; EXERCISE ATEGUN ALAFIA; EXERCISE OKUN ALAFIA I and TREASURE GUARD II.

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APC lauds NGF leadership, urges Nigerians to disregard Wike’s comment

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has lauded the leadership of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) headed by Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti,  saying that the forum is well alive.


APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, who said this on Tuesday at a news conference in Abuja,urged Nigerians to disregard the comment made by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers who described the forum as a “toothless bulldog”.

Nabena was reacting to Wike’s comment on Monday in Port Harcourt,  describing the NGF as “a toothless bulldog”.

Wike had accused the APC-led federal government of destroying the NGF, alleging that the forum lost its strength immediately the ruling party came into power in 2015.

However,  the APC chieftain urged Nigerians to disregard the comment, saying that the NGF is well alive under civilised Fayemi.

He urged Wike to open up on the major role he played when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government introduced the “16 is greater than 19 political formula”.

“Does he thinks that Nigerians can forget in a hurry the major role he played as a PDP minister when the then Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi scored 19 votes, but former Plateau Governor, Jonah Jang who scored 16 votes was recognised as NGF Chairman?

“Wike also needs to be reminded of the major role he played as a foot soldier who engineered the banning of the then Gov. Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa from participating in the PDP governorship primaries in 2011.

“If the NGF has been “killed” as Wike states, it is clear who the killer and grave digger is,” Nabena said.

According to him, Wike needs to wake up to the reality of a new era of justice, fairness and true democracy under the administration of the APC.

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Senate is determine to ensure Nigerians benefit from power sector -Lawan

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on Monday said the National Assembly would ensure that Nigerians benefited maximally from the nation’s power sector for improved supply.


Lawan said this when he declared open an investigative hearing on Federal Government interventions in the power sector organised by Senate Committee on Power.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the investigative hearing, Title: Power Sector Recovery Plan and COVID-19 Pandemic was designed to investigate the viability of N1.8 trillion Federal Government interventions in the sector since privatisation.

Lawan, who said that the nation was yet to get it right in power, noted that Nigerians could not be competitive in international trade and make significant progress without electricity.

He said the National Assembly was concerned hence it mandated its committee to investigate the sector, adding that the senate would soon consider the report of the committee on resumption at plenary.

The senate leader said there was need for Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) to look at the share purchased agreement undertaken with the stakeholders at privatisation to make the sector better.

According to him, there is need to review the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) as Nigerian was losing billions of naira monthly without supply of electricity because of the PPA.

“We must remedy to the situation, it is either we ask the DisCos to look for more partners, or government divest its 40 per cent share to other investors to manage.

“We must revisit the PPAs, ” Lawan said.

The Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed in her presentation said the Federal Government had initiated various projects with multilateral agencies to revamp the sector.

She listed the projects to include the 486 million dollars World Bank approved Nigeria Electricity Transmission and Access Project, 350 million dollars World Bank Nigeria Electrification Project and African Development Bank 200 million dollars that was undergoing approval process.

Other projects, according to the minister, are the 26 million dollars World Bank North Core Dorsale Nord Inter Connector project under approval process.

Also, 170 million dollars, AFD Abuja Power Feeding Scheme that is also undergoing approval process,750 million dollars Power Sector Recovery Program and the 700 mega watts hydro power project already approved by the China Exim Bank.

She said it was expected that services in the power sector would improve as the aforementioned projects moves into various stages of implementations.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Sen.Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue) said the various interventions of government for the sector did not result into success as was expected after privatisation.

He said this was occasioned the investigation by the Senate.

Some of the agencies of government expected to make presentation at the two-day public hearing include the Ministry of Power, its agencies, the  Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) and Distribution Companies (DisCos) among others.

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USAID trains rice farmers in Delta, RIFAN lauds Okowa, CBN for support

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Chief Silver Ejezie, Delta Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says USAID has commenced a training programme for rice farmers in the state.


Ejezie, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian on Monday in Asaba, said no fewer than 7,519 registered rice farmers would benefit from the training.

He said famers in Delta North and South Senatorial Districts had been trained in Asaba and Eku.

“As we speak now, farmers in Delta Central are being trained today June 15, in Warri under the “Feed the Future Agribusiness Investment Nigeria a -USAID programme on best practice on rice cultivation and processing in Delta,” he said.

He said that the training preceded the expected input supply from RIFAN headquarter in Abuja this week.

According to him, after this training by the USAID, the famers will be better prepared for the rainy season farming in the state.

“As farmers in the state, we have really enjoyed the support of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and we must say the Central Bank of Nigeria are also supportive of this programme.

“I have to let you know that the state chapter of RIFAN is planning to present an award to the USAID, the state governor and the CBN in recognition of their support.”

He said though one of the teething challenge facing the association had been that of tractors for land preparations.

“But we have been assured of supply of some tractors by our national body and we hope to receive from them soon,” Ejezie said.

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