Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has solicited the cooperation of traditional rulers to ensure adequate peace and security of lives and property in the state.
Gov. Okowa said this on Thursday at the presentation of staff of office to the Okpara-Uku of Utuoku Kingdom, HRH Joseph Ugbarugba, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area. He said that his government would not fold its arms and allow kidnappers, armed robbers and other miscreants unleash mayhem in the state.
Represented by his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, Okowa expressed government’s appreciation to traditional rulers for their remarkable support and cooperation for his administration.
He assured that royal fathers would always be included in the scheme of things, in view of their vast background, experience, training, and exposure.
“Their virtues contributed to the maintenance of peace and harmonious co-existence in the state.
“The sons and daughters of Utuoku Kingdom, who are known for abundant production of fish and crops, should take advantage of the various programs of government to improve on their production capacity.
“The community should form cooperative societies to access government loans and add value to their farm produce,” he said.
The President General of Utuoku Kingdom, Prince Okwokwo, described the royal father as a man who is focused and possessed wealth of experience, adding that such qualities made him to occupy the seat of the Okparauku.
“I must state this fact unequivocally that we the entire Utuoku Kingdom are proud of this our illustrious son as our king.
“We are soliciting for the intervention of the state government in the area of road construction to link the community to the outside world, as the only track road in the community was presently in a sorry state,” he said.
He also urged the state government to provide pipe borne water for the community.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta said that his administration’s investment in the health sector would reduce medical tourism abroad by Nigerians.
The governor stated this while speaking with newsmen after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.
According to Okowa, the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
He said that the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.
He said the Mother and Child Hospital would take care of every illness concerning women and children.
He added that the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre would take care of all manner of investigative procedures in radiology and other laboratory analyses.
“I am glad that we have gotten to this place.
I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.
“We are working behind time, there is no doubt about that but I have just been reassured that in the next one month, the projects would be ready.
“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.
“The two projects are obviously very important.
The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children.
“While the Advanced Diagnostic Centre is going to take care of all manners of investigative procedures both in radiology and other laboratory analysis that they have to do.
“The Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre is also going to be a centre that would be involved in treatments.
There are so many equipment in here.
But until they finish with this construction, they would not be fully installed,” he said.
Okowa also disclosed that key infrastructural projects being executed by his administration would be inaugurated between November and December.
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiki Abubakar has left Nigeria for Europe on a business trip.
The Media Adviser to Abubakar, Mr Paul Ibe, said this in a statement he issued on Friday in Abuja.
Ibe said Abubakar traveled immediately after his Friday meeting with the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Lagos, alongside the PDP vice presidential candidate, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.
Ibe denied the insinuation in some quarters that Abubakar was traveling to Dubai for medical reasons.
“Today’s trip is in continuation of an earlier business trip of three weeks ago.
“At the conclusion of his European trip, the former Vice President will also use the opportunity to visit his family in Dubai.
“His trip is for business and family purposes and has nothing to do with medicals as being insinuated in some quarters,” Ibe said.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the PDP has condoled with his Ondo State counterpart, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, on the death of his mother, Lady Grace Akeredolu.
Okowa’s condolence is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba.
According to him, Mrs Akeredolu reportedly died peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 15, aged 90 years.
He condoled with Akeredolu, the government and people of Ondo state, urging the governor and members of his family to take solace in the fact that their mother lived a good life during which she made invaluable contributions to the course of humanity.
He paid glowing tribute to Lady Akeredolu for being a good mother and joined the family and people of Ondo to mourn the departed matriarch of the Akeredolu family.
According to Okowa, the family should be consoled in the fact that their mother lived to witness the successes of her children, including the emergence of Rotimi as governor.
“We received the news of the demise of your beloved mother with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that she lived a life of dedicated service to God and humanity.
“Lady Evangelist Akeredolu was a strong pillar in her community, a disciplinarian and a devout Christian and would be missed by all those whose lives she affected in many ways.
“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you and the family the courage to bear the loss, and we also pray for the repose of the soul of your departed mother.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother Governor, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on the demise of your beloved mother.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday insisted that Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), must step down to allow Southerners in the top hierarchy of the party.
Makinde made the position of South-West leaders of the party known at the zonal stakeholders’ meeting held at the Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
According to him, PDP is talking about unifying the country, talking toward the government of national unity.
“Well, the issue is that we must practice what we preach.
If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify PDP first.
“If we want government of national unity, the faces in PDP must reflect national unity.
“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to do what is right to bring inclusivity into PDP.
“The message from the South-West PDP is that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured.
“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included.
That is the message,” Makinde said.
In his remarks, Abubakar Atiku, the Presidential candidate of PDP, said he was in Ibadan to interact with all the party stakeholders on the preparations toward 2023 elections.
Atiku urged the South-West leaders of the party to remain focus and work toward the party’s victory in the coming elections.
On the issue of the national chairmanship, Atiku said: “Overtime, PDP has developed its Constitution as regards party’s electoral processes, zoning of offices, power sharing, among others, which will bring about unity of the party and the country.
“Therefore, the request of Gov. Makinde is achievable under our party’s Constitution, rules, regulations and procedures.
“So, the party’s Constitution must guide us on whatever changes we make.
” Earlier, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP, urged members of the party in South-West to be more united and work toward the success of the party in the 2023 general elections.
Okowa, also the Governor of Delta, said that PDP was well prepared to take over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the country is facing various challenges under the APC-led government.
He described the PDP presidential candidate as “an experienced and quality leader who is capable of leading the country well”.
Okowa, also urged the people to go into the election with one love and determination to win the poll.
Among the dignitaries on Atiku’s entourage were former Governors of Niger, Babangida Aliyu; Osun, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti.
Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned against cyber bullying in the name of campaigns for the 2023 elections.
Okowa made the remarks on Tuesday in Abuja at the Northern Christian Youth Assembly Summit, with the theme ‘Unifying Nigeria:The Role of Northern Christian Youths and Women’.
He said that Nigerians should be allowed to use the cyber space to express their choices ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“We are beginning to see bullying in the cyber space of our country, I think that everybody should have his space, time, to be able to think, make comments without being bullied,” he said.
According to him, what is important in the build up to the election is for Nigerians not to act on emotions, but be guided with knowledge and build cohesion in electing credible leaders to transform Nigeria.
“This is the hallmark of those who think and use their brains; when we talk about the future is for the youths, it is actually from today.
“However, the real truth is, our youths particularly youths leaders must be in position to have a clear understanding of things so that they are able to guide others aright.
“This is because if you have a leadership that is not able to provide that true leadership of guiding people aright and people begin to think in the wrong way, then you create further problems rather than finding solutions and we all go the wrong path,” Okowa said.
He commended the group for organising the summit to discuss Nigeria’s challenges and find solutions.
Okowa also said that the topic of the event was apt, because it focused on unifying Nigeria.
He called on Nigerians not to practice politics of religion, but to unite to elect leaders that would build a Nigeria for all where things would work.
He assured that if elected, their administration would give priority to education and tackle poverty.
In his remarks, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, National Chairman of PDP said it was time for Christians to show greater interest in politics.
“I do not think God will just come down and answer your prayer, you need to act too, that way, God will help us.
“For a long time, many people saw politics as something to be left to others, but I am happy that today this narrative has changed, events have made it possible to see that the control of political power is very important.
“Therefore, it is important that Christians have to rise up, come together and show a greater interest in politics.
”Ayu also urged them to join parties and be interested in what is happening around them so as not to allow bad leaders takeover power and misuse it to affect them, their families and communities negatively.
He said that Nigerian needed leaders that would attend to the challenges facing the country and assured that Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate, will be the right choice to achieve that.
He assured that if given the chance, they would unify the country and enhance national development .
“We looked around and we thought we have to give him not just a vice president that will assist him, but we did our homework to select a young man who is highly educated, very humble, and who has done very well as a governor in his home state.
“It is on Okowa’s personal merit he was selected by the party as the vice presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar.
“I think Nigeria will be very lucky to have two such people who are committed to development, who are detribalised and who believe in uniting this country,” Ayu said.
He, therefore, urged the group to support Atiku and mobilise Nigerians to vote for PDP, so as to salvage Nigeria.
In his comments, the Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Rev. Marcus Ibrahim, who read from Ezekiel 3:16-21, called on youths to guide other citizens to elect credible leaders in 2023.Ibrahim called on the Church and youths to be the voice of the voiceless by speaking against evil and injustice in the country.
“As we enter election year, we should give our people direction, by encouraging them to come out and vote.
“Youths as watchmen should herald a new dawn in the country as we prepare for 2023 general elections.
“To me, the winning team is Atiku and Okowa, so we should make noise everywhere because that is one of the strategy God taught Joshua to defeat Jericho,” he said.
Earlier, the host, Mr Bok Ayuba, former Speaker, Plateau House of Assemby, said the group had agreed to back the PDP candidates, because they believed in their capacity to rescue Nigeria and make things right.
Ayuba said the group has branches in all local government areas of the country and would go round to mobilise support for the PDP.
“We will go to every state to mobilise from each local government to have a great number to discuss the way forward ahead of 2023 elections,” he added.
He urged members of the group “to spread the news and galvanise massive voters’ support to ensure PDP wins in 2023”.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated the Obi of Owa, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor II, on his 61st coronation anniversary.
Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Monday, described the renowned traditional ruler as a man of peace and extreme humility.
He said that Obi Efeizomor who was the immediate past Chairman of the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, was a symbol of equanimity and unity and had impacted positively on his people and the state.
He said that the monarch’s long reign had recorded massive development, remarkable transformation and enduring peace to Owa kingdom.
“I thank God Almighty for your life because in your reign, Owa land has continued to prosper, with sons and daughters excelling in their various endeavours.
“You have supported wonderful evolution in Owa land as well as ensured that needed peace continues to prevail across the kingdom.
“We appreciate your role and astute contributions when you served diligently as Chairman of Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers.
“As a peace builder, great patriot and elder statesman, you have done your best to positively impact on the development of your kingdom and our State, Delta.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you, Your Royal Majesty, Obi (Dr) Emmanuel Efeizomor, Obi of Owa Kingdom, on the occasion of your 61st coronation anniversary, ” the governor said.
He wished the monarch many more years on the throne of his forebears.
Delta Government has pledged to sustain support for persons with impairment, especially the deaf and dumb, by including them in her empowerment programmes.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr Festus Agas, made the pledge on Monday, while addressing members of the Association of the Deaf and Dumb who were at the Government House, Asaba, on an awareness and advocacy procession.
Agas, who was accompanied by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, lauded the group for their peaceful conduct.
He reassured that the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa administration would continue to provide for the deaf and physically challenged in all skill acquisition programmes.
“I want to welcome you to Government House, Asaba, and thank you for the orderly manner in which you have organised yourselves in carrying out your advocacy.
“I want to reassure you that as a government, we run an inclusive administration.
“We have a lot of empowerment programmes such as Job Creation, Girl-Child Empowerment as well as Rural Youth Skill Acquisition(RYSA) programme.
” In all these programmes, without any fear of contradiction, the government made provisions for the deaf and dumb and other physically challenged persons in the state,” he said.
Agas added, ” the deaf and dumb like every other persons are humans and also deserve the good things of life.
”He urged members of the group to take advantage of ongoing cycle of RYSA selection for trainees to enlist and acquire skills.
Agas promised to convey their message to the Gov. Okowa.
Ealier, the Association President, Mr Emmanuel Oyibo, had thanked the state government for giving them the opportunity to organise another Deaf and Dumb Awareness Week.He disclosed that programme would provide opportunity to enlighten the public on how to break the communication barrier between the deaf and other members of the public.
Oyibo, however, appealed to the government to continue to include members of the association in its programmes.
Delta Government on Thursday, lauded Nsukwa community in Aniocha South Local Government Area for opting for peace to end a six years crisis that had rocked the community.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Godfrey Enita, gave the commendation, while presenting a cheque of N24 million on behalf of IMC Oil Palm Plantation Limited operating in the community in Asaba.
The commissioner said that with the payment of the six years rent arrears owed the Nsukwa community by IMC, the lingering crisis had been put to an end and peace finally restored in the area.
According to Enita, the occasion of the cheque presentation is one of the several of efforts by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led government to revamp oil palm production and utilisation in the state.
“In this direction, the governor has ensured that peace and tranquility is maintained among oil palm companies and the host communities.
”He said that only peace and harmony would ensure growth and development in the oil palm industry to create wealth for the farmers and the teaming unemployed youths.
He recalled that oil palm had played a leading role in the economic lives of the people prior to the advent of crude oil, adding that it was significant as a foreign exchange earner in the sixties.
He said that Gov. Okowa’s administration had committed so much to revive the oil palm industry in both small and large scale production across the state, adding that its multipliers effects would be great in terms of food, jobs and wealth creation.
He, however, lauded the Chief Edwin Uzor peace and reconciliation committee for their efforts, the monarch, the youths of Nsukwa community and IMC plantation for toeing the part of peace.
“I want to commend the Nsukwa community for maintaining relative peace in spite of the backlog of rent owed by IMC from 2017 to 2021.In their separate remarks, the Obi of Nsukwa, HRM , Dr Kenneth Ezegbunam, represented by Mr Emeka Okofu, said that it was difficult but the situation was managed to avoid dire consequences.
He expressed joy that peace has finally returned to his kingdom, while thanking the governor and all stakeholders that engineered the peaceful settlement of the issue.
Also, the Public Relations Manager, IMC Plantation Limited, Mr Sebastien Olomu, said, “today is an auspicious day because peace has finally returned to the community.
“If there is no peace in a business community, nobody enjoys doing their business.
IMC has been praying for a day like this where all parties will come and agree for peace to return.
” These hiccups have dragged for more than six years from 2017 to date which resulted to the rent arrears of four million naira monthly to a total of N24 million for six years due the community.
”He also thanked all who made the peace move possible and realisable, particularly, “the monarch, youths wing and the OPC Oil Palm Company, who is our landlord and the state government.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the community, the President General, Nsukwa Development Community, Pastor, Wisdom Mebele, thanked the state government and all for bring the year long crisis in the community to an end.
Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has urged Nigerian youths and women to vote for ticket come 2023 general elections to secure their today and future in the country.
Aniagwu, stated this while delivering a keynote address at the official inauguration of the State Chapter Executives and Local Government Area Coordinators of the People Democratic Part(PDP) New Generation Platform on Wednesday in Asaba.
He said that the joint ticket of the Party Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar, and his Vice -Presidential Candidate, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, has the blueprint that would articulately accommodate the youth and women during and after the 2023 general elections.
He said that the theme of the event, “Politics Beyond Today, Securing Our Future” was apt, adding that the PDP, Atiku ticket had provided the opportunity for the youths to take that future now.
“As the countdown to the formal commencement of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections continues, the formation of the PDP New Generation becomes necessary;“A group whose Mission is “to create and promote a platform for youth and women to network and participate actively in the political process and governance for a new Nigeria” is both apt and timely.
“Gentlemen and Ladies, this is your time, this is your opportunity.
Your future is now, seize the moment,” Aniagwu said.
According to Aniagwu, many things have currently gone wrong in the country; the case of insecurity, division among different ethnic groups, geopolitical divide, children not in school due to ASUU strike among others.
“We have not addressed the issues on how to make work available for our people to enable our young ones who are educated and employable get job.
” Those are the issues that the ticket identify in the covenant with Nigerians.
“The reasons why the youth need to key in is to a large extent that is talking about the present for the youths and not just the future.
“We need to address the issues that have divided us as a people and the need for us to come together and have a buy in of every segment of our society.
”He said that the divisions today in the country was the cause why the potentials of the nation have not been fully realised.
He expressed optimism that the Atiku led PDP when enthroned would pull both human and natural resources to deliver good governance to the people.
According to him, Nigeria should be in a position to lend money to not just African countries and not report to borrowing given the abundant human and natural resources that God has blessed the nation with.
That is why the ticket is set to reset Nigeria and bring the country back to winning waves.
“Today’s youth inauguration is a way to bring all hands on deck.
We recognise that the youths have critical roles to play not only in galvanising the votes but to make them leaders who would learn the process of leading.
And, what is more, the Atiku-Okowa policy document, “My Covenant with Nigeria” has a robust message and agenda that resonates with Nigerians,” It is a policy document that speaks to the issues that are most concerning to the average Nigerian on the street – security, cost of living crisis, devolution of power, others.
“Your task is to get the message in this document, using the various tools at your disposal to every potential voter out there.
“As youth ambassadors of the PDP, your job is well cut out: use your power to drive change for inclusion and active political participation within the party’s internal structures“And on a larger scale, use your power and network to mobilise Nigerians for a PDP victory at all levels come 2023. Knowing the current state of affairs in the country,” Aniagwu said.
Also, the Senior Political Adviser to Gov. Okowa, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, said the people of the state were duty bound to vote 100 per cent for PDP seeing that there was no opposition party in the state.
According to Solomon, other parties exist on paper in Delta, ticket is well experienced to lead the nation out of the many challenges.
Earlier, the State Coordinator, PDP New Generation, Mr Efe Ani, assured of their resolve to deliver 100 per cent votes for PDP come 2023 general election for all candidates.
The highpoint of the event was the inauguration of the various organs of the platform.