By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has commiserated with the Uwaifo family, Bini kingdom and music buffs, over the passing of legendary musician, Prof. Victor Uwaifo.
The governor’s condolence is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba.
He also condoled with the government and people of Edo on the demise of the renowned musician, a native of Benin, who reportedly died on Saturday after a brief illness.
The late Uwaifo was 80 years old.
Okowa, who expressed shock and sadness at the passing of Uwaifo, said he was a star, whose demise remained a huge loss to lovers of his genre of music.
He noted that the deceased contributed immensely to the entertainment industry and academia, excelling enviably in both.
According to Okowa, Uwaifo was a unique personality, who to the astonishment of many, effectively combined his music career and teaching at the high level, rising to the pinnacle of both.
He said the deceased was a great musician, writer, sculptor and inventor of musical instrument.
The governor said the history of Nigeria’s hall of fame would not be complete without Victor Uwaifo’s name.
He recalled that in recognition of Uwaifo’s versatility, former governor of Edo, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, appointed him as commissioner in charge of Arts, Tourism and Culture, from 2001 to 2003.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I offer my deepest condolences to Uwaifo family and friends, including the entertainment industry, where the late veteran musician featured prominently as a forebear.
“The late Sir Victor Uwaifo was one of the country’s iconic musicians and was reputed to have had an illustrious musical career spanning over 55 years.
“He was indeed, a household name with hit-songs like “Joromi”, “Guitar Boy” and “Mamiwater’ and will be greatly missed by lovers of highlife music.
“It is my belief that the late Sir Victor Uwaifo will be long remembered and honoured for his huge impact, not just in entertainment but in the academia,” Okowa said.
He prayed that God would grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed Uwaifo and comfort his family and all who mourn him..
By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, as he turned 58 on Tuesday.
This is contained in a statement signed by Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and made available to journalists in Asaba.
Okowa said that Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central Senatorial District, remained an amiable and illustrious son of Delta in whom citizens were delighted about his political accomplishments.
According to Okowa, Omo-Agege has had an outstanding performance in the senate as one of the Ssnators with the most number of bills in the 9th assembly.
He commended the lawmaker for contributing to reducing unemployment through his direct employment opportunities for citizens of the state.
He remarked that the lawmaker was no doubt a goal-getter and gentleman and wished him more fruitful years of contributing to nation-building.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate my brother and friend, the Deputy President of the Senate, an illustrious son of Delta and a leader of note, on the occasion of his 58th birth anniversary.
“Your Excellency, you have made invaluable contributions to nation-building, especially with your no fewer than 20 Bills in the 9th senate.
“You have also demonstrated a strong commitment to the welfare of our citizens with the number of persons you have used your good offices to touch their lives.
“On this special day, I pray that God will grant you many more years in good health to continue to render greater service to God and humanity,” Okowa said.(NAN
By Mercy Obojeghren
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said on Sunday that only truth, justice, fairness and fairness in all areas of the country would guarantee a united Nigeria.
Okowa said this during the Thanksgiving service to mark the 2nd anniversary of the 7th Delta House of Assembly, held at Living Faith Church, Asaba.
The governor said he believes in the unity of the country and added that the leaders must act in the interest of the diversity of the nation.
According to Okowa, only such acts of justice and fairness to all areas can encourage Nigerians to believe in the unity of the country.
He noted that Nigerians were facing difficult times and urged Christians to pray "because God can really make a difference for this nation".
“As a nation we have a lot to learn, even from what we have seen now and what we are going through. We must work together for the progress and unity of this nation.
“Do not lose hope and faith in God; let's play our individual roles outside of prayers.
“Many times we recite our national anthem regardless of the words it contains. We can truly serve our country with love and strength if we believe in the unity of the country.
“There are a lot of calls for restructuring and national dialogue because of the things we are seeing, but we have to continue to have faith in our country; things will certainly change for the better.
“For those of us who find ourselves in government, we really need to reexamine ourselves to be sure that we are truly serving our nation.
"We must continue to see Nigeria as one country and everything that is done must be done in a way that reflects the unity within us so that each area truly believes that we are in one Nigeria," he said. declared.
The governor congratulated the members of the National Assembly for their cooperation with the executive in the service of the state.
“I am very proud of the assembly because all that we have accomplished in these difficult times is because they have remained very united.
“Many times you have placed the interest of the state above personal interests.
“I believe that at the beginning of the third year, a new beginning will come within you to offer better services during the remaining two years.
“I urge you to redouble your efforts because we are living through very difficult times. Remember that we are of service to the people of Delta and that we give more than we have done before.
“It is my prayer that God give you the strength and wisdom to continue serving the people,” he added.
Earlier in a sermon titled, “Understanding the Wonders of Thanksgiving,” Pastor David Popoola urged Christians to always remember to appreciate God for His blessings on their lives.
He said thanksgiving was a debt that every Christian owed to God.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, took the Bible reading from Psalm 92: 1-10. (NAA)(NAN)
By Ifeanyi Olannye
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa congratulated his Bayelsa counterpart Senator Douye Diri as he turned 62.
The governor's congratulations are conveyed in a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Friday in Asaba.
He congratulated Diri for his enormous contributions through service to the development of his state and his country.
According to Okowa, since Diri took the saddle of governance in Bayelsa, Yenagoa, the capital and other parts of the state have seen remarkable improvements in terms of infrastructure and aesthetics.
He praised the governor for his determination to make a difference in the state, including hard work to achieve universal health coverage for the Bayelsans.
“I must congratulate you, my dear brother Governor, for your achievements already recognized in the development of your State during the short time that you have dominated.
“I am aware of your efforts to make Bayelsa airport become operational to give the Bayelsans the option of having aviation services instead of going to Port-Harcourt and Owerri for such service.
“Your Excellency, it should be noted that you are providing universal health coverage and improving health facilities for the people of Bayelsa, and I must congratulate you on that.
“Your selfless and impressive beginnings as governor of Bayelsa have already distinguished you as an emerging nationalist and one to watch in the emerging political firmament of our country.
“I must also recognize your unwavering commitment to the course of the South-South region, especially as we face the challenges that prevail in the region and the country.
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Delta, I congratulate a man of honor and integrity, an accomplished politician and a budding nationalist, Senator Douye Diri, on his 62nd birthday of birth.
“I am extremely proud of your great accomplishments in the short time you have been running your state.
“I urge you to continue to use your God-given exalted position to conscientiously serve your people.
“On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I join your family, friends and supporters in thanking Almighty God for your life which has been marked by divine favor and outstanding achievement,” Okowa added. (NAA)(NAN)
By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has urged Nigerians to have full recourse to God for solution to insecurity challenges in the country.
The governor made the call in his message to Muslims in Delta and across the country on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr celebration which was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba.
He said that Muslims and Christians should intensify prayers to complement Federal and states’ governments efforts at ending insecurity in the country.
He said that Nigerians should also pray for the peace of the nation and to avert a possible third wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Okowa urged the Muslim faithful to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan: love, peace and justice, to their daily living “as through this, they will be contributing to the development of the nation”.
He charged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the celebration for sober reflection and supplication for peace, unity and progress of the nation.
According to Okowa, this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration is coming at a time when the country is plagued by varying security challenges, which call for fervent prayers.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I extend warmest wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid-el-Fitr in Delta, Nigeria and around the world.
“I congratulate His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and all our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the month-long Ramadan fasting.
“It is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will guide our interactions and daily living.”(NAN)
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is set to commence national camping for athletes and officials in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Mr John Joshua-Akanji, Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will now take place in the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the camping is aimed at bringing back athletes to their individual sports having been on recess for so long due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joshua-Akanji explained that the local camping which is coming at the resumption of sporting activities in the country is geared towards early preparations for athletes who have qualified for the Games.
He noted that the Ministry in collaboration with the Delta State Government had organised the COVID-19 OKOWA Athletics Resumption Meet in Asaba on Nov. 6, to test the application of the COVID-19 Sports Code in a competition environment.
According to him, the first phase of camping will commence in Abuja and Lagos with Taekwondo, Rowing/Para-Rowing, Canoeing/Para-Canoeing in Abuja while Para-Powerlifting opens in Lagos.
“Other Sports Federations where athletes have qualified for both Games will commence camping shortly afterwards in batches,” he added.
He said the Ministry in its effort to revamp the middle and long distance athletic culture is also opening a training camp in Pankshin, Plateau state specifically for road races within this period.
Joshua-Akanji stressed that all camps are to strictly observe the COVID-19 Sports Code and Resumption Protocol already developed by the Ministry in both training and accommodation venues.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
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.Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has condoled with the Obada family of Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, over the death of Maj.-Gen. John Obada (rtd).
Okowa expressed the condolence in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifejiaka, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Warri.
The governor expressed sadness over the demise of the retired general, saying that it was devastating.
He prayed God to grant the family, the Agbarho community and the entire Urhobo nation the fortitude to bear the great loss.
“Obada’s death is devastating especially this time that the nation is in dire need of wise counselling of retired top military personnel to solve the avalanche of security challenges currently faced by the country.
“As a people, we are extremely proud of the outstanding contributions of Obada to the Nigerian Army where he served as Aide-De-Camp to Nigeria’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, from 1964 to 1966.
“He was also Commander, Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, 1971 to 1975; General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, known then as 4th Infantry Division, Nigerian Army.
“Obada had an illustrious military career and served the nation with all his heart, with full dedication and commitment to duty.
“He acted as Chief of Air Staff (COAS) from 1970 to 1971 and was Federal Commissioner for Works and member, Supreme Ruling Council.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Delta, I send my deepest condolences to the Obada family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Agbarho where he hailed from,” Okowa said.
Obada retired from the Nigerian Army in 1977 and represented Delta in the Federal Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
He died on Saturday night at the age of 81 after a brief illness.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday granted Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s request to build a N1.3 billion mother and child centre at Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
The assembly’s approval followed a motion by the Majority Leader, Mr Tom Owhefere, which was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor, representing Bomadi Constituency.
Owhefere and Preyor had prayed the house to consider and grant the governor’s request due to the importance of the centre and the health needs of the people.
The house, through a voice vote, unanimously granted the request which was contained in a letter transmitted to the assembly by the governor.
The Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, who earlier read the letter at the plenary, said the centre would provide quality healthcare delivery for women and children in the state.
He said that the project, estimated to cost N1.3 billion, would be executed through a contractor financing model.
“Being a flagship project, the government opted for an alternative source of funding to ensure early completion.
“Quotations received from tenders were significantly higher than the amount officially reserved for the project; so the company with the lowest bid was considered,” he said.
Oborevwori said that the contractors, NJZC International Construction Limited and Sinoma Investment International Limited, would fund 70 per cent of the project cost.
He said government would issue an irrevocable Standing Payment Order in favour of the companies, to ensure scheduled completion.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said that his administration will leave a legacy of a professionalism-driven public sector in the state, with zero tolerance for corruption.The governor stated this on Monday in Asaba at the unveiling of the Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019. He expressed his administration’s commitment to ensuring strict adherence to due process in service delivery, while urging civil servants to equip themselves with the knowledge of the regulations governing their jobs.“This administration is irrevocably committed to sustaining the current policy thrust of strict adherence to due process, prudent management, judicious allocation of resources and continual appraisal of our structures and processes. “It is our desire to leave the legacy of a public sector, driven by professionalism and synergy among ministries, department and agencies (MDAs), efficient project performance and zero tolerance for corruption.“Capacity-building will remain a mirage where the principle of continuous improvement is not embraced and the operators are not sufficiently equipped with the tools and knowledge that they need to perform their duties, especially in a rapidly-changing world that we live in today.“Those resources must align with the current realities and trends for the civil service to effectively and successfully midwife the timely delivery of government’s policies and programmes.“As such, it is with a great sense of fulfillment that I receive the new Delta State Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019,’’ Okowa said.He recalled that the commission, in rendering its 2016 annual monitoring report, proposed the review of the Public Service Commission Regulations of 1978, which was then 38 years old.“Subsequently, the proposal and recommendations from the commission were considered and approved by the state Executive Council on April 3, 2017.“The Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019 took three years to produce and all civil servants should avail themselves of copies of this booklet and equip themselves with a working knowledge of the regulations governing their work.“This is because there can be no excuse for not obtaining a copy of this handbook,” he said.The governor commended the committee that reviewed the regulations, comprising the Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Patience Okwuofu; a former Head of Service, Okey Ofili, and other members for their sacrifices and commitment in making the review possible.Earlier, Okwuofu had thanked the governor for approving the review of the regulations. According to her, the regulations will help to reposition the civil service for effective service delivery.Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq