Author: Francis Francis

Following the interventions by traditional and religious institutions from Niger State on the matters surrounding the mass wedding of orphan girls, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has expressed its readiness to partner with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly on improving their lives through various initiatives. The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye disclosed this yesterday in her office while giving an Update on the Ministry’s position about the mass wedding. She informed that the Ministry will ever remain steadfast in the implementation of its mandate, especially in the area of the protection of the lives of…

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The Lagos State Task force in its bid to curb environmental degradation and excesses on the part of miscreants and criminal elements who erect shanties and makeshift buildings haphazardly round the State, has carried out an extensive clean up exercise along Regional Road in Lekki.  The exercise, which was led by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, saw the demolition of shanties across the entire stretch of the Road defacing the metropolis and constituting environmental and safety concerns to residents and commuters in the State. CSP Jejeloye described the clearing out exercise as a step carried out by…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, Wednesday, said investments in the state were safe and secure as Delta remains a prime destination of choice for investors across the country.  Governor Oborevwori stated this in his remarks at the inauguration of AHL Gas Processing Plant 2, at Ogbe-Ani community, Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state. He said that the AHL-GPP2, a joint venture between SEEPCO and NNPC Limited, was an eloquent testimony to the fact that investments in the state were safe and the state, the first point of call for investors. He commended President Bola Tinubu for his…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has charged the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, to provide a veritable roadmap for policies that would mitigate the challenges currently confronting Nigeria.  Governor Oborevwori gave the charge on Tuesday when he received participants of the Senior Executive Course 46 of the NIPSS led by Air Vice Marshal David Solomon on courtesy call at Government House, Asaba. He said: “The importance of your institute is anchored on fostering critical thinking that will encourage training and developing professionals in policy analysis, strategic planning and leadership.  “Being a high level center for informed…

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The Benue State government has approved the establishment, funding and management of the Benue Digital Infrastructure Company Limited (BDICL) as a special purpose vehicle company for the  State Government on Public-Private Partnership with Gamint Corporation Ltd to invest in the business of ICT and digital infrastructure services for the state. Executive Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Iormem Alia made this declaration on Monday, while inaugurating an 8-man implementation  committee for the ICT project in the state at the Exco Hall of Government House, Makurdi. Represented by his Deputy, Sam Ode, the Governor said the partnership is aimed at “driving the…

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, received Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple was received by Governor Sanwo-Olu; his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, and some members of the State Executive Council during a courtesy visit at Lagos House, Marina. Prince Harry, accompanied by his wife, Meghan, is on a three-day visit to Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games, which he founded in 2014. The couples had a stopover in Lagos on Sunday. The Invictus Games are aimed at raising funds and supporting serving members of the military as well as veterans to overcome their physical and mental illness or injuries,…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, Friday, charged the State Civil Service Commission to tackle the ghost worker syndrome leading to absenteeism and abandonment of duty posts.  Governor Oborevwori, who gave the charge at the swearing-in and inauguration of the Chairman and member of the Civil Service Commission as well as Auditor General (Local Government) at Government House, Asaba, said some civil servants feigned study leave with pay, and had used the opportunity to permanently relocate overseas. Those sworn-in are; Chief Roseline Amioku as Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Barr. Ikechukwu Maduemezia member, Civil Service Commission, and Mr. Ukpaka Ikenna as Auditor…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, Thursday, said the state was among states in the country with most arable lands for sustainable agriculture and food security in the country. Governor Oborevwori stated this when he received on courtesy call, officials of the African Development Bank, AfDB and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture led by the Chief Agro-Industral Economist, Dr Chuma Ezedinma at Government House, Asaba. He said the state was blessed with arable lands for the cultivation of crops ranging from cassava, maize, yam, rice, assorted vegetables and even rubber; which could be grown in commercial quantities. He expressed the state’s…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has expressed appreciation to President Bola Tinubu and the military high command on the withdrawal of troops from the troubled Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.  Governor Oborevwori, at a media briefing, said that with the withdrawal of the troops, the people of Okuama could now safely return to their homes and begin the process of reintegration and rebuilding their homes and community. The Governor said: “My Dear Good People of Delta State, I have the pleasure to announce to you that, upon many deliberations and collaborations between the State…

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In a daring move, former Nigerian Senator Shehu Sani has taken to the X platform to denounce the blatant “hypocrisy” of the Togolese President, who had previously used ECOWAS as a shield to oppose military governments in neighboring countries while now violating the same rules to extend his own tenure in power. Senator Sani’s fiery post shed light on the erosion of democracy in West Africa and the dangerous precedent set by leaders who flout regional norms for personal gain. In his scathing indictment, Senator Sani accused the Togolese President of betraying the principles of ECOWAS by clinging to power…

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has promised a review of the law imposing sentencing for suicide attempts. He gave the promise when he received a delegation from the Asido Foundation, a non-governmental organisation promoting mental health advocacy and reforms with a view to improving awareness, reducing stigma and discrimination and empowering persons with mental disorders and their families. The AGF said health is one of the priority areas of the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “The law is something we have to take a second look at, especially where it…

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The Lagos State Government has reiterated its dedication to finding holistic solutions to man-made problems causing inundation across the state, emphasizing an unwavering commitment to combat the perennial issue of flooding. This reassertion of purpose was voiced by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, following an extensive inspection tour aimed at addressing critical drainage issues. The inspection, conducted along the System I drainage channel midstream (Odo Iya Alaro) Arowojobe Estate and Mende Villa Estate, Maryland section, served as a follow-up to a previous assessment undertaken last Sunday. Mr. Wahab elucidated that the tour aimed to…

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The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has affirmed that not a single journalist has been hounded or incarcerated under the Tinubu administration for practicing responsible journalism, stressing that the media is largely free in Nigeria.  Idris was responding to a question at a press briefing organized by his ministry in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment and Ecological Management, and the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Abuja on Friday. “I have not seen somebody in the life of this administration, for example, who has been…

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Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has commiserated with Ometan community in Okpe Local Government Area of the state on the death of seven indigenes of the community to a tanker fire accident on Friday morning.  According eye witnesses, the fire accident occurred around 10am when the tanker laden with fuel fell on the road, after the tanker head detached while on motion in Ometan community along the Warri – Sapele Road on Friday. Speaking at the accident scene, Governor Oborevwori flanked by Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor and former Chairman of Okpe Local…

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Isoko North Local Government Area Chapter, Wednesday, passed a vote of confidence on Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, member representing Isoko Federal Constituency, Jonathan Ukodhiko, member representing Isoko North State Constituency, Bernard Odior, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme and Executive Director Finance and Administration, Chief Kome Okpobor for their leadership qualities, good governance and effective representation in almost one year in office.  The vote of confidence was passed on the leaders in recognition of their outstanding leadership and contributions to the growth and development of the party and Delta State in particular at an…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has said that the High Court building complex, Asaba, would be ready for inauguration in May as part of the projects to mark his administration’s first year in office.  Governor Oborevwori, who disclosed this to journalists during inspection of the project on Tuesday, said he was impressed with the exterior finishing of the building but frowned at the poor interior finishing and told the contractor to ensure proper finishing of the project in readiness for inauguration in May. The five-storey high court building has conference halls, chambers, a library, zoom room, computer laboratory, public and…

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, convened a strategic meeting with the Senior Special Assistants to the President on Community Engagement. The gathering aimed to fortify their partnership and reinvigorate their dedication to disseminating government initiatives across communities nationwide. The rendezvous took place at the Minister’s office in Abuja. Minister Idris underscored the paramount importance of rebuilding public trust, recognizing its decline as a significant hurdle to effective communication and program execution. He committed to prioritizing timely, transparent, and patriotic communication, emphasizing, “Trust cannot be cultivated when information contradicts reality.” Emphasizing the pivotal role of the Senior…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, Saturday, approved automatic employment for the overall best graduating student of the Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Ilebe Joshua of the Faculty of Pharmacy with 4.83 CGPA.  Governor Oborevwori who approved the automatic employment at the 16th Convocation for 2022/2023 academic session of the University, challenged graduands of the University not to think only of getting paid jobs but to be entrepreneurial in their approach to life. While congratulating the graduands who had been found worthy in learning and character for the award of various degrees of the great citadel of learning, Governor Oborevwori said;…

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, attached to the Taskforce on Currency Mutilation, Dollarization of the Economy and Forex Malpractice, have arrested 34 suspected currency speculators for alleged foreign exchange fraud. In a statement, the commission said they were arrested yesterday in a sting operation following credible intelligence about illegal sales of dollars at the Wuse Zone 4 area of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. The suspects are: Usman Mohammed, Abdullahi Nasir, Abubakar Saleh, Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim, Abubakar Ghadafi, Muktar Usman, Umar Abubakar Abba, Yakubu Sani, Aminu Abubakar, Muhammed Suleman Abara, Yusuf Tahir, Usman Lawal, Usman Lawal,…

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The representative of Isoko South Constituency II in the Delta State House of Assembly, Ferguson Onwo, has passionately urged his fellow legislators to embrace the recommendations outlined in the report presented by the House Committee on Public Petitions. During the assembly session held yesterday, Honorable Onwo underscored the importance of endorsing the findings presented by the committee, which investigated a petition concerning the alleged use of force and intimidation in the seizure of properties belonging to the civil service commission and the staff of the multi-purpose cooperative society limited. These properties, situated at Amachai Community, Okpanam, Oshimili North LGA, Delta…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori has commiserated with the Onyeobi family and people of Asaba over the passing of the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Patrick Onyeobi. The late Onyeobi who passed on at 90 was a former Secretary to Government and Head of the Civil Service of the defunct Bendel State. Until his passing, he was the Diokpa of Idumuojei village, Umuezei Quarters, Asaba. In the condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon, in Asaba, Governor Oborevwori expressed sadness over the passing of Onyeobi. The Governor in the statement said; “the passing of Chief Patrick Onyeobi is…

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam has highlighted the merits of implementing state police to enhance local responsiveness, improve crime prevention, and strengthen security at the grassroots level. He stated this during his goodwill message at the National Dialogue on State Policing with a theme: Pathways to Peace: Reimaging Policing in Nigeria held at the Abuja Intercontinental Hotel (Formerly Sheraton Hotel & Towers), Abuja. The Minister proposed a model for implementing state policing in Nigeria, suggesting a decentralized structure where each state manages its police force under a framework that ensures cooperation and coordination with federal agencies. According…

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In an era fraught with stressors and triggers, the ability to control one’s anger has become a vital skill for navigating daily life. Yet, despite its importance, many individuals find themselves grappling with explosive outbursts and destructive behaviors born from unchecked rage. In response to this pressing issue, experts advocate for a proactive approach to anger management, offering a roadmap to harnessing and mastering this powerful emotion. First and foremost, understanding the root causes of anger is paramount. Anger often serves as a surface manifestation of deeper emotional turmoil, such as frustration, hurt, or fear. By delving beneath the surface,…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, yesterday, visited Okuama with an assurance for the safe return of the indigenes who fled the community in the wake of the crisis over the killing of 17 officers and soldiers on March 14.  The Governor, who was accompanied by Commander 63 Brigade, Brig. Gen. Unachukwu Ugochukwu, and top government officials, on a journey that took over one hour and twenty minutes from Warri, reiterated that innocent citizens would not be made to suffer for what they know nothing about. Recall that the killings made the people of the community to flee for fear of…

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, his predecessor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, former Governor of Borno State and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Friday, attended the funeral of late Dr Cairo Ojougboh.  The funeral which held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of the state, also had in attendance former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, Member Representing Ika Federal Constituency, Victor Nwokolo and his Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency member, Ngozi Okolie. Others include; former Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, former Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, MD/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr…

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The recent inaugural Lagos Leadership Summit sparked renewed enthusiasm and a fresh perspective on shaping the nation’s future. Hosted by the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy (LJLA), the event facilitated meaningful exchanges between the established and emerging generations. Through a series of debates, speeches, and panel discussions, participants explored the readiness of the youth in mental, emotional, and physical capacities to assume leadership roles. The sessions also examined the significant impact that young leaders have made in their current roles, inspiring further transformation. Throughout the event, themed “Leadership and Nigeria’s Future,” participants at Konga Place in Lekki, alongside a substantial online…

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Niger State, known for its significant sacrifices in land for the establishment of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is battling with prolonged infrastructure and power issues, former Senator Shehu Sani highlighted recently on social media. Despite the generous allocation of land that facilitated the creation of the FCT, the region’s infrastructure has lagged considerably. According to Sani, the crucial road linking Minna to Abuja has been under reconstruction for nearly two decades, causing major disruptions and inconvenience to both commuters and local residents. Further adding to the state’s woes are the power supply challenges. Despite housing five hydro power stations…

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Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, adjourned the alleged N4.8 billion fraud brought against a businessman, Chief Cletus Ibeto, till May 27, 2024. The matter, which was initially before Justice I.O. Ijelu, of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, suffered several adjournments due to the absence of the defendant to take his plea with respect to the 10-count charges raised against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC. He was charged alongside his companies, Ibeto Energy Development Company and Odoh Holdings Ltd. Ibeto had approached the appellate court ,…

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In a groundbreaking achievement for Bayer Leverkusen, the team clinched the Bundesliga title for the first time in their 120-year history, ending Bayern Munich’s 11-year dominance with a decisive 5-0 win against Werder Bremen yesterday.  Under the guidance of manager Xabi Alonso, Leverkusen needed a victory to secure the championship with five games to go and responded with a performance worthy of champions, pushing their unbeaten streak to 43 matches in all competitions. The scoring was led by a hat-trick from Florian Wirtz, with additional goals from Victor Boniface and Granit Xhaka completing the rout. However, despite playing a crucial…

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The Lagos State Government has called on stakeholders to support the timely completion of Omu Creek Road in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area.  The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Oluyinka Olumide, who made the call during the stakeholders meeting on the project in Alausa, said that it was the custom in Lagos State to commence every infrastructure project with the establishment of the Right of Way to ensure that the site was delivered unencumbered to the contractors. His words: “As it is our custom in Lagos State,  every construction project begins with the process of establishing the…

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