Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Community Development: Monarch Sue For Peace, Forgiveness And Reconcilation.

....Commends Idumuje-Ugboko Citizens, Community Stakeholders, Delta Traditional Rulers Council On Support And Recommendation As New Monarch.

...Commends Restoration of Peace, Seeks Support And Cooperation, to initiate processes to heal psychologically disoriented citizens.

By Victor Bieni, Idumuje-Ugboko

HIs Royal Majesty (HRM), Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko, the New Traditional Ruler of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom, Aniocha North LGA, Delta State has sued for peace, forgiveness and reconcilation among members of his Community while promising to be a leader and not a ruler as the new Monarch of the Community.
The Monarch made this assertion today in a press briefing with some group of Journalists in his residence at Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom Aniocha North LGA, Delta State when asked on the recent happening concerning his Kingdom stated that he had emerged through a transparent process that has regards for customs and traditions of his people.

He noted further that following the demise Obi Albert Nwoko III on the 6th of February, 2017, following the incident he said that took place in 1927. He said: "By principle of primogeniture his name was forwarded to Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Council by the Iyase of of the Kingdom which led to a protracted tussle on the throne, coupled with agony, bloodletting, court cases in the Kingdom".
HRM Eziokwubundu while thanking the good people of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom home and abroad, Community Stakeholders, and others, most importantly; Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Council led by HRM Francis J. Ijei II, Obi of Issele-Azagba Kingdom for recommending him as the New Monarch of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom to Delta State Government as he awaits Staff of office sued for peace, support and cooperation from all and sundry in his domain towards Community Development.

In his words: " I thank everyone who has played vital roles towards the restoration of peace in Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom. I thank the Delta State Government. I thank the Traditional Rulers Council on the true History, native law and custom of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom which affirmed me as the only person in Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom which under the application of the rule of hereditary/Primogeniture system of succession remains exclusively entitled to hold or fill any immediate vacancy in the traditional rulership/Obi tittle of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom".
"Space and time will not permit me to thank everyone who played vital roles towards my emergence as new Monarch of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom. I will initiate processes of healing our wounds. I shall welcome and be receptive to new ideas that would develop our community and tap into its Cultural history with a view to developing our vast and rich tourism potentials. I therefore sue for peace, forgiveness and Recommendation. I shall open our town to every genuine indigene that is willing to develop our community".

Monday, February 22, 2021

Delta LG Elections: Adigwe Urges Aniocha South People To Vote Massively For PDP.

......Ward 9, PDP Chairman, Maxwell Unosha Commends Massive Turn Out By PDP Members in Ewulu And Isheagu.

.....Hon. Chief Joe Adigwe Says, Certainly PDP Will Emerge Victoriously With Wider Margin come March 6, 2021.

.......As PDP Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Prince Mike Okwufulueze gives flag to Councillorship Candidates in Ward 9

By Victor Bieni, Isheagu

The political atmosphere in Ward 9 (Ewulu and Isheagu), Aniocha South LGA, Delta State is currently filled with joy as Citizens of the two communities continue to shower encomiums and Commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the State leadership of People's Democratic Party PDP for their kind gestures, which they said has promoted grassroots Youths political participation and gender mainstreaming towards the domestication of UN SDGs in the political sector of the State.

The media learnt this pen-ultimate weekend from the political leader of Ward 9, and Political leader in Aniocha South LGA, Hon. Joe Adigwe at the Ward's Party Secretariat, Isheagu, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State during the Ward political meeting that hosted the PDP Chairman, Aniocha South Local Government, Prince Mike Okwufulueze while on the campaign tour and handing over of as PDP flag-bearers for the Councillorship seat of forthcoming March 6, 2021 LG Election in the state.

Hon. Chief Joe Adigwe has called on the good people of Ward 9 ( Ewulu and Isheagu), Nsukwa Clan and entire Aniocha South LGA electorates to ensure that they vote en mass for the Candidates of People's Democratic Party PDP in the forthcoming March 6, 2021 Local Government Elections in Delta State.

The former Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Delta State House of Assembly, and two time Chairman, People's Democratic Party PDP, Aniocha South Chapter while commending PDP Chairman, Aniocha South LGA and his team, all political leaders, Party Executives, party faithfuls, members of the party in Ward 9 who graced the Hosting ceremony, party's campaign tour of the LGA and handing over of Party's flag to all the two PDP Councillorship Candidates in Ward 9 (Ewulu and Isheagu) stated that by God's grace PDP will certainly emerge victorious in Aniocha South LGA come March 6, 2021 Local Government Elections in the state.

PDP Chairman, Aniocha South LGA Chapter, Prince Mike Okwufulueze then Commended the people of Ward 9 to had presented their best Ms Amaka Adigwe as Vice Chairmanship Candidate for Aniocha South PDP party for the Local Government, which he said she is also the youngest in the 25 LGAs of the State while handing over the party flags to PDP Councillorship Candidates in Ward 9 (DSIEC Ward 11 and DSIEC Ward 12), Ewulu and Isheagu urged them to be fully committed to their campaign so as to ensure that PDP in the locality emerges victorious come March 6, 2021.

Aniocha South PDP Boss, Prince Mike Okwufulueze used the opportunity to appeal to all those who were not opportuned to clinch the party tickets to remain committed to the party, work for the party that one day it will get to their turn.

He said: " One person must be the Party's flag-bearer. Work together for the victory of the Candidate(s), the victory of the party, remain committed to the party. Certainly, You will be remembered. It will one day gets to your turn".

Ward 9 PDP Chairman, Mr. Maxwell Unosha also commended the PDP Chairman, Aniocha South LGA Chapter, Prince Mike Okwufulueze and his team, all the political leaders in the ward , Party Executives, party faithfuls, and members for their massive turn out during the hosting and Party flag-giving ceremony to the Councillorship Candidates from the Ewulu and Isheagu Communities, which is Federal Ward 9, Aniocha South.

Mr. Maxwell Unosha, the hardworking Ward 9 Chairman then urged PDP members in Ward 9 to intensify more on campaign, engage themselves on political evangelism and reconcilation of agrieved members for greater voting strength, party to beat opposition political parties with unimaginable margin in the locality as well as achieve not less than 98% Votes in this forthcoming March 6, 2021 LG Elections in Delta State.

Higher Education: Mulade Urges Okowa To Make School Of Marine Technology, Burutu, Academic Institution.

..... Activist Appeals to DTHA to use Necessary Legislations to Cement request.

....Mulade Says Gesture Will Attract Potential Professionals and Promote World-class Quality Education in Delta State.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff has appealed to the leadership of Delta State House of Assembly led by the speaker, Rt. Hon. Sherrif Oborevwori to give legislative support to the Activist's request that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa should make School of Marine Technology, Burutu an Academic Institution.

The media learnt this today in a press Statement made available to newsmen by CEPEJ's branch office in Asaba, Delta State capital as Mulade in a letter to His Excellency, sought the endorsement of Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to transfer the School of Marine Technology, Burutu, from the State Ministry of Transport to the Ministry of Higher Education, to enable the institution function effectively and optimally.

Chief Mulade, a Peace Ambassador who is also the President of the Riverine Communities Development Forum of Nigeria, stressed that the transfer of the School to the Higher Education Ministry would attract academics and professionals to run and manage the institution for the betterment of students and Deltans in general.

The rights activist noted that the School of Marine Technology, Burutu, had been attached to the Ministry of Transport, indicating that it was meant to train the youths in crash programmes only, instead of in full fledged degree and diploma courses such as those in the universities and polytechnics respectively.

The press Statement read in parts: " One would imagine why those who conceptualized the Marine School did not place it under the State Ministry of Higher Education, a body which has the academic techniques, manpower and competence to train degree and diploma students. But it shouldn't be an appendage of Transport Ministry. The corporate goal of the Ministry is merely to train students in the business of marine transportation and technology".

"In tertiary education, a professional certificate is quite different from an academic certificate. I therefore, on behalf of riverine communities in Delta State, appealed to, and requested Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to transfer the School of Marine Technology, Burutu, to the Ministry of Higher Education so that academic experts could run and manage it towards achieving set goals".

"I hereby call on the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chief Sheriff Oborevwori and his colleagues to amend the Act that established the School of Marine Technology, and transfer it to the State Ministry of Higher Education, to enable it achieve the purpose for which it was established".

Delta LG Elections: NYCN Leadership Sensitizes Aniocha South People, Urges Youths To Shun Violence.

.... Tasked Politicians, Electoral Stakeholders On Free And Fair Elections.

By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku

The Leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Aniocha South Chapter led by its Chairman, Comrade Mrs Mercy Isioma Okocha and other Principal Executives of the Council has enjoined Youths in the 11 Federal Wards of the local Government to ensure that they maintain best decorum and abstain from thuggery, shun electoral violence, or any behavior capable of promoting Youths restiveness in the forthcoming Local Government Elections in the State.
The media learnt this today in Aniocha South LGA Headquarters, Ogwashi-Uku as the apex youth Organization, NYCN Leadership which comprises of Voluntary and affiliate Youth Organizations, Community Youths; both organized and unorganized Youths took to the street of Ogwashi-uku to sensitize the public on the need to play politics without bitterness as the local Government Elections approaches, to take place on March 6, 2021.
The Youths which cuts across the three Clans in the local Government Area (Nsukwa Clan, Ogwashi-Uku Clan and Ubulu Clan) cautioned that political parties, politicians should not involve the youths in thuggery, electoral violence, Election rigging and any form of youth restiveness during vthe Election, also that security Agencies in the area should ensure that peace and security of citizens, electorate is made sacrosanct, and that DSIEC should conducts free and fair Elections void of Electoral malpractices to all Candidates of different political parties for peaceful coexistence before, during and after the election.
The youths in their large numbers used Vehicles, banners, flyers, different apparatussuch as musical equipment, placards, other electronic and Communication gadgets to send their message to Political and Electoral Stakeholders in the locality as they were drafted in their hundreds from different communities and Organizations the local Government to promote peace democratic Governance before the election as part of their Civic, or corporate social responsibilities to the people.
They were very excited during the sensitization tour, awareness creation singing and dancing, moving from one quarters to the other bearing the inscriptions: "Shun Cultism, Shun Electoral violence, Shun Thuggery, Shun election rigging, shun Youth restiveness, shun favouritism, nepotism, and tribalism, refuse to be used as a working too fir bad Governance for your future is bright".

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Tension In Umunede As Zone 5 Police Officers Allegedly Open Fire On Mother Of Five.

Unless the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration in Delta State and authorities of the Nigerian Police Force, Zone 5, Benin City, in charge of Edo and Delta States take urgent steps in addressing an alleged murder attempt on the Arum (Administrator), of Ilenobu Community, Mr. Ifeanyi Ikem and his wife, Mrs. Ebere, there would be a breakdown of law and order in Umunede kingdom, Ika north east local government area of the state.

This is coming on the heels of an age long disputed Ozoba Community land, lying on the right hand side of the express when coming from Umunede, which was purportedly sold by the people of Emuhu community, Agbor, Ika south local government areas of the state.

The renewed land dispute took a new dimension when police officers drafted from Zone 5, pulled down the window burglary of Mr. Ikem's residential house on No. 113 Old Umunede/Agbor Road, then Old Lagos/Agbor Road.

The officers who came in three vehicles on mufti numbering between five and six allegedly made unsuccessful efforts to dismantle the entrance burglary before scaling through the burgled window into the house but the wife, Mrs. Ebere, prevented them from taking the husband away after several hours of struggling, when the officers allegedly opened fire on the wife on both legs before help could come from community youths and family members.

Narrating his ordeal on the hands of the Zone 5 police officers on the fateful day, Thursday 18th February 2021, Mr. Ikem, said: "I just put off my generator so I could go to bed that night. I was about to lie down on my bed when I heard footsteps and my dog was barking when I saw two men, one was wearing complete native attire while the other was on Jean trouser on a Jean Jacket. They requested to know the occupants of the house but I kept quiet because I don't know them.

"So, my wife then asked from inside to know who they are. They replied her that she should call her husband that somebody is looking for him. My wife told them that her husband is already asleep. They asked is he the one that just off the generator that you are telling us is asleep? In the process of my wife interrogating them, they frequently mentioned one Sunny. They said we had some discussion and arrangements.

"My wife came in to ask me if I know anyone with the name Sunny, I said there is nothing like that. They walked away, got to where the well is located. One of them was pressing his phone, so I thought they gave them my number thinking that they would call me, I reached out to my phone and placed it on silent. Since I assume this Arum, many things have been going on and I have been watching them.

"So, after that my uncle came out and was questioning them on why they should come at this time to arrest someone. About three persons came back to my gate and were asking if I don't want to open the door. We will open it by force. Why are you telling us that he is sleeping whereas he is not sleeping. They kept shaking the front burglary. By then the window was opened because I wanted fresh air to come after I put off the generator.

"So, I decided to close it quietly. So, I thought they had gone, surprisingly, they returned and started forcing the glass on the window and they pulled down the burglary. I told my wife and children to shout. Their shouting made people to hear that something is happening around this area. Three men entered first, so we were struggling together. I saw them with guns and I thought within me that these people want to kill me.

"After the first three persons, another three entered through the window again, making it six, they kept dragging me. They opened the back door and we started struggling with each other including my wife. I asked them to tell me what I did before following them. They said there is something that I did. They said one Prince Paradise sent them that I destroyed car and building and I told them that I don't know anything about it.

"As they saw that people were coming, they started shooting gun and they were still dragging me but my wife didn't allow them to drag me away. So, they shoot her, as my wife was shouting I have been shot, I held onto them, they started shooting and they ran into their vehicles and zoomed off. They came with about three vehicles, one black Jeep, Tunder and one ash colour Sienna, that was what happened last night".

Also, the victim and wife of the Arum, who was shot Mrs. Ebere, hinted: "about 10:00pm and 11:00pm, two men came and knocked on our gate. When I came out, I asked them who they were and who they are looking for. They asked if my husband was around I said yes. They said I should go and go him that someone is looking for him.

"I told them that he has slept, they started shaking and forcing the gate. When they couldn't bring it down, they went to the window and succeeded in pulling it down. They were dragging my husband, as I was holding my husband to prevent them from taking him away, they shot me".

Meanwhile, Chief Azubuike and Chief Augustine Aghulor who spoke condemned in very strong terms the invasion of the residence of the Arum and the shooting of his wife, saying it was an alleged murder attempted on the couple just as they warned that the police and whoever contracted them would not get away with the act.

According to Chief Azubuike, "the Uncle, elder Ignatius Ikem came out and was shouting and asking them who they are. The invaders said they are policemen, before he could finished, they smashed the house, broke down the window and protestor, forced themselves inside the house, held him and tried to pull him out. The wife held the husband, we came out but in the heat of the scuffle, they shot the wife severally on both legs.

"They ran inside their car and drove away. The youths came out to the police station but the DCO told us that they are officers from Zone 5, on mufti. Eventually, the DCO accompanied them to Kifa Clinic and Maternity where the woman was treated".

Similarly, Chief Aghulor, said: "We were told that one of the persons who led them to this place is a manager of Prince Paradise. He bought our land without our knowledge. The matter is in Umunede High Court before it was transferred to Agbor. No warrant of arrest, they said they don't need any assistance from the Umunede police station.

"We are putting one Eze of Emuhu community, the owner of Prince Paradise Estate on notice that they are not going to get away with the mayhem on the Arum and his wife. Maybe, they want to intimidate us after acquiring a huge part of our land measuring 1000 plots from people who don't have the land".

Owner of Kifa Clinic and Maternity in Umunede, Dr. Ikifa, confirmed that they were at his hospital where he treated the victim of gun shot.

The Umunede Divisional Police Officer (DPO), declined comment when reached.

But the Assistant Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed that the policemen were from Zone 5.

It was reliably gathered that the officers from Zone 5 officially inccidented their arrival at the Command's headquarters and the Umunede Divisional Police Station.

DBS Asaba GM, Osabohien Honoured By Kinsmen

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of Journalism and advancement to the overall growth of Abavo community, the General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba Mr Frank Whyte Osabohien has been honoured with an Award of Excellence .

The President General of Abavo Development Union, World Wide, Comrade Jonathan Agbejiagwe who presented the award to the General Manager said the gesture was to appreciate and encourage the awardee to continue to work for the overall good of the society.

He said Mr Frank Whyte Osabohien was a strong source of inspiration to the younger generation and youths in particular.

Comrade Agbejiagwe acknowledged with satisfaction the positive development currently going on in the state broadcast outfit describing the General Manager as an agent of positive change who deserved the support and cooperation of all stakeholders.

He urged him to remain resolute and focused in the execution of his strategic plans and development vision for Delta Broadcasting service, Asaba.

The Chairman Board of Directors, DBS, Asaba, Comrade Felix Ofou described the Award as unique and significant considering the fact that it came from the Awardee's Community.

He urged Mr Osabohien to continue with his good works assuring that the world was watching and history was beckoning.

Receiving the Award, Mr Osabohien commended the leadership of Abavo Community and the traditional Ruler of Abavo Kingdom Uche Irenuma 11 for finding him Worthy for the Award.

He promised to continue to be a good ambassador of the community adding that he was humbled to understand that his modest contributions to the society had earned him such highly prized and cherished award'.

Some management committee of DBS,Asaba described the award as well deserved considering the pedigree, antecedents and integrity of the awardee.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Delta Universities Upgrade: Emetulu, Muoboghare Applauds Mulade's Proposal For Consideration Of Riverine Communities

...As CEPEJ Boss Argued That Riverine Communities Contribute over 70 Percent of State Revenue.

..... World Distinguished Environmentalist And Human Rights Activists Says, Financial Hardships Is A  Major Barrier to Upland Education for People Living in Riverine Communities.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Delta State Commisioner for Higher Education, Patrick Muoboghare, Member Representing Ndokwa West in Delta State House of Assembly, and the Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon Charles Emetulu has promised to look into Comrade Chief Sherrif Mulade's appeal, stated that his agitation for the consideration of proposed upgrade of colleges to universities in the riverine communities of Delta State was on point and valid.
The media learnt this development as Delta State Government key into the initiative as it was reechoed on Friday 19th Feb, 2021 at the public hearing in Asaba by the President of Riverine Communities Development Forum of Nigeria,
Comrade Chief Mulade Sheriff.

The World Distinguished Activist during the public hearing commended the Delta State Governor, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for upgrading the College of Education Agbor, Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro, and the Anwai campus of Delta State University to independent universities in the interest of Delta State for the good of youths seeking admission in the State or other States of the Federation.
Comrade Mulade Sheriff appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Patrick Muoboghare to consider siting one of the universities in the riverine communities to enable the youths there access higher education as riverine dwellers find it very difficult to access quality education in higher institutions because of the difficult terrain coupled with financial hardships, in spite of their huge contributions to the State and National economies.
In the words of the National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Comrade Chief Sherrif Mulade: "Education is the right of every citizen and not a privilege. Lack of 7education in the riverine communities, especially higher institutions, has led to the branding of the riverine youths agitating for the development of their areas as militants".

"The belief that establishing higher institutions in the riverine communities would drastically reduce the rate of crime because the youths would be meaningfully engaged for a win win situation for all".

"As the President of Riverine Communities Development Forum of Nigeria, I sincerely appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and Prof. Patrick Muobogharen, as well as the House Committee on Education to use their good offices to ensure that the School of Marine Technology, Burutu is upgraded to a University status. It should get the needed attention with adequate funding to enable it operate optimally".

"I also appeal that campus of the newly established university should be sited at any of Bomadi, Patani, Oporoza, Ogbe-Ijoh, Ogulagha, Ogidigben, Ugborodo, Ode Itsekiri and Ogbinbiri to give the people a sense of belonging in terms of educational development and advancement.

"As a result of the financial hardship most people living in the riverine areas cannot afford higher education in the upland, and strongly appealed on behalf of riverine dwellers that campuses of the universities be sited in the riverine communities of the State to bring education closer to the people".

"The Commissioner of Higher Education, Patrick Muoboghare and the Chairman House Committee on Education Hon. Charles Emetulu promised to look into Comrade Mulade's appeal, saying that his proposal was on point and valid".

Forum Of Delta State NGOs To NPF, DTSG, Investigate The Attempted Assassination Made On Hon. John Nani

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Forum of Delta State NGOs led by Dcn Okezi Odugala has called on Delta State Government and security agencies concern and most especially the Nigeria Police to thoroughly investigate and bring to book the cop and any other collaborators in the recent attempt to assassinate the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) in Sapele, Delta State.

The Forum in a press Statement made available to newsmen in Asaba, Delta State capital by the Forum's Coordinator, Dcn Okezi Odugala, Forum's Secretary, Chief Greg Osamenjor, While condoling the families of the deceased police orderly to Hon.John Nani who paid the supreme price of laying his life for his boss by taking the devastating bullet from the alleged mobile police in a Sapele at the vehicle.

The forum stated that it suspects that the whole episode look like a well orchestrated movie with intent at assassinating the distinguished honourable politician cum public servant whose political and humanitarian services devoid of tribal, religious and political sentiments which remains unblemished, which they said that is a bone on the throat of some evil persons.

The press Statement reads in parts: "As a forum we call on the security agencies to strictly investigate this matter and bring the culprit(s) to face the legal consequences without delay as we are interested in this matter and will follow it to the later to ensure that justice is served without delay".

"We thank God for sparing the life of Hon.John Nani and enjoin him to remain bold and resolute in contributing to the sustainable development of Delta State and humanity as we trust God to always build His shield around him as darkness can never overcome light and to those who plan evil".

"We advised you to change for your judgement day is too near as we remain resolute in our partnership for peace and security in Delta State".

Thursday, February 18, 2021

ICWLS: Professor of Islamic Studies, Shittu Bags Awards As Most Notable And Top Educator Of The 21st Century.

.....As UNESCO Laureate, Professor Bashiru Aremu, Says Professor Shittu is a seasoned Islamic Scholar.

.....Says Professor Shittu's Awards As Best Educationist of 21st Century well deserved.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Professor Shittu Abdulazeez Balogun, an Islamic studies Professor had received award as Most Notable and Top Educator of the 21st Century endorsed by ICWLS through UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu at Secretariat of Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria Universities on the 17th of February, 2021
The media learnt this today from UNESCO Laureate, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu in a media chat with our reporter via telephone conversation to enlighten the general public more on the mission and vision of International Chartered World Learned Society (ICWLS).
Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu stated that Oxford Dictionary defines Learned as "a person having acquired much knowledge through study".

According to UNESCO Laureate, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu: "The Mission of ICWLS is to Celebrate and encourage excellence in all of the scholarly disciplines including the professions, industry and commerce, Arts, Public Service and so on. The Vision of ICWLS is to create an academic excellence by well articulated international academic programme that will produce creative and innovative mind thereby helping to set the highest International academic standards in scholarship band research".
According to UNESCO Laureate, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu, The Most Notable and Top Educator of the 21st Century was awarded to the Islamic studies Professor, Professor Shittu Abdulazeez Balogun based on his contributions to Educational development globally. He said:
"He was born in Kisi, the Headquarters of Irepo Local Government of Oyo State on 11th of May, 1969. EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS He attended Pake LSMB School, Ilorin between 1975 and 1981. His secondary education started at Lagbulu Memorial High School Kisi".
"He also attended Arabic and Islamic Studies Centre, Ilorin between 1987 and 1990, Higher Institute for Qur’an and Islamic Studies, Ibadan 1992 – 1995. His quest for knowledge took him outside the shores of Nigeria on different occasions".

"In 1995, he proceeded to Islamic University in Uganda, East Africa where he obtained first degree in Islamic Studies with First Class between 1995 and 1998, Certificate in Computer Applications from Suma School of Computing, Kampala, Uganda 2000, and Masters in Islamic Studies from Islamic University in Uganda, 2001. His terminal Degree, PhD was obtained from the International Islamic University, Malaysia with specialisation in Islamic Thought and Comparative Religion. He also obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN in 2015. WORK EXPERIENCE · Lecturer, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria 2005 – Date".

"Post-Doctoral Researcher, International Islamic University Malaysia 2011 – 2012 · Editorial Board Member, Research Management Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia 2011 · Editorial Assistant/Administrative Staff, Research Management Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia 2009 – 2010 · Senior Master, Esteem International School, Abuja 2003 – 2005 · Supervisor, Islamic University in Uganda Guest Houses 2000 – 2001".

"Administrative Assistant, Academic Registrar’s Office, Islamic University in Uganda 1998 2 · Teacher, Arabic Institute of Nigeria, Elekuro, Ibadan, Nigeria 1993 – 1995 · Teacher, Arabic and Islamic Studies Centre, Ilorin, Nigeria 1990 – 1992 FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND MERIT AWARDS 2008 Study Fellowship, University of Abuja. 2004 Best Teacher of the Year, Esteem International School, Abuja. 1998 Best Graduating Student, Islamic University in Uganda. 1995 Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Merit Scholarship MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES".

" Member, International Institute for Muslim Unity, Malaysia. · Member, Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) · Member, Nigerian University Scholars in Religions (NUSREL) · Member, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS). · Member, Nigerian Association for the Study of Religions (NASR) · Member, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICES · Member, University of Abuja Senate · HOD, Department of Islamic Studies".

"Member, Faculty of Arts Management Team · Member, Faculty of Arts Examination Misconduct Committee · Member, Faculty of Arts Promotion Committee · Coordinator, B.A. (Ed) Islamic Studies, Institute of Education, Uniabuja 2015 – 2019 · Imam, University of Abuja Muslim Community · Postgraduate External Examiner, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria · Resource person, National Universities Commission (NUC) · Resource person, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) · Resource person, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Headquarters, Abuja 3 · Resource person, Al-Afrikiy Islamic Satellite Television, Abuja · Resource person, Aso Radio, Abuja".

"Resource person, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) · Resource person, Annual Induction Course for Intending Muslim Pilgrims, FCT Directorate of Muslim Pilgrims Affairs, 2002 – 2005. · Resource person, Muslim Professionals Aid Association, Abuja · Resource person, Gwagwalada Islamic Centre PUBLICATIONS Dr Abdulazeez Balogun Shittu has put pen to paper and continues to do so. He has remarkable contributions to the academic world. He currently has over thirty (30) publications spread across reputable academic journals nationally and internationally, book chapters and reviews".

" His publications are cited in Google Scholar citations, Research Gate, LinkedIn, Academia, Publons and many others. His other scholarly productions and presentations include: Articles in national and international Newspapers and Magazines, poems on topical issues in Arabic and English languages. He also composed the school Anthem of Esteem International School, Abuja which is still in use till today. He reviews and assesses articles for numerous national and international academic journals".

" He has attended and actively participated in national and international conferences, workshops, symposia within and outside the shores of Nigeria. He also conducts annual Ramadan Tafsir sessions at the University of Abuja Staff Quarters Masjid, Giri, Abuja. Dr Shittu is happily married and blessed with children".

ICWLS: Professor Aboki Bags Awards As Most Notable And Distinguished Professor Of The 21st Century.

.....As UNESCO Laureate, Professor Bashiru Aremu hails Award.

.....Says Professor Aboki's Awards As Univerisity Administrator, and Entrepreneur of Rare Game of 21st Century Endorsed by ICWLS

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Secretary General of Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria Universities, Prof Aboki had received award as Most Notable and Top Distinguished Professor of Rare Fame of the 21st Century endorsed by ICWLS through UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu at Secretariat of Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria Universities on the 17th of February, 2021
The media learnt this today from UNESCO Laureate, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu, while fielding questions from our Reporter via Telephone conversation on the mission and vision of International Chartered World Learned Society (ICWLS).
Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu stated that Oxford Dictionary defines Learned as "a person having acquired much knowledge through study".

According to UNESCO Laureate, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu: "Surely, therefore, this definition is the reason for us to select Learned People all over the world to be included in this international distinction of Internationally Chartered World Learned Society which is incorporated under the laws of the government and filed at the office of the Secretary at State of Delaware, USA"
"The Mission of ICWLS is to Celebrate and encourage excellence in all of the scholarly disciplines including the professions, industry and commerce, Arts, Public Service and so on. The Vision of ICWLS is to create an academic excellence by well articulated international academic programme that will produce creative and innovative mind thereby helping to set the highest International academic standards in scholarship band research".
"Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu is an academic, university administrator and entrepreneur. He was born at the 44 Armed Forces Hospital in Kaduna on Monday, the 24th of October 1960, to the family of Col. Anthony Aboki Ochefu (rtd.) of blessed memory, and Mrs Mammy Ochefu".

" He started primary school education at Army Children School, Dan-Tunku Road, Kaduna in 1964 and completed at St. Bernadette’s Private School Ibara, Abeokuta in Ogun State in 1971. He equally started his secondary education at Kufena College Wusasa Zaria in 1972 and completed same at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende Lagos in 1977. After a one year stint at the School of Basic Studies Ugbokolo, he proceeded to the University of Calabar in 1978 as the first set of Nigerian students to be admitted into Nigerian Universities through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examinations where he graduated with B.A. Honours degree in History".

"He graduated in 1982 as the best student in his class and proceeded to serve the Nation at the Government Day Secondary School in Funtua, Katsina State. In 1983. He proceeded to postgraduate programme of the Centre for West African Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and graduated in 1985 with an M.A degree in Economic History and Political Economy".

"In the same year, he enrolled at his alma mater, Calabar, and registered as a part-time student for a PhD programme in Economic History which he earned in 1992. Professor Yakubu academic career began as an Assistant Lecturer in 1985 at the University of Calabar. He rose through the ranks and by 1992, was a Lecturer Grade One".

"In 1993, he joined the Benue State University Makurdi as a pioneer staff, where he helped establish the History Department. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Professor of Economic History. At the Benue State University, he held various positions such as Head, Department of History, Dean Students Affairs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Director of Consultancy Services and Director of Open and Distance Learning. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kwararafa University, Wukari, Taraba State, a privately promoted community-owned University".

" He was appointed Secretary-General of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, and Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities in November 2019".

"Professor Ochefu is a specialist in Economic History and Development Studies and has over 75 publications to my credit. These include sole author, joint author, edited and co-edited books, journal articles, commissioned technical papers and conference papers".

"He is a Fellow and former National President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, the oldest professional academic body in the country, and a Member of Nigeria Academy of Letters. He is also a Special Fulbright Fellow, a World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) Leadership Fellow and recipient of the 2016 World Education Congress Award for Academic Leadership in Challenging Environments".

" He is currently the National President, University of Calabar Alumni Association Worldwide. He has at various times, consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, and International Republican Institute on Social, economic and political issues".

"As an Information and Communications Consultant, he was Chair of the Benue State Information Systems Committee and National Coordinator of the “Digital Bridge Initiative” one of the largest eEducation deployments ever in this country. He has been an IT team leader for the development of transaction portals for numerous institutions of higher learning in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, and Uganda".

"He has also assisted many institutions in developing their Information Technology and Open and Distance Learning Policy documents. As a part-time entrepreneur, he has promoted a number of businesses in Information Technology, Publishing, Renewable Energy and Waste-to-Wealth and seats on the Board of a number companies and non-governmental organisations".

"An active sportsman in his undergraduate and postgraduate days, Ochefu was a member of the University of Calabar Judo, cricket, basketball and hockey teams. He is a NUGA 1982 silver medalist in Judo, a certified Judo coach and a former Chairman, Benue Amateur Judo Association. His other sporting interests are Golf, handball, basketball, world motor rally championships, and superbike racing".

" For general interests, he spends time researching and discussing disruptive technologies and creative processes, Futurology Studies, the African Diaspora, creative funding for Education and Infrastructure development using Dynamic Funding Models, Technology Driven Governance Reforms and advanced technologies such as Distributed Ledger, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Biomimicry, Bioinformatics and Quantum computing, and their practical applications in Higher education, agriculture and public governance".

"Professor Yakubu Ochefu is a man driven by three passions. A passion for teaching and research in History; a passion is for using technology to drive change and a passion for development and wealth creation. He is a team oriented individual has excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent teaching, mentoring and coaching skills, Great cultural awareness from travelling, studying and living with people from around the world, good time and capacity management gained from managing numerous large projects and constant tight deadlines".

"He is a widely travelled man who has visited over 28 countries in Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia and has been to all the 36 states in Nigeria. He is married to Hilda Ihinwa Ochefu, and blessed with three adult children. He holds the traditional Chieftaincy title of Ola’Yala bestowed on him by the Yala Kingdom of Cross River State in 2011 for meritorious services to the community".

"In his spare time, he enjoy reggae, heavy metal rock and roll, soukous, Fuji, traditional opera and drum beats, and classical music. He also enjoys skydiving, rain forest hiking, martial arts, watching TV documentaries".

See Delta NYO Chairman, Comrade Rock-Vincent's Speech Today As He Inaugurates Burutu LGA EXCOS

....... As Delta NYO Boss Charges Youths To Be Ambassadors Of Peace As LG Council Elections Approaches.


Firstly, i congratulate all the newly sworn in executive members of NYO Burutu branch who made it to the final stage. As we may already be aware, not every one who expressed interest to be in this executive finally made it to be in your EXCO. For indeed many are called and few are choosen. Once again, congratulations to you all.
I urge this executive to work in unity as a team, imbibing the spirit of oneness. Noting the popular saying that; "Together we stand divided we fall".
As youth leaders, you are expected to be the change agents of that particular change you want to see in your communities. As youth leaders we are saddled with the responsibilities of sensitising other youths across the Local Government Area against all forms of social vices inimical to our communities as well as the need to be law abiding citizens.
Furthermore, elections into local government Chairmanship and Councilorship positions will be coming up on the 6th of March 2021.

May i state this emphatically that on no account should you allow yourselves to be used as thugs by any politician, nor be involved in any form of electoral violence, but rather, as automatic Peace Ambassadors that you are now by the virtue of your new positions as executive members of NYO Burutu branch, you are to ensure peace within your capacities before, during and after the elections.
I wish you all a successful tenure even as i assure you of my total support in achieving the set objectives.

Build the Youths!
Build the Nation!!!

Delta Universities Upgrade' Public Hearing: Mulade To DTHA, 24hrs Notice Is Unacceptable.

.... Activist Appeal for more Time To Enable Deltans, Stakeholders Make Imputs On Proposed Bills.

...Says Short Notice Is A Signal That DTHA Abandoned Her Constitutional Rights On Independent Legislature For "Pot of Porridge".

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

A Delta born World Distinguished Environmentalist, Human Rights Activist cum Ijaw leader, Comrade Chief Mulade Sheriff has disagreed with the Delta State House of Assembly over what he described as hurried move to hold public hearing on bills to upgrade and establish three new universities in Delta State.
The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) Boss in a statement made available to news men in his Asaba branch office, Delta State capital kicked against the time frame given by the State House of Assembly slated for the public hearing on the Bills to upgrade three institutions to Universities in Delta State.

He added that the move is a enough evidence that there was calculated move to shut stakeholders out of possible inputs and hinder democracy in action, while urging that there is need for transparency on projects and developments because power belongs to the people.

Mulade stated that the move by Delta lawmakers is unacceptable as time frame for genuine imputs from Deltans and critical stakeholders, a display of Desperation, clandestine action and betrayal of trust reposed on our Honourable members of the state assembly and the state government by Deltans.

The press Statement reads in parts: "I advice them to desist from acting as a rubber-stamp institution as Deltans expects them to display integrity and prove to be an independent arm of government as the State House of Assembly has fixed Friday 19th February 2021, to hold public hearing on three bills forwarded to it by the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to upgrade and establish three new universities in State".

"The sudden and less than 24 hours notice is questionable, obnoxious and strong disregard for Deltans as the Chairman, House Committee on Education, one of our finest and most respected. Hon Charles Emetulu has decided to toe the paths of shallow integrity for such hearings to be fixed on Friday 19th February 2021 in less than 24 hours from the sitting of Wednesday 17th February 2021".

"It is regrettable that adequate time was not given for inputs from critical stakeholders and interested parties, noting that Delta people are wondering why the rush on such sensitive bills for development in the State, especially when some sections of the state are questionable".

"The rationale behind elevating only three institutions to the status of universities, while other sections are shut out from benefiting from such welcome development projects that could turn narratives around by putting communities ahead of others".

"The House of Assembly should as a matter of fact open their doors to welcome robust contributions from the public on projects that are sensitive and likely to divide the state on ethnic lines".

"The State Assembly should not be seen promoting apathy, disenchantments and lack of trust for the government".

"Three universities on public hearing inside Delta State Assembly with a short time frame could lead to government being unpopular in some sections of the state".

"As unimportant as the house of Assembly may make the dissatisfaction as expressed to be, public hearing at a short time frame will be a disservice to the good people of Delta State. Also, he stressed that the rush to please a few power blocks may be counter productive at the very long run".

"If this is allowed to go on, it connotes wrong impression and indication that the Delta State House of Assembly as submitted, and decided to relinquish her constitutional independent rights to the State Executive".


How come a fundamental matter as germane as a warrant of arrest, get so much incompetence from a law officer's chamber?

What are the essential elements of a warrant of arrest?

Essentially, the questions, begging for answers, dovetail around the submission of an evidently forged document titled "warrant of arrest", where in a faceless group, self styled "Conference for Actualization of Human Rights", did goof in furtherance of their task masters bidding.

Since when does this all encompassing document retrieve the name of the magistrate overseeing the said warrant(assuming, but not conceding)?

What fulcrum differentiates truism from idiocy?

Chief of the infantile assault on legal egg heads, dovetail around the germane questions, to wit: Since when does an affidavit, not produce, a judicial division?

Also germane, how come, no magistrate, no Judge, appended their signature to the document?.

That singular malfunction, which, to all intents, and purposes, resonated a deluge of incompetence in law processes, reverberated, resoundingly across board in the legal family.

The law is trite. The law is germane. The law, according to its proponents, must take it's course.

It is trite law that he who alleges must prove.

The protagonists of the I'll fated forged Warrant of arrest, will sooner than later, meet their GOLGOTHA.

Whoever was submitting, through their proxies, at the Federal High court, Abuja, a forged warrant of arrest against the legal icon, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, in order to obtain false arrest, having failed woefully, must get it according to Galatians 6 vs 7.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

LG Election: PDP Ward 9A, DSIEC Ward 11 (EWULU) Strategizes For Greater Voting Strength.

...Set up Welfare Committees, Introduces Shocknaija Publisher as Ward 9 Media Director, Reaches out to Members in Community Camps

.....Commends members on existing Peace and Unity, harps on reconcilation for all, tasked members on more awareness campaign on forthcoming LG Elections.

By Victor Bieni, Ewulu

EWULU-ANIOCHA-SOUTH LGA-DELTA STATE-The Leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ward 9A, Ewulu, DSIEC Ward 11 yesterday in a meeting said the party will work towards ensuring that the voting strength increases through well articulated efforts harped on political evangelism, Community intensive awareness creation for the citizens, electorates in Ewulu Community to vote PDP enmass in the forthcoming March 6th, 2021 Local Government elections.
The meeting had the presence of all the Political leaders in the Community, the Party Executives, Chapter leaders, and Party faithfuls, members who were on ground to plan, Strategize on the best Campaign strategy to not just emerge victoriously in this forthcoming LG elections but to win the opposition Political parties with far wider margin through mobilization of greater voting strength for the party.

A political leader in Ewulu Community, former Chairman, PDP Ward 9, and present Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Inland Waterway Security (DESSPADEC), Hon Chief Festus while setting up some Committees on the like welfare, transport and others for the forthcoming LG Elections and ease of grassroots campaign, and LG Party Leaders' visits to PDP Ward 9 at Isheagu, Aniocha South LGA, the seat of PDP Ward 9 party Secretariat, he commended the members efforts towards the maintenance of peace and security, unity in the locality and urged them, to come out enmass for this Thursday's PDP meeting at to take place in Isheagu and Friday's Party Leaders' visit to Ewulu PDP.

Chief Festus Awuta while welcoming other new members into the party in Ewulu used the avenue to introduce a Community Journalist, and Publisher of Shocknaija, Delta Uhuru Media, Comrade Bieni Victor Emenike as the new Media Director, PDP Ward 9, stated that recommendation of the Ewulu born development/Investigative Journalist came from PDP Political leaders in the Ward 9, Aniocha South LGA, Isheagu Community and other neighbouring Communities in Aniocha South LGA.

The Vice Chairman, PDP Ward 9, Aniocha South, Mrs Bethel Chiadiji while urging them on the importance of reconciling all members, she then Commended the members for their steadfastness, thanked all the former Councillorship aspirants in DSIEC Ward 11in PDP party who have decided to work with the present PDP Councillorship candidate, Comrade Alex Chukwuwike and their sincere dispositions by way of showing respect leadership of the party on choice of candidacy. Also urged everyone to work for the Victory of the party.

The PDP Councillorship candidate in DSIEC Ward 11, Ward 9A, Ewulu also commended gestures and as well lend his voice and urged everyone to come out enmass to registry their attendance at Isheagu where the party's next meeting is scheduled to hold. Other party leaders, chapter leaders spoke to our r reporter at the venue promised to work for the Victory of PDP come March 6th, 2021 to win opposition political parties with greater margin.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Grassroots Development: HPM To Aniocha South LGA NYCN Leadership, We Are Partners In Progress.

....As the new LG Youths Leadership familarizes with the HPM.

....As Aniocha South LGA NYCN Leadership proposes Awareness Campaign to curb LG Election violence.
......HPM, Mr. Akpojithe Joseph, HOD Youths, Community, Sports, Arts and Culture and Information, Mrs Allanah Lilian pledges Partnership with Youths on grassroots Development.

By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku

OGWASHI-UKU-ANIOCHA-SOUTH LGA-DELTA STATE-The Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Aniocha South LGA, Mr. Akpojithe Joseph has said that Aniocha South Local Government Council are partners in progress with the Leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN)
The media learnt this yesterday from NYCN Leadership, Aniocha South LGA Chapter led by Comrade Mrs Mercy Isioma Okocha during the Youth Council's courtesy call to familiarize themselves with the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Mr Akpojithe Joseph.

The Organizing Secretary, Delta State Youth Council, Comrade Austine Utulu said NCYN is a apex youth body in Nigeria formed by an act of parliament in 1964 and fully recognized in 1990 while introducing the Leadership of NYCN Executives in the LGA even as he briefed the HPM on the history and functions of the apex body of Youth Organizations towards sustainable development of both organized and unorganized Youths in the 11 Federal wards of Aniocha South LGA, 25 LGAs of Delta State, and the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.

Aniocha South Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade (Mrs) Isioma Okocha while Commending the HPM for the opportunity given to the Youth to get themselves familiarize with stakeholders in the locality.

While Informing the HPM and HOD of the proposed Youth awareness, workshop/Campaign rally in the Local Government to be carried out by the Executives of the Youth Council on the theme: "The NEED FOR YOUTHS TO SHUN VIOLENCE, CULTSM, ENSURE FREE AND FAIR LG Council Elections" slated for Sunday next week.

Aniocha South NYCN Boss also appealed for a well deepened partnership and support from the Council towards sustainable youth Development in the locality.

In response to the kind gesture, Aniocha South LGA HPM, Mr. Akpojithe Joseph who spoke alongside the HOD Youths , Community, Sports, Arts and Culture and Information, Mrs Allanah Lilian noted that the LG Council is Partners in progress with the Youth in the area as far as Youth development and Community services is concerned, towards the promotion of sustainable and grassroots development.

The HPM, Mr Akpojithe Joseph then tasked the Youths on the need to be focus, consistent towards the achievements of the goals or bjectives of Youths Council in the area and admonish them on the need to give timely information on their Programs to the LG Council's Department in charge of Youth development for any available support.

A vote of thanks was given by the Secretary of the Youth Council in the Local Government, Comrade Christian Okolie who thanked the HPM for maintaining an open door administration, especially for the Youths and harped on best practices on global partnership from the LG authority.

Those who were present at the meeting included among others are: The Delta State Organizing Secretary, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Austin Utulu, Aniocha South Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Mrs Isioma Okocha, Vice Chairmen, NYCN (Nsukwa Clan, Ubulu Clan and Ogwashi-Uku Clan), National Youth Council, Aniocha South LGA,other principal Executives and members of the Voluntary Youths Organizations in the locality.

NCWS-Nigeria, Delta State Chapter Mourns With Governor Okowa And Family Over Father's Demise.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Leadership and entire Members of National Council For Women Societies (NCWS-Nigeria), Delta State Chapter, led by its President, Mrs Helen Tsitse Bob-manuel, State Secretary, Chief (Mrs) F K Nwose has mourned with His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and Family over the demise of their beloved father, Late Chief Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa

In press statement by the group made available to newsmen by the State Publicity Secretary, Delta State Chapter, NCWS-Nigeria, Mrs Bridget Ebomah today in Asaba Delta State capital urged the Governor to take consolation in the word of God, especially at this trying times.

NCWS-Nigeria has structures in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT. The group is deep in domestication of SDGs- on Women Development, Empowerment, gender mainstreaming, Women mobilization towards socio-economic advancement in the country".

The group stated further that they are deeply sorry over the demise of Late Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa while mourning with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's family and prayed that God give them the hearts to bear the irreparable loss.

The press release reads in parts: " His Excellency Sir, We use this medium to send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family over the demise of your father. Your father was a father to all Deltans. He contributed immensely to the Development of Education Sector and strengthening of the Political sector of the state and Nigeria in general".

"A great Teacher and administrator to the core. May God's peace and love lift you from sorrow. All of us from Delta State NCWS-Nigeria send you our deepest sympathies for your loss. We hold your father, you and your family in our prayers. May his soul rest in peace ".

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Educational Support: Ogidi-Gbegbaje Foundation Gives Out 2000 Copies Of Exercise Books To Nigerian Red Cross Society.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Ogidi-Gbegbaje Foundation in a bid to ensure that his Educational support projects gets to the grassroot, today being 14th February, 2021, Valentine's Day, supported the Nigerian Red Cross Society Detachment at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Asaba, Delta State towards their "Give Love Valentine's Program 2021" with 2000 copies of exercise Books (60 Leaves).
Our reporter witnessed this philanthropic gestures of the good spirited Foundation in Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Asaba during the delivery of the Educational materials for use by pupils, students, which was handed over to SPC Commandant, Egbo .C. Pascal by the Ogidi-Gbegbaje's Foundation's Project Coordinator, Comr. Uyero Erarawewho Jnr.
The Foundation recently gave out Exercise Books to primary school Pupils in Uvwie Local Government Areas, Delta Central Senatorial districts of the State where the founder came from, now his love for education as a detribalised Deltan, today being Valentine's day, he has extended his hands of fellowship and support to the Nigerian Red Cross Society to support pupils on Valentine's day.

The Foundation Project Coordinator, Comr. Uyero Erarawewho Jnr. who spoke on behalf of the Foundation admonish the Leadership of Nigerian Red Cross Society, Oshimili South Chapter/SPC Detachment to ensure the purpose of the Foundation philanthropic services on Education materials support projects are not defeated rather used for the intended purposes for the benefits of the less-privileged Deltans, Pupils in primary Schools of Oshimili South LGA.

Responding to the kind gestures, the Divisional Chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Oshimili South Chapter and co-initiator of the "Give Love Educational Support Projects", Mr. Paul Orukamayan, and the SPC Detachment Commandant, Mr. Egbo .C. Paschal Commended the kind gestures of the Foundation for boosting and domesticating UN SDGs 4 in Oshimili South LGA of Delta State by Sir Eddy-Gbegbaje's Foundation.

The group then promised to make good use of the Educational materials to provide support to the less-privileged pupils in Oshimili South LGA' primary Schools towards sustainable Educational development, Societal growth and development as well as towards quality Education for pupils in Delta.

#OccupyLekki Tollgate: Diaspora Nigerians To Buhari, Don't Arrest Youths Again, Or Face........

.....Group Says Nigerians Have Constitutional Right To Peaceful Protests.

...Gbandi says diaspora Nigerians, political parties and Organizations working in one voice towards sustainable development.

...Says Group will work to end Constitutional abuse, insecurity, Birth a new Constitution in Nigeria.

....urged NIDO to continue to advocate for Voting Rights of Diasporan Nigerians, full constitution of Nigeria Diasporan Commission (NIDCOM)

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

As Nigerian Government yesterday effected the immediate release after early morning arrest of some Nigerian Youths in Lagos who were involved in #EndSARS Season 2 Protest at Lekki Tollgate; Nigerians, Amnesty International, and other concerned citizens frowned at the ugly development by Nigerian Security operatives, A German-based Development Projects Consultant, and immediate- past Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Organizations, Continental Europe, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi joined other stakeholders, kicked against the approaches of the Federal Government and warned Buhari not to try such arrest again.

Hon. Kenneth Gbandi who spoke to our reporter via telephone conversation on the arrest and consequent release on the order of Lagos State Police Commissioner the arrested #EndSARS protesters, Gbandi warned that a repeated arrest in the nearest future may seriously provoke diasporan Nigerians to action to worsening the situation.

Immediate past NIDOE Chairman stated that it is the Constitutional Right of every Nigerians to protest any unfavourable policies or ugly trend, unconstitutional acts in the country, while he noted that Buhari has acted wisely to had yesterday effected the release the Youths who were Members of #EndSARS, and OccupyLekki Tollgate Protesters.

The media was agog with comments against the Nigerian Government and security operatives as a Comedian, Mr Macaroni, one Comrade Dimeji, Juwon Sanya-Olu among others protesters, about 18 in number were yesterday arrested by Security operatives in Lagos.

Reports had it that they defy Government order not to Protest on issue as it pertains #EndSARS as the Youths said their action were informed by the decision of Lagos State Judicial Panel of inquiry allowing the Lekki concession Company to reopen the Lekki Tollgate.

Hon Gbandi told our reporter that the arrest was unconstitutional, illegal, not supported by Diasporan Nigerians, noted that Buhari had yesterday acted wisely, that if Federal Government had not by now effected the release of those Nigerian Youths detained in Lagos, that a greater of what happened in #EndSARS season 1 will be a learner in the country's history.

In the words of the Leader of Diasporan Nigerians, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi: "Nigerian Government has acted wisely to had yesterday released immediately all the youths and all demonstrators arrested for carrying out their constitutional rights.
If they had failed to do that, the demonstration that took place across the globe in support of the Endsarsnow movement will be a child’s play".

"my office is now in consultation with all Diaspora political parties and affiliates. Diasporan Nigerians will be Organizing a Diaspora political conference to bring to Diaspora attention the dire situation in Nigeria and to work together to actualize replacing the current Nigerian constitution, provide Solutions to worsening security situation in Nigeria".

"Diasporan Nigerians will work towards Promoting initiatives that will encourage Diaspora Voting Right, And advocate for the full constitution of Nigeria Diaspora Commission".

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Road Projects Monitoring And Evaluation: Delta Civil Society Community Starts With Aniocha South & North LGAs.

...... Residents, Engineers, Contractors Speak To DTS Civil Society Community during the Visits.

......Drilled Citizens On The Quality, Advantages And Pitfalls of Okowa's Road Projects.

...Delta Civil Society Community bemoans unkempt State of drainages by Citizens, harps on Communities Sensitization.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Delta State Civil Society Community yesterday walked the talk by embarking on project monitoring and evaluation excerise, with emphasis on road projects executed under His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa's administration from it’s inception in 2015 till date. The exercise which kick started from Aniocha South and Aniocha North LGAs of Delta State is still ongoing.
The project monitoring visit which took the delegation to Ogwashi-Uku Clan, Ubulu Clan, precisely Ubulu-Okiti, and Nsukwa communities, Precisely Isheagu/ Ewulu where the projects were sited, and ongoing.

Also had amongst the entourage, the SSA Civic Engagement and Civil Society, and Delta State Civil Society Community led by its Coordinator, Dcn Okezi Odugala, other Executives and members of the Projects monitoring Committee, flanked by Shocknaija, Delta Uhuru and other Media Organizations in Delta State as part of the observers during the evaluation of concluded and some ongoing projects.
In Aniocha South LGA, Delta Civil Society Community visited Ubulu Clan to monitor and evaluate the construction and completion of Uzougba link road to Issele-Azagba/Issele-Uku /Ubulu-Okiti Road done by a civil engineering firm, Webster Global Ventures. Basically,
In Ogwashi-Uku Clan, where the monitoring and evaluation exercise by the Civil Society Organizations took off, the group evaluated the following projects: completion of Mission Road, the ongoing Ishiekpe Road Projects and drainage construction projects Ishiekpe Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku being executed by Bube-Dan Global Resources Ltd.
The delegation further took a tour of several sites including, construction and completion of Agidiehi Road projects done by a contracting Civil Engineering firm, Lebtech Construction Ltd. And in Nsukwa Clan axis, the group also visited and made inquiries about the progress of the recently awarded Ewulu/Isheagu road Projects which they were informed that the contractor will be moving to the site in almost immediately.
In Aniocha North LGA, the delegation evaluated the construction and completion of Idumuje-Ugboko/Idumuje-Unor /Issele-Uku Road.
Activist Rex Anighoro alongside the Delta State Civil Society Community having officially started the state-wide projects monitoring and evaluation of roads constructed by His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa's administration from inception (2015) till date, and upon carrying out project evaluation exercises in Aniocha South and Aniocha North LGA respectively, swiftly moved in to Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Ukwuani Local Government Areas in the Ndokwa Nation, to cover the next phase of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation exercise thus sustaining the pace and gathering momentum.
The action team which comprised of CSO leaders and the press, monitored projects in Anochia South and Aniocha North Local Government Areas respectively.

Activist Rex Anighoro, SSA to the Governor on Civil society and Civil engagement, Delta State Civil Society Community, Ministry of Works officials and engineers assigned to the Local Government Areas guided the delegation on the tour. Also, the contractors were onsite to give insight on the jobs done by their firms during the monitoring and evaluation exercise.

As a fallout from the exercise, SSA to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa On Civic Engagement and Civil Society, Activist Rex Anighoro, Delta State Civil Society Community, alongside other project monitoring Committee personnel observed that most of the drainages by the roads constructed are in a bad state as they were completely blocked due to the alarming rate of refuse dumped overtime by citizens, thus hindering the easy flow of water.
According to the group, "the people in our communities do not seem to care, neither do they see themselves as owners of the Projects, and has warrant wanton neglect, to the extent of doing businesses on top of blocked drainages. These and more were the observations in places like Ogwash- Uku, Isele - Uku, Idumuje-Unor amongst others".

The Civil Society delegation in a statement noted that, "Civil Society must begin serious advocacy and enlightenment campaigns against the misuse of our drainages. The Ministries of Works, Health and Environment, Transport, Information, Bureau of Orientation and others must work together with the office of the SSA and the Civil Society Community to end this Civic irresponsibility.

The Local Government Council Chairmen who would emerge after Saturday 6th of March 2021, must be tasked to do the right things for our people by embarking on a massive action-driven campaign to reclaim and maintain our drainages regularly.

The representative of Bube- Dan Global Resources Ltd, Engr. Akumabor Jude Chinedu, affirmed that the road they have handled can boast of a lifespan of 10-15 years, and assured the Civil Society Community of longevity of the road projects with excellent environmental impact assessments and others.

The president General of Ogwashi-uku Youths Development Association, Comr Chiedu Stanley, thanked the group for coming to monitor road projects in Ogwashi-Uku kingdom. He also appreciated the SSA Civic Engagement and Civil Society and the entire leadership of Delta State Civil Society Community for finding out time to investigate completed and ongoing projects in the State. He commended the delegation who's action will ensure check and balances in governance. And also check mate the contractors.

He also rightly added that this project monitoring and evaluation exercise will put the contractors on their feet to deliver timely and quality job, and called on the host communities with ongoing projects must take ownership and monitor contractors and projects in their domain to ensure timely, and qualitative project delivery.
On the issue of refuse being dumped inside drainages by citizens, the youth president, stated that it is the Civic duty of the youth and other citizens as stakeholders, to ensure that government project which were constructed to serve the people are protected and monitored to ensure that they last long and are put to the best use.

Comrade Chiedu further speaking, assured the Members of the Delta State Civil Society Community that in the next two months, a Committee will be set up to address the issue of blocked drainages, and in conclusion, appreciated the group delegation, praying for God's enablement upon them to succeed.

A human rights Activist, and Coordinator, Young Nigerian Rights, Comrade Victor Ojei, also appreciated the Delta State Government for the road projects and noted that hitherto, he was one of those who mounted pressure to put the State Government on their toes. He further employed the opportunity urged all host communities where projects are sited to take ownership of their projects and ensure that their drainages are cleaned up and regularly maintained, to complement the efforts of the Delta State Government and play their part to reduce the annual flooding menace affecting the State.

Ministry of Works Representative, Aniocha South, Engr. Nkemdilim Chiadika, stated that the Ministry saw the importance of carrying the communities along in the course of project execution. She further stressed that the Ministry of Works took necessary steps to ensure that the contractors meet the specification for each item of work, while she restated commitment on the part of the Works Ministry.

She advised on the need for host communities to take ownership and help maintain government facilities, especially roads in their domain by desilting the drains regularly to help free flow of water and ensure that the environment is not compromised. She maintained that an unhealthy environment foster the outbreak of deadly diseases.

Darasyn Peter Diji who is the Financial Secretary, Ogwashi-Uku Development Union (Home Branch), spoke alongside their Youths President-General, described the job executed by the road contractors as a perfect job, and going forward, the youths will come together to clean up the drainages in Ogwashi-Uku.

In Aniocha South LGA, during an interview with newsmen, Mr. Okolie Cassidy, amongst other residents along Mission road, which is one of the executed projects in Ogwashi-Uku commended the contractor for doing a good job, and further commended the Delta State Government. Another resident Mr. Ifeanyi at Ishiekpe Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku, also commended the ongoing road drainage system construction in the area and called for more speed in the execution of the job to avoid any disruption during the raining season.

In Aniocha North, precisely at Idumuje-Unor, some residents, Mr Fred Ojei, and Mr Afam who commended the road projects, described the job done as excellent, adding that the Road is now motorable for passengers, indigenes and will better aid the distribution of farm products in their area for Idumuje-Unor Community people.

Other residents who spoke with our correspondents echoed the joy of the Idumuje-Unor residents over the road projects, they commended the state Government for the deliberate effort to open up communities via strategic road projects to foster economic activities and improve the living standards of the beneficiaries.

While rounding-up the project assessment and evaluation exercise, an Agriculturist, Former Local Government Chairman and Commissioner, a political leader in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Hon. Jerry Ossai, who hosted the delegation, also commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the impact he has made in the rural communities in Delta State, especially the recently awarded Ewulu/Isheagu Road Projects.

The former Commissioner for Agriculture and Works told our reporter that the Road projects embarked upon by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will create opportunities for the Youths in the area, Aniocha South and entire Delta State majorly for Youths living in rural communities as part of efforts by Delta State Government to promote its job creation Initiative so as to encourage the Youths to go into Agriculture. Also that the development will further create ease of access road and transportation network system for rural markets and distribution of their farm products to final consumers.