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Delta Contributes N10m For Herdsmen Attack Victims’ Children

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The Scholarship Endowment Fund instituted by the Uwheru Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the State has received a boost.
This is as Delta State Government contributed N10 million to the endowment for the training of the children of the 10 deceased victims killed by the ravaging herdsmen between February 13th to 15th, 2020.
Speaking when he paid condolence visit to the Uwheru community, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa also announced financial support of N700,000 each to the families of the 10 deceased victims and N750,000 to the only survivor of the attack.
Okowa, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr Chiedu Ebie, appealed to well-meaning Deltans and Nigerians to donate to the Scholarship Endowment Fund to enable children of the victims to acquire education from primary to tertiary level.
He said the State Government was concerned about the education of the children the deceased left behind, adding that the N10 million was to support education of the children.
Okowa lamented that the issue of herdsmen attack was a national issue and bane of the country, adding that the ravaging herdsmen have caused a lot of destruction, killing, maiming and raping women.
He said the Government was determined to improve on the security situation of the State, decrying that there was nothing the State government could do to bring back the 10 persons who died other than to sympathise with the people and give some level of support to the families.
Expressing concern over the plight of the Uwheru people, Okowa, who is also the Chairman of the South South Governors’ forum, said the Governors of the region had decided to revive the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers, Edo and Delta, BRACED Commission to work out modalities to setting up regional security to assist the conventional security architecture.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the community, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Patrick Muboghare, thanked the State Government and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for identifying with the people of the community in their moments of grief.

Muoboghare said but for the timely intervention of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Uwheru community would have been wiped out, lamenting that nine out of the 10 persons killed by the herdsmen died in the bush, while one died at the hospital.
He noted that the eleventh person, Kenneth Okerohwo, survived the attack and was recuperating in the hospital.
He said the community decided to institute scholarship endowment fund for the training of the children of deceased victims totalling 26 from Primary to tertiary level and thanked the State Government for keying into it by donating N10 million towards it.
Speaking in the same vein, Chief Jabin Oyibokure who spoke on behalf the king, appealed to the government to ensure the restoration of total peace to the kingdom.

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Fire Ravages Filling Station In PH …As Youths Stone Fire Service Men

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Fire has ravaged Heritage Oil Filling Station (formerly AP) located at Iwofe axis in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Tide gathered that the fire started at about 6:45am, yesterday, when one of the tankers was discharging fuel at the filling station.
No lives were lost, and there were no reported cases of injuries.
The fire continued with explosions, but for the intervention of the youths who risked their lives to put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to a nearby gas plant in the filling station.
An eyewitness said that the youths struggled with the fire, and eventually succeeded in minimising the negative impact of the incident before the state fire service men came by 8.15am.
The angry youths, the eyewitness said, pelted pebbles at the fire service men and chased them away for responding two hours after the commencement of the blaze.
Another witness, who gave his name as Samuel Alaja, said, “though the boys did not do well in stoning the fire service men but quickly added that the problem of late response in times of emergency has to be dealt with in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“A situation where fire will start by 6.45am, and the youths will battle with fire and explosion till 8.15am before the fire service men will come is unacceptable.
“If not for the boys, the fire would have entered the gas plant, which would have definitely affected Onava Oil close to Heritage Oil and the many houses surrounding the filling station”, he said.
He reiterated the need for government to set up active fire services at close proximity, stressing that the existing state fire service has never responded on time to any fire incident in the capital city.
Alaja added that the stoning of the fire service vehicle was a product of anger from previous late response whenever duty calls.
Another eyewitness, who pleaded anonimity, commended the quick and selfless response of the boys in putting out the fire, saying that “when people work together, challenges can be put under control quickly’’.
All efforts to reach the owner of the filling station proved abortive.

 

By: Lilian Peters

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Banigo Extols Wike Over Obaseki’s Victory …Hails Rivers HoS On Birthday

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The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has described the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike as a Master Strategist and an Astute Political Icon.
Banigo stated this in reaction to the resounding victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Edo State.
In a statement from the Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday, Banigo said it was gratifying to note that under the watch of Wike as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for the September 19, 2020, Edo State Governorship Election, Obaseki recorded a landslide victory over his rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
While congratulating Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election, Banigo said Wike has continued to demonstrate great capacity and leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party as a committed party man, and expressed the hope that the Peoples Democratic Party would take over the reins of governance at the federal level in 2023.
In another development, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, as he celebrates his Birthday, yesterday.
In a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo described Danagogo as a seasoned administrator who always brings to bear his administrative acumen in the discharge of his duties, as a former chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, former commissioner for urban development, former minister of sports, and presently, Secretary to the Rivers State Government.
Banigo said Danagogo’s peaceful disposition and his flair for mentoring young politicians stands him out as a complete gentleman.
The deputy governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep him in good health.

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Rivers LG Boss Donates 500KVA Transformers To Communities

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The Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, Barrister Philip Okparaji, has handed over brand new 500KVA transformers bought by the council to Korokoro and Ollube communities of Aleto and Onne.
In a brief handover ceremony at the Local Government Secretariat in Agbonchia, Okparaji, stated that the transformers were part of the rural electrification project of his administration, adding that with the new transformers, artisans and business owners in the area would grow their businesses, boost youth employment and contribute to the peace and development of the area.
The LG chairman, who also holds doctorate degree, stated that more communities, including Eteo would get new transformers soon to promote social and economic activities in the communities.
He disclosed that a bigger step-down transformer would be purchased to connect the local government council secretariat to the national grid, adding that he would continue to work for the development of Eleme LGA in line with the mandate given to him by the electorate in the area.
Presenting the transformers on behalf of the LG Council to Korokoro and Ollube communities, former member representing Eleme in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Olu, thanked Okparaji describing him as a man with listening ears, and applauded him for heeding to the cries and yearnings of the people.
Calling on the communities to ensure the safety of the transformers, the former lawmaker stated that the major work of government had been carried out.
He pointed out that the council had been assured that the transformers have a lifespan of, at least, 30 years, charging members of the communities to ensure the protection of the transformers from vandals.
Receiving the transformer on behalf of Ollube community of Onne, Chief Ollor Oluka, explained that the community did a formal letter presenting their plight and requesting the donation of a transformer from the council, and conveyed the gratitude of the community to Okparaji for identifying with their plights.
Oluka pointed out that their long nights and days of darkness had come to an end with the provision of the new transformer by the council and added that they would continue to support his administration to succeed.

 

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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