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Dame Jonathan Wants Succour For Less Privileged

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Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan has called on all tiers of government and the private sector to key into human development projects that would bring succour to the less privileged in the society.

Speaking at the Public Presentation of Master Care Foundation, on initiative of the wife of Delta State governor, Mrs. Shiela Roli Uduaghan in Asaba on Friday, Dame Jonathan noted that government alone cannot provide everything for the people, adding that it was in this spirit that other Nigerians should strive to impart values to the less privileged, aged and other vulnerable persons.

“This project is commendable because government cannot meet every need of its citizens, but as individuals and non-governmental organisations, we can instill hope and impart values in those people who have lost hope. I am an advocate of close partnership between government and charitable organisations to accomplish greater needs for the citizens. This is because many of our people depend on charitable hearts offered by kind-hearted Nigerians.

“It is in view of this that I commend the vision of the Master Care Foundation initiated by the wife of the Governor of  Delta State. She has taken succour, joy, good health, and sustainable empowerment to the door steps of the people of Delta State. It’s a demonstration of the will to serve the people who ordinarily will not have access to the care they now receive freely”, she said.

Mrs. Uduaghan in her welcome address said the foundation targets widows, orphans and neglected children in the state, saying that 2,500 out of 4,239 persons screened were provided with eye glasses under the free eye treatment programme across the state.

Other area of intervention, she stated include the provision of fishing equipment and canoes to 99 widows in riverine areas, 100 motorcycles with carriers and nine tricycles to their counterparts in northern part of the state while 2,500 women were given high yielding and insect resistant cassava and maize.

Mrs. Uduaghan disclosed that 15 toilet facilities have been provided in public primary schools in 12 local government areas even as free maternal care, was boosted.

Chairman of the occasion Prof. Alele Williams, was enthused with the project, which she said has been able to address problems confronting the helpless widows and children amongst others.

In his remark, the State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his keen interest in the state, saying that his government’s three-point agenda was still on course even as he vowed to deliver to Deltans more dividends of democracy.

The occasion which is the first major public assignment of the First Lady outside Abuja attracted dignitaries like wife of the Senate President Mrs. Hellen David Mark, wife of the Deputy Senate President, Mrs. Nneka Ekweremadu, Women Affairs Minister, Mrs. Josephine Anenih and wife of the Senate Majority Leader. Other dignitaries are, wife of the Minister of the Niger Delta, wife of Ebonyi state governor, wife of the Abia State governor, Professor Alele Williams and the Managing Director Bank of Industry, Mrs Evelyn Oputu, among others.

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Okpanam-Ibusa Isheagu-Ewulu Roads Ready For Inauguration-Aniagwu 

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As part of the preparations to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration in Delta State, the Commissioner for Works, Rural and Riverine Roads, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, embarked on inspection of the Okpanam/Ibusa and Isheagu/Ewulu Roads scheduled for inauguration.
The roads, which spanned 5.3 kilometers and 9.1 kilometers respectively, and approximately 90% completed, connects major towns and would boost the socio-economic lives of the people in the area.
Speaking to journalists after inspecting the roads on Tuesday, Aniagwu reiterated the governor’s commitment to delivering quality projects to Deltans in line with his MORE Agenda.
He said “Governor Oborevwori has outlined numerous projects and programmes to mark his one year in office.
“Apart from roads, there are other projects and programmes, including empowerment initiatives anchored by several ministries.
“The Governor has instructed us to ensure that all roads are top-notch before he proceeds to commission them. Even if contractors claim that roads have been completed, he wants us to verify if they have been built to specifications.
“We hope that in the next few days, they will complete the project and exit the site to enable us carry out the final inspection”.

According to him, “That’s the same approach the Governor wants us to take with every project. He doesn’t just want to commission projects; he wants to ensure that any road being commissioned has been done according to specifications and provides value to the people of Delta by ensuring that the money paid equals the work done”.

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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Police Arrest Foreigner, Two Others Over Alleged Kidnapping In Delta

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The Police Command in Delta State has arrested three kidnap suspects including a foreigner over kidnapping incidents in the State.
The command‘s spokesman, SP Bright Edafe told newsmen yesterday in Warri that the suspects were arrested on Saturday and Sunday at their hideouts in Warri.
Edafe said that the suspects were arrested by the combined team of police operatives attached to the Orerokpe division, and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja.
He said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Orerokpe division, CSP Paul Oboware, upon receipt of the information, immediately mobilised and led his patrol team to the criminals’ hideouts in Warri.
“Intelligence gathered on some kidnapping incidents in the Warri axis revealed that it is being carried out by Yakubu Ya’u at Oha and Ughwagba Communities in Okpe Local Government Area.
“The suspect and his gang kidnap unsuspecting residents for ransom.
“On May 11, following combined effort from police operatives of the command and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja on the hideout of the suspect.
“The DPO, Orerokpe division immediately mobilised and led his patrol teams to the suspect’s hideout in Warri, and after a painstaking search, he was arrested,” he said.
Edafe said that preliminary investigation and interrogation of the suspect led to the arrest of two other key members of the gang which included a Cameroon national on Sunday.
He alleged that the suspects were responsible for the several kidnap incidents in Orerokpe, Sapele, Warri, and environs, adding that the victims had equally identified them.
Edafe said that the suspects led the police detectives to Ughwagba Community in Okpe Local Government Area, where two Automatic pump action guns, a live Cartridge,  one knife were recovered.
He said that preliminary investigations were ongoing, adding that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.

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Forum Unveils Vision, Commends Diri On Project Execution 

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A group, the Bayelsa State Founding Fathers Forum (BSFFF) has vowed to continually pursue the vision behind the struggle for the creation of the State.
Chairman of the forum, Sir Itelemo Frank Omiebi, stated this yesterday during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa, the State Capital.
He said though the BSFFF has reservations about recent calls on its leadership to speak up against perceived marginalisation of the State by the Federal Government and associated MDAs, he noted that there is the general notion that the forum was made up of responsible, patriotic and capable statesmen in their own right.
The Tide learnt that the BSFFF is a group of statesmen of the Ijaw extraction, mostly of Bayelsa origin, who played prominent roles in the struggle for the creation of the State out of the Old Rivers State in 1996 under the late Genenera Sani Abacha military junta.
Omiebi disclosed that though as statesmen, the forum for sometime decided to keep mum on certain issues to avoid unnecessary heating of the polity, the rationale behind the convocation of the forum, he said, stemmed from the need to create a homogeneous Ijaw state out of the Old Rivers State which the forum has achieved far back in 1996.
He, however, stated that while issues bordering on marginalisation of the State were worrisome, the forum had continued to play an advisory role to successive administrations of the State.
“The vision of the BSFFF is tripartite: we’re to work towards the creation of an egalitarian State capable of raising committed, responsible and patriotic leaders.
“The forum is also to effect overall infrastructural and sectoral development of the State, and to promote human capital development with particular reference to education, so as to reverse our disadvantaged State in the comity of States in Nigeria”, the forum said.
The chairman also noted that there were consummate professionals from all walks of life willing to render needed support and services to the State in the group whenever they are consulted on matters affecting the development and well being of the State.
The forum’s leadership, which also bared its mind on the present administration of the State, described the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, as a bonafide member of the forum, saying the workings of his administration were in tandem with the vision of the forum.
“But we like to commend Governor Diri who himself is a member of the forum. The Governor has been  working according to the vision of the BSFFF in the provision of infrastructure and, in other areas of governance.
“We want to especially thank him for the peace we’ve in the State. And we also want to commend him for the security of lives and properties of citizens across the State”.

“On infrastructure, we want to thank Governor Diri for continuing the Senatorial roads projects in the state. These and many more were part of the vision of the forum”, the BSFFF leadership added.

Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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