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Uduaghan Commissions 7.8km Umunede-Mbiri Road Project 

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Delta State Governor,
Emmanuel Uduaghan has warned motorists in the state against recklessness which often leads to avoidable carnage.
The governor gave the warning when he commissioned the 7.8 kilometres Umunede-Mbiri Road in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.
“We constructed this road to take people safely to their destination and because of the smoothness of the road people would be tempted to drive on high speed.
“I want to appeal to you that when you are drunk, don’t drive; when you are feeling sleepy, don’t drive and when you take drugs, please don’t drive.
“By God’s grace this road will take us to our destination,” Uduaghan said.
The governor said the road was executed at the cost of N497.12 million and promised to extend it to Mbiri Farm Settlement before the end of his administration.
He expressed hope that the road would improve inter-city transportation, enhance urban growth and communication and reinvigorate commerce and social life in the area.
Uduaghan used the opportunity to canvass for votes for President Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP governorship candidate in Delta, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and other candidates of the party in the senatorial district.
He urged the electorate to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), to enable them vote during the elections.
The governor, who had earlier paid a courtesy visit on the Obi of Mbiri, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Alekwe II, commended the unity amongst traditional rulers in the state, and urged their subjects to emulate them in order to attract development to their areas.
“The presence of other traditional rulers here shows the unity among traditional rulers; that is a lesson to all of us who are your subjects,’’ he said.
The Obi commended Uduaghan for keeping to his promise to rehabilitate the Umunede-Mbiri road, and assured him of the support of his people during the polls.
Earlier in his welcome address,  the Commissioner for Works, Mr Funkekeme Solomon, said the Umunede-Mbiri road project was awarded in October 2014 at a cost of N497.12 million.

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Gunmen Kidnap DPO, Demand N50m Ransom

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Fugar Division in Etsako Central Local Government Area identified as Ibrahim Ishaq has been reported kidnapped near Ise river along the Auchi – Ekperi-Agenebode road.
It was gathered that the police officer was travelling with his orderly last Friday when they were attacked by the kidnappers.
A source close to the police said: “He was coming from Agenebode to Fugar and he passed through Ekperi Road and they were attacked. He was kidnapped but his orderly escaped and the kidnappers have made contact this morning and they are demanding N50million. The incident happened around 6:30 pm on Friday.”
As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Edo State was yet to respond to a text message sent to him.
But it was gathered that the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu has ordered immediate deployment of men of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime unit, men of the Tactical and Srike teams of the state Police Command to move to the area to rescue the DPO unhurt.
Fear has enveloped the community, with members debating the incident and arguing that “if a DPO can be abducted, who is safe?”.

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Jonathan Tasks Leaders On Peace, Unity

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerian leaders to value the interest of every section of the country in order to build a united nation devoid of agitation, disunity and disenchantment.
Jonathan spoke when he led members of the 1981 set of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association on Saturday to the king of Opume kingdom in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King Amalate Turner.
The Tide reports that Jonathan described the country as being blessed with both human and natural endowments, which can only be enjoyed in a peaceful atmosphere.
He urged leaders to focus more on building a united nation where no one society or tribe should be more valued than the other.
“If leaders derail, then there is bound to be disunity and disenchantment from those who feel not being accorded their rightful respect and value,” he said.
Jonathan, who is an alumnus and a member of the pioneer graduate class of 1981 of the University of Port Harcourt, said the reunion programme was part of activities of the alumni aimed at fostering bond among old classmates.
He said it was also a platform to deliberate on issues affecting their alma mater and give back to the school and society in general.
On his part, King Turner said it was a good thing to reunite with his classmates after 40 years of separation.

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A’Ibom Delegation In South Korea To Drive Seaport Realisation

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A delegation from Akwa Ibom State, comprising members of the Ibom Deep Seaport Committee is currently in, Seoul, South Korea to drive Governor Udom Emmanuel’s vision for the rapid realisation of the seaport.
Among members of the delegation are Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, and Chairman of the Implementation Technical Committee, Mrs Mfon Usoroh.
They are among the Nigerian contingent to the Maritime Sector and Harbour Development programme in Seoul, South Korea.
The Nigerian contingent is under the leadership of the Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Ambassador Ali M. Magashi.
Opening up on the essence of the visit, Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport said it was to help offer inputs for the development of lbom Deep Seaport.
According to Commissioner Akan Okon, the visit will also enable Akwa Ibom State tap into the broadening bilateral relationship between Nigeria and South Korea, especially in the areas of maritime security and economic development.
“Having invested so much in the Ibom Deep Seaport, the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel will continue to seek ways that would ensure the Ibom Deep Seaport is optimally beneficial to Akwa Ibom people, when it is finally established.”
Mr Akan Okon assured that, “on our part, we’ll continue to work tirelessly to drive Governor Udom Emmanuel’s lofty vision for Akwa Ibom State.”

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