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Okowa To Construct Koka Junction Flyover, 13 Roads

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The Delta State Executive Council (Exco), yesterday, approved the construction of 13 roads across the state and a flyover along Ibusa Road at Koka junction, Asaba.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this during a post-exco briefing in Asaba, yesterday.
He said that the decisions reached at the meeting on the projects and other issues would impact positively on the lives of Deltans.
Aniagwu, who was in company with his Works counterpart, Chief James Augoye, said, “today, at Exco meeting presided by our Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, a lot of projects were approved for construction and with me here is my brother the commissioner for works who will brief you on the road projects.
Augoye said the ministry will complete the procurement processes for the projects by the end of January, 2021.
He listed the approved roads to include Rehabilitation of 11.85km Odimodi, Ogulaha road in Burutu at a cost of N2.1billion,
“Construction of rigid concrete pavement of 2.025km Stadium Road, Ugborodo in Warri South-West Local Government Area at a cost of N1.2billion and Construction of 6.7km access road to Ekuku Bridge in Otefe-Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area at a cost of N1.01 billion,”
Others include, “Widening and rehabilitation of 12.6km Jeddo, Ughoton road with a spur to Egbokodo in Okpe Local Government Area at a cost of N1.8billion.
“Construction of 5.2km Alizomor, Alizor, Omumu Road in Ika South Local Government Area at a cost of N1.4billion; Construction 11.6km Owa-Alero Umunede Road in Ika North East Local Government Area at a cost of N3.2billion
“Construction of 10.6km Boji-Boji Owa, Otolokpo road in Ika North East Local Government Area at a cost of N3.1billion; Construction of 9.1km Isheagu-Ewulu Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area at N2.5billion.
Augoye further said the “Construction of 500meters bridge with five stands across Orere River with access roads of 4.3km in Orere Town in Ughelli South Local Government Area at a cost of N9.8billion
“Reconstruction of 24km Ellu, Ovrode, Ofagbe, Orie-Irri, Okpe-Isoko, Uro-Irri and Ada-Irri road in Isoko North and Isoko South Local Government Areas N4.3billion
“Construction of flyover along Ibusa Road by Koka Junction, Asaba Benin Expressway N6.2billion; Completion of the construction of 4.1km Akwukwu-Igbo, Ugbolu Road Phase 2 at a cost of N2.8billion; Flood control measures along Madonna College Road in Asaba Oshimili South Local Government Area N1.8billion and rehabilitation of Eku Agbor road, Section 1 Agbor to Umutu 41.2km at a cost of N424.4million whole section 2 from Umutu to Eku 35.2km will cost N382.8million,”
He said the state government will engage two contractors to ensure that the road was completely rehabilitated by the end of January.
Aniagwu also said Exco approved the sum of N1.379billion to fund the 2020/2021 Job cycle for the Office of the Job Creation Bureau for the recruitment, training and distribution of starter packs for trainees to be handled by the Job Creation Office.
“Our job creation efforts remains one of our star projects and a major component of our Smart Agenda which is today targeted at creating a stronger Delta”.
“Exco approved N227million for the Ministry of Health upgrade of the Clinical building at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara and the expansion of Mother and Child Hospital in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area .
“Exco approved the appointment of Obi Boniface Uyanwanne as the traditional ruler of Ubulubu kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area and the appointment of HRM Emmanuel Onobrakpeya Okumagba as the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area,”
Aniagwu further said Exco also approved the amendment to the law guiding the succession of the throne of the Obi of Owa Kingdom to include that at the event that the Obi dies in Owa Kingdom without a male son, the eldest surviving brother will be crowned king.

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Okrika CTC Boss Empowers 1,000 People … Set To Pay Bursary 

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The Caretaker Committee (CTC) Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area, Hon Princess Ibiene Ogan, says her administration will continue to put the people of Okrika first in all her policies.
According to her, the essence of being appointed into office is to ensure that the people have access to the commonwealth of the LGA, in addition to working with all to promote peace and security.
Hon. Ogan stated this in Okrika during an empowerment programme targeted at 1,000 persons, including indigenes and those doing business in the area.
The CTC boss noted that the empowerment is to help cushion the challenging economic situation in the country, noting that it cuts across all the wards and every strata in the local government.
She disclosed that her committee was also looking in the direction of paying bursaries to Okrika indigenes in higher institutions.
While commending Governor Siminalayi Fubara for his efforts at carrying out various programmes and policies in Okrika, she declared their support and readiness to queue behind him at all times.
In his words of exhortation, the Anglican Bishop of Okrika Diocese, Rt. Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia, admonished the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the empowerment programme aimed at alleviating suffering amongst the people.
He particularly charged them not to squander the money on wasteful ventures that would not add meaning to their lives.
President of Wakirike Students Union, Benneth Wisdom, while praising the Caretaker Committee boss, assured her of the students’ support.
He expressed gratitude to the CTC boss for promising to look into bursary payment for students of Okrika origin.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Oba, was overjoyed, declaring that the CTC Chairman represents a new paradigm shift in the way and the people of the area were being carried along.
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Delta LG Polls: Oborevwori Urges PDP Candidates To Close Gaps

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Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the forthcoming local government Elections to close gaps and ensure total defeat of the opposition.
Oborevwori gave the charge, Wednesday, at the PDP mega rally held in Asaba to sensitise the party faithful and the people of the state ahead of tomorrow election.
He said PDP candidates must not rest on their oars, adding that last-minute campaigns had become necessary to ensure total victory for the party, Saturday.
He assured the people of a free, fair and credible election and cautioned against violence during and after the election.
The Governor, receiving defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties, said they were proactive in their decision because their parties would have lost in the election.
According to Oborevwori, the rally was organised to gather all the party faithful and leaders together after about one month of campaigning across the state.
“I believe in free and fair elections, but while we move from community to community, ward to ward and local government to another, no other party is campaigning.
“But to all the chairmanship candidates and the councillors, as you leave here today, organise roadshows and ask the people to come out with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to vote.
“Don’t assume they will write any result, because any result that is not genuine, whether for chairman or councillor, will not be accepted”, the Governor said.
He thanked the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the APC in Udu Local Government for defecting to the PDP.
“This is good for democracy, if you assess your opponent and you know that you cannot beat him or her, don’t contest; support your opponent in the true spirit of democracy.
“We are doing well in the construction of roads, bridges and flyovers across the state.
“So, the people of Delta are aware that we mean well as a government and as we go to polls on Saturday, there should be no form of violence, no fighting, just go there and cast your vote” he said.
Appreciating former Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for joining campaigns at the ward and local government in his area, Oborevwori pledged more sustainable developments in line with his MORE Agenda.
In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Sir Monday Onyeme, expressed confidence that the PDP would win all the seats across the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
According to him, Delta is a PDP state, and the party has been working all through to woo voters across the state.
“We’ve worked hard, we shall win in all the LGAs and the wards, but I urge the candidates to reach out to all voters with their voter cards to vote for PDP.
“Since 1999, it has been PDP all the way; we are the winning team. We have built roads, empowered our people, established schools, and our state has been running very well”, the Deputy Governor said.
In their separate remarks, Okowa and the Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Dennis Guwor among others, hailed the party for ensuring grassroots campaigns good to earn them 100 per cent victory.
Meanwhile, Delta PDP Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, while receiving APC defectors from Warri South-West, Udu, Bomadi, and Burutu LGAs among others, said the rally was a celebration of victory for PDP.
“We do not have any rival; it is PDP all the way.
“In the past few weeks, we have taken campaigns to all the nooks and crannies of the 25 LGAs of the state.
“We have not seen other parties campaigning”, he said.

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Police Dismiss Corporal Over Dereliction Of Duty

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The Nigeria Police has dismissed Corporal Buba Adamu who refused to report at his new station in Kaduna where he was transferred to from Cross River State Command for nine years.
The corporal was said to have promoted himself to the rank of Superintendent and operated illegal activities in Cross River State command.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Irene Ugbo, made this disclosure at a press briefing in Calabar, yesterday.
She said that Adamu had operated as a “mobile police officer” without any supervision or reporting to a specific police command since 2015 when the transfer was made.
The dismissed corporal was alleged to have been receiving his salary in spite of not reporting at his new station.
Adamu’s lid was blown open by some concerned members of the Nassarawa community, a Hausa/Fulani settlement in Calabar municipality that had reportedly suffered from his illegal activities.
The community raised the alarm when they learnt that the police command was under pressure to release Adamu following his arrest.
Ugbo said, “As of today, Corporal Adamu is no longer a policeman, because he has been relieved of his duties.
“Every item, property belonging to the Nigeria Police in his possession, including uniforms, identification card and others have been retrieved.
“The matter has now been charged to court. It is left for the Judiciary. The court will take it up from where we stopped , as we have done the needful.”

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