Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Inter-Party Relations, Barr Jackson Ebi Suokiri says the Governor Douye Diri’s prosperity administration has positively impacted on the lives of Bayelsans and the state in all ramifications.
Suokiri gave his ratings of the governor during an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa, capital of the state.
The governor’s aide, who also bared his mind on the relationship between the Diri administration and other political parties existing in the state, maintained that,but for the All Progressives Congress(APC) which had for reasons best known to them alone,all other political parties with visible presence in the state have a cordial relationship with the prosperity government headed by Governor Douye Diri.
He pointed out that following the governor’s commitment to political inclusiveness, all the 18 known political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) with exception of the All Progressives Congress in the state have been receiving monies as part of their running cost through his office from the state government.
Against the backdrop of recent insinuations that defectors from the opposition parties to the PDP in the state have not been accorded their rightful nomenclature in the state government,the Governor’s aide noted that these allegations were borne out of the figment of imaginations of opposition elements, advising, however, that those who recently defected to the PDP go back to their various wards and work for the victory of the PDP.
“It’s not everybody that can have an appointment at the same time at the state level. This government has been opened to all defectors, but if as a defector you accuse the government of not having given you an appointment,you better go and get registered first as a party member from your ward and then work for the party and then recommendation will come.”
“For infrastructure,we can say that the governor has done much and that he has shown the political will to fast track development in the state. But,people must understand that even as the governor has recently celebrated his two years in office, the number of years he has actually spent working is just about one year,” he said.
“Remember he had over 40 cases instituted against him by the oppositions in the state. And just after vacating these cases which were distracting him from focussing on governance, Covid-19 came. So in essence all you’ve seen him commissioning and doing were done in just one year. Governor Diri has the general interest of Bayelsa at heart”, he added.
Speaking on the victory of the governor when he would contest for a second tenure,the governor’s aide hinted that he would win landslide,saying the Governor has performed even above the imagination of the opposition parties,just as he stated that information available to his office from the public is that the governor and his team have done well in the past two years.
“The Governor is constructing the senatorial roads. One from Ayama Ijaw to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local government area, he is constructing another one from Aleibiri to Ekeremor, headquarters of Ekeremor LGA and he has just approved the construction of the Nembe-Brass road in the Eastern Senatorial district of the state.
“Tell me who would not vote for him in his second tenure? Apart from these road projects, the governor inline with the Sustainable development goals (SDGs) is paying salaries promptly,he is executing more and more impactful projects and programmes in the state”, Suokiri noted.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Reps Member Loses In Delta Primary
A member of the House of Representatives from Delta State, Ben Igbakpa, has lost the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary.
Mr Igbakpa, who represents Ethiope Federal Constituency, was defeated by Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, the daughter of a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
Mrs Ibori-Suenu scored 46 votes, while Mr Igbakpa scored 22 in a rerun.
Both aspirants had a tie, 34 votes each, during the Sunday’s primary, which caused a rerun to choose the party candidate for the 2023 election.
“I have lost my re-election bid,” Mr Igbakpa tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is not the outcome we wanted. It is not the outcome the people of Ethiope Federal Constituency wanted.
“The cheers on Sunday, May 22, 2022, demonstrated that, but it does not satisfy the appetite of a few to revise our progress and blur the vision of our people,” he said, on the microblogging site.
The lawmaker said he gave his constituents a fair representation and that they had hope in his future representation, but that “all of these have been painfully stolen by the establishment.
“The grave silence on the streets amplifies the fatal setback for Ethiope Federal Constituency.
“My contest was never about me but for the people, hence their grief. Neither I nor the people prevailed in our hope for sustenance. We have now seen what force and intimidation can do”, he tweeted.
Igbakpa said serving his people in the House of Representatives is one of the greatest honours of his life.
“I feel proud of what we have built together in three years. We have touched the vast expanse of Ethiope Federal Constituency and given our people a loud voice. We have energised our resolve in this instance and vow to continue in the same spirit for progress and unity.
“I will always remain devoted to the development of the Ethiope Federal Constituency and continue to advance my belief in democratic good governance.
“I wish the winners of today’s re-run all the best and I pray that the losers (the people) can endure the outcome and the aftermath,” he said.
Nigerian Idol: Okowa Congratulates Winner, Promises More For Youths
Delta State Governor,Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the winner of Nigerian Idol Season 7, Progress Chukwuyem, describing him as a true son and proud ambassador of the State.
Chukwuyem emerged winner of the Reality TV show after defeating fellow finalist, Zadok on Sunday.
Okowa said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, that the 21-year old songwriter, performer and music minister, was impeccable throughout the competition.
He lauded the organisers of the show and the panel of judges for what he called perfect organisation, leading to the emergence of Chukwuyem.
The winner of the competition, Chukwuyem, hails from Ekwueze-Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the State.
Okowa noted that the people of Delta were known for great exploits in reality shows, having won on several occasions in different platforms, adding that the State was gifted with abundant talents.
He said his administration had continued to support youths with talents to realise their potentials, stressing that news like Chukwuyem’s would continue to inspire him to do more for them.
“As a State, we are very delighted that our son, Progress Chukwuyem, won the #NigerianIdol Season 7 competition.
“He has portrayed the Delta character of true patriotism and worthy ambassador of the State, especially with the re-orientation of our youths, through our various schemes and programmes, which have been acknowledged as highly meaningful and successful.
“As a government, we will continue to support talents in sports, creative entertainment and even in business and we are glad that Chukwuyem has added to our pride.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I thank Deltans and indeed, all Nigerians that supported our son Chukwuyem, to clinch the prize money, as winner of Nigerian Idol Season 7.
“Indeed, beyond the prize, Chukwuyem reached greatness with his God-given talent and distinguished himself as a role model and we are very happy to have him bring honour to our state,” Okowa said.
The Tide’s source reports that the show started with 12 top contestants who emerged from the preliminary stage.
It was premiered on February 6, with the weekly shows covering the auditions that led to the theatre week, before the commencement of the live shows in March.
UNICAL Hosts African Universities On Online Teaching, Quality Assurance
University of Calabar (UNICAL) in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU) is jointly hosting a three-day workshop in Calabar on Quality Assurance and Online Teaching.
The workshop, which drew participants from some African countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe, has in attendance lecturers from over 20 Federal and State universities in Nigeria.
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, said the institution was pleased to host the workshop for the very first time in the 47 years of its existence.
Noting that the theme of the workshop, “Quality Assurance in Higher and Tertiary Education: Online Teaching and Learning in the Post Covid-19 Era in the University of Calabar” was apt, she said the workshop was coming at a time when UNICAL was making efforts to adopt the dual mode of teaching and working assiduously with a view to stabilise her quality assurance directorate.
“This training workshop offers the opportunity for strengthening the capacity of stakeholders in higher education institutions in Africa for global relevance.
“The theme is carefully selected in line with contemporary times of post Covid-19 era and the clamoring of higher education institutions in Africa to meet global standards in terms of academic excellence.
“Online teaching is not only necessary but urgently needed to accommodate millions of Africans desirous of further studies, especially in the post Covid-19 era.
“It is on this note that I commend the AAU for keeping tab with her objective of providing a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research in Africa,” she said.
She told the participants that UNICAL has a rich alumni profile, showcasing state governors, ministers, captains of industries, world ranking academics, legal gurus, top medical experts and educationist, among others.
According to her, UNICAL with over 40,000 students population is ranked 15th best university in Nigeria and the 64th best in Africa.
On her part, the Project Officer/Workshop Coordinator, Association of African Universities, Dr Violet Makuku, said the association came to Calabar due to the commitment of Prof. Obi towards online teaching and quality assurance.
Makuku said, the AAU, which serves as the apex body for higher education in Africa, seeks to impact practical knowledge and skills on the participants toward enhancing online teaching and learning.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we came out to say no more face-to-face teaching in classrooms; hence we needed to adopt new methods of teaching.
“Everything has been digitalised, so we need to digitalise online teaching also,” she said.
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