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N’Delta Women Coalition Leaders Applaud Tinubu Over Ogbuku’s Reappointment 

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A group of women christened “Coalition of Niger Delta Women Leaders” in the Niger Delta region, has applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for reappointing Dr. Samuel Ogbuku as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development  Commission (NDDC) and its Board members.
The coalition also warned detractors against engaging in pull-him-down syndrome in the commission.
The women leaders called for inclusion of women in every phase of development that is being  planned and initiated by the commission.
National Leader of the body, Lady Ann Kio Briggs, stated this when it visited the Managing Director in his office in Port Harcourt.
“The women leaders apealed that adequate time be given to the Board that is peopled by a rare crop of dynamic  and resourceful persons to enable them carryout their developmental template which is founded on righting the wrongs of the past”, she said.
The foremost Niger Delta activist commended Dr. Ogbuku’s development roadmap aptly tagged, “Transiting from Transaction to Transformation” approach.

She commended the Board for embarking on novel initiatives such as, Project Hope, the  Niger Delta Chamber of  Commence, the  Nigeria Delta  investment Ltd. and  setting up of communal and infrastructure schemes targeted at introducing and completing abandoned and uncompleted projects.

The Women leaders further warned detractors and  agents of  mischief  to put  a stop to acts capable of hindering the progress of the region.

The leaders urged President Tinubu to release all funds owed the Commission to enable them work assiduously for the growth and development of the region.

“We appreciated  Dr. Samuel Ogbuku for setting up opportunities to engage with  stakeholders across the region”, they said.

Earlier, the MD expressed  his  appreciation to the woman leaders and  vowed that the Board will work with the people of the region as they strive to improve on the successes of past administrations.

He assured the women leaders that President Tinubu will ensure that the NDDC gets the needed funds to achieve the set objectives of the Commission.

He called for the need for all hands to be on  deck to maintain peace  as a panacea for development.

Ogbuku informed the team that NDDC has restarted  the free medical care programme for vulnerable people and families in the Niger Delta and assured them that the NDDC will continue  to light up the Niger Delta with solar powered lights in our communities.

He said the commission has also  introduced the Youth Internship Scheme, a programme targeted at empowering the youths and women in the Niger Delta.

He assured the Women that when the 2024 budget is passed and assented to, the Commission will embark on  legacy projects, some that had been abandoned and some to be introduced in line with the developmental agenda of President Tinubu for the region.

Membership of the coalition is drawn from all works of lives, such the academia, business moguls,  professionals and community leaders across the Niger Delta.

Chinedu Wosu

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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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Delta Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmaker

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The Delta State House of Assembly last Thursday in Asaba recalled its member, Mr Matthew Omonade (APC-Ughelli North I), after 29 days of suspension.
The recall was announced during plenary by the Speaker, Mr Dennis Guwor, following an adoption of the report by the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Omonade.
The Tide’s source recalls that the assembly had on May 14 suspended the lawmaker over alleged gross misconduct.
“The house has, therefore, lifted the suspension following the adoption of the recommendations of the committee.
“He is expected to resume plenary and other legislative duties on the next sitting day”, Guwor said.
Earlier, the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi (PDP-Aniocha North), who chaired the committee, said after a thorough investigation, it recommended that Omonade be sounded a note of warning against future occurrence.
He said the committee also recommended that the recalled lawmaker be made to study the rules of the house.
According to the committee’s recommendations, Omonade should know that laws are universal and can be domesticated in any state or country without anyone being accused of plagiarism.
Nwaobi said since he had remorsefully apologised to the Governor, Speaker and the entire House, the committee recommended that the suspension be lifted.
In their various submissions, Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi) and Mr Austine Uroye (PDP-Warri South I) supported the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations, unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, were seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr. Edafe Emakpor.
The House also approved Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s request to review and implement a new tariff regime for the 8.5 Megawatts Asaba Independent Power Plant (IPP), operated by Messrs Bastanchury Power Solutions.
The governor’s request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker.
In the letter, Oborevwori explained that the upward review of the electricity tariff from N31.74 per Kilowatt to N75 per Kilowatt became necessary due to the current economic realities.
He said this would enable the company to sustain its services to the state.
Oborevwori, however, noted that the State Government, through the Ministry of Energy, recommended a reviewed amount of N63 per Kilowatt, inclusive of VAT, hence the need for the House’s approval.
The Majority Leader moved a motion for the Assembly to receive the governor’s letter for consideration.
Leading the debate, Nwaobi said it was no longer news that the economic situation informed the governor’s request and, therefore, urged the House to give it speedy approval.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly, when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi).

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Sallah: FRSC Deploys 654 Personnel In Delta

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta State Command, has deployed 654 personnel, including regular and special marshals, to various locations in the state to ensure safety during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Muftau Irekeola, said this on Friday in Asaba while addressing personnel of the Command in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol.
Irekeola said a total of 654 personnel, 19 operational vehicles, one ambulance, one power bike, and others would be deployed in the state.
The Sector Commander, however, said the command was partnering with private tow truck owners, saying that the command’s tow truck was not in good condition.
“If it is more than 30 tons truck, we will call FRSC, Onitsha Command, for towing because Onitsha is less than four kilometers away from Asaba”, he said.
He urged motorists to drive with caution, and pay attention to other road users.
“During rainy season, the grip of their tyres on the road is reduced because of the rain, they need to speed less. In fact, they are supposed to go on a reasonable speed.
“Even the passengers should not board overloaded vehicles, they should talk to the driver and if he is not listening they should drop at the next available bus stop.
“They can alert any FRSC officials or security agency on the road”, he said.

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