APC UNVEILS YAHAYA BELLO AS REPLACEMENT FOR LATE AUDU

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BREAKING NEWS: APC UNVEILS YAHAYA BELLO AS REPLACEMENT FOR LATE AUDU

 

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has unveiled Alh. Yahaya Bello, popularly known as Fair Plus as the replacement for the late Prince Abubakar Audu. It would be recalled that Alh. Yahaya Bello was runner-up in the APC governorship primaries.

 

 

Unveiling Bello at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja, Monday after about 3 hours of meeting, the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun urged party leaders and stakeholders to accept the decision of the party leadership and ensure the party become victorious in Saturday’s supplementary poll.

 

 

The party also announced that Hon James Abiodun Faleke will be Bello’s running mate but the former Chairman of Ikeja Local Government Area rejected the offer.

 

Oyegun explained that the decision to nominate Bello was borne out of the need to conform to the electoral laws of the nation and to ensure cohesion and fairness.

 

He eulogized the late Prince Abubakar Audu as the face of the party in the state, saying the party will miss his leadership qualities greatly.

 

 

While accepting the party’s nomination, Alh. Yahaya Bello pledged to ensure immediate reconciliation of all aggrieved parties in the party, saying he was more than prepared to lead the party to a resounding victory on December 5. He called on all the party leaders to work with him to take the party to higher heights.

 

 

Yahaya Bello pledged to immortalize the late Prince Abubakar Audu, describing him as a great leader who contributed immensely to the development of Kogi State while he was governor. He urged the youths of the state to team up with him to foster a united Kogi State.

 

 

Bello Support Organization Hails Nomination

 

 

A support group, Bello Support Organization has hailed the nomination of Alh. Yahaya Bello as the candidate of the party, saying it is time for all party faithful to

 

unite for a new Kogi State.

 

 

 

WORLD  AIDS DAY: OKOWA DELIVERED A LIVE BROADCAST TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY.

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WORLD  AIDS DAY: OKOWA DELIVERED A LIVE BROADCAST TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY.

HIV is not a myth or fairy-tale. It is a reality. HIV / AIDS is avoidable, preventable, and manageable says Gov Ifeanyi Okowa

As the World Mark the 2015 World Aide toDay, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa has delivered a Broadcast to Mark the 2015 WORLD AIDS DAY.

 

According  to Governor Okowa,  "World Aides day is a day set aside by the United Nations in 1988 for the global community,  to remember with sobriety,  those who have died from HIV / AIDS, those infected and affected. It Is a day to raise awareness about the infection and to fight prejudice against those infected. 

 

HIV / AIDS is a public health issues, which has affected every facet of Human Life, with a huge burden on the general population. I wish to point out that high percentage of persons are aware of HIV / AIDS, but correct knowledge on how to prevent the infection is still limited, due largely to certain level of ignorance,  indiscipline and outright denial of the reality of HIV / AIDS. This underscores the enormous task before HIV / AIDS programmers and implementating Partners. 

 

The theme of this year’s activity is Getting to Zero, ending HIV / AIDS by 2030.

 

I wish to express the commitment of the Delta State Government to providing the enabling environment for HIV / AIDS activities in the state, we are committed to collaborating with relevant implementating partners to ensure massive reduction in HIV incidents in the state

 

It is heart – warming to note that HIV prevalent rate that was high as 5.08% in 2001 in the State has reduced significantly to 0.7% in 2015. This, no doubt, is the result of dogged approach and collaboration of all stakeholders in the HIV Response. 

 

Currently,  we have thirty nine Anti-Retroviral Centres in the State. One hundred and five Prevention of the Mother To Child Transmission of HIV centres. There are also one hundred and five HIV counselling and Testing Sites.

 

All these Sites are accessible and offer adequate services to all Deltans and non-Deltans alike. 

 

More Persons living with HIV are now on Anti-Restroviral drugs. Today, Delta State has over 70,000 people living with HIV. Presently, Out of 38,257 eligible persons living with HIV, we have placed 18,378 on Anti-Restroviral drugs as at September,  2015. This includes adults and children. 

 

Suffice to say that the free maternal health programme of the State government which is sustained by my administration has given huge impetus to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV / AIDS in the state. A total number of 176,184 pregnant women have been enrolled for Ante-natal care from 2011-2015. Within this period,  a total number of 163,136 were counselled and tested, of which 5,663 tested positive for HIV. Of this figure,  3,754 received ARV prophylaxis. 

 

Dear Deltans, for us to match forward in our collective efforts at eradicating HIV / AIDS in our dear State, It is imperative for the individual to know his/her HIV status. This is the prerequisite for achieving an HIV- free generation. 

 

HIV is not a myth or fairy-tale. It is a reality. HIV / AIDS is avoidable, preventable, and manageable. 

 

One can live a normal life, even when infection has occurred.  All you need to do is to adhere strictly to care and support those living with HIV/AIDS" 

OKOWA CHALLENGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON INSTILLING POSITIVE ATTITUDINAL CHANGE IN YOUTHS.

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OKOWA CHALLENGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON INSTILLING POSITIVE ATTITUDINAL CHANGE IN YOUTHS.

 

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said religious leaders have great roles to play in ensuring positive attitudinal change in the youths.

 

According to the Governor, the mindset of the youths should be constructed to be engaged in positive developmental activities, noting, "if we do not construct the human mind positively, it can be very dangerous, more dangerous than bomb."

 

The Governor spoke today (30/11015) when he played host to the South South zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Arch-Bishop God-Do-Well Avwomakpa.

 

Governor Okowa stated that the country was passing through difficult periods with the activities of Boko Haram and increase in societal vices which he observed can only be corrected with consistent efforts aimed at changing the mindset of the people especially, the youths.

 

"Our country is passing through very trying times, there is insurgency in the north and there is increase in social vices in other parts of the country, that is why we need religious leaders to be prayerful and send message of positive attitude among the people, we believe that there is nothing that is impossible before God, God never fails and we will continue to look up to Him; we should continue to pray for our nation and our state," the Governor said.

 

He challenged religious leaders to take the message of God to every community.

 

The Governor emphasized, "I want to call on religious leaders to take the gospel to our various communities at this time where there is kidnapping, crime and the heart of our children have been turned to evil, that soothing word of God may be what they need to turn them to positive change; the church need to impact on the life of our people for greater Christian living."

 

Arch-Bishop Avwomakpa said the CAN was visiting different states of the South South to pray with the people on various issues affecting the people.

SEVEN STUDENTS KILLED, 21 INJURED IN KANO DORMITORY FIRE

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SEVEN STUDENTS KILLED, 21 INJURED IN KANO DORMITORY FIRE

 

At least seven students died, while 21 others were injured in a night fire at Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana, 20 kilometers from the city of Kano.

 

Hospital and school officials confirmed the deaths of the seven female students, saying their bodies were deposited at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital.

 

A source at the school told PREMIUM TIMES the fire occurred at the biggest hostel of the school when the students were sleeping, and that the cause of the fire was still not known.

 

The Executive Secretary of Secondary Schools Management Board, Husaini Ganduje, also confirmed death of seven students in the fire, saying those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment.

 

A statement Sunday night by Usman Bello, the director of press to the deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, said the fire had been put under control in the night, and the affected students were rushed to hospital.

 

“Firemen have quenched the fire that broke out at the hostel of the Government Girls Secondary School Jogana,” the statement said.

 

“The students were evacuated to their classes and those affected were rushed to Gezawa and Sir Sanusi Hospital.

 

“The special adviser to the governor on education Dr. Bakari Ado Hussaini and management of Kano State Senior Secondary Schools all mobilized to the school and were coordinating with the state deputy governor and commissioner of Education Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.

 

“The commissioner of health has also mobilized health personnel to attend to the victims of the incident,” the statement added.

 

Another source at the emergency unit of Murtala Mohammed Hospital told PREMIUM TIMES that most of the students died of suffocation and stampede, not burns

 

NIGERIA’S FOREIGN RESERVES DROPS TO $30.04BN – CBN

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NIGERIA’S FOREIGN RESERVES DROPS TO $30.04BN – CBN

 

Nigeria’s foreign reserves dropped to $30.04 billion by Thursday, November 26, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said.

 

The bank disclosed this on its website on Monday.

 

It said the figure dropped by $7 million, from $30.11 billion recorded on October 26.

 

The bank said the $30.04 billion represented the “gross” amount, while $29.33 billion was “liquid” and $719.32 million “blocked”.

 

Nigeria’s foreign reserves has oscillated between $28 billion and $36 billion in the last one year.

 

The reserves hit $36.3 billion in October 2014, fell to $32.4 billion in January 2015, and stood at $28.6 billion by May 2015.

 

Under the new government of Muhammadu Buhari, it gained marginally to $31.9 billion by July, before sliding again to $29.9 billion by September.

 

The CBN said the continuous pressure on the foreign exchange market was due to the rise in the internal demand for dollars.

 

According to the bank, the price of crude oil at the international market stood at 44.27 dollar per barrel as at November 30.

 

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OKOWA CHALLENGES NIGERIAN LEADERS TO PUT INTERESTS OF MASSES FIRST

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OKOWA CHALLENGES NIGERIAN LEADERS TO PUT INTERESTS OF MASSES FIRST

 

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on Nigerian leaders to put the interests of the people first in whatever they do.

 

According to Governor Okowa, though the nation is facing challenges as a result of dwindling revenue from the oil sector, democracy provides for collectivity and as such, interests of the electorates should be uppermost in the minds of those holding elective or appointive positions.

 

The Governor spoke  (29/11/15) at Mosogar, Ethiope West local government area of the state during a thanksgiving service organized by Senator Ighoyota Amori, representing Delta Central in the National Assembly.

 

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Senators, Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor; Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya; his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi; traditional rulers; commissioners, chairmen of local government councils, among others were at the occasion.

 

The Governor expressed confidence in the ability of members of the National Assembly to positively reposition the fortunes of Nigeria.

"Even in these difficult times, the Senate and House of Representatives can get the ship of state aright," Governor Okowa said, observing that Delta State has good representation in the national assembly.

 

He reiterated, "when Senators James Manager, Ighoyota Amori and Peter Nwaoboshi are with you, you have a lot to achieve, they will continue to do our state and the nation proud," the Governor said, reiterating, "they have made a lot of impact in Delta State and they will do same for the country."

 

The Governor commended Senator Amori for giving thanks to God saying, "Senator Amori has the belief that only God can take you to where you will be, we thank God for your (Chief Amori's) life, in everything, in every situation, give thanks to God, reverence Him, but, always know that  the true thanksgiving is from the heart."

Governor Okowa used the occasion to assure Deltans of his administration's commitment to even development of the state and equitable distribution of resources.

Senator Saraki at the occasion, said Delta Caucus at the Senate cannot be toyed with, describing Senator Amori as "super Commissioner when my friend, Chief James Ibori was Governor and I know that he will be a super Senator."

 

Rev.  Fr John-Mark Ekeke in his sermon, said when those in position of authority gives thanksgiving to God, it shows that they appreciate the fact that the position they are holding was made possible by  God and called on such persons to be servant leaders, good shepherds who will be ready to sacrifice everything for their followers.

At the service, Senator Amori said, "if you know what I went through to get to where I am today, I have every reason to thank God and I thank all those who made it possible."

BAYELSA 2015: Jonathan, Okowa, Others Endorse Dickson’s 2nd Term Bid 

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BAYELSA 2015: Jonathan, Okowa, Others Endorse Dickson's 2nd Term Bid 

 

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa,DR. Olusegun Mimiko, Hon Leo Ogor and chief Uche Secondus were among a plethora of dignitaries and PDP Faithful that thronged the Grand rally in Yenagoa at the weekend to endorse the re-election bid of Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson.   

 

The endorsement which set the tone of the PDP governorship flag presentation rally provided a platform for the PDP led government  in the state to give its scorecard in the last four years  

 

Former President Jonathan said the policies and programmes of Governor Dickson had prepared a solid foundation for the youths and children of the state and called for an overwhelming support for the PDP at the December 5th gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State. 

 

The immediate past president called on Bayelsans not to mortgage their future by allowing politicians who have selfish ambitions to rule them while assuring them of more developmental projects when governor Dickson is re-elected. 

 

Endorsing the second tenure bid of Governor Dickson, The Chairman PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo States ,Dr. Olusegun Mimiko said the APC had failed to keep its election promises, pointing out that the party had no policy direction to bring Nigeria out of the present economic predicament. 

 

Governor Mimiko who was flanked by the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, said the PDP had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Bayelsa State and expressed optimism that the party would record one hundred percent in the gubernatorial election. 

 

Speaking on behalf of serving and past members of the National Assembly, the Minority Leader of the House of representatives Honourable Leo Ogor described Governor Dickson as a man who fulfilled his promises to the people of Bayelsa State and should be given an opportunity to complete the good works which he has started in the state. 

 

Presenting the PDP flag to Governor Dickson, the Acting National Chairman Chief Uche Secondus alleged plans by the APC to rig the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State and called on Bayelsans to defend their votes at all cost. 

 

Chief Secondus said the six months reign of the APC has brought about untold hardship and hunger to Nigerians and assured the people that the PDP would recapture power at the center in 2019 without stress. 

 

The Governor of Bayelsa State Chief Seriake Dickson in his remarks promised to continue his transformation projects in the state and called on the people of the state  to come out enmass to vote for the PDP and resist any attempt by the opposition to rig the election. 

 

Governor Dickson said his second tenure would witness more rapid transformational projects and expressed optimism that Bayelsa State would become the pride of the nation at the end of his second tenure. 

 

The acting National Chairman of the PDP also received hundreds of Bayelsans who decamped from the APC to the PDP. 

 

President Jonathan later led top government functionaries to commission a fly over built by Governor Dickson in Yenagoa capital of Bayelsa State. 

NIGERIA TO PROSECUTE T.B. JOSHUA, OTHERS OVER DEATH OF 116 PERSONS IN CHURCH BUILDING COLLAPSE

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NIGERIA TO PROSECUTE T.B. JOSHUA, OTHERS OVER DEATH OF 116 PERSONS IN CHURCH BUILDING COLLAPSE

 

The trustees of ‎Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will on Monday (November 30, 2015) be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over the collapse of a six-story building in the church on September 12, 2014, which led to the death of 116 persons.

 

Senior Pastor of the church, Prophet T.B Joshua is one of the trustees.

 

The trustees will be arraigned before Justice Lawal Akapo alongside the engineers who constructed the collapsed building.

 

A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade, confirmed the scheduled arraignment.

 

It would be recalled that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed the fundamental human rights enforcement suits filed by the engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building to stop their planned trial.

 

The engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, had filed two separate suits before Justice Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death.

 

The Lagos State Government had set up a Coroner Inquest to unravel what went wrong, and in a verdict delivered on August 7, 2015, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, the Coroner, indicted the engineers and recommended them for investigation and prosecution for criminal negligence.

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The church building, a guest house, collapsed in September 2014, killing 116 people, many of them South Africans who travelled to Nigeria for the church’s service in Lagos.

The inquiry sat for months and set July 8 for its ruling.

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AMORI DEDICATES ELECTION/ TRIBUNAL VICTORY TO GOD: OKOWA, SARAKI, EKWEREMADU, DINO MELAYE AND OTHERS ATTENDS THANKSGIVING.

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AMORI DEDICATES ELECTION/ TRIBUNAL VICTORY TO GOD.

 

The Senator Representating Delta Central Senatorial District of Delta State,  Senator Ighoyota Ighoyota Amori has dedicated his victory to God Almighty. 

 

Senator Ighoyota Amori who invited Gov Ifeanyi Okowa,  Executive Governor of Delta State,  Sen Bukola Saraki,  Senate President,  Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, Sen Godswill Akpabio Sen Dino Melaye,  Sen Peter Nwaoboshi, Sen James Manager, Hon Leo Ogor and other top officials including the inestimable value people of Delta Central and Deltans to his thanksgiving mass at Assumption Catholic Church in Mosogar, Ethiope West, Delta State described his victory as the will of God.

 

Speaking during the Thanksgiving Ceremony at Mosogar, Senator Ighoyota Amori says his election wasn't easy but God made him the winner despite the case at the tribunal,  he still won.

 

Amori who applauded the Governor of Delta State, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa, hail Gov Ifeanyi Okowa for being a great adviser

I will never disappoint the great of Delta Central who I am representing today" he said. 

Meanwhile Gov Ifeanyi Okowa has described Sen Ighoyota Amori as a true leader who has contributed to the growth of Delta State and also a man who work for his victory in the past election.

Gov Okowa also used the opportunity to urged Deltans and the good people of Nigeria to be patient with leaders of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they all in unity bring Development to Nigerians.