OKOWA CALLS FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT TO BOOST ECONOMY

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OKOWA CALLS FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT TO BOOST ECONOMY

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the Federal Government to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as a way of ensuring speedy recovery of Nigeria's economy from the effects of down-turn in oil price.

 

The Governor made the call (08/12/15) in Asaba, when he played host to the Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Development Authority, Hon. Victor Alabo, who led the management team of the organization to Government House.

 

 "I hope we will continue to encourage direct foreign investment into the country, that is the best way to go for Nigeria, and in Delta State, we understand the benefits of direct foreign investments " the Governor said. This, he said, was important for Nigeria economy to get the needed boost that would jump-start growth in the manufacturing sector.

 

The Governor disclosed that opportunity for investment existed in the Free Trade Zone where the current Delta Steel Company (DSC) is sitting on more than 700 hectares of land.

 

He observed that the company that took over the operations of DSC has said that apart from rolling out steel at the former output level within fourteen months, it was going to partner other companies to set up petro- chemical industries, among others, in the proposed Free Trade Zone.

 

"We are willing to partner with investors and agencies like yours and will provide the enabling environment for investments to grow in our state," Governor Okowa assured, reiterating that his administration was committed to making the state the industrial nerve centre of the country.

 

The Governor asserted that youths in the state have been encouraged to embrace technical education and the empowerment programmes of his administration was aimed at churning out entrepreneurs that would be employers of labour in no distant time.

 

Earlier, Hon. Alabo stated that they were in Asaba to intimate the Governor of the Economic free zones in Warri and Aladja and to partner with the state government on the development and provision of enabling environment for investment to thrive in the zones. 

Urhobo Social Club honours Delta monarch

Urhobo Social Club honours Delta monarch

Urhobo Social Club, Lagos, will on January 16, 2016, hold a grand reception in honour of Chairman of Urhobo Traditional Rulers Council and the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Ovie Richard Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I. The reception for the 99 year-old monarch, who is also a Royal Canon of the Anglican Communion, Ughelli Diocese, takes place at the Palace Ground, Ogoni-Olomu, Delta State.

 

In a statement,  Chairman, Reception Planning Committee, Olorogun Edoreh Agbah, said the reception, which will be under the chairmanship of Olorogun Moses Taiga,was in recognition of the immense contribution of the Ohworode to the development and peace in  Olomu Kingdom,  Urhoboland and Delta State in general, in his 27 years on the throne.

 

According to Agbah, “God has blessed the Ohworode with the rare combination of longevity and health of body and mind. At 99, he still reads without his glasses. He can drive himself around and travel round the world unaccompanied. The Urhobo Social Club, being a proactive body, believes that he should be celebrated now that he is still with us.”

 

The event, which will attract other traditional rulers, very important personalities of Urhoboland, Delta State and beyond, will also witness a lecture by Professor Sam Ibodje of the University of Port Harcourt, performance by the famous Ema Dancers of Ughelli among other attractions.

 

 

Love one another, Adeboye urges Nigerians

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Love one another, Adeboye urges Nigerians

THE General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has urged Nigerians to love one another.

 

He made the appeal during the ongoing annual Holy Ghost Congress of the church at the Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

In his message titled: “Flood of Love”, Pastor Adeboye urged the congregation to love one another just as God showers His unlimited love towards mankind.

 

According to him, God himself is love and demonstrated His manifold love towards mankind by sending His only begotten son into the world that He might save man from condemnation and be propitiation for man’s sin.

 

Enumerating the results of flood of love from God, Adeboye explained that God’s love covers nakedness, it neutralized death, God’s love gives the best, love guarantees total victory and that God’s love chastises those whom He loves for them to retrace their steps and make necessary corrections.

 

The cleric said that it is only sin that removes God’s glory and gives room for shame just like when Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden of Eden due to their disobedience to God’s instruction.

“Alisimie-Ozanogogo Road Project Will Be Completed In March, 2016”, Says Okowa

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“Alisimie-Ozanogogo Road Project Will Be Completed In March, 2016”, Says Okowa

 

Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed satisfaction at the pace of work at Alisimie- Oza-Nogogo Road in Ika South Local Government Area assuring that the road project would be completed in March 2016.

 

The Governor who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Works Chief James Augoye, and other top government officials on the road inspection yesterday 8-12-15),  expressed satisfaction at the speed  of the ongoing  construction work at the middle section of the road and commended the contractors on the quality and for keeping to the project schedule and specifications.

 

According to him "What we have seen here today is quite exciting, looking through the drainage work that has been put in place and the level of construction being done, the work is very impressive and I must actually commend the contractors".

 

"I believe that if we continue to award major jobs to companies such as this (CCECC) we are likely to have good delivery at the end of the day and nobody will have to complain that projects were not properly executed because there is a high level of perfection in this job" he added.

 

Senator Okowa who addressed a joyous crowd commended the community for creating a conducive environment for the project to be carried out saying "I must thank the community for their patience and their cooperation because for the company to work at the pace at which they are working, it means that they have gotten cooperation from you" adding "hopefully this project will be completed in March and in the course of our campaigns I did make a promise to the people of this community that the road will be constructed within the first few months of our administration and I thank God that we have kept our promise and be rest assured that we are on course to deliver prosperity for all".

 

Governor Okowa also inspected the completed Palace Road and the ongoing Kokogbe Road, in Owa Oyibu.

KOGI POLLS: I WON’T JOIN ISSUES WITH FALEKE – YAHAYA BELLO

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KOGI POLLS: I WON’T JOIN ISSUES WITH FALEKE – YAHAYA BELLO

 

The Kogi State governor-elect, Yahaya Bello, said he would not join issues with James Faleke, the running-mate of late Abubakar Audu, over Kogi governorship election crisis.

 

Following the declaration of Mr. Bello as governor-elect on Sunday, Mr. Faleke said he would not take oath of office as deputy governor.

 

Mr. Bello’s reaction is contained in a statements issued on Tuesday in Abuja by his media assistant, Suleiman Abdulmalik.

 

The governor-elect said dialogue remained the best solution to party issues, saying he had absolute confidence in the leadership of the party to end the disagreement.

 

He described Mr. Faleke as a brother, saying the political crisis happening in the state is a family affair.

 

“I will continue to appeal to him and others to join hands with me in moving Kogi State forward.

 

“In politics we agree and disagree but dialogue remains the only solution to issues, but what happens in my state is an act of God,” he said.

 

Mr. Bello disclosed that the ongoing reconciliation in the state had settled the political dispute, saying most of late Audu’s supporters were now with him.

 

“Those who matter in Audu’s camp are already working for me even before the supplementary election, and that reconciliation efforts greatly helped in defeating the PDP,” he said

 

The statement also advised Mr. Faleke to accept the outcome of the election as the will of God.

 

“All hands must be on deck and we must rally round the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. No winner, no vanquished; we must continue as one united family that we are.

 

“Hon James Abiodun Faleke and other aggrieved party members should accept the new development as the wish of God. We plead with them to cooperate with Bello to develop the state in line with the vision of our late icon, Prince Abubakar Audu.

 

“The governor-elect is a humble man who will not discriminate against anyone within the party. All Kogites should pray for and work towards peace, stability and progress of the state.

 

“We are using this opportunity to emphasise the need for the people to support their leaders for the benefit of all,” he said. 

FASHOLA UNVEILS PLANS FOR FEDERAL ROADS, TO RE-INTRODUCE TOLLING

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FASHOLA UNVEILS PLANS FOR FEDERAL ROADS, TO RE-INTRODUCE TOLLING

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government will re-introduce highway tolling to raise additional funds to finance road infrastructure and ensure efficient road maintenance.

 

Mr. Fashola said this on Tuesday in Abuja during his first news conference tagged “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change”.

 

He said that adequate funding of the nation’s road infrastructure would generate job opportunities and reduce unemployment in the country.

 

“Maintenance would be our watchword. We are setting up a robust maintenance regime to keep our highways in good shape.

 

“This shows that tolling is necessary to support government funding. So, it will not be too much if we ask every road user to pay little to augment government funding for road maintenance.

 

“It is eminent commonsense for us to find that money. We will use technology; so if we don’t pay cash, you will pay by tokens or tickets and the money is accountable and it will go to the right place.

 

“We will manage that fund properly and we will hold those who we put there to account,” the minister said.

 

Tolling was scrapped by former President Olusegun Obasanjo after his administration imposed fuel tax. Since then, attempts to restart the policy failed.

 

Mr. Fashola said as a short-term strategy, the ministry would start with quick completion of ongoing inter-state roads in order to facilitate connectivity, before working on those that bear heavy traffic.

 

“We commit all our skills, energies, and collective integrity unreservedly to playing our part, but how much success we deliver is dependent also on the citizens’ commitment to their own part,’’ he said.

 

The minister observed that lack of funding had caused many construction companies to retrench their workers due to the huge debts owed them by the various tiers of government.

 

He said that with adequate budgetary allocations, the three ministries have an enormous role to play in repositioning the economy and creating jobs.

 

“Clearly, good roads will help reposition and grow our economy, reduce travel time, cost of transportation of goods and services, and restore jobs that have been lost to transport-dependent services.

 

“Some of the numbers from only four construction companies that were sampled, suggest that at least 5,150 workers have been laid off as at March 11, 2015.

 

“If each contractor has only 100 employees at each of the 200 contract sites, it means at least that 20,000 people who lost their jobs can return to work. If the right budget is put in place and funded for contractors to get paid.

 

“The possibility to return those who have just lost their jobs back to work is the kind of change that we expect to see by this short-term strategy.”

 

Mr. Fashola further said that the ministry would soon embark on enforcement of the right of way by dismantling all illegal structures infringing on the highways.

 

He advised persons infringing on the right of way to voluntarily dismantle the inappropriate structures before the government commenced the demolition of such structures.

 

“In order to make the roads safer, we intend to re-claim the full width of all Federal roads, representing 16 per cent and about 36,000km of Nigeria’s road network.

 

“We are immediately now asking all those who are infringing on our highways, whether by parking, trading, or erection of any inappropriate structure to immediately remove, relocate or dismantle such things voluntarily.

 

“This will be the biggest contribution that citizens can offer our country as proof that we all want things to change for the better,” the minister said.

 

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OKOWA PRESENTS N266 BILLION BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2016 FISCAL YEAR

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OKOWA PRESENTS N266 BILLION BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2016 FISCAL YEAR

 

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has presented a budget proposal of two hundred and sixty five billion, six hundred and sixty eight million, one hundred and fifty six thousand, one hundred and seventy four naira (N265, 668, 156, 174) for the 2016 fiscal year to the Delta State House of Assembly.

 

This amount comprises one hundred and fifty three billion, one hundred and fifty six million, eight hundred and fifty two thousand, nine hundred and fifty six naira (N153.156, 852,956) or 57.65 per cent for Recurrent Expenditure, and one hundred twelve billion, five hundred and eleven million, three hundred and three thousand, two hundred and eighteen naira (N112, 511,303,218) or 42.35 per cent for capital expenditure.

 

According to Governor Okowa the year 2016 budget proposal shows a marginal increase of twelve billion, seven hundred and twenty four million naira (N12.724bn) or 5.03 per cent when compared to the year 2015 amended budget of two hundred and fifty two billion, nine hundred and forty three million naira (N252.943).

 

A sectoral breakdown of the budget shows that the sum of  2.296 billion naira would be spent on the State Job and Wealth Creation Scheme, Transport Sub-sector 15.421 billion naira, Health sector 5.9 billion naira, and Education 10.1 billion naira, while Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission was allocated 28 billion naira.

 

Christened, ‘Budget of Renewed Hope and Inclusive Development,’ the Governor stated that being the first budget that is conceived his administration; the grim forecasts from these documents place a moral burden on the administration to adopt a pragmatic approach in the 2016 budget estimates based on prudent management of public finances without necessarily playing to the gallery or raising false hope.

 

“The budget is admittedly tight but it is consistent with our vision for maintaining strict fiscal discipline”, he said. He noted that the health of the state’s public finances was crucial to good governance which would inspire hope and confidence, attracting investors, ensure the sustainable development of the state’s economy as a whole and maintain the basic principles of prudent management of public finances in strict adherence to due process and keep expenditure within revenue limits.

 

 “As part of our resolve to avoid the mistakes of the past and ensure that we get full value for every kobo spent the project monitoring and supervision function is being handled by a Directorate under the leadership of the Senior Policy Adviser.” he said.

 

To this end, the Governor warned that no contractor will get away with any shoddy or uncompleted jobs. According to the Governor, it was for this reason that the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Economic Planning has been strengthened to enable it discharge its responsibility as the due diligence outfit for Government.

 

Similarly Governor Okowa observed that the State Executive Council has resolved that from now on, any government official who, either by omission or commission, allows the State to be short-changed in its investment projects will be severely sanctioned. He noted that the goal of his administration was for Delta State to become the most prosperous State in the country.

 

Governor Okowa was accompanied to the Delta State House of Assembly by his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, his commissioners and top government functionaries to the budget presentation session (08/12/15); which was presided by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya.

 

Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi thanked Governor Okowa for his respect for the legislature and for working in the interest of Deltans and moved a motion for the budget proposal to be accepted as a working document while the member representing Oshimili South Constituency, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya seconded the motion for the adoption of the motion which was overwhelmingly done. 

 

 

 

OSANEBI BAGS AMBASSADORIAL AWARD.

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OSANEBI BAGS AMBASSADORIAL AWARD.

As a result of his unflinching determination to the upliftment of the dignity of the human person, his huge investment in human capital development coupled with his uncommon leadership acumen; the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi, has won the heart of the apex body of youth leadership in Southern Nigeria: the South South Youth Leaders Forum; and has been penned down to be conferred with the honour of " Very Illustrious Ambassador of South South".

 

Making this declaration in a statement signed by Amb, Barr. Odiedim Amachree, Chairman South South Youth Leaders Forum ( SSYLF), he maintained that the honour on the egalitarian law maker was the highest award it has ever conferred. He further said:" we must also put on record that the group has produced several young leaders across the south south, including a Governorship candidate at the ongoing Elections in Bayelsa State (Mr. Moses Siasia). However the group is most proud of the philanthropic disposition and leadership acumen of Rt. Hon. Osanebi, and above all his humility which has taken him as far as being the Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly".

 

The Deputy Speaker, who was named" the empowerment master" by the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; is well known with his philosophy of establishing people: socially, politically, economically and also putting smiles in the faces of the downtrodden and rejected in the society. Osanebi has 'refurbished' many individuals by the grace he has enjoyed from God.

 

The Engineer and lawmaker is scheduled to be honored on the twelfth of December, 2015 ( 12/12/15) at Port Harcourt with the Rivers State PDP Chairman as Chairman of the occasion and will be witnessed by His Excellency, (Sen). Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the ExecutiveGovernor of Delta State who will double as the Guest of Honour and other dignitaries.

 

Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi is the youngest Deputy Speaker in Nigeria. He is happily married and with three lovely children to testify to the faithfulness of God.

 

Dickson, Sylva divided over Southern Ijaw poll’s cancellation

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Dickson, Sylva divided over Southern Ijaw poll’s cancellation

Governor Seriake Dickson and Chief Timipre Sylva were on parrallel paths Monday over the INEC’s cancellation of results from Southern Ijaw, the home council of deceased Governor General of Ijaw Nation and first civilian governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha. While Dickson hailed the move, Sylva kicked, saying that the REC has no power to do so.

 

According to Sylva, the power to cancel a duly held election rest with the State Returning Officer and not the REC and as such the votes should be counted.

 

However, Dickson hailed the cancellation of the rescheduled election in the council area saying if the commission had heeded to his advice, it would have saved the nation from the avoidable waste of public funds.

 

He pointed out that the decision to hold the election on Sunday by INEC was ill advised, taking into consideration the security situation and peculiar nature of the area.

 

The National leadership of the PDP said yesterday that the courageous move put in place by the people of Bayelsa to curtail planned moves by the APC to rig the election in Southern Ijaw led to the cancellation of the results in the area.

 

In a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP while hailing the zeal and the bravery nature of the people, stressed that but for the bravery of Bayelsans in standing up for their votes against what the party termed, the hordes of harassments by the military and other security forces working for the APC, their will as a people would have been completely subverted in the election.