I’ll rather upgrade than establish new tertiary institutions in Delta ―Okowa, March 15, 2018, Ebenezer Adurokiya – Warri Latest News, Instead…

I’ll rather upgrade than establish new tertiary institutions in Delta ―Okowa
March 15, 2018
Ebenezer Adurokiya – Warri Latest News
Instead of establishing new tertiary institutions that’ll suffer accreditation, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, affirmed that his administration would focus on the upgrade of existing ones.
Okowa disclosed this at the 2018 Town Hall meeting held on Thursday in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta.
The people of Bomadi had, at the forum, requested the establishment of a polytechnic in the local government area to boost economic activities.
Okowa contended that there was no need creating new polytechnics that would, in the end, suffer accreditation.
It will be recalled that three functional polytechnics and three university campuses exist in Delta.
The polytechnics are located in Oghara, Ozoro and Ogwashi-Uku, while the university campuses are located in Oleh, Abraka and Asaba.
Okowa opined that “We do not want to establish another polytechnic or university now but worked on the existing ones to ensure they are functional, we have to strengthen the existing ones to the standard we can be proud of.
“We do not want to create a polytechnic whose certificate will be worthless at the end of the day due to lack of accreditation.
“Though the issue of creating more polytechnic has not being forgotten but certainly not in 2018.”
The about three-hour forum deliberated on Issues bordering on infrastructural deficit and empowerment in the 12 autonomous urban communities in Bomadi Local Government Area. dominated the more than three hours meeting.
Earlier, the Bomadi LGA Chairman, Mr Williams Angadi, had commended the governor for the ongoing projects in the area.
He, however, appealed to the governor to upgrade the General Hospital to Central Hospital, Bomadi as well as assist in the shoreline protection to save the hospital from being washed away.
Speaking on behalf of the Bomadi people, Prof Benjamin Okaba said many of the communities have not felt the impact of the Okowa’s administration despite the huge vote in 2015 governorship election.
He also lamented the impact of oil exploration on their fishing activities.
The governor and his entourage thereafter moved to Ughelli, the administrative headquarters of Ughelli North where presidents-general underscored issues of an infrastructural deficit with reference to access roads and insecurity among others which the governor pledged to look into.

Okowa Holds Town Hall Meetings In Bomadi, Ughelli,

Okowa Holds Town Hall Meetings In Bomadi, Ughelli
……Receives Commendation for Even Spread Of Devt .Projects
…. Advises Community Seeking Kingship To Follow Due Process
The ongoing efforts by Delta State Government to interface with deltans at the grassroots continued [16-03-18] with the town hall meetings in Bomadi and Ughelli, as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged communities seeking to have kings to follow due process and avoid heating up the polity with their agitations.
The Governor who was commended by leaders and stakeholders for the even spread of infrastructural developmental projects in the state reeled out projects executed by his administration in the areas, emphasising that apart from the provision of infrastructure, the wealth creation programmes of his administration have received national and international recognition because of its success stories.
According to him, a lot of youths who were unemployed prior to his emergence as Governor have become entrepreneurs through the wealth creation programmes that are currently, receiving partnership with the United Nations.
He also, urged Deltans to key into the compulsory health insurance scheme of his administration, disclosing that it will save those who are in need of funds when they are ill the trauma of sourcing for funds.
Reacting to agitations for new kings in Bomadi, Governor Okowa urged communities seeking to have kings to follow due process and avoid heating up the polity with their agitations. asserting that “It is a long process to have a King, you must follow due process, it is not achievable through violence,”
The governor affirmed that the town hall meetings has afforded him the opportunity to see first hand the level of development in the state and the challenges facing the various areas, promising to utilise the 2018 and 2019 budgets to tackling the developmental needs facing the people.
On backlog of pensions, the Governor said, “the problem we are having with the pension scheme is called, past services, it is a huge amount of money, it runs into over N50 to N60 billion, what we are doing is to make money available on monthly basis, every month, we spend about N1.1 billion on pensions, I don’t know of any state that is paying as much apart from one state.”
Chairmen of Bomadi and Ughelli North local government areas, Hon. William Angadi and Hon. Godwin Adode respectively, including traditional rulers and representatives of different groups thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for the spread of projects across the state.

Delta State Government Approves Completion Of Stadium In Asaba , The Delta State Government has approved the award of contract for the completion…

Delta State Government Approves Completion Of Stadium In Asaba
The Delta State Government has approved the award of contract for the completion of the second phase of outstanding works in the Stephen Keshi Stadium (formerly known as Asaba Township Stadium) in Asaba.
Making this disclosure, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the approval was part of the decisions taken during the State Executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday.
He said that the approval is to ensure that the stadium is ready to host the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Competition scheduled to hold in August this year.
Mr. Ukah said that the hosting right of the event, given to the state by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), will not only harness the budding talents that abound in the state, but will further promote grassroot sports development in Delta State.
The Commissioner for Information also stated that the Executive Council approved the appointment of Obi Julius U. Enueme, as the Agadagba of (Obiava) Adiai Kingdom in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
He said that the construction of Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) Housing Estate Road in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, was equally approved.
According to Mr. Ukah, the construction of Efeizomor 11 Road, Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area, the construction of Main Axial Road in Erowha Community (from Patani end to the river) in Isoko South Local Government Area and the rehabilitation and expansion of Access Road to Uwvie Modern Market, Ugbolokposo, from PTI Road/Alegbo Road junction to DSC Expressway in Effurun, Uwvie Local Government Area, also got the nod of the state government.

2018: GOV OKOWA TO DELTANS, Given our strides in the past two years and seven months in office, I have no doubt that with the same level of…

2018: GOV OKOWA TO DELTANS
Given our strides in the past two years and seven months in office, I have no doubt that with the same level of cooperation from the good people of Delta State, our government will achieve more in all facets of governance.
My optimism is driven from the support I enjoy from the legislature, the judiciary, the civil service, my team of political appointees, agencies of government, both at the federal and the state levels, as well as multilateral donor agencies.
AS one of the first states to sign her 2018 budget into law, the state is better positioned to witness more infrastructural development especially as peace has returned to the Niger Delta region.
With the increase in the revenue projections, we will do our best to ensure that the developmental needs of the state are attended to by applying the same level of prudence and ingenuity that we used to navigate the stormy waters
I appeal to all Deltans to look up to the New Year with the same zeal of a people with a capacity to excel even in difficult situations
Delta people have always been identified for their creativity. Despite several challenges we have had to contend with as a State, I believe that we can all look forward to 2018 and beyond with greater optimism and hope. We remain fully committed to delivering on our SMART Agenda which will see more people empowered and more projects delivered in the new year.
This administration remains dedicated to pursuing more people-oriented policies and programmes, which have direct bearing on the lives of our people. It is my sincere hope and assurance that the New Year 2018 would usher in more progress, greater prosperity and endearing fulfilment for all Deltans”
I wish all Deltans and indeed all Nigerians, a Happy and Prosperous New Year as I pray for the warmth of God’s love to fill every heart and home
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, felicitated with all Deltans as they stepped into 2018 and expressed gratitude to God for the grace granted Delta State and its citizens in 2017.

Full Speach of President Muhammadu Buhari on 2018 New Years National Broadcast, I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the…

Full Speach of President Muhammadu Buhari on 2018 New Years National Broadcast
I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE.
Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.
The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.
Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.
My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.
We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.
The line should reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019 and will carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo will be transported every year giving a substantial boost to the country’s economy.
Construction of the Kano – Kaduna segment is expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 the two ends will be joined so that we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.
The Abuja – Kaduna route will be boosted by additional rolling stock next Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually.
At the same time I have approved and negotiations will be concluded in the first part of this year for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu. The Abuja to Itakpe line will go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.
Negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, firstly from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.
Secondly, Lagos to Calabar the “Coastal Rail” through Ore, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar. In the next few years, all these Nigerian cities will be linked by functional modern rail systems, giving enormous boost to the social and economic life of our people.
With respect to the Abuja Capital Light Rail, progress has reached 98% completion, as at 64% completion when we assumed office. Only test runs remain before start of operations.
This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system. Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area. The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.
Management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been reconstituted and has been charged with a 12 week rapid intervention in road repairs to cover all the geo-political zones. Government is undertaking repairs and maintenance of 44 roads within the six geo-political zones.
Twenty five major highways will be funded under the N100b SUKUK facility. Each geo-political zone will benefit by an equal amount of N16.67b. The following major highways are to receive special attention:
a. Oyo – Ogbomosho,
b. Ofusu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu,
c. Yenagoa Road Junction – Kolo Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm,
d. Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,
e. Onitsha – Enugu Expressway,
f. Kaduna Eastern Bypass,
g. Dualization of Kano – Maiduguri Road,
h. Dualization of Abuja – Lokoja – Benin Road,
i. Dualization of Suleja – Minna Road.
In addition, Government has approved work to start on the re-construction of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road which is in a state of disrepair. Work will soon start and is expected to be completed in 2019.
More Nigerians across the country are experiencing improved power supply to their homes and businesses. However, power remains a concern to this government because too many people still do not have regular and reliable supply.
The Payment Assurance Guarantee Scheme which started in January 2016 has enabled the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader to raise so far N701 billion to assure Generation Companies of at least 80% payment for any power delivered to the national grid.
Consequently, generation has now reached 7,000MW. On December 8, 2017 the country achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to consumers, the highest level ever recorded.
Several moribund projects have been revived. Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership.
Katsina Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria. It should be fully operational this year.
The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019. The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year.
A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is at last taking off. This project has been on the drawing Board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture Company with a financing commitment from the government of China. Completion is targeted for 2023.
As I mentioned earlier, the Transmission Company of Nigeria can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated. TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity of 10 transmission stations and 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity of 42 sub-stations including Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.
This Administration is working with the privatised distribution Companies to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution.
These massive public works should spearhead the recovery and lead millions back to employment. You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth.
The government is slowly stabilizing the economy.
It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.
We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.
Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.
By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector. Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.
In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.
We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.
However, there is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better. I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.
As the electioneering season approaches politicians must avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics. Such must be avoided at all costs if we are to live in harmony.
In this respect the rest of Nigeria could learn from the South Western States who have successfully internalized religion, ethnicity and politics.
Political discourse should be conducted with civility, decorum and in a constitutional manner. We all have a collective responsibility to strengthen our democracy and entrench the rule of law. We should draw encouragement from the series of bye-elections conducted by INEC last year which were generally violence free and their outcomes adjudged to be free and fair.
Before I conclude my address I must reassure my fellow citizens that security of life and property is still top of our government’s agenda. We have since beaten Boko Haram. Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America.
Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.
Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.
With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies. Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.
With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.
I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas.
Finally let me again express my heartfelt thanks to all Nigerians who prayed for me during my illness last year. I feel deeply humbled by your prayers and good wishes and I am more determined than ever to serve you to the best of my ability.
Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year.

2018: Okowa Urges Deltans To Remain United, Peaceful , Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the people of the state to remain united…

2018: Okowa Urges Deltans To Remain United, Peaceful
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the people of the state to remain united to the cause of developing the state irrespective of ethnic or party differences.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, felicitated with all Deltans as they stepped into 2018 and expressed gratitude to God for the grace granted Delta State and its citizens in 2017.
Praying for the unity and peace in the state, which, he noted “is the bedrock of meaningful development in any given society,” he expressed the hope that 2018 will be a year of greater fulfilment.
He said: “Given our strides in the past two years and seven months in office, I have no doubt that with the same level of cooperation from the good people of Delta State, our government will achieve more in all facets of governance.
“My optimism is driven from the support I enjoy from the legislature, the judiciary, the civil service, my team of political appointees, agencies of government, both at the federal and the state levels, as well as multilateral donor agencies.”
Noting that as one of the first states to sign her 2018 budget into law, Governor Okowa said the state is better positioned to witness more infrastructural development especially as peace has returned to the Niger Delta region.
“With the increase in the revenue projections, we will do our best to ensure that the developmental needs of the state are attended to by applying the same level of prudence and ingenuity that we used to navigate the stormy waters ,” he said.
He appealed to all Deltans to look up to the New Year with the same zeal of a people with a capacity to excel even in difficult situations and noted that “Delta people have always been identified for their creativity. Despite several challenges we have had to contend with as a State, I believe that we can all look forward to 2018 and beyond with greater optimism and hope. We remain fully committed to delivering on our SMART Agenda which will see more people empowered and more projects delivered in the new year.
“This administration remains dedicated to pursuing more people-oriented policies and programmes, which have direct bearing on the lives of our people. It is my sincere hope and assurance that the New Year 2018 would usher in more progress, greater prosperity and endearing fulfilment for all Deltans”
While wishing Deltans and indeed all Nigerians a prosperous new year, Okowa called on all Deltans, Nigerians to extend goodwill to others in the spirit of the new year.
“I wish all Deltans and indeed all Nigerians, a Happy and Prosperous New Year as I pray for the warmth of God’s love to fill every heart and home,” he added.

President Buhari and entourage’s visit to the Shanghai Airline Design and Manufacturing Center and the Free Trade Zones Center

President Buhari and entourage’s visit to the Shanghai Airline Design and Manufacturing Center and the Free Trade Zones Center.
Tổng thống buhari và entourage đã đến thăm trung tâm thiết kế hãng hàng không thượng hải và trung tâm sản xuất và trung tâm thương mại miễn phí.
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“What you envision in your mind, how you see yourself, and how you envision the world around you is of great importance because those things become…

“What you envision in your mind, how you see yourself, and how you envision the world around you is of great importance because those things become your focus.”
― Eric Thomas
” những gì bạn hình dung trong tâm trí của bạn, làm thế nào bạn nhìn thấy chính mình, và làm thế nào bạn hình dung thế giới xung quanh bạn là quan trọng lớn bởi vì những điều đó trở thành tập trung của bạn
– Eric Thomas.
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THE LARGEST FLOATING OIL RIG IN AFRICA IS ABOUT TO GO INTO PRODUCTION OFFSHORE PORTHARCOURT, Located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at…

THE LARGEST FLOATING OIL RIG IN AFRICA IS ABOUT TO GO INTO PRODUCTION OFFSHORE PORTHARCOURT
Located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 meters, the Egina oil field is one of the most ambitious ultra-deep offshore projects to be implemented by Total Oil, anywhere in the world.
It is the first of its kind in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea (SHI), it was primarily developed locally to accelerate the pace of Nigeria’s industrial fabric and the transfer of technology.
The $3.3 billion Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit for the 200,000 barrels per day capacity will produce 10% of Nigeria’s total daily oil production.
The FPSO sailed away from the SHI-MCI Yard in LADOL Island, Lagos where it was moored for topsides integration works. It is now approaching the Egina field, which is located in OML 130, approximately 150 kilometres offshore Port Harcourt.
Source: Total Nigeria & ThisDay.
FPSO SETS SAIL FOR EGINA OFF-SHORE NIGERIA
LAGOS, Nigeria – The FPSO Egina has departed the SHI-MCI yard at the deepwater LADOL complex in Lagos, Nigeria, and is on its way to the Egina oil field, according to Samsung Heavy Industries.
The newbuild FPSO was towed from the SHI shipyard in Geoje, South Korea and arrived in Nigeria in late January for final integration of topsides modules built in Lagos.
The Total-operated Egina field is about 130 km (81 mi) offshore Nigeria in water depths of more than 1,500 m (4,921 ft). Production is expected to start later this year.
The FPSO Egina is 330 m (1,083 ft) in length, 61 m (200 ft) across, and 34 m (112 ft) high, with a storage capacity of 2.3 MMbbl of oil and topsides weighing 60,000 tons.
The FPSO will be connected to 44 subsea wells and is expected to produce 200,000 b/d of oil.
08/28/2018
Source: OffshoreMag.com

As the priestess was sleeping last night, she was worried in the spirit about the certificate ceremony at Aso Rock on the second day of the eleventh…

As the priestess was sleeping last night, she was worried in the spirit about the certificate ceremony at Aso Rock on the second day of the eleventh month.
And a spirit appeared unto me saying:
“What is still the ploblen again?
He have gave you sertipikate now.”
And the priestess asked the spirit:
“Who art thou? “
And the spirit answered:
“Shege por dia. Wallahi tallahi, Gwod funish ol op you that are susfecting awa sertipikate. Haba mana.”
And the priestess rebuked the spirit thus:
“Onye Otolo, how many certificates will you people present to Nigerians. Nkita lachaa unu anya.”
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