The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, CP. Zanna Ibrahim has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state over the appointment of former police Commissioner, Chief Mike Ogbodu as Chairman of reconstituted board of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC. A statement by the Command Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka said that the state police chief has expressed delight with the appointment, stated that he has no doubt that the retired Police CP, whom he described as a thorough-bred and seasoned statesman will bring his wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of his new roles and be of immense value to the electoral process in the state and country at large. Meanwhile, the statement said that the police boss has stated that in line with the IGP’s
Ijaw Youth Council, IYC worldwide has said that Nigeria cannot celebrate true independence until the "1999 military Constitution" is dump for a people-oriented constitution which recognizes political autonomy, self-determination, devolution of power to the component States as against the quasi-federal system currently in practice in the country. IYC's factional President President, Barr. Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo in a statement by his Special Assistant Media, Barr. Alaowei Cleric, said that Nigeria have nothing to celebrate with the "military Constitution" which it terms as the worst democratic gift given to Nigerians by the last military junta still being enforced. According to IYC, the 1999 Constitution set the tune for internal colonialism where some Nigerians are subjected
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday said that Nigeria will surely surmount her present challenges. The Governor spoke in a statement to commemorate the 57th Independence anniversary of the country. Okowa, speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, however charge Nigerians to work against violence and all threats to the corporate existence of the country. The Governor admonished Nigerians to be proud of their country and desist from acts that are inimical to the continued corporate existence of the country. The statement said: “On behalf of Government and the people of Delta State, I congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of the 2017 Independence Day celebration on October 1, 2017. "Our people have enjoyed democracy since 1999 and
Ahead of the full implementation of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said medical facilities in the state should be of best standards to meet the health needs of the people. Speaking when he paid an unscheduled visit to Government Hospital, Umunede on Friday, Governor Okowa lauded the dedication of the staff but, observed that facilities in the hospital deserves to be upgraded. "I am impressed with the diligence of the Medical Doctor who just came out from the theatre and staff of the hospital. As a government we want our hospitals to be of best standards to give our people the health services they deserve," he said. The Governor stressed that his administration will not compromise quality and prompt treatment of pat...
A pro-All Progressives Congress, APC group under the auspices of APC Rebirth 2019 Support Group has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has made a fatal policy error in the release of bailout to 36 state governors, especially Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP states. This was contained in a position paper signed by its National Coordinator, Prince Tony Akeni and five others, addressed to President Buhari and obtained by BigPen Online last week. The group stated that President Buhari had only succeeded in building a war chest of the opposition party, PDP to wrestle power from the ruling APC, thinking he was helping the Governors clear backlog of salaries and arrears of workers. The position paper which was serialized in this medium read in part: "Mr. Presid...
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, has declared Tuesday and Wednesday next week as days of mourning in honour of late Timi Ebikagboro. This was contained in a statement signed by Chairman of the Union, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and Secretary, Comrade Churchill Oyowe. The union directed that all journalists in the state should wear black cloths between Tuesday 3rd-4th October, 2017 to honour the late sport presenter. Meanwhile, the union has expressed deep pain over the death, saying that the demise was a colossal loss and truly unfortunate. The statement read in part: Timi Ebikagboro was a great Unionist who demonstrated excellent sense of loyalty in good and bad times. His active participation in the Union’s activities and promoting the ideals of
Governor of the states of the federation have requested the federal government to give them bailout in the form of budget support, Next Edition has reported. The request was made during the National Economic Council meeting held in Abuja presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, who made this known while speaking with journalists explained that the bailout was to enable the states pay staff salary arrears. Also, he explained that the request became necessary “especially when the amount that accrues to the states from the federation account is less than N600 billion.” “We came to the understanding that every month, if the total shareable revenue in the federation account is less than N600billion, the minister of finance will giv
PenTimes Communications Synergy Incorporated, publishers of BigPen Online hereby retract the report title 'Why Delta Lawmaker, Izeze Was Suspended For A Second Time In A Year For ‘Disorderly Behavior’ published on 28 Thursday, 2017 which linked the suspension of Mr. Reuben Izeze, member representing Ughelli South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly to the recent obeisance paid to a respected journalist in Delta State, Mr. Sola Adebayo. In reporting the story about the suspension of the lawmaker, BigPen Online had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Mr. Sola Adebayo whom we holds in very high esteem. We have come to realized that the suspension of Mr. Izeze has nothing whatsoever to do with his respectful way of greeting the notable jour
The Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy, VATLAD, has presented out-of-the-box approaches to fighting corruption in Nigeria, proposing that when a public office holder steals N200bn, he or she should be made to numerically count one to 200bn before a jury in a session reported live to Nigerians. Unveiling strategies for fighting corruption before newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, the group’s national president, Comrade Igbini Odafe Emmanuel stated that most Nigerians including the treasury looters do not know the quantum of the amount stolen from public coffers hence the need for whoever loots to be made to count the numerals of the amount stolen. He pointed out that it was when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, started displaying funds recovered from
Protesters under the auspices of Association Of Contributory Retirees, (ACR), on Wednesday accused Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state of misuse of the Paris Club Refund. The protesters who staged protest along streets of Asaba, the state capital, allegedly accused Governor Okowa of embezzling both bailout funds and Paris Club Refund released to the state in tranches. Bearing various placards, the protesters who also stormed Government House to register their grievances, lamented that Okowa has been insensitive to their plight, saying that out of the N10 billion given to Delta state in the third tranche, only a paltry of N300 million was released to retirees out of over N20 billion owed them. Some of the inscription in the placard read: "The wrath of God ...