The Federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC) has distributed the November allocation to the three tiers of government; Federal, States and Local Government. This allocation which is based on revenue generated for the month amounted to the tune of N609.95 billion which is N77.23 billion more than what it shared in the month of October according to Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation. Mr. idris gave the breakdown of the allocation to the three tiers with the Federal Government receiving N248.2 billion which represents 52.68%, the states got N125.9billion representing 26.72% and the 774 local councils receiving 97.06 billion which represents 20.06% of the allocation. He also said that Oil producing states got N54.48billion which repres...
There has been reports of civil unrest in Kaduna as youths on Saturday attacked people living in the badarawa area with dangerous weapons. The youths who are popularly called the “yan shara”(sweepers) also attacked traders and people who were travelling along the popular Katuru road, stabbing and seizing mobile phones and money from any person they come across. The cause of the riot could not be ascertained as residents fled for safety. However, the Police immediately arrived after a distress call and also made a number of arrests. According to reports from PREMIUM TIMES, one of the arrested youth said they were coming from the venue of the centenary Durbar celebrating 100 years since the creation of Kaduna state which took place at the Murtala square, Kaduna. A v
Delta State Governor okowa’s job creation scheme has been endorsed by the world bank describing it as a model for other states to emulate. This was made known in Asaba on Thursday by a senior education specialist at the world bank,Dr. Tunde Adekola who was speaking on behalf of the international financial institution. Dr. Adekola observed that Delta state is the only state that has demonstrated its commitment to skills development in practical terms. According to reports available to BigPen online, Dr. Adekola who was present at the Products Exhibition and Business Fair by beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s job creation scheme said “The world bank will continue to support the Delta State Government in the areas of skills and technical development and will
A fresh can of worms have been opened over the ongoing probe of the failed Asaba International Airport contract as well as the Mariam Babangida Way and Sector “C” of the Asaba – Ughelli roads constructions being handled by indigenous contractor, ULO Consultant Limited. Recall that in the past few weeks the Delta State government and the contracting firm handling the construction works at the Airport project have been trading blames over the alleged shoddy execution of runway project at the Airport. The Airport project, built at a cost of over N26 billion, under ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in 2008 had suffered a major setback when the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) downgraded it in 2015 as the state government failed to fix key infrastructure,
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would need the full support of the south-west to regain power in the 2019 general elections. Seriake Dickson who also is the Chairman of the Party’s National Reconciliation Committee said this when he led the committee on a visit to the former Governor of Ogun State. In a statement issued on Thursday by Mr. Dickson’s special adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei and available to BigPen Online, Governor Dickson affirmed that the PDP would need the support and wise counsel of Gbenga Daniel and other south-west leaders and also pleaded with Mr. Daniel to sustain the continuous participation in the affairs of the party. “we come with greetings from the leadership of the p
A prominent Itsekiri leader, Chief Eugene Ikomi has expressed concern over the recent attack on the Olu of Warri by some faceless individuals on social media. Warning against the dire consequences of such attacks, the palace chief condemned in its entirety the ill-motivated comments by some persons on matters concerning activities in the palace. He spoke at the wake of the celebration of 2nd coronation anniversary of the Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli. Chief Ikomi however enjoined those responsible for the campaign of calumy to desist from the inimical practice of denigrating the revered institution in the various social media platforms. According to him, the Olu symbolizes the unity of the people, with one King and one language. While congratulating
The Delta State Police Command has announced the creation of three additional Area Commands to compliment the existing ones, bring the number of Area Commands in the state to six. State Commissioner of Police, CP. Zanna M. Ibrahim, announced this on Thursday in a statement made available to BigPen Online. The three new Area Commands are Agbor, Ozoro and Sapele were craved from the existing Area Commands of Asaba, Ughelli and Warri. Making the announcement, Ibrahim said that the additional Commands were created as part of efforts geared towards bringing policing nearer to the grassroots in line with the policy on Community Policing. "The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Idris K. Ibrahim psc, mni has approved the creation of new Area Commands across the country and fortunatel
A Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Comrade Victor Egbo was locked out of Government House Asaba, the state capital on Thursday following an alleged attempts to disrupt a meeting convey by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), with Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA) led by Comrade Ovie Umuakpo. It was gathered that Governor Okowa had during the week directed the SSG to meet with the Umuakpo-led youths group to address their grievances, particularly on the blockage of Isoko-Kwale-Asaba which caused many passengers and motorists to be stranded on Monday. BigPen Online learnt that Egbo, an aide to the governor on youth development, who is also a factional president of Isoko National Youth Assembly had mobilized youths to stormed the Government House to ...
The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with the olu of warri kingdom, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli on his 2nd year anniversary on the throne. In a statement in Asaba on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor congratulates the Warri Monarch and noted his efforts in keeping Warri kingdom peaceful and because of that it is investor-friendly. "Your majesty, because you have done a lot, it is almost unbelievable that you are just two years on the throne. You have impacted do much on your people and the whole of Delta state and Nigeria as you have brought uncommon zest and creativity to the throne by ensuring unity among various kingdoms.” Also In the statement available to BigPen Online, Governor Okowa thanked the Olu of Warr
Chief James Onanefe Ibori was the cynosure of all eyes, at Government House Asaba, where he once held sway as executive governor. The presence of Ibori electrified everywhere as he was conducted round the new Government House where he was joined by Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike who was also on working visit to the state. Ibori was on everyone's lips as he was ushered to the state House from where the duo joined the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to commission some projects within Asaba metropolis, a source told BigPen Online. The former governor ruled the state between May 1999 and May 2007 was invited as guest of honour in the two-days YAGEP and STEEP Exhibition holding at the state capital. At the venue of the YAGEP and STEEP Exhibition, Ibori was said to ha