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DESOPADEC: A Dead And Rotten Agency Under Okowa’s Government

DESOPADEC: A Dead And Rotten Agency Under Okowa’s Government

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) can be described as a huge disappointment and monumental failure under the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. The agency which became comatose long before Governor Ifeanyi Okowa came to power in May 29, 2015 literally died in the intensive care unit when the governor assumed office. The ailing agency was managed under the administration of immediate past governor Emmanuel Uduaghan until 2015 when the commission, established as an interventionist agency for the oil producing communities in the state became a shadow of itself over paucity of its statutory allocation. Since inception of Governor Okowa, the commission has nothing practical to show as an interventionist agency as it has been stripped of all i...
Court Adjourns DESOPADEC 13 Percent Case Again After 90 Days Judgment Deadline Elapsed

Court Adjourns DESOPADEC 13 Percent Case Again After 90 Days Judgment Deadline Elapsed

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
A High Court sitting in Warri, Delta state has again adjourned the lawsuit concerning the appropriation of the 50% of the 13% oil derivation fund accruing to the Delta state Government. BigPen Online recalls that the court had earlier in 10th April 2018 adopted final written addresses on the over N300billion law suit instituted against Delta state Government by oil producing communities in the state and adjourned to 10th May for judgment. But before the adjournment date, the presiding judge reportedly travelled abroad for official assignment with the case not assigned to another judge, thus the 90 days stipulated by law for delivering of Judgment became stalled. BigPen Online however learnt on Wednesday that the judge who has resumed sitting on the case, for technical reason t...
N/Delta Activist Raises Alarm Over JTF’s Harassment Of Residents In Gbaramatu Kingdom

N/Delta Activist Raises Alarm Over JTF’s Harassment Of Residents In Gbaramatu Kingdom

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Niger Delta activist and the Fiyewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, has raised the alarm over the purported harassment and intimidation of community indigenes in Gbaramatu Kingdom by men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF). Gbenekama alleged that JTF had stationed four gunboats in the Oporoza waterside jetty which have being causing serious tension and trauma in the area for reasons yet to be fathom even when there is no crisis in the area. He, however for the seek of peace in the Niger Delta, called on the JTF Commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, to immediately call his men to order. The activist in a press release signed and made available to BigPen Online in Warri on Thursday, alleged that the JTF team had stormed Oporoza, the headquarters of Gbaram...
MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has accused Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) of using Nigerian soldiers for continual violation of the rights of the Ogoni people. MOSOP's Fegalo Nsuke who is the Publicity Secretary of the group in a statement on Monday, lamented that Shell has continues to inflict monumental pains on Ogoni people. The statement read: "We are deeply saddened that the repression of our people continue unabated as soldiers attached to SPDC continue to harass our women and farmers and prevent them from accessing their farmlands, destroying crops and forcefully lay pipelines through Ogoni farms. "It is disheartening that despite the precarious conditions of the Ogoni people consequent upon the massive pollution...
Whereabout Of 69 Yrs Old Man Shrouded In Uncertainty In Delta

Whereabout Of 69 Yrs Old Man Shrouded In Uncertainty In Delta

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
A sixty nine year old man, Mr. Anthony Opia who left his family house over one years, is said to be still 'missing' in Delta state. The man, a transporter who plied the Ughelli, Ozoro and Oghara routes suddenly 'disappeared' on the 29th of June 2017 with Passat vehicle and has since not returned. His family says the police were yet to locate him or declare him 'missing' as his whereabout remain shrouded in uncertainty. Prosper Opia, eldest son of 'missing' Opia, said his father who is a native of Ukwuani Community in Ukwuani Local Government Area, said since the very date his father left the house at Karien Street in Okumagba Layout, Warri he has not returned home over one year ago. The thirty 32 years old Prosper lamented that living without their father has been very "Pai...
Speech By IYC President At The NDYA Conference At The United Kingdom [Full Text]

Speech By IYC President At The NDYA Conference At The United Kingdom [Full Text]

NIGER DELTA
Ijan address presented by the president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide, Pereotubo Roland Oweilaemi at the conference of Niger Delta Youth Association (NDYA), held at Dragon Hotel, the Kingsway, Swansea, Sai 5ls, United Kingdom on the 1st of July, 2018.   Protocols; It is heartwarming to be here discussing the Niger Delta question in this auspicious conference. There is no better time than now to address critical issues confronting the region. I therefore express my heartfelt commendation to the organisers of this very important gathering. There is no doubt that peace will continue to elude the region as far as the the Niger Delta people are still suffering from the economic strangulation in the hands of the Nigerian government. In spite of the series of agitati...
We’ll Resist Any Attempt To Allegedly Divert Maritime Varsity Dockyard To Lagos – IYC 

We’ll Resist Any Attempt To Allegedly Divert Maritime Varsity Dockyard To Lagos – IYC 

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The alleged diversion of the Nigerian Maritime University's Dockyard from its permanent site, Okerenkoko in Delta State to Lagos would triggered fresh crisis in the Niger Delta region, Ijaw Youth Council has warned. IYC maintained that the rumoured diversion must not be true, otherwise Ijaw youths would vehemently resist it with the last drop of their blood, stressing, "Never again will the Ijaw nation sleep over our rights". A statement by Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq., IYC President, Worldwide on Sunday read in part: While we do not want to believe that President Buhari will not make such costly mistake given the fact that it took him so much pains to achieve the Pyrrhic victory of peace in the region, we need to be apprehensive to the rumour because of similar incidents in the ...
N/Delta Youths Charge FG To Scrap JTF, Adopt Community Oriented Oil Facilities Protection Scheme

N/Delta Youths Charge FG To Scrap JTF, Adopt Community Oriented Oil Facilities Protection Scheme

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Youths from oil and gas producing communities of the Niger Delta region have called on the Federal Government to scrap protection of oil facilities through the Joint Task Force and adopt a community oriented oil facilities surveillance scheme all over the region. They averred that community oriented scheme was the best model to address the menace of pipeline vandalization and attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region. This were the views of the youths during an interactive session between youth leaders and representatives of the Capt. (Dr.) Hosa Okunbor owned Ocean Marine Solutions Limited on campaign against attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region. The interactive session which took place in Warri, Delta State on Saturday, June 30, 2018 had youths dr...
Budget Cuts: IYC Leaders Urge Electorates To Vote Out Bruce, Manager, Nwaoboshi, Others

Budget Cuts: IYC Leaders Urge Electorates To Vote Out Bruce, Manager, Nwaoboshi, Others

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Coalition of leaders from the Niger Delta region and the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, have called on the electorates to vote out the current National Assembly (NASS) members from the region owing to their failure to protest the interest of the region in the cuts in the nation's 2018 budget. Specifically, the groups vowed to mobilise the electorates including elders and leaders in the region against the federal lawmakers during the 2019 general elections. This is coming following the slashed in the N5billion naira budgeted as take-off grant for the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko in Delta state to N3.4 billion by the lawmakers in the 2018 budget recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The development which is causing uproar in the region, had pr...
Exposed! N’Delta Activist Alleged Plans To Divert Maritime Varsity Dockyard

Exposed! N’Delta Activist Alleged Plans To Divert Maritime Varsity Dockyard

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Niger Delta activist, Chief Michael Johnny has alleged grand plot to divert a dockyard component of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, to Lagos or Rivers State. Johnny who raised the alarm in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated 28 June, 2018 obtained by BigPen Online Thursday evening, warned that attempt to move the component where students are to be trained on practical ways of ship repair would cause fresh crisis in Niger Delta region. The prominent ljaw leader and chieftain of All Progressives Congress APC, said the President must do everything possible to stop the "selfish and unpatriotic agenda by some top government officials" presently serving in his administration to breach the existing peace and security in the Niger Delt