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Maritime Varsity Okerenkoko Concludes Academic Staff Recruitment, To Take Off In April – VC

Maritime Varsity Okerenkoko Concludes Academic Staff Recruitment, To Take Off In April – VC

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Barring last minutes change, academic activities would commence in earnest at the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State in mid-April 2018. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Engr. Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Etebu disclosed this at the weekend after the finalization of recruitment exercise into various cadets of the institution. BigPen Online learnt that already 1,300 prospective academic staff who were shortlisted from over 6,000 applications, were interviewed for recruitment, at the weekend at the Kurutie take-off campus of NMU, Okerenkoko. Prof. Etebu, who confirmed this while speaking to newsmen, said that 17 panelists who are dons drawn from various universities in the country conducted the interview at Kurutie...
Boroh To Critics: Presidential Amnesty Programme Not An Ethnic Agency

Boroh To Critics: Presidential Amnesty Programme Not An Ethnic Agency

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh has said that Amnesty was granted by the Federal Government to youths who were involved in insurgency and not based on ethnic origins. Boroh spoke in respond to series of ultimatum and demands by some ethnic youth associations in the Niger Delta Region who he said have assumed "proprietorial ownership of the Presidential Amnesty Programme". Head, Media & Communications, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Owei Lakemfa, who made the clarification on behest of Boroh in a statement on Wednesday, told Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko and Ndokwa people who have been agitating over some unsettled issues concerning the amnesty programme to insulated the Programme from parti
What The Media, CSOs Should Do On Sustainable Environment In N/Delta – Varsity Don

What The Media, CSOs Should Do On Sustainable Environment In N/Delta – Varsity Don

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  A university don on Tuesday tasked the Nigerian media and civil society organisations (CSOs) on ensuring sustainable environment in Niger Delta and Nigeria at large. Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Media and Civil Societies’ Advocacy held at the Africa for Peace Centre, Ugolo, near Warri, Delta State, Professor Daniel Ikudayisi Olorunfemi of the Department of Environment & Toxicology, the University of Benin, said that the media and CSOs have key roles to play in the sustainability of the environment in the country. According to Prof. Olorunfemi, who delivered a paper on “The Role of CSOs and the Media in Sustainable Environment in the Niger Delta,” collection and dissemination of information, educating citizens and policymakers, supporting citizens’ partic
2019: Environmental Activist Joins Delta Assembly Race, Sets Up Campaign Committee

2019: Environmental Activist Joins Delta Assembly Race, Sets Up Campaign Committee

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Niger Delta environmental rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has thrown his hat into the ring to contest the Warri South West Constituency seat in the Delta State House of Assembly. This is coming following the inauguration of his consultation/campaign Committee, at his country home, Kokodiagbene, at the weekend. Mulade, who is National Coordinator of Center for Peace And Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ), said that he joined the 2019 House of Assembly race in order to give his people purposeful representation. While speaking at ceremony, Comrade Mulade who is the immediate past Chairman of Kokodiagbene Community, Gbararmatu Kingdom, promised to be a good representative of the people if elected in 2019. "I want to assure my good people of Warri South West Local Government...
Shell Alleged ‘Toxic’ Dump Site Uncovered In Rivers

Shell Alleged ‘Toxic’ Dump Site Uncovered In Rivers

BUSINESS, NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  A toxic dump site belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has been uncovered in K-Dere community of Ogoniland. Speaking in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of Rivers State over the weekend, Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said samples from the site had been tested in a U.K laboratory and the results have confirmed the toxicity of the site. "We have been briefed by MOSOP leader, Ledum Mitee, on the situation in K-Dere where a toxic dump belonging to Shell had been uncovered. We have also visited the site to see things for ourselves." Nsuke said Shell had buried the wastes in the Ogoni community for years but intense heat forced the buried substance to become exposed late last year prompting community investig...
Our Advocacy Against Pipeline Vandalism Has Made Delta Investor’s Friendly – Pirah

Our Advocacy Against Pipeline Vandalism Has Made Delta Investor’s Friendly – Pirah

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The Delta State Commissioner, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mofe Pirah, has said that the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities was key among structures that have made the state investors friendly environment. The Committee headed by the state Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, has been championing enlightenment campaigns against pipeline vandalism including reaching out to stakeholders in oil and gas sector of the state. Speaking to newsmen at the Delta State Stand of the just concluded Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja, Pirah, called on investors to feel free to come to do business in the state. According to him, oil companies like Seplat, Heritage Oil and other multinationals were already leveraging on the peaceful n...
Nigerians Vote Gov. Wike As Silverbird Man of the Year 2017, As Atiku, Others Hail

Nigerians Vote Gov. Wike As Silverbird Man of the Year 2017, As Atiku, Others Hail

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  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was on Friday night enthroned as the Silverbird Man of the Year 2017, after majority of Nigerians overwhelmingly voted for him following his nomination by the management of Silverbird Group. Presenting the Silverbird Man of the Year 2017 award to the Rivers State Governor at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described Governor Wike as a worthy leader who is laying the right foundation for the rapid development of the state. He said: "I have witnessed virtually all administrations in Rivers State. I have not seen an administration that has done so much, within a short time as that of Governor Wike. "Believe me , Governor Wike is laying the foundation for the prosperity of Ri...
DSS Still Holding 49 N’Delta Youths Without Trial One Year After, IYC Alerts Amnesty International

DSS Still Holding 49 N’Delta Youths Without Trial One Year After, IYC Alerts Amnesty International

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Foremost Ijaw youth organization, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has told Amnesty International that about forty nine (49) Niger Deltans are still in the detention facilities of the State Security Services (SSS) for more than one year without trial. This is coming on backdrop of Amnesty International's exposure of cases of human rights violations in Nigeria in its 2017/2018 annual report which was released on Thursday 22, February, 2018. In a statement on Friday by President of IYC, Barr. Eric Omare, the group call on Amnesty International to prevail on the Nigerian government to release the detainees currently in DSS detention and other Niger Deltans illegally detained. The group also call on Amnesty International and other international human rights organizatio
‘We’ve Dealt With The Niger Delta Issue’ – Minister

‘We’ve Dealt With The Niger Delta Issue’ – Minister

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, and Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) board, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said the federal government has surmounted challenges in the Niger Delta region to reach full production capability of crude oil in the country. Kachikwu made this known while speaking at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) 2018, and stressed “Africa with its bushes and its wildlife, remains the continent yet untapped; abundant in opportunity”. “We’ve dealt with the Niger Delta issue. We have moved from a position where we were producing under 1 million bpd to our full capabilities, he stated. He, however, noted that “the clean energy focus is beginning to make irrelevant the vast oil reserves many countries have”. I
Exclusive: Warri Industrial Park ‘Megaproject’ Could Be Stalled Indefinitely Over ‘Billions’ Law Suits

Exclusive: Warri Industrial Park ‘Megaproject’ Could Be Stalled Indefinitely Over ‘Billions’ Law Suits

BUSINESS, NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The much publicised Warri Industrial Business Park "megaproject" of Delta State Government may become a mirage that would never come to fruition. BigPen Online can report that if the lawsuits currently before the various court of justice over the requisition of land for the project are anything to go by, then execution of the project would be block for a long time. The decision of the courts on the 'big project' may be a potential "fatal blow" that would nail the coffin of the project which ought to be a star project for the state government. All the monies pumped into the initial stage of the project for feasibility study and other preliminary starts off stage would have be wasted, and more monies would go down the drain for litigations and settlements, with the project remai...